New Heights Owner Jason Burks said the sport has already grown immensely in the past five years. He's climbed with people ranging in ages from 7 to 80. He only started climbing four years ago himself.
“Because of climbing gyms it’s allowed for it to be a legitimate sport across the globe," Burks said.
He expects the 2020 games to split competitive climbing into three events:
1. Speed Climbing: Who can reach the top the fastest.
2. Sport Climbing: Climber is attached to a rope, using clips to make their way to the top.
3. Bouldering: Climbing without a rope.
He said right now the sport is only popular where people can find gyms and teams. Rachel Nelson climbs for the Oklahoma Climbing team.
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