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Written by Liz McInerney

Triple Threats

These three traceurs turned their hobby into a profession.

1. Daniel Ilabaca

Age: 25

Hometown: Liverpool, England

Commercial Cred: Co-founded the World Freerunning Parkour Federation.

Performed in UK television show Misfits and David Guetta’s music video for “Love Don’t Let Me Go.”

Breakthrough moment: Received mainstream exposure from a 2006 appearance on Top Gear.

Signature move: Nothing specific. Believes “all movement is meaningless without purpose.”

Following: 24,000 YouTube subscribers; 12,000 Twitter followers; and 5,000 Facebook likes.

Mohap says: “There are not many people in the world that have the natural ability to move the way Ilabaca does. The way he moves is very inspiring. He is one of the only people on the planet with this raw ability.”


2. Tim ‘Livewire’ Shieff

Age: 25

Hometown: Born in Hartford, Connecticut but has been living in London since age 3.

Commercial Cred: American Ninja Warrior and MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge. Placed second and third in the Red Bull Art of Motion competition.

Breakthrough moment: Winning the 2009 Barclaycard World Freerun Championship.

Signature move: Hand movements.

Following: 72,000 YouTube subscribers; 13,000 Twitter followers; and 7,000 Facebook likes.

Mohap says: “He had a knee injury a long time ago, which forced him to spend a lot of time on his hands. When he recovered, all his hand movements became his signature. He has a very strong upper body.”


3. Cyril Raffaelli

Age: 39

Hometown: Paris, France

Commercial Cred: He has either choreographed stunts or been a stuntman in over 40 different movies including The Incredible Hulk, The Transporter, and Live Free or Die Hard.

Signature move: The well-rounded Raffaelli is partial to flips and tumbles.

Breakthrough moment: Performed in the 1991 musical The Precious Ridiculous.

Following: Over 14,000 Facebook likes.

Mohap says: “Cyril is a very impressive stuntman, acrobat, and fighter, as well as a very good choreographer. He is somebody who pays close attention to what he does and is very precise, either as a performer or as a choreographer.”


And one to watch:


Alexandra Shevchenko aka Sasha Sheva

Age: 26

Hometown: Russia

Background: Represented Russia at the 2003 World Gymnastic Championships.

Reason to watch: Sheva moves with almost as much pace and power as male traceurs. Her YouTube videos have received over 100,000 views (much more than any other female) and it is easy to see why: She’s entertaining, athletic, and powerful.