Dagfinn Graneng

DAGFINN GRANENG / HALLVARD MAGERØY

"I want a real adventure! I have a team of amazing people behind my back who are just excited as I am. The X-Pyr seems like the perfect format"

Pilot: Dagfinn Graneng
Nationality: Norway
Birth Date: 04.08.1995
City: Volda (Norway)
Job: Master Student
Web: www.teamgraneng.no
Glider: ADVANCE Omega Xalps 3
Harness: ADVANCE Lightness 3
Helmet: ICARO Transalp
Sponsors: Streamer AS, iKamper Nordic A
Assistant: Hallvard Magerøy
Nationality: Norway
Birth Date: 01.25.1983
City: Godvik (Norway)
 

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
I won a wing once in a paragliding competition! I didn’t really fly very well, and I didn’t even end up on the podium. However, there was a raffle, and my name came out of the hat. If that isn’t sporting success, I don’t know what it!

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started paragliding in 2012, when my parents finally would allow me. I wanted to start flying when I was 4 years old, when I watched my uncle fly off a mountain. After that there were a lot of home made parachutes and skygazing. But I guess every pilot has been through that.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I grew up in the mountains of Norway! From early childhood my family took me on multiple day trips, skiing or hiking from peak to peak. Nowadays I do some running in the mountains, some climbing, but mostly I just fly. I do some ski touring too, but to be honest I am scared to death about avalanche

What does your typical training week consist of?
My training week is not very exciting. I do a lot of fast walking with a 10-12kg backpack, and I walk a lot uphill (and then downhill again). I do 6 days of exercise, and Mondays are rest days. I love Mondays. When conditions are good, I try to switch it up a bit, so I go skiing or flying. But it’s mostly just hiking in the mountains for hour and hours.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
My best memory is from the summer of 2019, when I landed on the highest peak in Norway. Only one person had done it before me, and that was in 1993. After having a primitive lunch I took off again, flew 70 kilometers and landed outside my girlfriend’s house. She was pretty surprised to see me. My worst sporting memory is from football. I had a horrible knee injury that made me use crutches for six months. Stay away from those dangerous sports, kids!

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
I want a real adventure! I have a team of amazing people behind my back who are just excited as I am. The X-Pyr seems like the perfect format.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
No

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Never! But I will hopefully go and do some training there before the race.

What will your strategy be during the race?
My whole team and I are all about having fun and staying safe. Keeping the spirit up and avoiding injury will get us through the race!

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The level of this year’s participants is really high. I can’t wait to test myself against these great athletes!

What scares you the most about the event?
I am terrified by the thought of having an injury that will force me out of the race.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
I will have several good assistants, helping me throughout the race. Hallvard and I are close friends and have been flying together for a long time. He is the most positive person I know, and he knows how to cheer me up during the tough times. He is also a very safe pilot, so he and my team will help me make the right, safe decisions when I am in doubt.

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