People are generally met with my blank stare when the ‘Hollywood crush’ conversation comes up. All I can think of are running and triathlon stars, who most people know nothing about!
Forget dreamy eyes or an Oscar win. My version of the Hollywood crush requires strong legs, high VO2 max, and a long race resume. And it’s not just men that make my list.
Triathletes Chrissie Wellington and Linsey Corbin, Canadian ultra-running star Ellie Greenwood, and of course Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan fit the requirements too.
On the men’s side I am fascinated by every long-distance track competitor and love many triathletes and marathoners.
However, I am absolutely captivated by Kilian Jornet. I’ve written about him and his beautiful trail running before. I ordered his book, Run or Die, and cannot wait to devour it. I read magazine and online articles about him, and walk away astounded every time. And I’ve wanted to check out his Kilian’s Quest episodes and Summits of My Life project for a long time.
Summits of My Life is a new way to get to know Kilian. Here’s what the website has to say:
“In addition to being an exceptional skier and mountain runner, we’ll now see Kilian Jornet as an alpinist willing to go the extra mile in an attempt to break the records set on some of the most breathtaking summits in the world.”
It’s a multi-year project where he explores the world’s largest mountains culminating in his attempt to break the ascent and descent record of Mount Everest. He also tries to do it with the least amount of equipment possible, to better feel nature and the mountains.
On Sunday, Kelly and I watched A Fine Line, the first film in the project. It revolves around the first two challenges, traversing Mont Blanc from east to west and from north to south.
We were awe-struck from the natural ease and grace of Kilian’s running and skiing to the gorgeous videography and peaks and soothing original music by Zikali. It *almost* made me excited for winter!
It’s a unique film showcasing Kilian’s history, talent and drive. It features the risks they take. My palms were sweating a few times with the daring ridges and steep declines. It’s an emotional film, too. Watch it to find out why.
Although Kilian is still a runner and skier, this project is about a lifestyle and values to live by.
A Fine Line left me wanting more. I am now anxiously waiting for the next instalment of his journey.
Who is your favourite athlete, male or female?