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1 year ago

How Can You Set a World Record and Not Medal in the Olympics?

Implausible as it sounds, Aleksandra Miroslaw of Poland did just that in Tokyo 2020's Sport Climbing combined event.


1 year ago

Great Olympic Moments You May Have Missed—We Got ‘Em Right Here

The Finals were a wild ride, with who would win and who wouldn't shifting like sand as the competition progressed. What didn't change? The grit and courage shown by all the athletes, as captured by the lens of photographer Ryu Voelkel.


1 year ago

“Her mental game was so strong”: Robyn Erbesfield Raboutou on watching Brooke in Olympic sport climbing

This past year Brooke Raboutou went outside and climbed in Rocky Mountain National Park. Was that any kind of factor? Just maybe.


1 year ago

Let’s Celebrate Brooke Raboutou, She Rocked Olympic Sport Climbing

Brooke Raboutou didn't medal, but she gave an OIympic performance, and is worthy of being on a podium by herself.


1 year ago

Olympic Sport Climbing Silver Medalist Nathaniel Coleman’s Big Debut

Alex Johnson, who was an early peer on the U.S. Team, recalls the time Coleman won his "first" silver. And what made him stand out.


1 year ago

3,000 People a Day Become Climbers. We Knew Olympic Sport Climbing Was Popular, But Really?

Sport Climbing was exhausting to watch, four days of high-level focus from the athletes and spectators. It was at times a bumpy and confusing road with many forks, most generated by an oddball scoring system. Here, we present the highs and lows.


1 year ago

Janja Garnbret Wins Olympic Boulder Final, Raboutou Second

The best in the world dominated Boulder finals while Raboutou's strong showing puts her in good shape heading into Lead finals, where the Gold, Silver and Bronze in climbing's first-ever Olympics will be determined.


1 year ago

Is Olympic Lead Climbing Boring, And Could Its Future Hinge on Routesetters?

Smart setting is giving bouldering the traction it needs to stay an Olympic sport. Can lead keep up?


1 year ago

Who Won, Who Lost, And Why At the Men’s Olympic Sport Climbing Finals

The speed wall didn't go well for most of the climbers, then one boulder was too easy, the others too hard.


1 year ago

Post-Olympic Interview with U.S. Athlete Colin Duffy, A Men’s Combined Finalist

Colin Duffy gives a breakdown on what it was like to compete in Sport Climbing's first Olympic event.


1 year ago

Lopez Wins First Ever Olympic Gold In Sport Climbing, Big Upset

In a surprise lead finish the young Spanish climber took the gold while Ondra finished out of the medals.


1 year ago

Upset In Sport Climbing Men’s Speed Finals. Results Here.

The mens' speed final was filled with slips and a false start. Ondra had personal best.


1 year ago

Sport-Climbing’s Medal Competition for Men Begins Tonight, Are You Ready?

Don't know who will be competing tonight? Here's the list.


1 year ago

Let Sport Climbing’s Olympians Cry In Private!

Janja got off to a terrible start, speed PRs fell, Seo proved she was worthy, Nonaka hurt her wrist, and other news from today's women's sport climbing qualifiers.


1 year ago

Lynn Hill on Sport Climbing’s Olympics and Brooke Raboutou: “Glad It’s Her and Not Me!”

If the Olympics happened in her era, she'd have been there. Now Hill is watching Brooke, whom she has known since the young climber's infancy.


1 year ago

Which Climbers Will Medal in the Olympics? You May Be Surprised.

It's the Olympics anything can happen, but let's make a few predictions anyway.


1 year ago

Bassa Mawem Out With Injury, Ondra Could Automatically Advance in His Worst Discipline, Speed

A torn biceps tendon has knocked the Frenchman out of finals potentially upsetting the medal apple cart.


1 year ago

Should Climbing Really Be In The Olympics? One Competitor Wondered.

The Games seemed too clean, too organized, too commercial to ever accept climbing and for likewise that climbers would never accept it.


1 year ago

Women’s Olympic Sport Climbing Speeds Into History—The Battle Begins

Personal bests and slips shake up the leader board as Olympic women race to position going into Boulder.


1 year ago

Climbing Went Olympic. What Just Happened, Really?

Now that climbing has been viewed by millions, what are the ramifications? How did it stack up against other sports?


1 year ago

Preview: Surprises Abound As Some Stars Dim, Underdogs Shine At Olympics

The night was full of twists and turns, with underdogs giving top-dog performance, and the eight climbers advancing to the finals were only half expected.


1 year ago

Surprises Abound as Climbing Makes History in the Olympics

The night was full of twists and turns, with underdogs giving top-dog performance, and the eight climbers advancing to the finals were only half expected.


1 year ago

The Men’s Olympic Qualifiers: A Photo Gallery of Climbing’s Debut in Tokyo

Men's Qualifications: Our on-site photographers John Glassberg and Jess Talley captured climbing's Olympians on the very first event.


1 year ago

Mickael Mawem Tops Olympic Combined Qualifier, Duffy and Coleman Advance: Combined, Lead Results

The men's Combined Qualifiers have concluded with two Americans advancing, while Adam Ondra passes through.


1 year ago

Climbing Makes History At Olympics—Bassa Mawem Wins Men’s Speed Qualifier

20 of the world's best competition climbers squared off in the sport's Olympic debut. Team USA, Colin Duffy and Nathaniel Coleman, had strong performance. Adam Ondra, while not so fast, landed in a solid position—he wasn't last—going into Boulder and Lead.


1 year ago

Behind the Olympic Curtain: Photo Gallery of the Final Training Session

Our on site photographers Jon Glassberg and Jess Talley captured climbing's Olympians before they take the big stage.


1 year ago

5 Great Summer Olympic Upsets

Watching underdogs win surprise gold medals is one of the best parts of the Olympics. Here are some of the most unexpected wins in the history of the games — including two that changed running forever.


1 year ago

Team USA Meets the World at the Olympics

Team USA, Kyra Condie, Nathaniel Coleman, Brooke Raboutou and Colin Duffy go on the world stage with their fellow Olympians.


1 year ago

Breach of Security at Olympic Climbing Wall Causes Kerfuffle

Garrett Gregor, Olympic routesetter, reports from Tokyo.


1 year ago

First Look At Climbing’s Olympians In Tokyo, a Photo Gallery

With climbing's debut in the Olympics just days away, the athletes are already getting their game on.


1 year ago

Why Aren’t Alex Honnold—And Other Climbing Greats—In The Olympics?

A lot of the world's top climbers won't be in the Olympics, here's why.


1 year ago

Are the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Cursed? A Political Scientist Weighs In

Political scientist and former Team USA athlete Jules Boykoff explains why the Tokyo Olympics could finally break the IOC and change the games forever.


1 year ago

Updated: Olympic Climbing Schedule, Dates and Times to Watch

Check here for the dates and time for finding Olympic climbing.


1 year ago

Derided By Many, Speed Climbing Could Still Decide Who Gets Olympic Gold

The least favorite discipline for most Olympic climbers, speed climbing and its unforgiving nature could put some medal contenders in the hole at the onset.


1 year ago

Who Can Beat Adam Ondra and Janja Garnbret In the Olympics?

With the Games just days away, the world's top two climbers seem poised to win gold, but victory isn't guaranteed. Here are our picks for the athletes who could upset the apple cart.


1 year ago

Ryan Arment Coaches Team USA Climbers Through Failure—and Success

He's worked with Olympic climbers Colin Duffy and Brooke Raboutou since they were kids.


1 year ago

Team USA’s Body Tweaker Is a Busy Guy

Zack DiCristino, the National and Olympic Team physical therapist and medical manager helps keep Team USA healthy and cranking.


1 year ago

Spectators Think Climbers Are Failures. IFSC President Hopes to Change That

The president opens up about the Olympics, that highly publicized lawsuit with Japan, some ongoing efforts to combat doping, and what’s in store after Tokyo


1 year ago

Briancon Threatens to Crush Team USA Under the Weight of Medals

Great performances by world-class competitors in the final World Cup before the Olympics.


1 year ago

Inside the Training Lab of Team USA

Team USA's training facility in Salt Lake City doesn't have a juice bar. It's got soul instead.


1 year ago

Best. Year. Ever. Team USA.

By the numbers, Team USA is having its greatest season of all-time—and we’re only halfway done.


1 year ago

Unreal—Another Gold for Sean Bailey, That’s Two In a Row

Yet another powerhouse performance from Team USA, with the usual stars shining and Ashima Shiraishi proving she has the stuff for World Cups.


1 year ago

What Do Climbing, Surfing and Skateboarding Have in Common?

The Olympics Are Counting On Climbing and a Few Other Additions To Put a New Spin to the Games


1 year ago

How Did We Get Four Olympians?

Team USA was projected to qualify just one athlete for the Olympics, but instead maxed out, quadrupling expectations. The team manager had a lot to do with it.


1 year ago

Grossman In First as Climbers Advance to World Cup Finals

Three Americans continued Team USA's streak on the world stage.


1 year ago

Grossman, Bailey, Shiraishi Advance to Semis in Chamonix World Cup

With the Olympics just three weeks away, no qualified Olympians are competing, but stoke and crank goes on in the center of the alpine universe.


1 year ago

How Lynn Hill, Robyn Erbesfield, Jim Karn and Others Helped Get Us to the Olympics

Competition climbing had scrappy origins, but thanks to a dedicated crew it took off.


1 year ago

Inside the Pressure Cooker: World Cup Routesetting

"We are not magicians and we do not make the results."


1 year ago

Sean Bailey and Natalia Grossman On Deck For Chamonix Lead World Cup

Our World Cup coverage continues as gold medalists Sean Bailey and Natalia Grossman take on the best in the world in lead climbing.


1 year ago

Only a Fool Would Count Out Sean Bailey

He didn't make the Olympic team, finished 47th in Innsbruck, but these stumbles only sharpened Sean Bailey's blade of ambition, and now he rightly sits on the throne as king of the comeback.


1 year ago

What If Janja Garnbret Loses At the Olympics? Unthinkable? Let’s Think About It.

Slovenia's brightest star is the favorite to win gold in Tokyo, but nothing is a given. A foot could slip, she could false start in Speed, or other competitors could simply climb faster and harder.


1 year ago

1 year ago

Olympic Climbing Dictionary for Dummies

Don't know a belayer from a send, no worries, our easy-to-use guide can set you straight.


1 year ago

Team USA Rocks, Seven Advance to Lead Semis in World Cup

A great showing as three Olympians move to the next round


1 year ago

Who’s Who: Meet Olympic Teams South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Poland, and Kazkhstan

Get to know the 20 men and 20 women competing in climbing’s inaugural Olympic event


1 year ago

PreGames Interview: Kyra Condie and Nathaniel Coleman on Plusses / Minuses, Games Vs. World Cup, and How These Olympics Are Different

Says Condie: “I’ve always said that my superpower in climbing is being able to separate my self-worth from my climbing ability."


1 year ago

What You Need to Know About the Olympic Climbing Wall

Unveiling the Lead, Speed and Boulder walls, the Format, and how to read the Scoreboard


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