Garnbret opens season with convincing win

Bern – Olympic gold medallist Janja Garnbret has opened the climbing season with a convincing victory in bouldering in Meiringen, a record 32nd World Cup win for the 23-year-old.

The only one to have climbed all 13 boulders, Garnbret said after the win last night that this was a privilege because “every event is a story onto itself. If you win all the events in the previous season, this does not mean you will win them all this season.”

The world’s dominant climber for the past several season, Garnbret made only a short appearance on the World Cup circuit. She has decided to leave out the next four bouldering events and will return to the World Cup in June, when the lead competition gets under way.

“I plan to compete in all lead events, including the European Championships in Munich in August. This is my main goal this season,” she said.

This is a strategic decision with an eye on the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, where a new combined event will be on the schedule. In Tokyo Garnbret won the speed-boulder-lead combination, in Paris the combination will be lead-boulder.

“You have to choose wisely which events to compete in this year and next. I want to be the real Janja in Paris, 100% prepared and motivated,” she said.