Ashima Shiraishi is a top American rock climber who competes in bouldering and sports climbing. The New Yorker notes, “The real miracle may be that a little girl from the unmountainous island of Manhattan, born to insular, artistic immigrants who had never tied a figure-eight knot, became, by the age of fourteen, possibly the best female rock climber ever—a Gretzky of the granite. ”
This TED Talk video shows Ashima presenting her thoughts about rock climbing and solving problems in life, with teenage awkwardness mixed with mature insights.
More about Ashima Shiraishi:
[New Yorker] The Wall Dancer: “She does not look muscular, but once she’s on the wall the muscles in her shoulders and back seem to spring out of nowhere. She’s metamorphic.”
[ESPN] Ashima’s Most Daring Climb: “At 5-foot-1, 100 pounds, Ashima is the best teenage climber in the world, male or female. Some consider her the best female climber in the world regardless of age. ”
[Huffington Post] At 13 Years Old, Ashima Shiraishi May Have Just Made Climbing History: “I think that now it’s not always the guys that are pushing the limits; it’s also girls who are strong and focused and inspired to climb,” [Ashima] said with a shy smile. ”
[New York Times] Tiny Hand Over Hand: “It did not take a pro to see that there was something unusual going on at the time Ashima started climbing in 2007, when she was 6.”
These videos give additional views of Ashima Shiraishi in action and competition in her even younger days.