The British professional climber Shauna Coxsey will no longer take part in competitions after the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Started at the age of seven Shauna Coxseys Competitive career. Since then she has stood on the podium 30 times and won 11 gold medals.

I know what it's like to be up there with the best. I always gave my all, no matter what. But it's different now. I am different. The world is different.

Shauna Coxsey
Shauna Coxsey during training in Climbing Hangar Matchworks in Liverpool (Photo Matthew Bird / Red Bull Content Pool)
Shauna Coxsey during training in Climbing Hangar Matchworks in Liverpool (Photo Matthew Bird / Red Bull Content Pool)

Up and down with injuries

In recent years Shauna Coxsey has been one of the absolute top climbers in international competition. At the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji In 2019 she won the bronze medal in bouldering and the combined format. But repeatedly she was thrown back from injuries. Operations on the wrist and knee and back pain accompanied her intensively in 2020.

I've had back pain since my knee surgery last summer. We try to plan the training 'around the pain' and thanks to my brilliant team, I feel good during training despite the challenges.

Shauna Coxsey

But enough is enough, the British woman must have said to herself. It is clear to her that she is turning her back on the competitive circus. One last time, however, she will be seen on the mats and on the rope of an international competition: On the Summer Olympics. Shauna represents her country in Tokyo and wants to give everything one last time.

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Credits: Cover picture Matthew Bird / Red Bull Content Pool