Czech professional rock climber Adam Ondra is the only male athlete in the sport to have won World Championship titles in the “lead climbing” and “bouldering” categories in a single year. Along with the category of “speed” – for the first time ever – those disciplines will be a part of the Olympic Games as of 2020, under the catchall category of “sport climbing”.
Czech professional rock climber Adam Ondra failed to advance to the finals
at the World Cup in Japan on Monday, and thus did not qualify for the
Climbing is one of four new sports set to make Olympic debuts at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The new triathlon format will see athletes awarded medals based on scores across three formats: Speed, Lead and Bouldering.
Ondra, who has seven world medals in Bouldering and three world championship titles, was among the pre-tournament favourites. He finished 18th in the combined qualifying round after being penalised for using a bolt meant for clipping the rope to as a foothold.
Czech mountaineer Klára Kolouchová reached the top of K2 mountain located
in the Himalayas on Thursday morning, making her the first Czech woman to
successfully ascend all three of the world‘s highest peaks. Kolouchová
climbed Mount Everest in 2007 and Kangchenjunga, the world’s third
highest mountain, this May.
The Czech mountaineer managed to make it to the top of K2, often seen as the most difficult and dangerous mountain to ascend, on her third attempt. Previously she had been stopped by avalanches and nausea. She is currently working on a documentary film with director Jana Počtová about her quest to get to peak of K2.
Czech climber Adam Ondra dominated the men’s qualifiers of the Chamonix Lead Climbing World Cup 2019 on Saturday. Ondra bounced back after an elbow injury to clinch the only two tops, placing provisional first ahead of Alexander Megos and Romain Desgranges. The other Czech representative in the race, Martin Stráník, finished sixth.
Czech climber Adam Ondra placed fifth in the Bouldering World Cup in Vail
which dashed his hopes of retaining the lead position in the overall
rankings. The Czech hopeful for the Tokyo Olympics was narrowly beaten by
Japan’s Tomoa Narasaki who placed second in the final race. Narasaki is
now first in the overall rankings with 340 points, Ondra second with 335.
The Vail World Cup not only marks the end of the bouldering season, but is also the final opportunity for athletes to gain points to be the 2019 Overall Bouldering Champions.
Czech mountaineer Radek Jaroš is yet another step closer to conquering the highest mountains of each of the seven continents, the so-called Crown of the World. After scaling Aconcagua, the highest point of South America, at the start of this year, along with his colleague Jiří Tůma, there are only two items left on his list of peaks to conquer.
Czech climber Adam Ondra raised the bar in sport climbing in Norway on
Sunday, completing a climb which could be rated 9c, which would make it the
most difficult in the world. The 24-year-old Ondra had prepared for the
climb, which took place at Flatanger cave, for a month. He had been back to
Norway seven times.
The climber bolted the route of the climb in 2013, the Czech News Agency reported; he labelled the initiative “Project Hard”. He told ukclimbing.com that the route was much harder than anything else he had done, giving him hope it could be rated 9c.