BRNO, Czech Republic — The world’s best climber is a wiry 27-year-old with a curly mop

BRNO, Czech Republic — The world’s best climber is a wiry 27-year-old with a curly mop of hair and a noticeably long neck. His name is Adam Ondra, and on a misty fall day in an industrial valley on the outskirts of his hometown, he was inside the massive metal silo of a former rock quarry that had been converted into a climbing gym. Ondra leaned back and stared up the 15-meter wall that rose to the rafters. The wall leaned toward him slightly, menacingly, and was freckled with red holds dusty with chalk. It was a route to the Olympics, and Ondra was flummoxed. He wanted to get to the top in under eight seconds. By the time the Summer Games in Tokyo open in July, maybe he could do it in under seven. The world record is 5.48 seconds. That would never happen for Ondra. He is the world’s best climber, but not its best speed climber. And as soon as the Olympics were over, he would never do the speed wall again. But first he had to get there. Ondra found little joy in all this. To him, climbing was never meant to be about muscle memory and speed. It was about problem solving and creativity. It was efficiency, daring, control. “The fact that you can climb in five seconds or six second...

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