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Behind the Olympic Curtain: Photo Gallery of the Final Training Session

Our on site photographers Jon Glassberg and Jess Talley captured climbing's Olympians before they take the big stage.

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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.

France’s Bassa Mawem bounds up the speed wall. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11

US climbers Kyra Condie and Nathaniel Coleman are in good spirits despite the pressure of competition climbing’s biggest stage. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11

Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret is a strong contender for gold. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11

Germany’s Alexander Megos “loves tops and loves cameras,” said Glassberg. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11

Kyra Condie remains poised on the unrelenting lead wall. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11

Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret reels in her swing on one of the many steep problems. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11

Switzerland’s Petra Klingler races up the speed wall. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11
Slovenia’s Mia Krampl finesses a tenuous clip. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11

Owner of Louder Than 11, Jon Glassberg, emerges from behind (one of) the cameras. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11
Jess Talley, one half of the Louder than Eleven team in Tokyo. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11