Here is your complete guide to watching rock climbing at the Tokyo Olympics.


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Rock climbing (aka sport climbing) will make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics this summer. That’s right, there is a whole new sport to watch including some brand new athletes who just might become your favorites.

The United States sends four climbers (two men and two women) to the Tokyo Games to aim for the gold medal. One star, Brooke Raboutou, is only 20 years old, but has already won three World Cup medals, by The Washington Post. Then there’s Kyra Condie, a 25-year-old climber who specializes in bouldering (more on this in a second).

When does climbing start?

The climbing events will take place between August 3 and 6. Athletes will compete in qualifying events on August 3 and 4 before the winners advance to the finals on August 5 and 6, by CNET.

What kind of climbing events can I watch?

There are three different climbing events, according to Olympics.com: speed, bouldering, and lead. In the speed test, two climbers will compete on a 15m wall. In the bouldering event, athletes will climb as many routes as possible in just four minutes.

And in the lead event, the athletes will have six minutes to try to climb as high as possible on a wall. (If they both reach the top, the climber with the fastest time wins.) The men and women at the Tokyo Games will be able to compete in the qualifying and final rounds of each of these three events.

Where can I watch the Olympics?

If you want to watch the Games live, you can find most of the events on NBC. The US channel will also air escalation reruns, according to NBCOlympics.com.

You can also stream all of Team USA’s climbing events through Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, NBCOlympics.com, and the NBC Sports app. Or, you can find recorded events online at NBCOlympics.com.

The site will also select the best highlights, so you can sit back and watch a reel of Team USA’s greatest moments.

When can I watch rock climbing?

Here is the complete climbing program, according to ESPN:

tuesday 3 august

4:00 a.m. EST: Combined Men

4:00 a.m. EST: men’s combined qualifying

4 a.m. EST: men’s combined, qualifying, speed

5 a.m. EST: men’s combined, qualifying, bouldering

8:10 a.m. EST: men’s combined, qualifying, head

wednesday 4 august

4 a.m. EST: female handset

4 a.m. EST: women’s combined, qualifying

4 a.m. EST: women’s combined, qualifying, speed

5 a.m. EST: women’s combined, qualifying, block

8:10 a.m. EST: women’s combined, qualifying, head

Thursday August 5

4:30 a.m. EST: men’s combined, final

4:30 a.m. EST: men’s combined, final, sprint

5:30 a.m. EST: men’s combined, final, bouldering

8:10 a.m. EST: men’s combined, final, head

Friday August 6

4:30 a.m. EST: Women’s Combined, Final

4:30 a.m. EST: Women’s Combined, Final, Sprint

5:30 a.m. EST: Women’s Combined, Final, Bouldering

8:10 a.m. EST: women’s combined, final, lead

Where can I keep up to date with the highlights?

Not too keen on getting up at 4 a.m. to watch the climbing live? Do not worry ! You can see all of the best highlights anytime on NBCOlympics.com and Peacock.

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