With each incredible ascent he completes, it’s clear: Adam Ondra is one of the greatest climbers in the world and a true legend in the making. It’s even acknowledged by his peers, including the only man to ever free solo Yosemite’s El Capitan and the most well-known climber in the world, Alex Honnold, who remarked about Adam: “He’s basically rewritten climbing the past 10 years.” At only 27, we are only getting a glimpse at the depth of this athlete’s talent, skill and potential.
Born into the sport by avid climber parents in Brno, Czech Republic, Ondra was a prodigy in the truest sense of the word. He began climbing at just 6 years old, was dominating the sport by age 11, and proceeded to rack up accolades throughout his youth career. At only 13 he scaled his first 5.14d (9a) route, a difficulty rating typically achieved only by elite climbers twice his age. He went on to win his first World Cup season title in lead climbing at 16, followed with one in bouldering at 17. In 2014, at age 21, he won both events at the world championships, and remains the only person ever to have done so.
Adam has climbed three of the four hardest routes in the world graded 5.15c (9b+), while no other climber has done more than one. He travelled to Yosemite National Park for the first time in 2016 and completed the second free ascent of El Capitan's The Dawn Wall in the extremely short time of 8 days, adding himself to the ranks of fellow Champions + Legends athlete ambassador Tommy Caldwell. He followed up this epic feat by becoming the first person in history to climb “Silence” in the Hanshelleren Cave in Norway in 2017, regarded as the hardest, most technical climb, and the one which introduced the world a new level of difficulty: 5.15d (9c).
Never one to rest on his laurels, Adam has set his sights on conquering the indoor competition circuit as well. He is the only men’s climber to win season-long titles in both bouldering and lead climbing, and the only one to win both world championships in the same year. His next challenge? Olympic gold. 2020 sees Adam deep in preparation for climbing’s Olympic debut at the 2021 Games in Tokyo. There’s no doubt he possesses the talent and iron will to make this goal a reality, just as he has with every other challenge he has taken on. With Tokyo coming into view and more ascents on the horizon, the future is brighter than ever for Adam. Champions + Legends is excited to partner with a true legend in the making and will continue to support Adam as he pushes himself and his body to the limits.
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