* Date : 2014-02-18
Kim Ja-in, born to climbing enthusiasts, began sports climbing when she was just in elementary school and demonstrated raw talent right from the get-go. She won first place at a youth climbing competition in her freshman year in middle school and in 2004, she was victorious at the Asia Championships, topping the Asia ranking at the age of 16. Ten years have passed since then, and she currently holds the title as the No. 1 sports climber in the world.
Standing 153cm tall and weighing 42kg, this tiny giant will surprise you with her ferocity and physical strength shown during training and at competition. She endures through rigorous training on a daily basis to maintain her momentum and her hands and feet are covered with calluses attesting to her hard work. Although sports climbing is physical and mentally draining, she is not willing to give it up because that's where she finds true happiness. She still recalls the moment when she climbed to the highest point among all the climbers to win the gold medal at the Climbing World Championship in 2009. In the recent years, she has been competing at about 18 competitions every year, but despite her busy schedule, she has given her time to do buildering as a charity event and become ann ambassador of sports climbing.
Be sure to tune into The INNERview to find out more about sports climbing involving ascending an artificial rock wall while relying on just a rope and learn about the struggles and achievements of the sports climbing phenom, Kim Ja-in.