I love to hear about women being strong and performing like they don´t care! Just now the young Shauna Coxsey made the first female ascent of the boulderproblem ”Nuthin but sunshine” 8B (http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=68164).There is no denying that most of us get inspired when looking at female climbers competing in the world cup or female crossfitters doing things we thought improbable in the Crossfit Games. Although I suspect some have issues with women being strong as well. There are prejudice that go deep and cultural patterns that sometimes unconsciously makes us feel awkward when looking at women with muscle. To keep an open mind as respons to this has been the only way for myself to face prejudice like these. Knowledge is also power.. Scince the 1920s when women first dared to cut their hair short, they have had the chance to become strong as they were ment to be and the ways of the old world is no more accepted for most of us.
The last couple of years the climbing arena has been filled with great female athletes that has performed in ways we never expected. Here are some women that inspire me along the way, as a climber and in my other training.
Lynn Hill is the one female climbing legend that really stands out, why I can´t really say, but probably because she was ahead of her time and stood out like nothing else when she did the first free female ascent of ”The nose” El Cap in 1993. Still today she keeps inspiring climbers of both genders to become stronger and braver. (http://www.patagonia.com/us/ambassadors/rock-climbing/lynn-hill/71539)
In 2002 Josune Bereziartu was the first female to climb 9a and also a boulder the grade 8C (http://blogs.barrabes.com/JosuneBereziartu/).
The french climber Alizée Dufraisse (http://alizeedufraisse.blogspot.se/) has climbed really hard ever scince she was a teenager and she did the first female ascent of ”La reina mora” 9a in 2012. Sasha DiDiulian (http://www.sasha-digiulian.com/) has recently done two 9a´s and continues to be on top of her game.
In crossfit Annie Thorisdottir stands out as being hard to believe in her amazing physical ability and strength. Many men could only dream to be able to do some of the things she has done. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTO7aWfePc0).Any one who has tried crossfit, or any kind of training, for some time realize the power she possesses.. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is a great inspiration mainly because she always has a smile on her face and seems to really enjoy what she is doing, besides being wicked strong (http://games.crossfit.com/athlete/8404). There a many, many others here but too many names to mention..
Chinese female olympic weightlifters, russian female armwrestlers.. The list goes on but it never stops to impress. I feel the power of these women behind me and the lead the way even if I never will be as athletic as they are. As long as they inspire me I keep watching in awe and cheer for them when it´s time..