TOKYO (AP) — Nerves once were Alberto Ginés Lopéz's biggest obstacle on the climbing wall. Didn't matter if he was in the finals or well down the standings, the fear of climbing in front of other people left him locked up.
TOKYO (AP) — Basketball, baseball, tennis — the list goes on and on of Olympic sports nearly everyone has at least tried before. Watch those athletes in Tokyo on the TV and somewhere in the back of your mind, it’s easy to think: I could probably do that.
TOKYO (AP) — Weightlifters are among the most vocal athletes at the Olympics, letting out screams as they lock out at the top of a lift: “ahhhhhh!"
Tennis players have long been known to be grunters, usually with some form of “ha-uh!" or “ha-ooah!"
TOKYO (AP) — Sport climbing’s Olympic debut will have an element of surprise.
The key to the sport is strength, particularly in the fingers and arms, but there’s also a degree of problem-solving involved.
TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are introducing four new sports — skateboarding, surfing, karate and sport climbing. Each traveled its own unique path to the Games. Here, at a glance, from Associated Press journalists covering each sport, are the tales of how these sports reached Tokyo and what to watch for in each.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Climbing takes stamina and strength, from fingers to toes and everything in between.
The physical side is only half of the equation.
Solving a rock wall also requires mental acuity, an ability to identify the best route not only to the top, but prevent getting stuck.