Ashima Shiraishi’s Twitter bio (@ashimashiraishi) says simply, “I like chocolate and sour candy” giving away nothing of how this 14-year old girl wonder has become rock climbing’s tour de force.
Regarded by many as the best female rock climber in the world, Ashima is straight outta Manhattan. You know, that flat NYC island borough with the big park? That’s where Ashima got her start.
Born to older parents self-identified in this New Yorker piece as artists — not athletes — they had an idea for their first and only child.
Why do kids want to be like Ashima? Because she’s badass, that’s why.
If you’re looking for role models to share with your kids, and worthy content to spend time watching together, take a look at this New Yorker video about why she climbs.
Or this Vice Sports video of her mad rock skills, complete with back story:
There’s also this — Ashima’s TedxTeenTalk:
Who run the world? Girls.
Source: The New Yorker, Vice Sports, NY Times