Powerslide Alpine Pro Team
Name: Mona Sing
Current Location: Winnenden (near to Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Loving to skate since: I began to ski when I was three years old. When I got a little older, I started to participate in some ski competitions. That’s why I started to do Inline Alpine when I was 6 years old in the summertime to prepare for the winter season. Since I was a child I have been interested in inline skating and did it just for fun back then. As I got older, I started to go skating parks in my free time. At the age of 12, I started with the Inline Alpine sport and in 2003 I took part in my first competition.
Riding for Powerslide since: 2016
Current Skate Setup (boot, frame, wheels, bearings): Boot: Arise Trinity
Frame: XXX 12,8”/3X12 mm
Wheels: Code Extreme, 125mm F2 and G13 125mm
Bearings: Wicked ABEC 9 bearings
Why do you love to skate? The feeling you get because of the speed and balance on the skates is just incomparable. For me, to have that feeling in the turns – feels like freedom.
What keeps you pushing forward in skating? If I do something then I want to do it right and give the best of myself. Whenever I’m at a low point and not that motivated then I remember this quote: “Whoever stops wanting to get better stops being good.” But this is not the only thing that keeps me going. It’s also my training partner, my brother, whom I always try to challenge and to get closer to his level. Which, to be honest, is pretty hard because of gender differences. All in all, it’s a combination of my self-motivation, the input I get from my coaches, the support of Powerslide and my family. Without these factors, I couldn’t do Inline Alpine on the level I do.
What was your greatest success? My biggest success was the World Roller Games in Nanjing (China) 2017. I won every discipline – three golds. A dream came true that I never dared to dream.
What is your favorite race? My favorite races are those in bigger cities like Genoa, Warsaw, and Barcelona. It’s a very special atmosphere there because many people come to watch your competition. All eyes are on you, every second count, you can feel the crackle of the tension. These factors make you push your performance and so you will remember the race.
What advice would you like to give? Keep at it! Hold on to those special feelings and emotions of skating. Hold on to your motivation and joy for skating. Don’t forget. The first step to success is to trust in yourself and in your performance.
Any hobbies outside of skating? I like the slogan “Life is my favorite sport”. I love to be active and do a lot of sports in my free time. In wintertime, I ski a lot and also do cross-country skiing. I’m an instructor for skiing and snowboarding. Besides Inline Alpine I go jogging, practice slackline, do some mountain biking and play some tennis. Because of Corona, training conditions in 2020 were not that easy. But I tried to be creative and make the best of the situation. Therefore, I had a lot of home workouts instead of visiting my fitness studio, coordination, and alternative training.
What is your favorite moment in skating? Without a doubt, crossing the finish line after a powerful and fighting run to hear the moderator say “best time”. Additionally, going to training camps with the team to spend a couple of days together smiling and having fun together while also taking note of my competitors. All pursuing the same goal at the same time and supporting one another.
Tell us about your personal philosophy, phrase, ethic, and/or value as a skater! Yes, you can write a book…? For me and my brother Inline Alpine competitions became a family event and we enjoy the time we spend together with friends. But to prepare and start the competition means to enter another world – forget everything around you just focusing on one thing. For me, it makes life more exciting to forget about your daily life for a few days and be in the moment. The sport also gave me the opportunity to experience a lot of cities, nations, and cultures. Also, to meet a lot of interesting people. I’m working to keep my level. For me, the hardest challenge is to beat myself. If you want to be among the fastest and best athletes, you have to risk everything and you have only one try. Challenging yourself is the biggest obstacle. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay positive and overcome your doubts. You need to work on your mental health just as much as your physical health. Another important point of my journey in the world of skating is to share my experiences that I have collected over the years. I want to bring Inline Alpine forward – share my passion. That’s why I’m coaching the little ones and also our local squad team.