The first thing I noticed when we first met were her eyes. Big blue-green eyes that sparkle with the joy of being alive and free. Eyes that go straight at you with that little daring look that says “Try me”. The next thing I noticed was the very rare combination of strength and flexibility she has, making every move deceptively easy, holding difficult poses for as long as it took me to move and get the best angle. But what astounded me the most was her perfect, flawless form. Genetics have little to do with this. It’s the product of thousands upon thousands of training hours, an unrelenting quest. Needless to say I was speechless. Immensely grateful and speechless.