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Yoshiyuki Ogata made waves in June 2019 with his first bouldering World Cup win, at Vail, but the now 23-year-old has been proving himself as a multi-disciplinary climber for years. In 2017, he placed first in both Lead and Bouldering at the IFSC Youth World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, and in May 2020 he set a new Japanese speed-climbing record. Ogata, of Yokohama, Japan, began bouldering at the age of 10 after seeing the sport on TV. Within three years, he was competing nationally, and at 16, he participated in his first World Cup.
“I always try not to think about results too much,” he said to Gym Climber. “I just keep smiling and enjoy climbing.”