Demetrio Lozano

ON DETAIL: DEMETRIO LOZANO / ANTONIO RAMOS

"My greatest achievement: Triple Olympic medalist and World Champion with the Spanish handball team"

Pilot: Demetrio Lozano
Nationality: Spanish
Birth Date: 26.09.1975
City: Zaragoza
Country: Spain
Job: Handball professional player
Web: Demetrio Lozano
Glider: NIVIUK Artik Plume
Harness: OZONE Ozium
Helmet: SALOMON MTN Lab
Sponsors:  NIVIUKIZASSebasfly, San Francisco Contenedores Metálicos
Assistant: Antonio Ramos
Nationality: Spanish
Birth Date: 25.05.1985
City: Zaragoza
Country: Spain

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Three times Olimpic medalist and World Champion with the Spanish handball team.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started in 1997 just to fulfill the dream of flying, enjoying the mountain, the wind and the freedom.

What is your mountaineering experience?
Climbing the main Spanish peaks and walking the long distance tracks in the Pyrenees.

What does your typical training week consist of?
In my planning to train for the X-pyr I have increased the weekly ammount of km. Having 2 days with double sessions, 2 volume and 5 strenght weekly sessions. From the spring I will do 3 volume and 4 strenght. In july I will change to 7 maximum volume to make the tapering.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
My best moments were my 4 times in the Olimpic games. My worst moments are related to the injuries (surgery 7 times in different joints).

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
Because it surely is the best race in the world. It brings together my passion for flying, for the Pyrenees and for the competition. A great adventure without a doubt.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
No.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes.

What will your strategy be during the race?
To plan the perfect route and follow it as neatly as I can. Be sensible with wearing myself out on the first few days so I can enjoy the race to the maximum. Just to reach the finish line would be a great victory.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
Everything. And the organiser appears to be a great guy, ha,ha.

What scares you the most about the event?
Possible discomfort from my old injuries which may stop me from the enjoying the task to the max.

Why will he make a good assistant?
Because he is a good friend and a good pilot. Besides, he is as crazy as me, ha, ha, ha.

Anything else you like to comment?
I want to thank the organisation for making this adventure possible. Thank you for your sacrifice. We will try to make you enjoy ours.