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The ultimate fly girl: Q & A with a BASE Jumper

Roberta Mancino BASE jumps with the best of the boys. Here, the athlete opens up about her fascinating sport.


By Casey Gillespie for

As an international model, skydiver, BASE jumper, wingsuit flyer, proximity flyer, black belt in Italian kickboxing, accomplished shark diver and salsa dancer, Roberta Mancino doesn’t stay still for long. At 25, she moved to Hollywood from Italy with aspirations to become a stuntwoman, and immediately fell in love with extreme sports. She hasn’t looked back since. She was voted “World’s Hottest Female Athlete” by Men’s Fitness and has garnered a long list of awards and accolades for her daring athletics. Here, we get better acquainted with a fearless woman who was born to fly.

Can you put into words what it feels like to BASE jump? It is a really intense moment. The fear is so strong that sometimes it’s hard to convince yourself to jump. I’ve been on the exit point of some dangerous jumps where my legs and my body were shaking and I almost felt sick with fear. You have to have a really strong mind to be able to concentrate and not let the fear take over.

How do you mentally prepare for an event? I try not to think about it until I’m right there. The training is what prepares your mind so you can feel ready and comfortable.

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