With six months to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (once again), we've completed our site feature showcasing the selected climbers following December's selection events. On 4-7 August 2020, Sport Climbing was due to make its Olympic debut. In a historic move, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in postponement of the event until 3-6 August 2021, resulting in mixed emotions for confirmed athletes. Despite widespread rumours of cancellation this week, IOC President Thomas Bach asserted this evening that the IOC is 'fully committed to the successful and safe delivery of Tokyo 2020.'
In these interactive 'sports card' style profiles, you'll find competition stats and action shots alongside bios and analysis written by Natalie Berry, Charlie Boscoe and Eddie Fowke, with some predictions and trivia thrown in for good measure.
All 40 athletes have been selected, while 38 have been confirmed, according to the IFSC website. The climbers can be sorted by seed*, Speed PB or Boulder and Lead results to see how they measure up against one another in each discipline.
We hope that this permanent site feature will become a reference point for information on the athletes of the Tokyo Games as well as those competing in Paris 2024 and beyond. UKC's official press accreditation for the Tokyo 2020 Games has rolled over to 2021.
With thanks to Paul Phillips for the design, Charlie for his written contributions, Eddie Fowke of The Circuit Climbing for the provision of photos and writing, Tim Leong for sharing the collated data and Tim Hatch for verifying Speed PBs.
*Only the first eight athletes are currently seeded. Seed list TBC.
The page can otherwise be accessed via the homepage 'News' menu and selecting 'Olympics'.