#WCW: Sasha DiGiulian
Starting today, S&Co is introducing its newest blog series, #WomanCrushWednesday to highlight strong, empowered women in the community and in the spotlight.
On April 5, Sasha placed second in the Sport Climbing Series National Championships, making her way to the top for the first time.
Before this, she was climbing new heights–literally–all over the world.
At only 21-years-old Sasha became the first climber in the world to master an ascent up a sheer rock face – hundreds of feet above the tree canopy – in South Africa.
It was the first time she has claimed a ‘First Ascent’ – being the first to climb a route from ground to top without falling. Claiming a ‘First Ascent’ allows the climber the right to name the route. Sasha opted for Nelson Mandela’s middle name, Rolihlahla.
Sasha also became the first person to scale Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, in a feat that helped kick off the first home game of the season for the New York Red Bulls.
Before the Red Bulls and the Colorado Rapids matchup, the Columbia University student (yes–she’s also still in school) climbed her way into the arena rafters 100+ feet above the field.
Once at the edge of the stadium roof, Sasha unveiled the official 2013 MLS Supporters’ Shield Banner to highlight the the team’s honor of last year’s best regular season record. The climber then rappelling down to the field, where she delivered the official match ball to the players.