Japan’s Climbing prodigy Miho Nonaka aims for Olympic Stardom | Going Olympic – Tokyo 2020

Japan’s Climbing prodigy Miho Nonaka aims for Olympic Stardom | Going Olympic – Tokyo 2020


My life revolves
around climbing. My name is Miho Nonaka. I’m 19 years old and
I’m a sport climber. I started climbing when I was
nine years old. My dad likes to climb, so he took our family to a climbing gym one day. That’s how it all began for me. Some of the highlights of my
career are when I won my first
championship at the World Cup last year, and when I won again
at the last match. I get goosebumps
when I clear a wall. It’s a combination of
the cheering spectators and the moment
I reach the goal. It’s hard to express in words
how it feels at those
moments. “Happy” is an understatement. (CLIMBING GYM UNDERGROUND
JUJO, TOKYO) This gym isn’t very big but it’s cosy. This place helps me focus. I also like the atmosphere. This is my home gym. Small holds like this one
only allow for one knuckle so you might want
to grab it like this. Even if you think you have a
firm grip on a hold, the direction of your palm
can change everything. It can dictate the direction
in which you apply your strength. Those are some of the things
you need to think about. You’re constantly searching
for the best way to climb. You never know what
the wall is going to look like until the day you compete. So you can’t train
for a specific wall. You have to make
decisions on the spot. Depending on the gym,
they all have different walls. The holds are also different. If forces you to exercise both your physical
and mental strength, from warm-up
for the end of practice. I couldn’t believe it
when I heard that sport climbing had been
added to the Olympic Games. When I started climbing, it didn’t used to be a major
sport. There were only a few
people doing it back then. So it’s truly a surprise to see
it as a part of the Olympics. I’ve always been competitive, even when I first started
climbing. So as a climber, whether it’s in the Olympics
or the outdoors or regular practice, my goal is to become
the world’s greatest climber.

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  2. In Indonesia, we have Aspar "The Lizard Man" Jaelolo and Aries Susanti "Spider Girl" Rahayu (Speed Relay) in sports climbing. See you in Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics guys…

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