When I wrote about Vicki Unus, and later Kaatie Akstinat, I was motivated by a profound respect for female aerialists. The female aerialist, at once formidable athlete and sublime artist, reveals an oft-hidden truth when she performs: that beauty and strength are not incompatible. I can offer no better evidence of this than the performance by Eva Garcia seen in the following video:
So good are female aerialists, in fact, that we sometimes forget how dangerous their profession is; courage, another of the many requirements for the job. Sadly, a devastating reminder came August 8, 2003.