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Luci Romberg becomes first woman to qualify for international finals. Read all about it on DailyMail.com

Posted by Levine Communications Office on February 6, 2012

The five-foot stuntman who has become the world’s best female freerunner… and now she’s ready to take on the men

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Luci Romberg - Professional Freerunner and Stunt Woman

She may only be 5ft tall, but Luci Romberg has catapulted herself to the top as the world’s best female freerunner. The 30-year-old, from Colorado, U.S., has somersaulted her way to the finals of freerunning competitions across the globe, leaving the world’s best male competitors in her wake. Her abilities see her backflip across railings, scale the side of buildings, jump an 8ft gap from one roof to another and use bars, boxes or poles as she spins through the air.

Ms Romberg works as a professional stuntwoman and her job as already seen her lie down in the path of a jackknifed tanker and has even been set on fire. The pint-sized daredevil is a member of The Stuntwomen’s Association and has starred alongside Hollywood celebrities in blockbuster films and television shows including Indiana Jones, Green Lantern and Heroes.

She said: ‘Both my parents are incredible athletes. My dad was a tennis pro for 30 years and has just retired. ‘He now golfs, plays volleyball, tennis, softball and coaches a soccer team and my mum is a barrel racer. ‘My brother is also a professional stuntman and we were all athletes so I guess you could say it’s in our blood.’

After being convinced to have a go at doing stunts by a gymnastic teammate, Ms Romberg moved to LA to pursue her dream. It was there that she discovered her talent for freerunning and she had been a member of Team Tempest, one of the best troupes in the world, since discovering the sport in 2005. She has been placed top female freerunner in eight international competitions, most recently in the Red Bull Art of Motion 2011.

She is the only female freerunner to have qualified for the finals of the annual competition. ‘For me freerunning is about artwork of the body, it’s very free and very challenging,’ she said. ‘There are no rules, there’s no right or wrong, you learn the basics and do what you like. ‘I train every day, I’d sleep in the gym if I could, if you’re good at something you want to do it as often as you can. ‘Freerunning is scary, it’s hard, it takes a lot of courage and hitting the concrete hurts but it’s my life and I love it.’

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Agile: Luci Romberg is the world's best female frontrunner and will compete against male rivals in the finals of the annual international competition.

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In motion: She appears to be suspended in mid-air in this image as she runs through the streets of LA.

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Stunt: The 30-year-old took up the sport in 2005 after working as a stuntwoman in LA.

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