Inspirational Jornet takes on Olympus...

Posted in Dishing the Dirt by Matt Ward on Fri 10 Jun '11

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Some of the images coming out virtually live from Kilian’s attack on Mt Olympus this morning were breathtaking, this one below for instance, the rock face looks almost sheer, yet he looks at ease!

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Breathtaking

The diminutive Catalan streaked up this mythical Mount and back down again in an amazing 5hrs 19 mins, taking in three peaks instead of the two required. He also took some interesting lines coming down by all accounts, not going via the trekking path, but almost vertical across rock fields.

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Most of all these images are of a runner who is completely at one with this environment, Kilian is a mountain man, full stop. He morphs his being into the mountain, whether uncovered or draped in snow and seems to work with the mountain and not against it, respectfully engaging with the obstacle to achieve the amazing goals that he sets.

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Kilian at the tree line on the ascent

Once again his arrival back in ‘base camp’ was humble, some flowers and hugs from friends and the local Greek community, no great fanfare or over-the-top celebrations. This is man working with and respecting nature. Here is the story of his amazing effort on Movescount.

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A hardly-out-of-breath Kilian at the finish

A few hours later and he posted this on his Facebook page

Relaxing in Litochoro after a amazing run in Mt Olympos!! with an extra climb to visit Stephanie (extra peak) and a fun descent!! but I says “more kilometers, more fun!!”

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And so onto the Western States 100 in a few weeks for this man, as he continues his Quest, and his chronological etching in the annuls of trail and mountain running history.

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  1. Ivan Jun 10, 12:31 PM

    Grazie Kilian per le emozioni che mi regali nel seguire le tue stupende imprese. E’ stato bellissimo seguirti nel tuo percorso………CAMPIONE……grazie!!!!!

  2. Molly Gonzales Jun 11, 01:20 AM

    Kilian is just extraordinary. There is no runner like him. He is so in tune with the mountains. I love these photos as they perfectly capture those in the moment times during the race. He is truly an inspiration. It is nice to finally find an amazing trail runner that I can cheer on!

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