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Olympic Dreams for these USA Climbing Team Members

The USA Climbing sport and speed nationals were this past weekend at the Sportrock Climbing Centers in Alexandria, Virginia.

Margo Hayes, despite not winning a major competition in a few years, took first place and made the USA Climbing Team, along with Brooke Raboutou. For the men, defending champion Sean Baily was the favourite, but finished fourth with first place going to underdog Jesse Grupper.

The national team now has eight climbers,: Galla, Coleman, Ruana, Kyra Condie, Ashima Shiraishi, Hayes and Raboutou. These team members are now eligible to compete at the IFSC world cups, which is where climbers can qualify for the Olympics.

Sport Women/Men Podiums

1. Margo Hayes / Jesse Grupper
2. Ashima Shiraishi / Zander Waller
3. Katherine Lamb / Soloman Barth

Speed Women/Men Podiums

1. Emma Hunt / John Brosler
2. Piper Kelly / Noah Bratschi
3. Sienna Kopf / Joe Goodacre