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Ondra in 2018
|Born||February 5, 1993
Brno, Czech Republic
|Occupation||Professional rock climber|
|Type of climber||Lead climbing and bouldering|
|Known for||Being the first person to climb 9b+ and 9c routes and win both Lead and Bouldering World Cups and Championships|
|Updated on April 19, 2021.|
Adam Ondra (born February 5, 1993) is a Czech professional rock climber, specializing in lead climbing and bouldering. Rock & Ice magazine described Ondra in 2013 as a prodigy and the leading climber of his generation. Ondra is the only male athlete to have won World Championship titles in both disciplines in the same year (2014), and he is also the only male athlete to have won the World Cup series in both disciplines (lead climbing in 2009, 2015 and 2019, and bouldering in 2010 and 2021).
Ondra started climbing at the age of 6. At age 13, he climbed his first route graded 9a (5.14d). Rock & Ice reported that by 2011, Ondra was "onsighting 5.14c’s by the handful", and by 2013 had "more or less repeated every hard route in the world—easily". As of November 2018, Ondra had climbed 1550 routes between grades 8a (5.13b) and 9c (5.15d), one of which was a 9c (5.15d), three were 9b+ (5.15c), and three were onsights of 9a (5.14d).
Ondra is the first climber to have redpointed a route with a proposed grade of 9c (5.15d) (Silence, September 3, 2017), the first climber to have redpointed a route with a proposed grade of 9b+ (5.15c) (Change, October 4, 2012), the first to flash a 9a+ (5.15a) route (Supercrackinette, February 10, 2018), and the second to onsight a 9a (5.14d) route (Cabane au Canada, July 9, 2013). According to The Economist, Ondra is "regarded as possibly the best climber ever to fondle rock".
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