• Climbing at The Olympics

    Climbing at The Olympics

    Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification

    Sport Climbing will once again be part of the 2024 Olympic Program at the Paris Olympic Games. New in 2024, the Speed discipline has been broken out of the Combined format and medals will be given to three men and three women in Speed. The Combined Boulder & Lead format will hand out an additional six medals, three per gender.

    The qualification period for Sport Climbing will begin in August 2023 at the IFSC Climbing World Championships 2023 in Bern, Switzerland. It will continue with five continental qualifying events, to be held between September and December 2023, and conclude with the Olympic Qualifier Series, announced by the IOC, from March to June 2024.

    Qualification for Paris 2024 will be limited to two Sport Climbing athletes per gender and per National Olympic Committee in each discipline.

    Learn more here.

    USA Climber Colin Duffy on climbing wall
    • Name: Colin Duffy
    • DOB: 12/10/2003
    • Hometown: Broomfield, CO

    PERSONAL

    • Began climbing at age 5
    • Was the youngest member of the USA Climbing team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
    • Has aspirations of going into Engineering in college
    • Passionate about rescuing animals and has rescued both a dog, Lucky, and a cat, Sparky
    • Hobbies include solving puzzles and Rubik’s cubes

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: 7th (Men’s Combined)
    • IFSC World Championships Bern 2023: 2nd (Men’s Boulder & Lead)
    • IFSC World Cup Chamonix 2023: 6th (Men’s Lead)
    • IFSC World Cup Villars 2023: 5th (Men’s Lead)
    • IFSC World Cup Innsbruck 2023: 9th (Men’s Boulder)
    • IFSC World Cup Brixen 2023: 7th (Men’s Boulder)
    • IFSC Wolrd Cup Prague 2023: 8th (Men’s Boulder)
    • Name: Natalia Grossman
    • DOB: 06/22/2001
    • Hometown: Boulder, CO

    PERSONAL

    • Began climbing at the age of six
    • Started her climbing career in California before moving to Boulder, CO
    • Graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2022
    • Wants to be a therapist after finishing her climbing career
    • Qualified for Paris 2024 by winning gold at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 

    • Pan American Games Santiago 2023, gold (Women’s Boulder & Lead)
    • Has 14 IFSC World Cup podium finishes, including seven golds (updated Nov. 2023)
    • Finished 2021 ranked No. 1 in the world in bouldering and No. 2 in lead
    • Name: Jesse Grupper
    • DOB: 01/06/1997
    • Hometown: Upper Montclair, NJ

    PERSONAL

    • Started climbing at the age of six after his parents signed up his sister first
    • Began competing in climbing events at the age of nine
    • Graduated from Tufts University with a degree in mechanical engineering
    • Qualified for the Olympic Games 2024 by winning gold at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023 in boulder & lead
    • Hobbies include playing banjo and “collecting” outdoor climbing adventures from across the globe, including South Africa and France

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 

    • Pan American Games Santiago 2023, gold (Men’s Boulder & Lead)
    • Has collected three medals (one silver, two golds) on the IFSC World Cup circuit as of Nov. 2023
    • Name: Emma Hunt
    • DOB: 04/01/2003
    • 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

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 

    • Set the U.S. women’s speed record (6.67 seconds) at the 2023 IFSC World Championships
    • Finished 1st overall in IFSC World Cup rankings in 2021
    • Finished 2nd overall in IFSC World Cup rankings in 2022
    • Won gold in speed at the 2022 World Games
    • Name: Piper Kelly
    • DOB: 10/03/1999
    • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

    PERSONAL

    • Born in Indianapolis, Piper Kelly is the first-ever women’s speed climbing champion
    • Secured her spot to Paris 2024 at the Pan American Games 2023
    • Graduated from Xavier University in 2023 with a degree in Exercise Science, and minor in Psychology and Spanish
    • Loves coaching and working with younger athletes and hopes to stay involved in athletics as a coach after she wraps up her competitive career

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Pan American Games Santiago 2023, gold (Women’s Speed)
    • Pan American Games 2018, gold (Women’s Speed)
    • Pan American Youth Games 2017, (Women’s Speed)
    • Name: Sam Watson
    • DOB: 02/27/2006
    • Hometown: Southlake, TX

    PERSONAL

    • Began climbing at the age of five
    • Qualified for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 by securing gold at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023
    • Personal best time in speed climbing is 5.02 seconds
    • Hobbies include playing chess and playing Mario Kart
    • Favorite athlete is Manu Ginobili

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 

    • Pan American Games Santiago 2023, gold medal (Men’s Speed)
    • 2022 IFSC Lead and Speed World Cup in Edinburgh, gold medal

    What's next?

    Two more tickets are on the line for Sport Climbing athletes in the USA, one for male competitors in the Speed discipline and one for female competitors in the Boulder & Lead discipline. Athletes who have not yet qualified for Paris will have their next opportunity at this year’s Olympic Qualifier Series, a brand-new event series that will offer Olympic quotas to sport climbing, BMX freestyle, breaking, and skateboarding athletes. This two-part series will be hosted in Shanghai from May 16-19, 2024, and in Budapest from June 20-23, 2024. For Sport Climbing specifically, the series will award quotas to the top 10 Boulder & Speed athletes per gender and the top 5 Speed athletes per gender, based on the sum of points from the Shanghai and Budapest events.

    • Name: Noah Bratschi
    • DOB: 07/31/2000
    • Hometown: Potomac, MD

    PERSONAL

    • Started climbing at the age of five and competing at the age of nine
    • Hobbies included playing videogames

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competing in the Olympic Qualifier Series, for the chance to qualify for Paris 2024
    • Name: John Brosler
    • DOB: 03/19/1997
    • Hometown: Plano, TX

    PERSONAL

    • Started climbing and competing at the age of 12
    • Hobbies include making/drinking good coffee, spending quality time with good friends, and riding motorcycles

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competing in the Olympic Qualifier Series, for the chance to qualify for Paris 2024
    • Pan American Games Santiago 2023: 9th (Men’s Speed)
    • IFSC W0rld Cup Chamonix 2023: 5th (Men’s Speed)
    • IFSC World Cup Edinburgh (GBR) 2022: 7th (Men’s Speed)
    • World Games Birmingham 2022: 5th (Men’s Speed)
    • IFSC World Cup Villars 2022: 7th (Men’s Speed)
    Female USA Climber #127 mid reach on climbing wall
    • Name: Kyra Condie
    • DOB: 06/05/1996
    • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

    PERSONAL

    • Started climbing when she was 11 years old at Vertical Endeavors in St. Paul, MN
    • Had a spinal fusion surgery to correct her 70-degree curvature
    • Speaks Spanish and wants to be a veterinarian when she’s finished competing
    • Hobbies include playing the flute and piccolo, singing, painting, doing jigsaw puzzles, embroidery and cooking

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competing in the Olympic Qualifier Series, for the chance to qualify for Paris 2024
    • Competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: 11th place (combined)
    • Name: Kylie Cullen
    • DOB: 12/12/2004
    • Hometown: Colton, CA

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competing in the Olympic Qualifier Series, for the chance to qualify for Paris 2024
    • 2023 YETI National Championships: 2nd (Women’s Boulder)
    • 2023 YETI National Championships: 2nd (Women’s Lead/TR)
    • Name: Zachary Hammer
    • DOB: 05/29/2006
    • Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

    PERSONAL

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

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competing in the Olympic Qualifier Series, for the chance to qualify for Paris 2024
    • 2023 YETI National Championships: 5th (Men’s Speed)
    • 2023 Youth National Championships: 3rd (Male Youth A, Speed)
    Female USA climber on wall
    • Name: Brooke Raboutou
    • DOB: 04/09/2001
    • Hometown: Boulder, CO

    PERSONAL

    • Began climbing at the age of one
    • Daughter of former climbing world cup champions Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou
    • Older brother, Shawn, is also a successful competitive and outdoor climber

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competing in the Olympic Qualifier Series, for the chance to qualify for Paris 2024
    • First U.S. climber ever to qualify for an Olympic Games
    • Competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: 5th place (combined)
    • Became the youngest person in the world to climb 5.14b, at age 11
    • Name: Annie Sanders
    • DOB: 07/22/2007
    • Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

    PERSONAL

    • Began climbing and competing at the age of seven
    • Currently the youngest member of the US National Team
    • Hobbies include swimming and mountain biking

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • 2023 USA Climbing National Team Trials, gold medals (boulder, lead, and combined)
    • 2022 US National Championships, gold medals (boulder, lead)
    • 4 gold medals at Youth Worlds
    • Flashed Omaha Beach 5.14 at the New River Gorge

    Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team
    (The First U.S. Olympic Team)

    USA Climber Coleman hanging on wall with one arm
    • Name: Nathaniel Coleman
    • DOB: 01/01/1997
    • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

    PERSONAL

    • Began climbing at the age of nine
    • Hobbies include kendama, volleyball, chess, and singing
    • Passionate about preserving our environment and strives to get more involved with environmental protection efforts through his platform as a professional climber

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: silver medal (combined)
    • Became the first person to complete The Grand Illusion (8C+/V16) in Little Cottonwood Canyon
    Female USA Climber #127 mid reach on climbing wall
    • Name: Kyra Condie
    • DOB: 06/05/1996
    • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

    PERSONAL

    • Started climbing when she was 11 years old at Vertical Endeavors in St. Paul, MN
    • Had a spinal fusion surgery to correct her 70-degree curvature
    • Speaks Spanish and wants to be a veterinarian when she’s finished competing
    • Hobbies include playing the flute and piccolo, singing, painting, doing jigsaw puzzles, embroidery and cooking

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competing in the Olympic Qualifier Series, for the chance to qualify for Paris 2024
    • Competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: 11th place (combined)
    USA Climber Colin Duffy on climbing wall
    • Name: Colin Duffy
    • DOB: 12/10/2003
    • Hometown: Broomfield, CO

    PERSONAL

    • Began climbing at age 5
    • Was the youngest member of the USA Climbing team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
    • Has aspirations of going into Engineering in college
    • Passionate about rescuing animals and has rescued both a dog, Lucky, and a cat, Sparky
    • Hobbies include solving puzzles and Rubik’s cubes

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: 7th (Men’s Combined)
    • IFSC World Championships Bern 2023: 2nd (Men’s Boulder & Lead)
    • IFSC World Cup Chamonix 2023: 6th (Men’s Lead)
    • IFSC World Cup Villars 2023: 5th (Men’s Lead)
    • IFSC World Cup Innsbruck 2023: 9th (Men’s Boulder)
    • IFSC World Cup Brixen 2023: 7th (Men’s Boulder)
    • IFSC Wolrd Cup Prague 2023: 8th (Men’s Boulder)
    Female USA climber on wall
    • Name: Brooke Raboutou
    • DOB: 04/09/2001
    • Hometown: Boulder, CO

    PERSONAL

    • Began climbing at the age of one
    • Daughter of former climbing world cup champions Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou
    • Older brother, Shawn, is also a successful competitive and outdoor climber

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Competing in the Olympic Qualifier Series, for the chance to qualify for Paris 2024
    • First U.S. climber ever to qualify for an Olympic Games
    • Competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: 5th place (combined)
    • Became the youngest person in the world to climb 5.14b, at age 11

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