Sport Climbing saw its first women’s Olympic gold medal in history awarded when the unstoppable Janja Garnbret (22), Slovenia climbed into first position in two out of the three Women’s Combined disciplines.

The combined event consists of Lead, Boulder and Speed climbing competitions, and Garnbret was the clear winner when the scorings were counted together. More than deservedly, Janja Garnbret is The World Games Athlete of August 2021!

“I'm so happy that I can't even describe it, it’s like a dream coming true. On Instagram probably six or more years ago, I wrote, ‘See you in Tokyo!’ so it's a dream come true,” exclaimed Garnbret after taking the Olympic win.

The Slovenian, who made history in 2019 as the first-ever climber to sweep an entire season by winning every IFSC Boulder World Cup event that year, will be a favourite in both Lead and Boulder competitions next year when Sport Climbing features at The World Games Birmingham 2022. Back in 2017, Garnbret won the silver medal in Lead at The World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.

As The World Games Athlete of the Month, Janja Garnbret will receive The World Games Athlete of the Month diploma as well as a branded gift from the Official Sponsor of Athlete of the Month, Protective Life.

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Janja Garnbret of Slovenia poses with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medal
Photo: Leo Zukhov/IFSC

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