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ON DETAIL: MICHAL KRYSTA / PETR POLÁCH

“Weather is the one thing that scares me”

Pilot: Michal Krysta
Nationality: Czech
Birth Date: 07.11.1984
City: Pilsen
Country: Czech Republic
Job: Bussinesman
Web: X-Pyr.cz, michalkrysta.cz
Glider: TBC
Harness: WOODY VALLEY
Helmet: Plusmax
Sponsors:  Red Bull, Highpoint, Hanibal, Plusmax
Assistant: Petr Polách
Nationality: Czech
Birth Date:18.11.1984
City: Prague
Country: Czech Republic

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
In my first big race, I achieved 2nd place at the Junior white water kayaking world championships.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started flying in 2001 because it gives me freedom.

What is your mountaineering experience?
My biggest experience was a climbing expedition in Garhwal Himal in India. We climbed a new route in the huge North face of Changabang (6864mnm). Other experiences include the Alps, Kavkaz, High Tatras.

What does your typical training week consist of?
It consists of running, cycling, swimming and paragliding.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
The best moment was during my first climbing expedition in India as it fullfilled one of my biggest dreams. The worst one was my 25-meter fall down to the rope in the Tatras mountains during a climb.

Why does the X-Pyr interest you?
The race is a big adventure in unknowned mountains for me.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Not yet.

What will your strategy be during the race?
To stay in the air most of the time.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
New experiences.

What scares you the most about the event?
Only the weather.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
I don’t know yet, but I believe in my instint.