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Janja Garnbret is Sitting Out World Cups in Asia and the U.S.

The top comp climber fractured her left big toe while training in February and is not yet ready to compete

Photo by: Lena Drapella/IFSC

Janja Garnbret, one of the greatest competition climbers of all time, broke her left big toe during a training session in February. While an injured toe may not sound like a big deal compared to a knee, shoulder, or finger injury, in climbing we are almost always driving our weight through our big toes. Garnbret was unable to wear a climbing shoe on her left foot for weeks, hampering her training for upcoming IFSC World Cup events.

“My comeback to the competition circuit will have to wait a bit, as I’ve decided to skip the bouldering comps in both Asia and the US to give my toe some more time to recover,” she said via Instagram and Facebook. “I’m not that good in holding myself back in comp mode so I figured being patient a bit longer might be a smart move.”

With this announcement, Garnbret will miss at least the first three Boulder World Cups. First, she’ll be absent from next weeks’ Boulder World Cup in Hachioji, Japan from April 21 to 23. Then she’ll miss Boulder World Cups in Seoul, South Korea from April 28 to 30 and Salt Lake City, Utah from May 19 to 21.

Garnbret’s résumé in international competition climbing is unmatched. She won gold at the Tokyo Olympics. She also won gold at 23 Lead World Cups and 14 Boulder World Cups. Overall, she won the Lead World Cup season every year from 2016 to 2022, except in 2019 when she won silver. She won the overall Boulder World Cup season in 2019 and she won Combined four years in a row, from 2016 to 2019.

IFSC 2023 World Cup Schedule

April 21-23: IFSC Boulder World Cup in Hachioji, Japan
April 28-30: IFSC Boulder and Speed World Cup in Seoul, South Korea
May 6-7: IFSC Speed World Cup in Indonesia
May 19-21: IFSC Boulder and Speed World Cup in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
June 2-4: IFSC Boulder World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic
June 9-11: IFSC Boulder World Cup in Brixen, Italy
June 14-18: IFSC Boulder and Lead World Cup in Innsbruck, Austria
June 30 to July 2: IFSC Lead and Speed World Cup in Villars, Switzerland
July 7-9 IFSC Lead and Speed World Cup in Chamonix, France
July 14-15: IFSC Lead World Cup in Briançon, France
September 1-2: IFSC Lead World Cup in Koper, Slovenia
September 22-24: IFSC Lead and Speed World Cup in Wujiang, China

Lead photo: Lena Drapella/IFSC