New climbing Olympic sport coming to Salt Lake earlier than debuting in Tokyo


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Salt Lake City hosts consecutive IFSC World Climbing Championships, which gives locals the chance to preview the new Olympic sport before it debuts in Tokyo.

The tournaments take place on Friday, Saturday and May 28-30. Meg Coyne, manager of the USA Climbing Teams, says the city will be the focus of sport climbing.

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“We have not one, not two, but three world championships over two weekends here in Salt Lake,” said Coyne. “It is absolutely a first for the US and something that is also incredibly unusual internationally.”

It is a sport that requires strength and elite sport and is growing rapidly.

“So many gyms have popped up across the country,” said American fast climber John Brosler.

USA Climbing is also located in Salt Lake City and is located at Industry SLC at 600 West.

“That’s a little hole in the wall and you can’t see it from the street, but it’s ours and we love it and we know it’s an unusual privilege,” Coyne said.

Nathaniel Coleman from Murray comes from the USA Climbing Team and qualified for the Olympic Games. For more information about the World Championships or to get tickets, click here.