David Liaño

DAVID LIAÑO / ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ

"I knew that I had to do everything possible to participate again in this great adventure and it is a privilege to have been selected"

Pilot: David Liaño
Nationality: Mexico
Birth Date: 12.18.1979
City: Mexico (Mexico)
Job: Finances
Web: davidliano.com
Glider: OZONE Zeolite
Harness: OZONE F*Racer
Helmet: SUPAIR Pilot Helmet
Sponsors:
Assistant: Alejandro González
Nationality: Venezuela
Birth Date: 10.01.1966
City: Caracas (Venezuela)

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
7 ascents of Mount Everest (the only person to have climbed both faces in the same season) and the ascent of K2 (Pakistan) among several other eight-thousanders.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started flying because it was the safest and most efficient way to descend from the mountains I was climbing.

What is your mountaineering experience?
27 years of experience climbing on all continents

What does your typical training week consist of?
Ultra-distance running training, running with a backpack. On weekends I do hike & fly and XC flights.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
More than just getting to the top, the best moments are undoubtedly when you are back at camp, safe and enjoying success. Among the worst, the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. I was lucky to survive, being in Camp 2 on Mount Everest.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
I participated in X-Pyr 2016 and unfortunately I had to finish the competition early because I damaged my glider on landing. I knew that I had to do everything possible to participate again in this great adventure and it is a privilege to have been selected.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
Yes, in 2016. During a landing, my glider was so damaged that I was unable to continue in the competition. That's why it was so important for me to be selected again this time.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, during my training for X-Pyr 2016 and at the competition. It's a unique place.

What will your strategy be during the race?
Be a competitive rider, but try to get the best possible advantage when being on the ground, running and climbing.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
To be, besides a competition, a great adventure.

What scares you the most about the event?
I've had some over-training injuries in the past. This time I want to train in a more intelligent and conservative way.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Alex was my first paragliding instructor. He is a person with experience in flying, mountain and extreme sports. He is the ideal assistant.

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