SALT LAKE CITY Dec. 2, 2019 – USA Climbing made history over the weekend at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Combined Qualifier in Toulouse, France with Nathaniel Coleman and Kyra Condie qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team.
The IFSC Combined Qualifier invited the top 22 athletes of each gender not already qualified for the Olympics and tested them in the Olympic format that will feature one set of medals per gender with the event combining three disciplines: speed, bouldering and lead. Coleman and Condie finished eighth and seventh, respectively, to earn their trips to Tokyo. Twelve athletes in total received invitations to the Olympics, adding to the fourteen who previously received invitations at the IFSC Combined World Championships in August.
As the first U.S. man to qualify, Coleman, a 22-year-old from Salt Lake City, was understandably proud. “I am mega relieved to have qualified and proud to represent myself and USA Climbing.”
“I'm still in shock about qualifying and it doesn't feel real yet,” said Condie, a 23-year-old from Shoreview, Minn. “It's something I've been dreaming about for quite a while and so to have it actually come true is really surreal. I'm super honored and it feels like the hard work that I've been putting in the past two years has really paid off. To be in the first Olympics that climbing is included in is absolutely unbelievable.”
“On behalf of USA Climbing, our members, volunteers and Board of Directors I want to extend our sincere congratulations to Nathaniel and Kyra,” said Marc Norman, USA Climbing CEO. “We are very proud of our athletes and know they will inspire new climbers of all ages and abilities.”
Coleman and Condie join Brooke Raboutou, an 18-year-old from Boulder, Colo., who qualified at the IFSC Combined World Championships in August. With a max quota of two per gender per country, the United States has the opportunity to qualify one additional male athlete at the Continental Championships in Los Angeles Feb. 27 – March 1, 2020. The top-ranked man and woman from the Continental Championships, who have not already qualified and whose country has not reached its two-competitor limit, will earn a spot at the Olympics.
“With the depth of our team and the time remaining to specifically prepare, I am confident we can complete our team for Tokyo,” said Norman. “We are honored to host the Continental Championships in the U.S. and this already exciting competition just became a must-see event!”