How can I watch Olympic Climbing? Calendar, channels, more

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

The United States is sending four climbers (two men and two women) to the Tokyo Games to try to clinch gold. A star, Brooke Raboutou, is only 20 years old, but has already won three World Cup medals, for The Washington Post. Then there is Kyra Condie, a 25-year-old climber whose specialty is bouldering (more on that in a second).

When does the climbing start?

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

What kind of climbing events can I watch?

There are three different escalation events, for Olympics.com: speed, block and advance. 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 leading event, 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.) Men and women at the Tokyo Games will be able to compete in the qualifiers and finals of each of these three events.

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Where can I watch the Olympics?

If you’re looking to follow the Games live, you can find most events on NBC. The American channel will also air climbing reruns, for NBCOlympics.com.

You can also stream all Team USA 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 strong points, so you can sit back and watch a reel of Team USA’s greatest moments.

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When can I watch the climbing?

Here is the complete climbing schedule, according to ESPN:

Tuesday August 3

4:00 a.m. EST: Men’s Combined

4:00 a.m. EST: Men’s Combined Qualifying

4:00 a.m. EST: Men’s Combined, Qualification, Speed

5:00 a.m. EST: Men’s Combined, Qualification, Bouldering

8:10 a.m. EST: Men’s Combined, Qualifying, Head

Wednesday August 4

4:00 a.m. EST: Women’s Combined

4:00 a.m. EST: Women’s Combined Qualifying

4:00 a.m. EST: Women’s Combined, Qualification, Speed

5:00 a.m. EST: Women’s Combined, Qualification, Bouldering

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, Head

Where can I catch up on highlights?

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Don’t really want to wake up at 4:00 a.m. to watch the live climbing? Do not worry ! You can see all the best highlights anytime on NBCOlympics.com and Peacock.

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Virginia F. Goins