Raboutou Finishes First at OQS Shanghai

The first stop of the Olympic Qualifier Series (OQS) concluded in Shanghai, China this past weekend. Seven (7) athletes represented the USA at the event, vying for Olympic quotas that will be awarded at the next OQS competition, held in Budapest from June 20-23.

Brooke Raboutou Finishes First in Women’s Boulder & Lead

Raboutou is one step closer to Olympic Qualification, having topped the Boulder & Lead Final and earning the maximum OQS points (50) in Shanghai. She told the IFSC, “I really just climbed for myself which is when I climb my best. I was able to get in a really good mindset and enjoy myself but with determination. It felt really good to try really hard and show what I am capable of.”

Photo by Kazushige Nakajima / IFSC.

Also competing in Women’s Boulder & Lead were Annie Sanders, Kylie Cullen, and Kyra Condie. Sanders finished 14th overall, earning her 27 points. Cullen finished 31st overall, earning her 10 points. Condie finished 37th overall, earning her four (4) points. OQS global standings for Women’s Boulder & Lead can be found here.

Zach Hammer Finishes 7th in Men’s Speed

Hammer is the highest-ranked American in the Men’s Speed discipline, having earned 34 of the 50 potential OQS points in Shanghai.

Photo by Kazushige Nakajima / IFSC.

Also competing in Men’s Speed were Noah Bratschi and John Brosler. Bratschi finished 27th overall, earning him 14 points. Brosler finished 31st overall, earning him 10 points. OQS global standings for Men’s Speed can be found here.

How Do Athletes Qualify for the Olympics?

Athletes compete for a maximum of 100 points across the 2 stops (50% awarded in Shanghai and 50% awarded in Budapest). Point allocation based on ranking is explained here, and the sum of points determines who qualifies for Paris 2024.

In Boulder & Lead, 10 quota places will be available for each gender, while in Speed, five (5) quota places will be available for each gender. Additionally, eight (8) universality quota places will be awarded.

How Can I Watch the Olympic Qualifier Series?

If you weren’t able to tune in live, replays of all the OQS Shanghai rounds are available for free on Olympics.com. OQS Budapest (June 20-23) will also be streaming live on Olympics.com.

Be sure to follow @usaclimbing on social media for updates on Team USA’s climbers.

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