The climbing prodigy on training regimens and guilty pleasures
Ashima Shiraishi was six when her father first took her to Rat Rock, a climbing wall in New York City’s Central Park. In just a few years, she became one of the most talked-about names in rock climbing—and, at 14, the first female and youngest climber in history to ever complete a V15 grade climb (the scale of difficulty goes from V0 to V17). Now the 17-year-old is setting her sights on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the first time in decades the sport has been included. Here, Shiraishi talks about her favorite food indulgence, the mental strategy she employs when facing an injury, and more.