The top youth climbers from around the world gathered in Innsbruck, Austria earlier this month to compete in the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), Youth World Championships. The event takes place every year and attracts the most elite sport climbing athletes between the ages of 14 and 19. This year, there were 1,172 athlete registrations across all categories - representing 50 countries and 5 continents - and climbing took place over 12 days on the brand-new walls of Kletterzentrum Innsbruck. It was a historic competition for Team USA, finishing with an overall count of 14 medals - second to Japan. USA Climbing CEO, Kynan Waggoner, is at a loss for words over the Team's performance in Innsbruck:
"I can't adequately express how proud I am of our athletes - they showed up to the event with their "A" game and proceeded to show the rest of the world's climbing teams what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. Thank you to all of the athletes, coaches, facilities, and parents that have supported these athletes through their competition careers - this is just the beginning!"
Read the official Event Wrap-Up Report from USA Climbing below: