COMBINED CLIMBING 

COMBINED CLIMBING involves three disciplines: Speed Climbing, Bouldering, and Lead Climbing.  All athletes competing in the Sport Climbing Competition at the 2021 Olympics must compete in all three disciplines. The athlete with the lowest combined score will win Gold.    

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COMBINED CLIMBING COMPETITIONS

JAPAN

WATCH best male climbers compete in the JAPAN 2021 COMBINED finals at the Sport Climbing Japan Cup 2021.

MEN'S COMBINED CLIMBING FINALS

USA

WOMEN'S LEAD CLIMBING FINALS

WATCH best female climbers compete in the USA 2021 National Lead Team Trials.

JAPAN

WATCH best male climbers compete in the JAPAN 2021 COMBINED finals at the Sport Climbing Japan Cup 2021.

MEN'S COMBINED CLIMBING FINALS

USA

WOMEN'S LEAD CLIMBING FINALS

WATCH best female climbers compete in the USA 2021 National Lead Team Trials.

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DISCIPLINES

SPEED CLIMBING: Two climbers secure safety ropes to themselves and attempt to scale a 15m-high wall, set at an angle of 95 degrees, faster than their opponent. Winning times for men's events tend to be around the five- to six-second mark, while women's events are usually won in around seven or eight seconds. A false start results in instant disqualification.

BOULDERING: In bouldering, climbers scale as many fixed routes on a 4m-high wall as they can within four minutes. The routes vary in difficulty and climbers are not permitted to practice climbing them in advance. When a climber grabs the final hold at the top of a route with both hands, they are deemed to have completed it. Climbers tackle the wall without safety ropes and can try a route again if they fall during their initial attempt.  They are given 4 minutes to complete.

LEAD CLIMBING: Lead climbing involves athletes attempting to climb as high as they can on a wall measuring more than 15m in height within six minutes. The climbers use safety ropes and attach the rope to quickdraws (equipment that allows the rope to run freely while leading) along the route. When a climber attaches their rope to the top quickdraw, they have completed the climb. If a climber falls, the height attained is recorded. There are no re-climbs.  If two or more athletes complete the climb or reach exactly the same height, the fastest to do so is declared the winner. 

How scores are calculated can be confusing.  We've made an effort to simplify the process.   Let's say a competitor comes in 10th in speed climbing, 3rd in bouldering, and 2nd in lead.  That athlete's score would be calculated as follows:  10 x 3 x 2 = 60. While another athlete comes in 1st on speed, 4th in bouldering and 3rd in lead with a combined score: 1 x 4 x 3 = 12  

While yet another climber comes in 3rd in speed, 1st in bouldering, and 2nd in lead.  Their score would be 3 x 1 x 2 = 6. 

Results: the athlete with the lowest score (6) would be the Gold Medal winner.   The athlete with the next lowest score (12) would be the Silver Medalist, and so forth.   

Innsbruck, Austria

Sept 16, 2018 Finals

Men's Combined Finals

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