Ashima Shiraishi is an American rock climber from New York City. At just 15 years old, she balances her time between high school, friends, and normal teenage activities in addition to rigorous training and competitions with other world-class athletes. While some attribute her success to her accomplishments as a young female athlete, many of the world’s top climbers generally regard her as one of the best climbing athletes despite age and gender.
Though her parents have pushed her to succeed in all of her endeavors, they worry about her balancing everything at such a young age. Ashima captures her at a moment when she has decided to leave her friends at grade school for a professional children’s school in Manhattan, a decision that will allow her to continue to pursue her dream of one day climbing at the Olympics.