Ms. Namita Nayyar: You started climbing at a very young age and won the silver medal in speed Youth B at the World Youth Championship in 2002. You reached the pinnacle of success in bouldering by winning four Overall Bouldering World Cups (I’ve won 22 World Cups) and two World Championships. Tell us about this spectacular journey and how it all began?
Ms. Anna Stöhr: My parents took me and my sister to the rocks at a very young age. They are both climbers, so climbing felt very natural to me. At the age of 8 I entered a kids climbing group in Innsbruck. The coaches were Reini Scherer and Rupi Messner (who is still my coach today). A group of kids climbed together and it was a lot of fun. Once we got older we entered regional competitions, national competitions and in the end a lot of us made it to international youth comps. In 2004 I was not allowed to enter the adult Lead Climbing European Championship, but was forced to do the bouldering one. I gained a silver medal right away and was able to travel to World Cups, where I regularly placed in finals from the beginning. Therefore I was hooked to bouldering.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine?
Ms. Anna Stöhr: I mainly do specific climbing exercises on the climbing wall.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Anna Stöhr: As an athlete, I folllow a healthy diet in general. But I do not limit myself a lot. I love chocolate and gummy bears! I think it is important to keep a weight where you feel comfortable and not restricted.
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