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Jan Hojer (GER) Age: 28
Cologne-born all-rounder Jan Hojer started competing from the age of 10 and was considered a strong contender for the Olympics as soon as the triple discipline format was announced. His background in youth Lead and Speed competitions combined with high strength and power in Bouldering - and a happy-go-lucky nature - make him one to watch in Tokyo, along with his consistency in peaking at the right time. Hojer seems to thrive in high-pressure, one-off championship events, having won just twelve medals in 53 Boulder World Cup rounds, but an impressive seven medals across fewer-and-further-between World and European Championships and World Games. With his uncanny ability to out-do routesetters and find his own unique way of doing moves to suit his tall frame, Hojer is an extremely adaptable athlete.
Hojer won the IFSC Boulder World Cup overall title in 2014 and has three European Championship titles to his name: two in Boulder and one in Combined. At World Championship level, he has won three medals (two bronze, one silver) in Boulder and Combined, including a bronze in the 2018 Innsbruck World Championships in Combined – the first event in which the Combined format was contested at senior level.
Toulouse Combined Qualifier: 5th place
Following a disappointing 17th place at the first Olympic qualifying event - the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji – Hojer had to make up the ground in Toulouse, knowing that only one quota place for a German male remained after Alex Megos punched his ticket in Hachioji and compatriot Yannick Flohé narrowly missed out, finishing in 11th place. A steady performance in Toulouse – which saw him battle head-to-head in a critical run with Flohé in Speed – earned him 5th place in the event to become seed #11.
At 6ft2, Hojer stands head and shoulders above many of his fellow competitors.
Given his experience and ability to deal with pressure, we reckon Hojer could make finals and finish 6th.