Wall climbing

Wall climbing will make its debut at the 2020 Games. Here’s how the new sport works.

Wall climbing, also known as sport climbing, will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games in 2020.

The sport consists of three disciplines: speed climbing, in which athletes race up a 15-meter wall; bouldering, a puzzle-like challenge in which athletes scale unknown and shorter 4.5-meter walls with complex sequences; and lead climbing, in which athletes are tasked with climbing as high as possible on a 15-meter wall within a certain amount of time.

Some disciplines allow safety ropes, some don’t, and climbers are limited to their bare hands and climbing shoes.

The first-ever American athletes to compete in the new sport include Kyra Condie, 25, of Minnesota, Brooke Raboutou, 20, of Boulder, Colorado; Nathaniel Coleman, 24, of Murray, Utah; and Colin Duffy, 17, of Broomfield, Colorado. A total of 20 men and 20 women will compete, with their final ranking determined by multiplying their ranking in each discipline. The lowest scores will win medals.

Watch the video above for a closer look at this new Olympic sport.

The men competitors will be the first to climb from Tuesday August 3rd.

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