Following 9 years of competitive track and pole-vault, Romanian-born Cristina began climbing in 2004 after joining the Romanian Alpine Club. Between 2005 and 2016 she took part in numerous bouldering, sport climbing and ice climbing competitions in which she managed to win 36 prizes, taking first place on 20 occasions. In 2011, Cristina ranked 6th in the speed competition at the Ice Climbing World Cup in Busteni, before taking 8th in the same international championship the following year.
Trained as civil engineer, Cristina became a mountain guide in 2013 and fully qualified IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide in 2018. She now shares her time between Chamonix in France, Wanaka in New Zealand and her native Romania.