When you started competing in international competitions, did you see yourself being in the top-10?
I started climbing in 1998/99. Climbing in my town was at that time something really new and not really developed, so I didn't imagine myself being a top athlete when I started. Actually, even later, I never really thought about it. I just loved the sport and kept on doing it.
What motivated you to compete rather than just to climb outside?
I love competitions for the challenge. It’s exciting to train and see your progress, compete with yourself and try to beat your personal best. When I started competing internationally, I wasn't really good (let say entering finals of EYC was already a big accomplishment), but every year I finished one place or two higher, and that motivated me. Also, it was easier for me to climb and train inside when I was a student, and I didn’t live close to the rock. Since no one in my family climbs, it was not so easy to go on the rock. Sure, I liked it when I went there, but I spent more time indoors, so that's probably the reason why I became a competition climber. Of course, now when I am on my own and more 'mobile', I also love to go outside and spend time on rocks too! :)
What are some struggles you face as an athlete?
I love what I do and will keep on doing this as long as I enjoy it. The moment when I feel like I am missing on something, I will give it a thought and probably change my approach to climbing (let say - go to climb outside more, spend time travelling and climbing abroad, go on adventures, teach kids and so on)... till then, you will see me around the World Cups! :)
What influenced you to start competing?
As I already mentioned before, I love the competition situation, challenging oneself, and improving one’s results from year to year. Of course, I also like the good atmosphere, people, team, travels, and so on. These are all benefits that come together and motivated me to start competing.
Who most helped you get to where you are right now?
Hard to say. Above all, the fact that I really loved the sport and climbing for itself. Not really the results only. Climbing and enjoying it always came first.
What advice could you give to Young Athletes?
To climb because they like it. Ok, it is nice to have high goals too, but from my point of view, saying 'I want to be a World Champion' was never quite a good idea.