In a matter of days, 40 climbers from all around the globe will battle it out across three climbing disciplines of speed, lead and bouldering on the world's most watched wall of the year. Two-time Boulder World Cup Champion Shauna Coxsey, will be among them representing Great Britain in Sport Climbing's Olympic debut. But how and where can you watch all the action? We have all the answers.
It's the first time ever in history, a moment that will never be repeated, climbing's premiere into the Olympic Games. Watching the world's top athletes compete for a gold medal will be sure to get your pulse going, it's going to be awesome and, quite frankly, we can't wait!
Whether you are an avid competition climbing fan already, or will be tuning in for the first time, we want to make sure you don't miss all the action. We have all the details you'll need to spectate from your sofa.
When to watch climbing in the Olympics
Climbing at the Olympics begins with the men's Qualification Round on 3 August and finishes with the Women's Final on 6 August. That's four days of an adrenaline charged, sweaty-palm spectator experience.
All times are in British Summer Time (BST).
Tuesday 3 August 🕕 09.00 - 14.40
09.00 Men’s Combined Qualification – Speed
10.00 Men’s Combined Qualification – Bouldering
13.10 Men’s Combined Qualification – Lead
Wednesday 4 August 🕕 09.00 - 14.40
09.00 Women’s Combined Qualification – Speed
10.00 Women’s Combined Qualification – Bouldering
13.10 Women’s Combined Qualification – Lead
Thursday 5 August 🕕 09.30 - 14.20
09.30 Men’s Combined Final – Speed
10.30 Men’s Combined Final – Bouldering
13.10 Men’s Combined Final – Lead
🥇 14.10 Men’s Combined Victory Ceremony
Friday 6 August 🕕 09.30 - 14.20
09.30 Women’s Combined Final – Speed
10.30 Women’s Combined Final – Bouldering
13.10 Women’s Combined Final – Lead
🥇 14.10 Women’s Combined Victory Ceremony
Where to watch climbing in the Olympics
BBC One: TV, Red Button and iPlayer
BBC One will be covering the Olympics live from midnight until 3pm each day, as well as hosting an afternoon catch-up show and the highlights every evening.
There will be a second live stream of sport available on iPlayer and their Red Button service. Plus there will be many catch-up options on iPlayer at the of the day.
However, the BBC have announced that they plan to focus their coverage on the big medal moments during the Games. Whilst also being restricted to showing just two live sports at the same time, and with the climbing finals clashing with athletics and hockey finals, they say they may not be able to guarantee showing the sport climbing finals live and uninterrupted.
If you are tuning in to the BBC, you'll hear GB Climbing athlete and Paris 2024 hopeful Molly Thompson-Smith adding her commentary insight from the BBC studio in Manchester alongside, IFSC commentator, route setter and climbing wall manager Mike Langley and BBC snowsports presenter Ed Leigh.
Discovery+: stream every Olympic event live online
Alternatively, if you want complete, uninterruped coverage of the entire four days of sport climbing you can head over to The 'Home of the Olympics'. Discovery+ is available with a Sky Q subscription at no extra cost, for free for 6 months if you're a Vodaphone customer, or you can purchase a monthly Discovery+ Entertainment pass subscription for £4.99/month (cancellable at any time) which includes full Olympic coverage.
Follow Shauna Coxsey
You won't want to miss out on any of the action. If you're not already following her, keep up to date with Shauna's journey on her Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
READ: "If just one person sees climbing and tries it, that's a win for me" 🗨️ Team GB's Shauna Coxsey
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