Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Babe of the Month - Hanging out with Sierra Blair-Coyle

Sierra Dominique Blair-Coyle was born 30th January 1994 in Scottsdale, Arizona and is arguably the most recognizable female professional rock climber today.

Sierra hardly needs an introduction. When she’s not climbing and modeling, this 22-year-old keeps busy studying marketing at Arizona State University and interacting with her some 200,000 Facebook followers.

Sierra, has been climbing since the age of eight has been competing professionally since the age of 14.

Before she discovered climbing, Sierra wanted to become a model, actress, and singer. After she discovered climbing, she wanted to become a professional rock climber. Being able to do both she says: "is like living two childhood dreams, so to speak."

The first time Sierra climbed was on a wall at a local outdoor mall at Desert Ridge. She instantly loved climbing and would beg her parents to take her back every single day! After that she told her parents that she wanted to start competing in rock climbing. At the time, Sierra said that her parents did not know that climbing was an organized sport. Luckily, there was an article in the newspaper two weeks later about a local climbing team and how they had just competed at the Nationals. she immediately went to the gym, joined the team, and started competing!

However, her path to the top has been far from easy, as she battled through a severe back injury as a teenager which threaten to cripple her - and end her dreams of being a climber.
At the age of 16 Sierra started having lower back pain. She eventually had an MRI scan and they found she had a bulging, torn and herniated disc in her back.

Sierra said: "The thought of giving up climbing didn't occur to me when my back was hurt because people get injured in all sports. The more athletes you meet the more you realize everyone is walking around broken. All that matters is how you move forward. Luckily I am healed now, but my back will still act up from time to time."

Voted one of the Top 99 Most Outstanding Women of 2015 by AskMen, she has also been a World Cup Competitor (2010-2015) and two-time U.S National Champion as a junior competitor, in 2005 and 2007.

Outside of climbing says: I want to live a life that I love, doing what I love. It would be great to model more, travel (even more!), work with animal shelters, go to graduate school.......the list goes on. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in this life!

Sierra is sponsored and/or affiliated to the following companies/organisations:
Sanuk, Falken Tire, SPY, Climb X Gear, Asana Climbing, BlueWater Ropes, The Law Office of Devin W. Quackenbush, Cell Med Clinics, Tea of a Kind, Uncle Andy's Jerky and Quotable Cards.

You can follow Sierra on 
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr

* Some photographs courtesy of Jackie Sterna/Media Drum World and ESG Photography

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