Up to Speed

When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a medal is... speed climbing. REEL ROCK correspondent Zachary Barr looks into this littleknown and seldom practiced subdisciplineof the sport, and the role it will play in shaping climbing's future. Barr's journey from the U.S. to France (the birthplace of modern speed climbing) to South Asia (it's actually huge there) culminates at an international competition in Moscow, where
speed demons race up a 15meter wall in less than six seconds.