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U.S. sport climbing championship: Shiraishi, Lightner take gold

March 14,2017 02:17

Teenagers dominated the podium at the U.S. open sport climbing championship, which concluded on Saturday in Denver. The women's field was led by ...and more »

Teenagers dominated the podium at the U.S. open sport climbing championship, which concluded on Saturday in Denver.
The women’s field was led by 15-year-old Ashima Shiraishi of New York. Placing second and third were Margo Hayes, 19, and Brooke Raboutou, 15, both of Boulder, Colo.
On the men’s podium were Kai Lightner, 17, of Fayetteville, N.C.; Jesse Grupper, 20, of Philadelphia; and Drew Ruana, 17, of Seattle.
Shiraishi and Lightner were both silver medalists at last month’s national open championship in bouldering.
At the two-day Denver competition, Josh Levin, 22, a Northeastern University student from Sunnyvale, finished seventh, and Stanford sophomore Solomon Barth was tenth.
Gold medals in speed climbing went to Claire Buhrfeind, 18, of Plano, Texas, and John Brosler, 20, of Boulder.
Video of the competition can be seen here.
In sport climbing, a competitor, protected by a rope, climbs a route of about 40 to 50 feet tall. The climber has one attempt and receives points for each successive hold.In bouldering, the routes (“problems”) are shorter, the climber gets multiple attempts, and there is no rope or other device to prevent falls. Speed climbing is a timed event on a standardized 15-meter route.
Climbing will make its debut as an Olympic sport at the 2020 summer games in Tokyo.
Competitive climbing in the United States is overseen by USA Climbing. The youth sport climbing season began this month and ends with the national championship in July. Upcoming competitions, open to all climbers through age 19, are at climbing gyms in Rancho Cordova, Incline Village, Santa Cruz and Concord. Information: www.usaclimbing.org.

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