"Have fun while you are doing it. These days there are a lot of hard working athletes, which is so important, but sometimes take the time to just enjoy your sport for your sport." - Brooke Raboutou
I got to talk with the first US Olympic Athlete for rock climbing. Brooke Raboutou is a young women who has been at the top of the sport of rock climber from a very young age. She grew up in a rock climbing family with her parents being world class and champion rock climbers. She has been setting records since she was 9 years old and their seems to be no slowing down as she prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.
Brooke took me bouldering at her family gym in Colorado and taught me a few things about rock climbing. She has a great head on her shoulders and understands the value of family, education, hard work, and so much more. In this episode we talked about her life as a college student and olympian and how she finds her balance. She gives great insight and advice to young people aspiring to excel in sport, as well as giving parents some perspective and advice on how to manage their kids through that process and making sure they still love the sport they are in and have room to flourish. You will see her passion for the sport and life as she talks about climbing and shares the things that give her the ability to compete at the very top of the sport.
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Questions Chris asks:
8:45 - What was it like growing up?
13:15 - How do you prepare for a climbing event and the unknown?
15:10 - Without time to prepare how do you get the most out of the unknown?
16:45 - How did you find drive and successful at such a young age?
18:00 - What brought you to competitive climbing versus just free climbing?
19:40 - What was it like to qualify for the Olympics?
22:40 - What was the experience like realizing the Olympics was canceled and then postponed?
24:45 - What is your typical day of training like?
27:00 - What is something about yourself that most people don't know?
28:00 - What are your goals in the next year and 5 years?
29:55 - What song would describe you?
31:40 - What is your greatest fear?
34:00 - What do you define as success?
35:00 - Who is your