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Erin Strkenburg (SA), age 18 and climbing for only four years, prepares for the Games in Tokyo. Photo: Daniel Gajda/IFSC
Miho Nanaka (Japan) is a medal prospect, being just as proficient at bouldering and lead as her compatriot Akiyo Noguchi, and Nonaka is arguably a better speed climber. Photo by Daniel Gajda/IFSC
The favorite for gold, Adam Ondra (Czech Republic). Photo by Daniel Gajda/IFSC
Kyra Condie (USA) works on trimming time on the speed wall. Photo by Daniel Gajda/IFSC
Julia Chanourdie (FR) injured a shoulder at the recent World Cup in Salt Lake City, but is recovered and in the Games. Here, she sets up on the speed wall. Photo by Daniel Gajda/IFSC
Japan’s two powerhouses, Tomoa Narasaki and Akiyo Noguchi. Photo by Daniel Gajda/IFSC
Mickael Mawem, younger brother of Bassa Mawem, also an Olympian on the French team. Tomoa Narasaki (Japan) looses up days before climbing debuts in the Olympics. Photo: Daniel Gajda/IFSC
Chaehyun Seo (South Korea) is just 17 but has beaten Janja Garnbret at four different Lead World Cups and is an Olympic wild card. Photo: Daniel Gajda/IFSC