Paris Olympics A-to-Z for Climbing Industry Insiders

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The Sport Climbing venue for the Paris Olympic Games. Photo courtesy IFSC by Jan Virt.
The Sport Climbing venue for the Paris Olympic Games. Photo courtesy IFSC by Jan Virt.
The Sport Climbing venue for the Paris Olympic Games. (Photo by Jan Virt / IFSC)

As our sport, community and industry anticipate climbing’s second appearance in the Summer Olympic Games—following Sport Climbing’s debut at the Tokyo Olympics—there is perhaps even more excitement and hype than last time. After all, we now have gold medallists defending their titles, and there are now two sets of medals to earn—one for Boulder & Lead, one for Speed. The decision to give Speed its own medal was warmly received, and many hope that momentum will continue and we will see Boulder and Lead split into separate medals in the future, as well. But this summer, all eyes are on Paris…

In total, 68 of the world’s best climbing athletes (34 women, 34 men) representing 22 countries and five continents are expected to compete in Paris. Countless articles on the subject have been written by climbing and non-endemic media, and we’ve curated the best of the bunch below. Without further ado, here is everything you need to know about Sport Climbing’s second appearance in the Olympic Games. (In tandem with this article, be sure to check out our media resource for climbing gyms here.)

Eldorado Climbing

WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH

  • Live & Replays: NBC (USA), CBC (CAN), Eurosport (Europe), all other locations (PDF)
  • Results: Olympics.com
  • August 5: Men’s Boulder semi-final & Women’s Speed qualification
  • August 6: Women’s Boulder semi-final & Men’s Speed qualification
  • August 7: Men’s Lead semi-final & Women’s Speed final
  • August 8: Women’s Lead semi-final & Men’s Speed final
  • August 9: Men’s Boulder & Lead final
  • August 10: Women’s Boulder & Lead final

ORGANIZATIONS

Elevate Climbing Walls

OFFICIAL OLYMPIC EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIERS

OLYMPIC SUPPORT STAFF

  • IF Delegate: Piero Rebaudengo (ITA)
  • IF Delegate: Hazel Han (KOR)
  • IFSC Event Delegate: Stanley Yeo (SGP)
  • IFSC Jury President: Tim Hatch (GBR)
  • IFSC Judge: Karalyn Aronow (USA)
  • IFSC Judge: Nelson Lam (NZL)
  • IFSC Judge: François Leonardon (FRA)
  • IFSC Head Routesetter – Boulder: Garrett Gregor (USA)
  • IFSC Routesetter – Boulder: Sergio Verdasco (ESP)
  • IFSC Routesetter – Boulder: Tsukasa Mizuguchi (JPN)
  • IFSC Routesetter – Boulder: Olga Niemiec (POL)
  • IFSC Routesetter – Boulder: Tomasz Olesky (POL)
  • IFSC Routesetter – Boulder: Remi Samyn (FRA)
  • IFSC Head Routesetter – Lead: Martin Hammerer (AUT)
  • IFSC Routesetter – Lead: Akito Matsushima (JPN)
  • IFSC Routesetter – Lead: Adam Pustelnik (POL)
  • IFSC Routesetter – Lead: Brad Weaver (USA)
  • IFSC Routesetter – Lead: Jan Zbranek (GER)
Eldorado Climbing

OLYMPIC CLIMBING ESSENTIALS

  1. Complete list of the 34 male and female climbers who will go to Paris 2024 (Desnivel)
  2. IFSC Officials Announced for Paris 2024 (IFSC)
  3. Sport Climbing Qualification and Scoring Explainer (Natalie Berry, UK Climbing)
  4. Olympic Torch Goes for a Climb, Ski and Highline in Chamonix (Gripped)
  5. Youth Athletes Test Paris 2024 Climbing Walls (IFSC)
  6. The Olympic Qualifier Series, Explained (Aaron Pardy, Gripped)
  7. Here’s Who’s Setting for the Paris Olympics (Aaron Pardy, Gripped)
  8. Full Results and Recap of Tokyo Olympic Games (Joe Robinson, CBJ)
  9. A-to-Z Tokyo Olympic Resources for Climbing Industry Insiders (CBJ)

OLYMPIC PERSPECTIVE & COMMENTARY

  1. Climbing Moves We Might See in the Paris 2024 Olympics – and How to Do Them (Natalie Berry, UK Climbing)
  2. What Can Regular Climbers Learn From the Eating Habits of Olympians? (Marisa Michael, Outside)
  3. 12 Sport Climbing Highlights to Look Forward to in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games (Natalie Berry, UK Climbing)
  4. Budapest makes and breaks Paris 2024 Olympic dreams (Eddie Fowke, Planet Mountain)
  5. Podcast: World Cup Rambles and Olympic Realizations (Circle Up with Allison and Kyra)
  6. Who would have won Tokyo 2020 under the Paris 2024 scoring system? (Xa White, UK Climbing)
  7. Video: Climbing’s Olympic “Universality Place” Explained (Tyler Norton, Plastic Weekly)
  8. Video: Did the biggest names make it to Paris 2024? (UK Climbing)
  9. Video: Did The Big Guns Make It? (EpicTV)
  10. What legacy in climbing after the Paris 2024 Games? (Laurence Guyon, La Fabrique Verticale)
  11. Paris Olympics – will there be a “wow” effect for manufacturers? (Laurence Guyon, La Fabrique Verticale)
  12. What do you expect from the Paris 2024 Olympics? (Laurence Guyon, La Fabrique Verticale)
  13. Shanghai Olympic Qualifier Series Combined Boulder & Lead Key Takeaways (Inside Climbing)
  14. Race to the Olympics – Speed Climbing Key Takeaways from Shanghai OQS (Inside Climbing)
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OLYMPIC ATHLETE PROFILES & INTERVIEWS

  1. Meet the Olympic Climbers Representing Team USA at Paris 2024 (USAC)
  2. Video: Colin Duffy’s Climbing Strategy for the Olympics (EpicTV)
  3. Olympic Training at Portland Rock Gym – Team USA Climbers Conquer the Titan Wall (EP Climbing)
  4. How a Sport Climber Prepares for the Olympics (Talia Barrington, The Cut)
  5. Meet the Climbers on Team USA (Steven Potter, Outside)
  6. Trio of Colorado climbers in Paris Olympics reinforce Boulder’s status as sport’s mecca (Kyle Newman, The Denver Post)
  7. Four Sport Climbers Set for Team GB Debuts at Paris 2024 (GB Climbing)
  8. Toby Roberts, the man who didn’t disdain (Antonin Pharel, Grimper)
  9. Capucine Viglione, French speed champion and qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games (Alexis Piguel, Grimper)
  10. McNeice, McArthur, and Thompson-Smith Qualify for Paris 2024 in Budapest (GB Climbing)
  11. Raboutou Punches Her Ticket to Paris 2024 (USAC)
  12. Alberto Ginés qualifies for Paris 2024 (Desnivel)
  13. Hammer Punches His Ticket to Paris 2024 (USAC)
  14. Brooke Raboutou Earns Gold at Olympic Qualifier Series (Aaron Pardy, Gripped)
  15. Bronze for Erin McNeice at the Olympic Qualifying Series in Shanghai (UK Climbing)
  16. Lee, Ginés López, and Ondra Podium at Olympic Qualifier Series (Aaron Pardy, Gripped)
  17. Podcast: Jesse Grupper – Comp Climbing, Training, & His Relentless Positivity (TrainingBeta)
  18. Janja Garnbret & Brooke Raboutou – progress through fun (Slovenian Tourist Board)
  19. Video: Miho Nonaka – Japan’s Iconic Olympic Climber (adidas)
  20. After Giving Up His 2020 Olympic Dreams for Family, Campbell Harrison Is Going to Paris (Holly Yu Tung Chen, Outside)
  21. Podcast: The Down Under Lowdown with Campbell Harrison (Circle Up with Allison and Kyra)
  22. Natalia Grossman’s Training for the Olympics (PhysiVāntage)
  23. Brooke Raboutou is taking lessons from Tokyo as she eyes Paris 2024 (Nick McCarvel, Olympics.com)
  24. Pay Day with Campbell Harrison (ABC News Australia)
  25. Podcast: How Jesse Grupper is getting Psyched and Ready for the next Olympics (The RunOut)
  26. South Korea’s Lee Dohyun Takes 50 Boulder & Lead Points in Shanghai (IFSC)
  27. Raboutou Eyes Second Olympic Ticket After OQS Win (IFSC)
  28. China, Indonesia Split Speed Glory in Shanghai (IFSC)
  29. Conversation With… Molly Thompson-Smith (IFSC)
  30. Podcast: Natalia Grossman – The Tyranny of Expectations (Enormocast)
  31. Alberto Ginés – Our goal is to qualify (Eva Martos, Desnivel)
  32. Podcast: Jesse Grupper (The Nugget)
  33. Podcast: Jakob Schubert (The Nugget)
  34. Podcast: Brooke Raboutou – An Olympian’s Mindset (The Nugget)
  35. IFSC Continental Events Qualify 20 Climbing Athletes for Paris 2024 (Natalie Berry, UK Climbing)
  36. Video: New Climbing Olympians From USA and Europe (Tyler Norton, Plastic Weekly)
  37. What a Rookie Season! Sorato Anraku Is Headed to the Olympics (Aaron Pardy, Gripped)
  38. Video: Who is Toby Roberts?! Climbing’s New Olympian (UK Climbing)
  39. Oriane Bertone and Toby Roberts Are Olympic-Bound (Aaron Pardy, Gripped)
  40. Toby Roberts and Oriane Bertone win IFSC European Qualifier and Olympic Tickets (Natalie Berry, UK Climbing)
  41. Grossman, Grupper, and Watson Qualify for Paris 2024 (Mary Andino, Outside)
  42. Four USA Climbing Athletes Qualify for Paris 2024 at Pan American Games (Natalie Berry, UK Climbing)
  43. Jesse Grupper Is Going to the Olympics (Aaron Pardy, Gripped)
  44. Texas Teen Speeds to Ticket to Paris (USAC)
  45. Gold Medal and Ticket to Paris for Piper Kelly (USAC)
  46. American Speed Climber Piper Kelly Punches Ticket to Olympics (Delaney Miller, Outside)
  47. Mawem and Miroslaw Qualify for Paris 2024 Olympic Games in Speed (Natalie Berry, UK Climbing)
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