In an effort to maintain excitement for another 12 months following the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced this morning that there will be a fourth discipline added to the debut of Sport Climbing in the Games: Around-The-House climbing.
While Lead, Bouldering and Speed are familiar to most climbers, Around-The-House is a new discipline that has emerged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that brought the global economy to a standstill. Unable to climb outdoors or in gyms, climbers the world over have taken time for self reflection and to look inside—inside their homes, that is. The new phenomenon has climbers scaling and traversing kitchen cabinets and appliances; living room bookcases; bathroom sinks; the undersides of staircases; entire hallways, crimping the molding and smearing on wallpaper.
The Around-The-House portion of the Combined Format will take place before athletes arrive in Tokyo. The rules are simple: each athlete will have to complete a circuit of his or her kitchen and live stream it via Zoom or GoogleHangouts.
“It’s not fair,” said one athlete, who asked to remain anonymous. “It’s hard to standardize. I have a Samsung refrigerator in my kitchen. That’s way harder than a Whirlpool. And I hear Nathaniel Coleman just has a mini fridge—that’ll be easssy. It’s so unfair!”
As of press time, Brooke Raboutou had reportedly abandoned any speed training and was instead doing 4X4s on the cabinets in her home.
By the looks of what we’ve seen on Instagram, there are a lot of potential Olympians out there 😉