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Ashima Shiraishi        

Rock Climbing Athlete

At age 16, Ashima Shiraishi is widely recognized as one of the world's most talented young climbers of all time. Unlike many in her sport, Ashima’s love of climbing was not born in the Yosemite Valley, but instead in New York City's Central Park and Brooklyn Boulders climbing gym. At age 13, Ashima became only the second female climber to successfully send a V14 bouldering problem. A week before her 15th birthday, she climbed a boulder problem with a difficulty rating of V15. This remarkable achievement made her not only the first woman to ever climb a V15 boulder problem, but also the youngest person, male or female, ever to do so.

Hailed by the The New York Times as a “Bouldering Phenom” and selected as one of CNN’s 30 Most Influential Teens, Ashima has been profiled by several major publications, including The New Yorker, Outside Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Economist, VICE Sports, and ESPN Magazine. She has also been profiled by CNN Amanpour, The Today Show, The Disney Channel among others.

Despite her success and deep commitment as a climber, she still finds time to attend high school in New York City.


30 Under 30 2016: Sports - Forbes

Ryan Sheckler, 26. Athlete, Skateboarding. more. Ashima Shiraishi, 14. Athlete, Rock Climbing. more. Jordan Spieth, 22. Professional golfer, Spieth Enterprises.

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