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First Look At Climbing’s Olympians In Tokyo, a Photo Gallery

With climbing's debut in the Olympics just days away, the athletes are already getting their game on.


This photo gallery is part of our ongoing coverage of the 2020 Olympic Games. For our full package of Olympic coverage as it happens, plus a print subscription to Climbing, join us with a membershipnow available at half off. For just $2 a month you get access to all of our extensive Olympic coverage, plus a year of Climbing in print, and the bonus edition of Ascent, our annual coffee-table edition of climbing’s finest writing, art and photography. 
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