Janja Garnbret wins three gold medals at the European Championship

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Janja Garnbret wins three gold medals at the European Championship

The most successful Slovenian sports climber and ambassador of Slovenian tourism, Janja Garnbret, won three more gold medals, which were missing from her collection. At the European Championships, she was unbeatable in difficulty, boulders and the new Olympic combination.

Janja Garnbret wins three gold medals at the European Championship

Her success was complemented by Mia Krampl and Luka Potočar with silver medals. Slovenia once again proved that it is the cradle of the best sport climbers in the world and a true superpower of sport climbing.

The first Olympic champion in sport climbing from Tokyo 2020, the first three-time world champion in 2019 and now the first three-time European champion are the titles that the 23-year-old Janja Garnbret has achieved in the last three years. European Championships Munich 2022 was Garbret's main goal of the season, which she finished with the best possible medal haul. Her superiority in three disciplines – difficulty, boulders and the new Olympic combination was also evident in the scoring. In the last test of the Olympic combination alone, she won 199.9 points out of 200.

The queen of sport climbing inspires sports fans all over the world

With five medals, Slovenia is the most successful country in sport climbing at the 2022 European Championships, despite the fact that Slovenian climbers do not compete in speed climbing. 8 Slovenian competitors showed excellent performances, three of them won medals. Among women, as many as four Slovenians ranked among the top seven in the world in the discipline of difficulty. At the European Championship, the Slovenian national team also received a special award for the most successful country in terms of the number of the medals.

At the start of the championship, the International Climbing Association paid special attention to Slovenia, which is one of the smallest countries in the European championship and achieves exceptional results in sport climbing. Slovenian sports climbers were asked what is the secret of Slovenian success. "I think it's team spirit," said Mia Krampl, the new European runner-up. Janja Garnbret added that the European Championship is her biggest goal of the season, as she was the best runner up until now. Garnbret's teammates from other countries cannot praise her enough: she is a simple and friendly person who is a great role model for both young and professional athletes. With her performances in and under the wall, she is an excellent ambassador of Slovenian tourism and sport climbing.

A great outset for the IFSC World Cup Koper

The Koper Climbing Centre will host the IFSC World Climbing Cup on September 2 and 3. On the new outer wall, all the Slovenian medal recipients at the European Championships, Janja Garnbret, Mia Krampl and Luka Potočar, will also show their skills. Slovenia has a long history of organizing sport climbing competitions – the first one was in 1988, and later Kranj became a fixture in the calendar of World Cup competitions. This year, the race is moving to Koper due to better conditions for the competitors.

The Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) recognizes the importance of such events, which enhance the image of Slovenia as an excellent destination for active recreation and preparation of athletes and strengthen the image of the I feel Slovenia brand, and actively participates in promotion.

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