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.
Now, 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?
The final opportunity to secure an invitation to the Tokyo 2020 Games will take place at The Pan-American Continental Championship in Los Angeles from February 27 to March 1. The competition will be fierce, with many elite athletes vying for the right to represent their country. With only 1 spot for the top competitor in each gender, the stakes are high for anyone still looking to punch their ticket to Tokyo!
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 will feature the results from the Pan-American Continental Championship and be sure to check out our primer for Olympic Sport Climbing here. Keep it locked here as we update this article to be your main hub for all things Olympic in the sport of climbing.
Current & Upcoming Articles
- Olympic Sport Climbing
- Results of the Pan-American Championships
- A Closer Look at Competitive Climbing
- More to come!