Traceuse Crush Tuesday: Renae Dambly

Welcome back to another Traceuse Crush Tuesday where I showcase an incredible female parkour or freerunning trainer, and geek out over how powerful and talented they are.

This week’s traceuse has a special place in my heart because she is the first one I saw compete in-person. She was at the 2018 North American Parkour Championships at Breathe Parkour in Vancouver, BC, and she placed 1st in the Women’s Speed and Skill competitions, and 2nd in the Women’s Style competition.

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Renae Dambly, born and raised in Denver, Colorado, began taking parkour lessons at age 14 at APEX Movement and, at age 16, became the youngest APEX Movement coach.

In addition to parkour, she has experience in a wide array of sports, including soccer, swimming, rugby, volleyball, diving, karate, track and field, rock climbing, and dance.

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Photo from RenaeDambly.com

In 2014, Dambly took her passion for parkour and movement to the next level with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science – Physiology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, working towards a Doctorate of Physical Therapy with a specialization in ankle and knee injuries.

A neat fact about Dambly is that she is a dual American and Canadian citizen, so we Canadians can sort of claim such an incredible athlete as our own.

For more Renae Dambly photos and videos, check her out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as her website renaedambly.com.

Until next time, remember, “I believe there is something in all of us, a passion, that we have that can lead us to discovering ourselves. For me that is parkour” (Renae Dambly, 2017).

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Traceuse Crush Tuesday: Lynn Jung

While parkour, like many other disciplines, appears to be male-dominated, there are numerous talented women who train parkour (referred to as traceuses). Once my boyfriend showed me a few of them on Instagram, I was blown away by their skill, and proceeded to Internet deep-dive to find as many traceuses as I could.

So, the newest segment on this blog is a spin-off of the viral trend Woman Crush Wednesday or #wcw, but instead I am doing a Traceuse Crush Tuesday to showcase some of the incredible women training parkour and freerunning around the world.

It was such a no-brainer when picking the traceuse to start this segment with because she is one of the most well-known and successful parkour and freerunning athletes in the world, and I just can’t get over how flipping  amazing she is (pun completely intended). The day that I meet her is the day all my dreams come true.

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Photo from LynnJung.net

With 8 years of training experience, and 5 as a professional athlete, Jung has become a world-renowned freerunner, and an XDubai sponsored athlete. She is also the only female member of the esteemed UK-based freerunning team, Storm Freerun.

Unlike many freerunners, Jung comes from a gymnastics, dance, and choreography background, making her movements efficient, yet creative and graceful. She makes freerunning look so effortless which, I can assure you, it is not.

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Photo from StormFreerun.com

Some of her accolades include 3rd place at Apex International Women’s Style Competition 2016, highest ranking female athlete at Vigo Street Stunts 2016, and Best Female Athlete at Red Bull Art of Motion 2016, the world’s most popular freerunning competition.

In addition to training and competing, Jung has done a lot brand work, appearing in ad campaigns for Puma, Zalando, Audi, and Tele2, as well as live performances for Adidas, Plein Sport, and Swarovski.

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For more incredible Lynn Jung photos and videos, she can be found on Instagram, FacebookPinterest, and her website LynnJung.net, which I highly encourage checking out.

Until next time, remember, “You must be capable of doing it; you must become stronger because if you want to be capable of doing great things, you must be capable here and now of doing this” (Williams Belle, n.d.).