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Only weeks ago we saw strong finishes from both Kyra Condie in eighth and Nathaniel Coleman in 10th at the most recent Bouldering World Cup in Salt Lake City, May 31. “Top 10” has a nice ring, and is a solid boost and confidence builder for them as the Olympic Games, the first ever to include the sport of climbing, approach. The Games, to be held in Toyko, will open on July 23, and the climbing events are August 2-5.
Anyone in the home audience was of course also thrilled to see two American winners in Salt Lake: Sean Bailey and Natalia Grossman each took gold, with Brooke Raboutou of the USA, who is Olympics-bound, on the podium for bronze. As far as we are aware, the only other time both an American male and female won a major international event was in 1992‚ when Jim Karn and Robyn Erbesfield—now Erbesfield Raboutou and mother of Brooke—were first at L’Open International de Bloc à l’Argentière la Bessée, in France. The American climbing scene, with vibrant feeder programs and training centers, has developed impressive depth.
Condie, Raboutou, Coleman and Colin Duffy are the four climbers comprising Team USA in Tokyo, having qualified prior to the year-long delay of the 2020 Olympics due to the global pandemic. A question for both Coleman and Condie is how they coped with that delay—and how they’ve used their time.
Qualification for this first climbing event in the Olympics required diverse abilities and consistent high scores in the three genres of World Cup comp climbing: bouldering, lead, and speed. Performance there will also rely on, and reward, all three.
Climbing will be featured in the Paris Olympics in 2024, now only three years away, rather than the usual four. Meanwhile the climbing in Tokyo is now less than eight weeks away.
The Outside Games speaker series celebrates our Outside+ members by bringing you an intimate conversation with two Olympics-bound athletes. Hear Nathaniel Coleman and Kyra Condie on the eve of this momentous occasion in their lives.
Audience questions accepted.
In the video below, see Condie as she makes her first—and not last—World Cup finals field, in 2018.
The Americans Sean Bailey and Kai Lightner, plus Allison Vest of Canada, all make sweet cameos.