Rock climbing will be introduced in the official lineup of sports events in the 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo, which is a huge deal if you’re into extreme sports. And Ellie Sepulveda, who hails from Virginia, is preparing to win an Olympic gold medal. For the time being, Sepulveda practices hard at the local gym. She amazes people with her climbing abilities, how she can climb walls 60 feet high with relative ease leaves viewers, including members of her family, quite surprised.
Her father, Rene, doesn’t know where Ellie got her passion for climbing, as he himself is afraid of heights. In fact, no one in their family can do what she excels at. Ellie tried rock climbing perhaps out of curiosity, during summer camp, some 5 years ago, and she’s been hooked to the sport ever since. She admitted in one interview that she isn’t good at other sports, be it with a ball or a bat, but climbing makes her look impressive, almost like some superhero.
She says that winning a gold medal demands strategy and carefully planning out your climb route. Strength alone does not cut it. You need to be calm and plan things wisely. She had her initial try in international competition in Ecuador, before competing in China’s Climbing Worldcup. Only twenty competitors from all over the world will get a slot to compete in 2020. Sepulveda is working double time to make it among the 20 women, and the qualifying rounds start next April. The test qualifications will be through the month of February, in 2020.