Olympics 2020: Petra Klingler


© Eddie Fowke

Bonstetten, Switzerland
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IFSC World Cup Wins Podiums
Speed 0PB: 8.901s 0
Boulder 1 1
Lead 0 0
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  • 2016 World Championships Boulder - Gold









Petra Klingler (SUI) Age: 29

A bona fide all rounder, Klingler has a World Championship win in Boulder and top 20 finishes in the two other disciplines. As if all that wasn’t enough she’s also picked up silverware (not to mention a few injuries…) in Ice Climbing World Cups too.

Klingler first appeared in a World Cup back in 2009, but the results took a while to come - her first finals appearance came in her 3rd season and she’d been at it for six years by the time she claimed a gold medal. Undoubtedly the greatest day in her career came in 2016 when she took a World Championship win ahead of a stacked field in the Boulder final. The image of her turning to the 12,000 strong crowd in Paris that day and smiling because she’d found a key toe-hook remains one of the best-known images in competition climbing history. Since then there have been no more World Cup or Championship podiums, but Klingler is rarely far from the business end of Boulder events and remains a regular and serious contender, capable of challenging the elite of the sport on her day.

Qualification route

Hachioji World Championships: 8th place

Her all-round prowess made Klingler a clear favourite to claim one of the slots available in Hachioji and she duly obliged, taking 8th in Speed during the qualifying round, then 3rd in Boulder and 12th in Lead. That all added up to 4th in the qualifying round, and an Olympic slot. She ended up 8th in the Hachioji final, not that it mattered!


Klingler studied Sports Science and Psychology and now works for Swiss Air in Bern when she’s not training and competing. She is a third-generation climber in a keen climbing family. 

UKC prediction

The final, but not the podium.

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