What does a climber need as gear, shoes, gloves, etc.?
We need climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag for competitions. If you go climbing on a rock then we also need rope, quickdraws, crash pads and a belay device.
You won the World Championships (boulder and Lead) and the World Tour Overall (6 world cups wins, 4 silver) What is it that makes you so good? Are you technical or stronger…?
There is no secret recipe for my success. I’m a good listener, I learn quickly, I’m focused, motivated, I always give 100% and most importantly I love what I’m doing!
What must you do to stay on such a top level, training, food …?
You need to train hard and never give up even if you don’t succeed at first. I do a lot of yoga and stretching. I don’t follow a special diet, I just try to eat healthy.
The Girlifornia Athlete of the Year Award is a sport Index where all the female action sports athletes in the world are presented. You became the number one athlete of 2018 with 118 points, MTB Downhill Legend Rachel Atherton close on second place with 102 points and upcoming MTB Downhill talent Tahnee Seagrave with 84 points. How do you feel that you are the number one of all the amazing athletes in Action Sports and made you the best-performing action sports athlete in the world in 2018? (Anna Gasser was the winner of 2017)
I feel honored that I am this year's best-performing athlete. It is incredible to be among all these amazing ladies and surreal that I am the number one for this year.
Can you describe to us what it means to you to be a professional climber and action sports athlete?
I climb because climbing is a moment where I fall in love with life. There are no ways to cheat because when you are on the wall you are on your own. It's a challenge against yourself, physical and mental, what are you capable of and I love that feeling you get when you reach the top after so many unsuccessful attempts. It makes me realize how much power your mind has over what you can do. When I am on the wall nothing else matters, I can refresh and forget about all the problems I have. Climbing also allows me to build a friendship with my climbing partners and create memories that I will always carry with me
Why should girls choose to go climbing what can you tell them what it will give them in life?
Climbing is not just a sport, it's my lifestyle. It brought me the most amazing people from all over the world. It teaches me how to be patient, persistent and gratitude. It brought me a better perspective on what is really important in life, to be always positive and enjoy the smallest things