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Janja Garnbret Injured – Will Have To Modify Training For Upcoming World Cups

The top comp climber fractured her left big toe while training

Photo by: Lena Drapella/IFSC

Janja Garnbret, one of the greatest competition climbers of all time, recently broke her left big toe during a training session. 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 will be unable to wear a climbing shoe on her left foot for at least four weeks, hampering her training for upcoming IFSC World Cup events and Paris Olympics qualifying opportunities this year.

Via Instagram, Garnbret had this to say about her predicament: “I am not gonna lie, it is challenging to face what this injury means for the upcoming season and at least four weeks without [a] climbing shoe on the left side is a big deal! Looking at things from a different angle though I must say that [I’d] rather go through this now than mid-season. Rehab, here I come!”

Luckily, she has over two months before the 2023 World Cup season kicks off at the end of April. The first event is a Boulder World Cup in Hachioji, Japan from April 21 to 23 and the second is a Boulder and Speed World Cup in Seoul, South Korea from April 28 to 30. If she’s not ready in time, she can sit out these events and join the third Boulder event in Salt Lake City, Utah from May 19 to 21.

Garnbret’s resume 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.

Lead photo: Lena Drapella/IFSC