Eleven-Year-Old Crusher Ashima Shiraishi on Climbing in the Olympics

Even if you don't follow climbing, you may have heard of Ashima Shiraishi, the 11-year-old boulderer who graced the front page of the New York Times' sports section earlier this month. In March, the New Yorker became just the third woman—and the youngest by more than a decade—to climb a consensus V13 boulder problem when she sent Crown of Aragorn in Hueco Tanks, Texas. A movie about her exploits, Obe and Ashima, premiered at the Reel Rock Film Tour last year, and has traveled with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. We caught up with her between trips in New York City to find out where she thinks the sport is headed.

What do you think the future of climbing's going to be like?
I think climbing would be a really good sport for the Olympics. They're going to pick a sport because baseball got kicked out, so climbing might be the one. They're also thinking of putting skateboarding in the Olympics, but I think climbing would be better because it's a sport that a lot of people like around the world, especially in Europe.

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