Olympic photographers comments

EDITORIAL

Monday, 2 August

Daniel Gajda is the official IFSC photographer. We asked him for some comments of his impressions and who has looked strong in the preparation, including in Speed. We also got a picture of Toma Narasaki.

"Everybody looks fit and prepared! Everybody seems very psyched to be here and ready to compete! I mean Janja and Tomoa look like they are absolutely dominant in bouldering. I believe Tomoa is running sub 6 seconds and Alberto is running a lot of sixes. Janja and Miho are both pretty speedy now as well"

Jon Glassberg, 8a member who has done 8C, reports also with pics through his Insta and we got some further comments.

"We have been at the wall every day and shooting the whole process. It’s amazing. It feels like a new era for climbing and a huge international celebration of our sport.

Pretty much everyone you would expect to be in good form is looking strong and most people have come a long way with speed climbing times. Lots of sub 8sec times in practice for the men very consistently and women were looking fast as well. Two Russians and 1 polish competitor did not attend training so we were not able to get a good read on them…

It’s really interesting since so much time has passed since qualifying for the Olympics in 2019 how people have handled an extra year of training and maintaining peak fitness. Some have injuries, some are looking very fit, overall it’s been a wild ride but very exciting to let the world in on how cool climbing is."

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