On October 13, 2017, the United States Olympic Committee approved USA Climbing as the National Governing Body for the sport of Sport Climbing in the United States and admitted USA Climbing as an Olympic Sport Organization member of the USOC.
“Our organization has been working towards this day for a long time, and we could not be more thankful to those whose efforts contributed to this achievement.” said Kynan Waggoner, CEO of USA Climbing. “Our application was first submitted in January of 2017, and throughout the process of hearings and reviews, the USOC has approached USA Climbing with open arms. Now, our USA Climbing athletes will be able to share even more in the available knowledge and support that comes with being a member of the USOC family. The USOC has expressed its desire to support USA Climbing and its athletes in a way that leads to competitive excellence on the field of play. USAC and USOC have a shared desire for USA Climbing athletes to bring gold back from Tokyo 2020. Although we’ve already begun planning for this with the help of the USOC, there is still a lot to do. So, USA Climbing returns to what has brought our organization and its athletes this far – we get to work.”