A QUEST FOR CHARACTER STRENGTH, DIGNITY, AND BRAVERY
From a bench on
the mountain peak at the back of their farm home, the little twin
girls dreamed about the big world behind the horizon. Their daring
imaginations of fame and admiration eventually would become as real
as the towering cliffs that surrounded them. Angelika and Barbara,
born in St. Johann in Tyrol, a village in the Austrian Alps, left
their beloved family and surroundings by the age of eighteen. Their
life was marked with exceptional curiosity, creativity, and
ambition. The sisters never paused to seek risks; they experienced
extreme adventures and tough challenges all the years of their
Their journey, a
quest for excellence, led them first to Florence Italy, were they
completed their studies at the Academy Of Arts. Some of their art
pieces were bought by the museum of Innsbruck, and many private
individuals purchased their works from galleries in Florence.
impulse for traveling moved them toward employment on a
Transatlantic Ship, and later on a Mercantile Vessel, giving them
the opportunity to visit many exotic countries. Without financial
recourses and without the knowledge of the Spanish language they
dared to make Mexico City their new destination.
Success On Distant Shores
time was ripe to conquer Mexico by storm. Angelika and Barbara
turned into top fashion models, charging wages never heard of before
at that time. Photography, TV commercials, and artistic performances
took them to eight different countries, many times working for the
most famous fashion designers in the industry. Lonka Becker a
well-respected film agent soon discovered Barbara. 25 feature films
with starring rolls followed and two well-known American TV series,
“Mission Impossible” and “I Spy”. While Barbara traveled six month
out of the year filming in many locations, Angelika became a
renowned choreographer by creating the most extravagant fashion show
in Mexico’s history.
It did not take long when the twins opened up their own fashion
house with their personal designs of clothing, expanding to several
other cities in the country. Managing their employees, their stores,
and their clientele became successful a challenge all by itself.
for more accomplishments they opened a model-and personal
development school that soon would become the largest establishment
of it’s kind in Middle-and South America. Their next business, a
model agency, represented all the models and artists for every major
advertising agency. Angelika and Barbara’s life evolved
between the rich and famous, appearing at parties in Acapulco, New
York, and Los Angeles as regulars. Speaking four languages fluently,
and having traveled to over sixty countries made the shy backward
teenagers from the Alps behave in ways unknown even to their old
friends and family. Wherever they went their personalities were
noticeable because of their striking looks and for being the exact
copy, one from the other.
inside of the two sisters were still the little “Heidi’s” from the
Alps. The extreme unnatural lifestyle took a grip on their souls.
Neurotic, unsatisfied, and involved in drugs their life had to take
a turn for their survival.
Angelika welcomed Ramon Bravo as the best friend into her life. He
earned his fame through his own TV series of adventures and as an
author of many books. She pursued a new passion. Ramon took Angelika
as his brave performer to the greatest places on earth filming his
underwater documentaries, always portraying Angelika in dangerous
situations. There was no other woman available to dive 100 meters,
to swim with 40 hammer sharks, and to be almost drowned by see kelp.
Two of them turned out to be award-wining films. In one of the
adventures, Angelika is recorded for the big screen in a little raft
voyaging 2000 miles around Baja California.
Barbara could not
bear her life either. One day after one of her movies was presented
to the public on TV, she was invited to comment about her experience
of filming. Instead of narrating her account she looked straight
into the camera to say her good buy forever.
Armando Alvarez whose uncle was the countries president at the time.
They both had two girls but Barbara also raised his five small
children from his precious marriage. Angelika was married for 6
years and has two boys. Barbara remarried Tom Warren, well known as
the original Ironman Triathlon winner and a world-class athlete
devaluation of the countries currency the sisters were left with
only 20% of all their saving and their hard work of 15 years. Mexico
city’s population grew from 10-to 20 million. It was time to leave
the country, change their stage name and leave everything behind.
They assigned a power of attorney to their business manager who very
soon seized all they had as his own property without honoring any of
the agreements. Angelika and Barbara let go of fame, money,
businesses, and admirers and then they looked never back again.
moved to Texas were she earned her doctorate in Psychology. She
opened her private practice, and thought motivational and
psychological seminars. Her acting talents were resourcefully
transferred to public speaking.
For the first
time in their lives the twins were separated for 4 years until both
met up to live close to each other in San Diego California. Now they
reached 42 years of age and it was time to unshackle their new
passion. With new names, short blond hair instead of their long dark
curls they immersed themselves into exercise at first, soon turning
into competitive athletes. Away from all their publics expectations
in Mexico City they felt honestly themselves again. The little
“Heidi’s” from the Alps peaked out of their souls once more. Their
lungs were severely damaged at the altitude of 2000 meters in Mexico
City the metropolis most polluted in the world. In spite of continuo
asthma attacks Angelika and Barbara learned to cope with their
adversity and progressed to one of the greatest ultra-distance sport
athletes in the world. There many records and several world records
attest to their bravery.
To finance their
passion Angelika works as an international project manager and as an
organizer for sports events and expeditions. Barbara still works in
her private practice helping people to succeed and both sisters
impart seminars to closed groups and open to the public.
undertaking is challenging themselves as authors. Three successful
books have been published and can be ordered at: 1858-483-2122
WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO DO
Achieving excellence as a
Reach personal greatness like in
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POWER TO COMPLETE YOUR GOALS
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of races that are repeated yearly has chosen to organize her own
extreme adventures. One of them is named the "Women's World
Expedition", www.TwinTeam.com, were both sisters take five athletes
non-stop around the world in 60, actualizing eight different sports.
Another project is an adventure race in the jungles and ruff waters
of Costa Rica. One of her greatest challenge was:
ONE WOMAN, EXTREME SPORT RECORD ADVENTURE
called “The Catalina Twin
Quadrathlon”. Angelika cycled from San Diego to San Pedro, 110
miles, swam the Catalina Channel 23 miles, ran around the Island 50
miles, kayaked back from Catalina Island 23 miles, and then cycled
back to San Diego 110 miles.
Total 320 miles continuous swim,
run, kayak and bike. She slept 4 hours and accomplished the event in
Both sisters set a record in the
Race Across America in 2001, cycling 3000 miles from Oregon to
Adventures On The Horizon
hard work the sisters keep traveling, working, and training 25 hours
or more, every week. Many more adventures are on their list, many
mountains to be conquered, waters to be swam and kayaked, countries
to be cycled, and stretches of glory to be run. As long as God
grants them life they will glorify his name until the end.
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stand out for:
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They have a feature article in
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Regis and Kathy Lee and Good Morning America.
They have gone far beyond the
possible, physically and mentally
Eight authors have written about them.
They are professionals [Ph.D. BA. MA.], and entrepreneurs.
They are identical twins.
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“The world we belong to has taught
us to reach deep within to respond to challenges, and we are blessed
to teach others how to convert adversities into opportunities”