Freestyle Highline – Women
The women had only two dedicated competitions, both pandemic open, but the field is growing fast. There were many broken barriers this year: first female Yodaroll and first female Almighty are the most iconic (check out the videos).
Carmen Schillingmann (Germany) was the first woman to land a rocket mount. In competitions, she showed consistency and came second in both pandemic opens, she took the overall title this year. Taylor St Germain (Canada) didn’t let the Canadian winter stop her from winning the second Pandemic Open and took second place. Salomé Cholet (France) with her first place in the pandemic open came in third in the 2021 ranking.
Here’s what Carmen has to say about this year:
“One of the things I liked was that, because the competition was online, it was able to reach and motivate people all around the world, who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to take part.
“When I first heard from the Pandemic Open, I thought that it sounded quite nice but that it is not for me. Back then, I hadn’t even been freestyling; so far I had only tried standing up and sitting back down (to Korean) with a little bit bounce and I considered it to be too scary and I preferred just walking.
“Then, a friend of mine convinced me to participate in the competition. He said that only very few women had submitted a video so far and I definitely had a chance to get among the first places. At first I didn’t believe him, but then I saw some of the videos and gave it a try. After a couple sessions, I noticed that freestyle highlining is really awesome and I love it. 😀
“I didn’t actually expected to make 2nd Place because the others were pretty good, too.
The Pandemic Open 2 was also a lot of fun. I think I only managed to make the 2nd Place in this one because most of the really good female slackliner (eg Salomé Cholet, Deb Casimiro, Delaney Lyman) didn’t participate (note: they were judges). If they had, I probably wouldn’t have won the overall ranking for 2021 either.
“So far, I don’t have any exact plans for the future. I’m currently still studying, but I hope to be able to freestyle at least as much as last year.
“I’m very grateful. For the ones who motivated me to try freestyling/new tricks and when it didn’t work to try again and again; for the ones who helped me find highline (actually midline) spots, which is staggeringly difficult in this flat area; for the ones who filmed me in the cold; and for Bouncekult
, that I had the opportunity to join and to train with this amazing team.”