A new sport calls for a new hero.
Want to know the man behind the 2019 combined world champion? Find out below.
How it all started for Narasaki Tomoa
Before Narasaki the sport climber, there was Narasaki the gymnast.
For six years until the fourth grade, Narasaki was into gymnastics, going as far as the East Japan regionals. His goal was to become an Olympic gymnast.
Then one day, with no forewarning, he suddenly got the shudders. That would be the end of gymnastics for Narasaki.
The following year he took up sport climbing after tagging along his older brother to the gym.
Things have turned out pretty well. Narasaki still credits his gymnastics background for his success as a sport climber.
Japan's record setter
Alongside the combined title, Narasaki is also the IFSC world bouldering champion in 2016 and 2019.
He is the Japan speed record-holder of 5.72 seconds, a mark he set in 6 March, 2021, and is slowly but surely gaining on Reza Alipourshenazandifar's world record of 5.48.
Narasaki was the first Japanese to break six seconds, in October 2020.
Narasaki Tomoa was born on 22 June, 1996, Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, two prefectures north of Tokyo.
He comes from a family of five, with two brothers. His younger brother, Meichi, is also a professional climber who was in the race to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
As a result of training as much as eight hours a day, the 1.70-meter, 60-kilogram Narasaki has a body fat percentage of two.
That's t-w-o percent. Just 2.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, he's attracted a range of sponsors including fashion and lifestyle brands, and was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list for 2021.
Narasaki the Ninja?
It's said Narasaki is known as the "Ninja", for his incredible physical ability to scale the walls at will.
But Tomoa is rarely called that in Japan though. The nickname's origin is overseas.
He'll be climbing on the home wall at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.
The home fans will be fully behind his bid for gold as sport climbing makes its Olympic debut.