Domen Škofic

A natural-born athlete

Climber Domen Škofic performing on a qualification route in Chamonix, France on July 11, 2016
© Luka Fonda/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Domen Škofic. My discipline is climbing. I was born on 11 April 1994 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. My philosophy of life is it’s too short, so take advantage of it. My favourite food is lasagna. My favourite music is drum and bass, techno and house.


Slovenian climbing prodigy Domen Škofič was born to be an athlete, pure and simple. Raised in Ljubljana but now living in Vrbnje near Radovljica, Domen demonstrated from a very young age that he had a real aptitude for sports. The question was what sport he was going to pursue professionally...

Inspired by a friend, Domen first tried climbing in his first year of primary school. In 2004 he entered his first competition and within a year he had become a two-time national champion in lead climbing and bouldering. In 2009 he won the European Youth Championship and finished runner up at the World Youth Championships. At the age of 15 he succeeded to climb a 9a route and became one of the youngest climbers to achieve this feat. He also took part at the Climbing World Championship and finished 14th.

Since those early days his skill as a climber has gone from strength to strength… In 2011 he became the World Youth Champion in Austria and followed that up by not only becoming one of the top eight in the 2012 World Championship finals in Atlanta, USA, but also the 2012 European Youth Champion in lead climbing. 2013 brought more success, however he really signalled his intent to the top echelons of the lead climbing world in 2014 when he took three podiums at the IFSC Climbing World Cup events, plus two 4th place finishes.

2015 was another year of marked improvement, but it was 2016 when he really made good on his promise, winning the overall IFSC Lead Climbing World Cup – the first Slovenian to do so.

Domen has also conquered several 9a+ routes and has studied at his university's Faculty of Sports. For him climbing isn’t just a lifestyle or a competition – it's his joy, his relaxation and his life! He couldn't imagine doing anything else.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place Overall: IFSC Climbing World Cup – Men's Lead

  2. 2016
    1. 1st Place: IFSC Climbing World Cup

      Briançon, France

    2. 1st Place: IFSC Climbing World Cup

      Chamonix, France

  3. 2015
    1. 1st Place: IFSC Climbing World Cup – Men's Lead

      Puurs, Belgium

    2. Route: Xaxid Hostel (9a)

      Misja Pec, Slovenia

  4. 2014
    1. Route: Papichulo (9a+)

      Domen’s first 9a+ route

      Oliana, Spain

    2. 3rd Place: IFSC Climbing World Cup – Men's Lead

      Inzai, Japan

  5. 2013
    1. 2nd Place: IFSC Climbing World Cup – Men's Lead

      Mokpo, Korea