Ashima Shiraishi, an 8th grade student at Steiner, is one of the strongest climbers in the world. Discovering climbing at the age of 6 while in Central Park in New York City, it only took Ashima a year to begin climbing at the professional level. She soon drew attention not only from the climbing community, but also publications such as Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and The Economist. Now, at age 13, Ashima continues to train at indoor gyms in New York City, and when her school schedule allows, travels the world in search of increasingly difficult climbs.
Watch the video of Ashima giving her TEDx talk in London.