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.
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.
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.
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.).