At Writtalin, we’re big fans of badass ladies who can look good while achieving athletic greatness, so when we saw that Sierra was competing in the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado two weeks ago, we had to meet up with her to talk climbing, and of course, take some photos of this blonde bouldering bombshell.
Photographer Bjorn Bauer (who you should follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and I were able to catch up with Sierra Blair-Coyle against the idyllic backdrop of Vail in the summertime to take some photos and get to know Sierra a little better.
On finishing third in the Dominion RiverRock Competition: “It was the most proud moment of my career. It had been a long time since I had placed in the top five. It seemed like I was always placing sixth, like, right on the bubble. It was my highest placing ever in a professional competition. The coolest part is that I was first in the running order, so I had to watch everyone else to see if they’d get past my point, and when it held up I was really excited!”
On her favorite place to climb: “Either Red Rocks outside of Las Vegas, or anywhere on Maui or Oahu because it’s so beautiful.” (Note: I asked, and she has not climbed the Luxor…yet). “I wish! Maybe one day.”
On the GoPro Games: “The GoPro games are a lot of fun. There are so many athletes here; so many of my friends. And of course Vail is beautiful. It’s been extra cool this year because in addition to climbing I’ve had a lot of media going on. After this interview we’re shooting something for NBC, which is super cool. I’m just really thankful to have all these opportunities.”
On her relationships with other climbers: “I think everyone is happy whenever someone else does well. Climbing is really competitive but it’s just so positive at the same time. It’s great to see my friends do well.”
On rock climbing being considered for the Olympics: “Unfortunately, for 2020 it missed the shortlist, but I think it’ll be up for 2024. Lots of people were really bummed about it, but for me, it’s like, when one door closes another one opens. I still have plenty of competitions to keep me busy!”