Janja GARNBERT

Slovenia SLO

Sport Climbing

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • First Olympic Games
    Tokyo 2020
  • Year of Birth
    1999
Olympic Results

Biography

Janja GARNBERT

Slovenian Janja Garnbret has an astonishing wealth of success under her belt despite only being 22 years old.

She's a six-time World Champion, has won 31 World Cup events, taken the overall World Cup title 9 times - and topped it all with gold at Tokyo 2020.

Being interested in climbing since a young age, her first national competition came at just eight years old. As a child, she would often be found scaling trees or door frames in her house, encouraging her parents to introduce her to indoor climbing.

According to CNN, though, her climbing career wasn’t always wrapped in riches. In fact, she consistently came last in competitions she would do as a child, but she loved climbing so much it never bothered her where she placed. But, the older she got and the better she got at climbing, she soon made a name for herself.

The first major competition of her career would come in 2013 at 14, where she won the European Youth Championships in bouldering.

In the course of the last few years leading up to the 2020 Olympic Games, Garnbret has dominated the competitions she’s entered as a senior climber. Since 2016, she has won six gold medals at the World Championships, at least once in each of the following disciplines: lead, bouldering, as well as combined. She swept the 2019 Championships, picking up a gold in each discipline.

In the same year, Garnbret made history as the first athlete to win all bouldering World Cup events in a single season; topping 74 out of 78 boulder problems overall. She has also picked up a silver medal at the 2017 World Games, and two silvers and – more recently – a gold at the European Championships in lead, bouldering and combined respectively.

Her formidable presence in sports climbing earned her the title of “Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year” in 2018, and in the same year she was awarded Athlete of the Month by the World Games Association – all while being just 19 years old at the time.

After blowing away the competition at the World Championships and the Olympics, Garnbert should be the one to beat as the sport heads into its second Olympics in Paris in 2024.

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Tokyo 2020

G
Women's Combined
Women's Combined Sport Climbing