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Janja Garnbret
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Garnbret at the 2017 Boulder World Cup in Munich
Personal information
Nationality Slovenian
Born March 12, 1999 (1999-03-12) (age 22)
Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Occupation Professional rock climber
Height 1.64 m
Website janja-garnbret.com
Climbing career
Type of climber Sport climbing, bouldering
Highest grade
  • Redpoint: 9a (5.14d)
  • On-sight: 8b (5.13d)
Known for Becoming the first ever female Olympic gold medalist in sport climbing and to win 6 World Championships.
Updated on August 6, 2021.

Janja Garnbret (born March 12, 1999) is a Slovenian rock climber and sport climber who has won multiple lead climbing and bouldering events. In 2021, she became the first ever female Olympic gold medalist in sport climbing, and is widely regarded as the greatest female competitive climber of all time.

Garnbret won her first international title in the lead competition at the 2014 World Youth B Championships. In July 2015, just after turning 16, she started competing in the senior category of the Lead Climbing World Cup. Since then, she participated in 34 Lead Climbing World Cup events, missing the podium in only four of them. In 2016, aged 17, Garnbret won the seasonal titles of the IFSC Climbing World Cup in lead and combined, World Championships in lead climbing, and World Youth A Championships in both lead climbing and bouldering. From 2016 to 2018, she was awarded the seasonal title in both lead climbing and combined disciplines. In both 2018 and 2019, she won the World Championships in bouldering and combined, and also reclaimed the lead title in 2019. The same year, Garnbret became the first athlete to win all bouldering World Cup events in a season. Throughout six events, she placed first in six qualifications, four semifinals, and six finals, topping 74 out of 78 boulder problems overall.

Early life

Janja Garnbret started climbing at the age of seven, and first competed in the national competition at the age of eight. She won her first major competition at the 2013 European Youth Championships, where she won in bouldering.

Competitions

In 2015, her first year of eligibility for the IFSC Climbing World Cup, she placed seventh in the overall lead climbing standings. The same year, she also placed first in a notable Swedish bouldering event, the "La Sportiva Legends Only", ahead of Shauna Coxsey, Mélissa Le Nevé, Juliane Wurm, and Anna Stöhr. She also won the bouldering gathering Melloblocco in 2015.

In 2016, she won most of the IFSC competitions in which she participated. She won the World Cup in lead and combined disciplines, the World Championships in lead, and the World Youth Championships in lead and bouldering. Garnbret also won the Adidas Rockstars 2016 contest (an invitational contest for the world's best bouldering athletes), defeating Jessica Pilz in the superfinal. She also won Rock Master in 2016, and then again in 2018.

In 2017, she won the World Cup in lead and combined disciplines, the combined title in the European Championships, and ranked second in bouldering in the World Cup and the European Championships.

In 2018, she defended her World Cup titles in lead and combined disciplines, and placed fourth in bouldering by winning two golds and one silver, after participating in just 3 out of 7 events (due to school commitments). Moreover, she won the World Championships in both bouldering and combined. She was close to also winning the Lead Climbing World Championships, where she earned the silver medal by topping the final route in 4 minutes and 38 seconds, just 11 seconds slower than Jessica Pilz, who won the Championship.

In 2019, she dominated the bouldering World Cup by solving 74 problems out of 78 and winning every event throughout the season (6 events out of 6). This feat had never been achieved before in the history of competition climbing. Anna Stöhr was almost able to do the same in 2013, when she won seven bouldering World Cup events out of eight. The same year, Garnbret won three out of four disciplines at the 2019 IFSC Climbing World Championships, taking gold in lead, bouldering, and combined. Her win in the combined event qualified her for a spot at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In 2021, she began the 2021 IFSC Climbing World Cup season with a win in bouldering at Meiringen in April before finishing second in Salt Lake City, ending her streak of bouldering World Cup wins at nine. In the same year, she became the first ever female Olympic champion in sport climbing, taking gold in the women's combined event at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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Garnbret as the 2017 European champion in combined discipline
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Garnbret climbing at the 2017 IFSC Climbing World Cup in Munich, Germany

Rock climbing

In addition to her competition climbing career, Janja Garnbret is also an accomplished outdoor climber, completing the ascents of various extremely difficult routes.

In 2015 she on-sighted the route Avatar, an 8b (5.13d) route in Pandora, Croatia. The same year she successfully climbed her first 8c+ (5.14c), Miza za šest at Kotečnik in her home country of Slovenia. The next year she flashed La Fabelita at Santa Linya in Spain, an 8c (5.14b) sports climbing route. She was given advice by her countrywoman Mina Markovič and climbed the route in less than 15 minutes.

In 2017 she went one step further and clipped the anchor of her first 9a (5.14d), Seleccio Natural, again at Santa Linya. Just a few days later she climbed her second 9a route, La Fabela pa la Enmienda, also at Santa Linya.

Rankings

See also: Best IFSC results and Janja Garnbret in the Climbing World Cup

Climbing World Cup

Discipline 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Lead 7 1 1 1 2
Bouldering 17 2 4 1
Speed 58 48
Combined 1 1 1 1

Climbing World Championships

Youth

Discipline 2013
Youth B
2014
Youth B
2015
Youth A
2016
Youth A
Lead 4 1 1 1
Bouldering 1 1
Speed 23 28
Combined 2 2

Senior

Discipline 2016 2018 2019
Lead 1 2 1
Bouldering 1 1
Speed 47 23
Combined 1 1

Climbing European Championships

Youth

Discipline 2013
Youth B
2014
Youth B
2015
Youth A
Lead 1 1 1
Bouldering 1 1 1

Senior

Discipline 2015 2017
Lead 2 4
Bouldering 2
Speed 32
Combined 1

World Cup podiums

As of July 3, 2021, Garnbret has won 30 World Cup events and has a total of 47 podium finishes.

Lead

Season First Second Third Total
2015 2 1 3
2016 4 2 6
2017 6 2 8
2018 4 3 7
2019 1 2 3
2020 1 1
2021 2 2
Total 17 8 5 30

Bouldering

Season First Second Third Total
2016 1 1
2017 3 1 4
2018 2 1 3
2019 6 6
2021 2 1 3
Total 13 4 0 17
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