Helen started paragliding three years ago and, as she says, it was love at first sight. “The very first time I jumped with my friend, I knew I wanted to get into this. Since then, I’ve devoted everything to this sport. Last year, I left my job and moved to Austria. Weather permitting, I spend every spare minute flying. If you want to do aerobatic flying, you need to make about eight jumps a day. I completed 800 flights last year,” says Helen, who always has a smile on her face.

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“What’s best about this sport is the freedom. When I’m in the air and no one is around, I experience an incredible sense of freedom. Flying is the only dream I have at the moment. I want to fly as often as possible. I’m working on becoming a paragliding teacher as soon as possible. Then I won’t have to do anything else. I’ll just fly and fly,” she plans.

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First, though, she has to race Nina. Helen gives Nina a head-start because she needs to prepare a parachute, but passes her during the glide to win with ease.

As night falls, it’s time to go to a cozy local restaurant for some Käsespätzle, the famous cheese gnocchi. “You’ll have to stop by again soon. I’ll teach you to fly,” Helen says, inviting Nina to visit again.

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Helen Schick

paraglider pilot, 25 years old
originally from Germany, lives in Austria


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Nina Gutenthaler

downhill biker and model
30 years old, from Austria


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