Marketing Student Brooke Raboutou is Athlete to Watch at Tokyo Olympics

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Brooke Raboutou of United States scales a wall in competition during the finals of the IFSC Climbing World Cup Salt Lake City at Industry SLC on May 22, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Andy Bao—Getty ImagesBrooke Raboutou of United States competes during the finals of the IFSC Climbing World Cup Salt Lake City at Industry SLC on May 22, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Andy Bao—Getty Images
begin quoteGiven her youth, Raboutou may be one to watch not just in Tokyo, but for years to come.

University of San Diego marketing major, Brooke Raboutou, was featured in Time Magazine’s “48 Athletes to Watch at the Tokyo Olympics.” She will be competing in the Olympic debut of sport climbing.

At Tokyo 2020, climbers will participate in three disciplines: Speed, Bouldering and Lead. In Speed climbing, two athletes race each other to be the first to ascend a 15m wall. In Bouldering, climbers scale fixed routes on a 4.5m wall within a specified time. In Lead, athletes attempt to climb as high as possible within a specified time.

For added difficulty, the wall may include various angles to circumvent. Hand and foot holds also come in various shapes and sizes, challenging the climber to use their strength and flexibility to reach the next hold.

Excerpt from Time:

“As sport climbing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo, so will Raboutou; and she’s the first American to qualify for the Games in the sport. The daughter of professional climbers and climbing world cup champions Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou, she grew up with an affinity for the sport in Colorado, and has trained since she was a toddler—often alongside legends. She made her mark on the sport at a young age; when at 11 years old she became the youngest person to ever climb a route rated at a difficulty level of 5.14b in the Yosemite Decimal System. (Climbing routes start at 5.0 and go up to a 5.15d in that system). More recently, she won first place at the 2017 Youth Pan-American Championships for the combined event, which includes all three disciplines of speed, bouldering and lead climbing, and clinched her Olympic spot with a ninth-place combined finish at Olympic qualifiers in Japan. Given her youth, Raboutou may be one to watch not just in Tokyo, but for years to come.”

When is Sport Climbing at Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

Tuesday, Aug. 3 starting at 1:00 a.m. PDT - Men's combined qualification

Wednesday, Aug. 4 starting at 1:00 a.m. PDT - Women's combined qualification

Thursday, Aug. 5 starting at 1:30 a.m. PDT - Men's final

Friday, Aug. 6 starting at 1:30 a.m. PDT - Women's final

To find out how to watch the events or replays, you can learn more on the NBC Olympics website.

Contact:

Gabrielle Horta
ghorta@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4468