Josh Levin is only 23 years old, but he’s already interned at NASA, dealt with the pressures of being a TV star, become the USA’s most decorated junior climber of all-time and faced up to some monumental life decisions of his own.

“I did another internship, doing manufacturing design; and I got an amazing offer from them which I turned down to train for the Olympics,” Levin revealed.

“It’s really cool, I have opportunities to do stuff beyond the scope of climbing, which is awesome; but now is the time to pursue climbing as much as I can. It was a tough call – do I want to take this amazing job offer or pursue my Olympic dream?”

Levin’s parents, having watched their son win a record 19 youth national championship titles, resisted the urge to push the youngster towards the security of a career at one of the world’s leading companies, and instead threw their support right behind his Olympic aspirations.

In among his busy schedule, the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) have played an important role in the Californian’s journey to date.

The engineering graduate was part of the sport climbing team at the Nanjing 2014 YOG Sports Lab. His role was to show off the sport’s unique attributes and get as many visitors up on the wall as possible.

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