/ NEWS: Fri Night Vid: Sasha DiGiulian TED Talk
Since the beginning of her career, Sasha has been extremely successful in her sport. She was the undefeated Junior Continental Champion from 2004-2010 and in 2011 she became the reigning US and Pan American Champion...
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They should get Dawes to do one of these talks. Ha.
Great climber, worthy talk but soooo dull.
Managed about 12 seconds. So corny. Cringe-worthy.
She needs to sack her stylist
Was anyone else thinking that dress was part of the evolution of the talk? i.e. the horrid skirt was going to come off at some point and she would reveal climbing gear or sponsorship ...
Yup, horrible dress.
What a bunch of sad b.......s, hiding behind your anonymous pseudonyms. I'd like to see any one of you guys up on stage giving a talk, that would be really interesting - nah, perhaps not. If you've got nothing good to say, say nothing.
No need to get your knickers in a twist: great climber, crap talk, crap dress is a completely reasonable set of conclusions. And you don't need to be a great speaker to have a valid opinion.
Sasha has got to be one of the best out there right now. And at such a young age, it's amazing.
It's great to see climbers on stage sharing the sport at events like these TED talks. I found the whole thing very interesting.
A great role model and a brilliant climber.
I thought it was a very brave and worthy effort to share her thinking!
I'm glad to see Jack emphasise some of the important points of this talk, like climbing ability & potential role model effect. I found the talk interesting too & was touched by the occasional faltering.
It has angered me to read negative comments about dress and delivery.
Such impoverished perception.
Being good at climbing does not make you a good public speaker though, one thing I can't stand in parts of the climbing community is a complete unwillingness to criticise talented climbers. Respect their climbing achievements, sure, but if they are performing in another arena they need to earn respect. I have seen a number of well known climbers teaching or giving lectures and like the rest of society some of them communicate well in these circumstances and others don't.
No one on this thread has knocked Sasha's climbing ability and in more natural bits of footage she comes over as a very charming girl. In this (despite the odd interesting insight) her delivery is dull and the whole thing has an excessively American flavour that isn't to my taste.
I had consumed a few too many glasses of wine when I posted the comment about her dress last night, in hindsight probably better left unsaid ...although my wife who lectures in Fashion Design assures me that the waistline is all wrong and the colours don't complement each other.
I don't think any of the fairly light hearted and modest criticisms deserved to be met with comments like:
"all of the above winging gits
What a bunch of sad b.......s, hiding behind your anonymous pseudonyms"
& "Such impoverished perception"
Criticism is a part of life, and I'm sure Sasha is tough enough to take the flak. Chucking insults and assumptions around is a good deal more offensive.
FWIW I look forward to reading of Sasha's future climbing achievements and I'm sure she'll be a fixture at the top of world climbing for many years.
Best April fool item UKC has done by far.... well done!!!
Me too. Ordered the dress this morning.
> Me too. Ordered the dress this morning.
Cheers - need to clean the screen now and am out of kitchen towelling!
I really like Sasha, and she's usually really natural when talking (and a little but funny) but having that speech fed into her ear obviously threw her off.
agree... enough with the cliches and platitudes
Great climber, terrible speaker! I know she's 19, but the bottom line is that is most boring TED talk I've ever watched. TED talks are supposed to be inspiring, and I doubt any of the strong kids down at the wall would bother watching this. Not going to comment on style, as that's subjective I guess..
The core message is to push yourself to the limit physically and mentally.
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