Meet the Olympic Climbers Representing Team USA at Paris 2024

The Olympic Games Paris 2024 are happening from July 26–August 11, with Sport Climbing making its second Olympic appearance from August 5–10. Team USA is the only team to fill all quota places in Sport Climbing, with eight athletes competing across two medal events, Boulder & Lead and Speed. Here are the Team USA climbers you can expect to see on the world’s biggest stage…

 

Colin Duffy

Discipline: Men’s Boulder & Lead

Hometown: Broomfield, CO

Personal: Began climbing at age 5. Passionate about rescuing animals and has rescued both a dog, Lucky, and a cat, Sparky. Hobbies include solving puzzles and Rubik’s cubes.

Recent Career Highlights: Was the youngest member of the USA Climbing team at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Finished 4th (Men’s Boulder) at the IFSC World Cup Innsbruck 2024.

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Natalia Grossman

Discipline: Women’s Boulder & Lead

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Personal: Began climbing at the age of six. Graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2022. Wants to be a therapist after finishing her climbing career.

Recent Career Highlights: Won a gold medal (Women’s Boulder) at the IFSC World Cup Salt Lake City 2024. Won a gold medal (Women’s Boulder & Lead) at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023.

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Jesse Grupper

Discipline: Men’s Boulder & Lead

Hometown: Upper Montclair, NJ

Personal: Started climbing at the age of six. Graduated from Tufts University with a degree in mechanical engineering. Hobbies include playing banjo and “collecting” outdoor climbing adventures from across the globe, including South Africa and France.

Recent Career Highlights: Won a gold medal (Men’s Boulder & Lead) at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023. Won a silver medal (Men’s Lead) at the IFSC World Cup Koper 2023.

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Zach Hammer

Discipline: Men’s Speed

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Personal: Started climbing at the age of three. Hobbies include slacklining, kendama, and frisbee. Favorite athlete is Noah Lyles.

Recent Career Highlights: Finished 6th (Men’s Speed) at the Olympic Qualifier Series 2024. Finished 5th (Men’s Speed) at the IFSC World Cup Salt Lake City 2024.

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Emma Hunt

Discipline: Women’s Speed

Hometown: Woodstock, GA

Personal: Began climbing at the age of five. Majoring in Spanish, Modern Languages and looking into pursuing a degree in Healthcare Sciences at Kennesaw University.

Recent Career Highlights: Currently holds the Women’s Speed American and Pan American Records: 6.30 seconds and 6.44 seconds, respectively. Won a gold medal (Women’s Speed) at the IFSC World Cup Salt Lake City 2024.

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Piper Kelly

Discipline: Women’s Speed

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Personal: Graduated from Xavier University in 2023 with a degree in Exercise Science, and minor in Psychology and Spanish.

Recent Career Highlights: Won a gold medal (Women’s Speed) at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023. Finished 6th (Women’s Speed) at the IFSC World Cup Salt Lake City 2024.

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Brooke Raboutou

Discipline: Women’s Boulder & Lead

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Personal: Began climbing at the age of one. Daughter of former climbing World Cup climbing champions Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou. Older brother, Shawn, is also a successful competitive and outdoor climber.

Recent Career Highlights: First U.S. climber ever to qualify for an Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020). Won a gold medal (Women’s Boulder & Lead) at the Olympic Qualifier Series 2024. Won a silver medal (Women’s Boulder & Lead) at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023.

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Sam Watson

Discipline: Men’s Speed

Hometown: Southlake, TX

Personal: Began climbing at the age of five. Hobbies include playing chess and playing Mario Kart. Favorite athlete is Manu Ginobili.

Recent Career Highlights: Currently holds the Men’s Speed World Record: 4.79 seconds. Won a gold medal (Men’s Speed) at the IFSC World Cup Salt Lake City 2024. Won a silver medal (Men’s Speed) at the IFSC World Cup Wujiang 2024. Won a gold medal (Men’s Speed) at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023.

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