WW: 1st Place for Ashima Shiraishi

Remember Ashima Shiraishi? The 15 year old phenom has gone and done it again, claiming 1st prize at the 2017 U.S. Sport Open National Championship. This was her first time competing in the open national championships. “It is an honor to hold this title and to have competed against some of the world’s most talented climbers such as [Margo Hayes] and [Brooke Raboutou],” Turning to Facebook after the competition. “I am looking forward to compete in a few World Cups this summer. Thanks for cheering me on.”

Hayes (19) and Raboutou (15) both joined Shiraishi on the podium, placing 2nd and 3rd respectively. With the likes of Shiraishi, Hayes, and Raboutou tearing through the climbing scene, the future looks very bright for young female climbers…

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