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The World Games Athlete of the Year 2018

Janja Garnbret - Sport Climbing

Janja Garnbret from Slovenia is The World Games 2017 silver medallist in Lead, and at the recent World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, she took gold in Bouldering, silver in Lead and gold in the new Combined event which is the discipline that is going to feature at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. The 19-year-old sport climber is one of the big hopes for Slovenia in the upcoming Olympics.

Janja Garnbret started competing when she was 14 years old. “Through the years I started training harder and harder and I realized that I could be the best climber in the world. I love when adrenaline goes through your veins, when you are on your own on the wall and you try to give your best and utilize everything from your training. Everyone is watching and cheering for you”, she says.

Although she hasn't reached 20 years of age, her outstanding career already features several World Cup wins, the World Championships in Lead, and the World Youth Championships in Lead and Bouldering.

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

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