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Meet Team USA: Get to Know the Four U.S. Athletes Competing for Sport Climbing Olympic Gold

AUGUST 2, 2021 MICHELLE WINEY

Learn more about Brooke Raboutou, Nathaniel Coleman, Kyra Condie, and Colin Duffy, the Olympic athletes representing Team USA in Tokyo!

Brooke Raboutou

Age: 20

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado

Instagram: @brookeclimbs

Specialty: All-around contender 

Climbing style: Known for her strength and flexibility, Brooke can twist and contort her body into positions that a lot of other climbers can’t. She’s also a strong mental climber, always seen with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. 

Brooke Raboutou was the first U.S. climber and one of the first seven women worldwide to qualify for the Olympic Games. And when you look at her climbing history, it’s little surprise why she was the first to grab that qualifying USA spot. 

Brooke grew up in a climbing family, learning how to climb before learning how to walk at the age of 1 and competing since the age of 7. Her parents, Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou, are former climbing World Cup champions and the owners of ABC Kids Climbing, one of the best youth climbing programs in the United States. 

Thanks to her upbringing, Brooke’s been impressing the climbing community from a very young age. She was the first 9-year-old to climb V10 and the first 10-year-old to climb V11 and 5.14a. And then at the age of 11, she became the second-youngest person to climb 5.14b. 

Growing up in youth competitions, not only has Brooke broken records and proven her strength as a young climber, but she’s also mastered all three disciplines of the Olympic games: bouldering, lead, and speed climbing. This gives her a major leg up in this year’s Olympic games that combine all three disciplines.

In Hachioji, Japan, Brooke scored her Olympic ticket by placing ninth in the combined qualification round with a 6th in speed, 7th in lead, and 10th in bouldering. And in three of the last four World Cup competitions, she’s come in the top three in both lead and bouldering. Already on her way to major stardom in the climbing community, a place on the podium could make Brooke Raboutou a household name. 

Brooke Raboutou Career Highlight Rankings
EventBoulderLeadSpeedCombined
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Innsbruck)8th2nd
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Salt Lake City)3rd12th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Meiringen)9th
IFSC Youth World Championships 2019 (Arco)3rd
IFSC Climbing World Championships 2019 (Hachioji)41st15th24th19th
IFSC Climbing World Championships Combined 2019 (Hachioji)- Olympic qualification! 10th7th6th9th
IFSC Climbing World Championships 2018 (Innsbruck)31st31st46th30th
IFSC Youth World Championships 2018 (Moscow)6th1st18th
PAN AM Youth Championship 2017 (Montreal)1st1st5th1st
IFSC Youth World Championships 2017 (Innsbruck)3rd2nd28th2nd
IFSC Youth World Championships Combined 2017 (Innsbruck)3rd
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2017 (Briançon)13th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2017 (Chamonix)10th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2017 (Vail)9th
IFSC Youth World Championships 2016 (Guangzhou)3rd2nd17th
IFSC Youth World Championships 2015 (Arco)5th4th16th

Data source: IFSC

Nathaniel Coleman

Age: 24

Hometown: Murray, Utah

Instagram: @nathaniel.coleman

Specialty: Bouldering

Climbing style: He’s known for his adaptability, strength, flexibility, and coordination. He’s also considered a controlled and thoughtful climber with a calm demeanor, allowing him to excel under pressure. 

Nicknamed “Captain America”, Nathaniel Coleman was the second U.S. climber to qualify for the Olympic Games. He is one of the best American boulderers, although don’t count him out for lead and speed climbing. Since the announcement of the Olympic’s combined events, he’s become a strong all-around climber in every category, placing high rankings across the board. 

Nathaniel began climbing at the age of 9 and competing by the age of 15. A natural problem solver known for his calm demeanor, Nathaniel excelled in competitions, winning the USA Climbing Youth Bouldering Nationals in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He then went on to win three straight USA Climbing Bouldering Open National Championships from 2016 to 2018, coming in second in 2019. 

But the world really started to recognize Nathaniel as a powerhouse bouldering competitor in 2015 when as an 18-year-old he came in 2nd place at the Bouldering World Cup in Toronto. The very next weekend, he pulled off the same podium spot with a 2nd win in Vail. His back-to-back success garnered him the nickname “Captain America”, which only takes on more meaning as he heads to Tokyo as part of Team USA.

Although known for his bouldering, Nathaniel placed 12th and 14th in lead climbing at the 2019 World Cups in Chamonix and Briançon. He then went on to qualify for the Olympics in Toulouse, France, where he placed 6th in speed climbing, 6th in bouldering, and 4th in lead climbing, proving that he could be an all-around contender for the podium in Tokyo. 

Nathaniel Coleman Career Highlight Rankings
EventBoulderLeadSpeedCombined
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Innsbruck)6th45th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Salt Lake City)10th27th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Meiringen)5th
IFSC Combined Qualifier 2019 (Toulouse/Tournefeuille)- Olympic qualification! 6th4th6th8th
IFSC Climbing World Championships Combined 2019 (Hachioji)12th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2019 (Briançon)14th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2019 (Chamonix)12th47th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2019 (Vail)8th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2019 (Wujiang)12th44th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2018 (Vail)16th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2018 (Hachioji)26th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2018 (Meiringen)17th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2017 (Vail)29th
World University Championships 2016 (Shanghai)2nd
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2015 (Vail)2nd
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2015 (Toronto)2nd

Data source: IFSC

Kyra Condie

Age: 25

Hometown: Shoreview, Minnesota

Instagram: @kyra_condie

Specialty: Bouldering

Climbing style: She’s known for her fast, confident, dynamic, and aggressive climbing style. Her spinal fusion makes some technical movements hard, forcing her to lean on her strength and speed. 

The third qualifier for the sport climbing USA Olympic team is Kyra Condie. She secured her ticket to Tokyo at the Toulouse qualification event in 2019, placing 7th in the combined discipline. 

Kyra began climbing at the age of 10 and started competing by 13. But her journey as a professional athlete almost came to an end when she was diagnosed with severe idiopathic scoliosis. Doctors told her she might never be able to climb again. 

But after recovering from spinal fusion surgery in 2010, she returned to competitive climbing a few months later. This makes her climbing career that much more impressive knowing that early on any fall could have majorly impacted her spine and ended her career for good.

After her recovery, Kyra wasted no time getting back in the game and went on to win the Youth Bouldering National Championships in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Some of her more recent achievements include high Bouldering World Cup placements including 5th in Vail, 6th in Tai’an, and 8th in Meiringen. She also won the combined discipline at the Pan-American Championship in 2018, with a 6th place finish in bouldering, 4th in lead, and 5th in speed. 

While Kyra’s specialty is bouldering, she also has a background in speed climbing and has secured semifinal placements in several lead climbing competitions. In this last season of competition, she’s secured high rankings across lead, speed, and bouldering including four 14th place finishes at World Cups and in the World Championships in Japan. This means she is a force to be reckoned with across all Olympic disciplines! 

Kyra Condie Career Highlight Rankings
EventBoulderLeadSpeedCombined
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Salt Lake City)8th14th
IFSC Combined Qualifier 2019 (Toulouse/Tournefeuille)- Olympic qualification! 7th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2019 (Inzai)14th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2019 (Kranj)14th
IFSC Climbing World Championships 2019 (Hachioji)14th40th32nd25th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2019 (Vail)14th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2019 (Meiringen)8th
IFSC PAN AM Championship 2018 (Guayaquil)6th4th5th1st
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2018 (Innsbruck)25th31st34th14th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2018 (Vail)5th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2018 (Hachioji)14th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2018 (Tai’an)6th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2016 (Vail)11th
IFSC Youth World Championships 2015 (Arco)16th12th11th
PAN AM Youth Championship 2014 (Mexico City)2nd2nd2nd
World Youth Championship 2014 (Noumea, New Caledonia)6th6th
IFSC World Youth Championship 2013 (Central Saanich)3rd
PAN AM Youth Championship 2014 (Santiago)9th7th1st

Data source: IFSC

Colin Duffy

Age: 17

Hometown: Broomfield, Colorado

Instagram: @colinclimbs

Specialty: All-around contender 

Climbing style: He’s known for his dynamic and almost parkour-like movements on the wall. He’s also spent a lot of his quarantine training his strength and endurance. 

Although he’s the youngest athlete on the sport climbing Olympic roster, Colin Duffy is not one to overlook. He’s the second male and fourth climber to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team and has made quite a name for himself in the youth circuit. 

Colin started climbing at the age of four and joined Team ABC, one of the United State’s elite youth climbing programs, not too long after. He trains alongside fellow Olympian Brooke Raboutou. His Team ABC background makes him a contender for all three climbing disciplines, with high competition rankings across the board. He’s a ten-time Youth National Champion. In Youth World Champion competitions, Colin’s placed 1st in lead climbing, 4th in bouldering, and 14th in speed.

However, his real entry into the world of adult competitive climbing was the moment he scored his place on the Olympic team after winning the Pan-American Championship in 2020 (at the age of 16!). He had to beat incredibly talented climbers such as Zach Galla, Zander Waller, and Sean Bailey to secure his place on the team, proving that he is a contender for the biggest competition of them all. 

And not only is he a major competition threat, but Colin has also made a name for himself by climbing three impressive 5.14 climbs at the Red River Gorge in just a few days. As such a young athlete, it’s clear that we can expect a lot from Colin, not just in these upcoming Olympic Games but in the future of competitive climbing. We look forward to what will undoubtedly be a successful climbing career for this young athlete! 

The excitement starts on August 3! For more information on how it all works and where to tune in make sure to check out our blog post Sport Climbing At the 2020 Olympics: Everything You Need to Know. You can also catch the Olympic games with your climbing crew at BKB! We’ll have the Olympic Games streaming in our spaces all month long. Learn more here.

Colin Duffy Career Highlight Rankings
EventBoulderLeadSpeedCombined
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Villars)3rd37th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Innsbruck)9th21st
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Salt Lake City)13th20th
IFSC Climbing World Cup 2021 (Meiringen)31st
IFSC PAN AM Continental Championships 2020 (Los Angeles)- Olympic qualification! 1st
IFSC PAN AM – Pre-Qualifying Event 2020 (Los Angeles)3rd
IFSC Youth World Championships 2019 (Arco)2nd
IFSC Youth World Championships 2018 (Moscow)8th1st
PAN AM Youth Championship 2017 (Montreal)4th2nd14th
IFSC Youth World Championships 2017 (Innsbruck)25th1st33rd5th
IFSC Youth World Championships Combined 2017 (Innsbruck)6th

Data source: IFSC

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