America’s First Olympic Climbing Team
Article by Mike Paukner
According to ancient texts and historical records, the first Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC. This ancient tradition has withstood the test of time, and now being an Olympic champion is one of the most coveted dreams for aspiring athletes.
In 2020, at least 16 countries have representation in the first Olympic games to include rock climbing! Some of the worlds strongest climbers will be in attendance, putting even more pressure on the USA’s young team.
3 American climbers have already secured their spot, but how did they get here?
UPDATE: As of March 24, 2020 the International Olympic Committee (ICO) has decided to postpone the 2020 games until 2021 as a precaution to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep you up to date on this decision, but to see what we’re doing for our community and members, click here. Also, Colin Duffy claimed the final American Male spot with his win at the Pan-American Championship.
UPDATE: The IOC has announced the new dates for the Olympics will be from June 23, 2021 to August 8, 2021.
Follow the Road to the Olympics
Tune in to the 2020 Olympic games from
Tuesday, August 4th to Friday, August 7th to see these competitors and more represent our amazing sport for the first time! Rock Spot Climbing will continue to provide updates and hype, so check back to learn more and get psyched!
Our next Olympic article explains the IOC‘s decision to postpone the 2020 games until 2021 as a precaution to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic so check it out along with our primer for Olympic Sport Climbing here.