Adam Ondra - The Road to Tokyo: Success and Disaster

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The World Championships in Hachioji took place last month and it was the first opportunity that climbers had to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. Undoubtedly, the biggest shock of the competition came in the men's combined qualification: Adam Ondra appeared to stand on a bolt. This meant that his Lead score was reduced to 10 and he was miles short of an Olympic qualification slot. 

Adam can still qualify for the Olympics, although his schedule has to change dramatically. He now needs to get some points from a speed competition in Xiamen, China, to be invited to the next combined event in Toulouse at the end of November. 

His fantastic ongoing series Road to Tokyo follows Adam throughout the World Championships and shines a light on the upset which took place.


Adam started climbing at about the same time he learned to walk. He hasn't stopped ever since.

When 8 years old, Adam onsighted routes graded 7b+ (5.12c). At age 13 he climbed his first 9a (5.14d).

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