Klimkait’s journey to the Olympics

At the 2021 World Championships in Hungary, Klimkait pulled ahead of her rival.


Jessica Klimkait’s main stumbling block to getting to the Olympics was her teammate and rival Christa Deguchi. The two of them had fought five times in the IJF World Tour and Deguchi was the one who prevailed in all five encounters.

Klimkait went in the 2021 World Championships as a underdog. Deguchi was the defending World Champion and the top favorite to win. Klimkait had it all to do…