You won the second position in bouldering and combined disciplines at the 2019 IFSC Climbing World Youth Championships in Arco, Italy. Tell us more about this winning and what had been a catalyst to achieve such spectacular winning in your rock climbing career?
In 2019, I began working on the mental scorch of climbing and began to see large improvements. I had also just spent a month in Europe training for this competition so I felt physically prepared too.
You represented the United States at IFSC Climbing World Cup in bouldering and lead, and have two Boulder World Cup wins at Salt Lake City in May 2021. You are the 2021 World Champion in bouldering. Elaborate more about this exceptional achievement of your professional rock climbing career?
These achievements definitely took me by surprise. However, after the first success, I began to see what was possible and I set my goals higher and higher. Although that comes with lots of added pressure, it makes the successes feel 100% better since I know I’ve had to work hard for them.
You had a dream run in rock climbing competitions in the year 2021. At the USA Climbing National Team Trials in March 2021, you finished first in bouldering and second in lead, qualifying for the United States national team in both disciplines. In April 2021, you advanced to the final and finished third at the opening Boulder World Cup of the 2021 IFSC Climbing World Cup season in Meiringen. In May 2021, across two IFSC events held in Salt Lake City, you won your first two World Cup gold medals, topping all four boulders in the final in the first event and flashing all four final boulders in the second, beating Janja Garnbret, who also topped all four boulders, on attempts, becoming the first woman to beat Garnbret in a Boulder World Cup since 2018. In Lead, you finished on the podium in four of the five events, winning two silver and bronze medals each, and finished second overall for the season. Which of these rock climbing competitions do you find most challenging and gave you the feeling of great accomplishment? Tell us a memorable moment in these rock climbing competitions and how these win in your career has been a turning point to reach greater heights in your Rock climbing career?
The feeling of winning my first World Cup is something I’ll never forget. In the moment, I knew I had what it took so it was difficult to stay composed. I had to stick this massive jump on the last climb and I kept missing, however, when there were only 40 seconds remaining I somehow managed to stick it.
Topping the last boulder secured me the win and gave me a great sense of accomplishment. After winning my first World Cup, I also gained a sense of confidence which has been a great turning point in my career.
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