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Two-time Lead World Champion, 2018 Combined World Champion, seven-time overall World Cup winner, 22 World Cup wins, and now … an Olympic bronze medalist.
From Kletterverband Österreich, Austria, 30-year-old Jakob Schubert has been competing on the international circuit since 2004. Yep, he’s always been a natural athlete. In fact, according to his blog, he thinks he would have become a professional soccer player if not for climbing. Based on his credentials, we believe him. Schubert is one of the most experienced and decorated climbers in the world.
He dominates outside, too. Schubert has climbed up to 5.15c—Perfecto Mundo, in Margalef, Spain—as well as a handful of V15s. He mentioned in an interview with Climbing he has ambitions to do big walls in the future.
Schubert climbs with the strength and confidence that would be expected of his caliber. His calm and tenacious approach are what separates him from the pack, and why he’s on the podium in Sport Climbing’s Olympic debut.