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How To Watch Olympic Sport Climbing

Sport climbing is making its debut at the Olympic Games this year. To win a medal, 20 men and 20 women will each compete in three separate events: lead, speed and boulder. To explain what differentiates the three events, what all the climbing lingo means and what it will take to win gold, Tokyo Olympics sport climbing judge Paul Ledet talks to FiveThirtyEight.

To learn more about some of the other new sports at this year’s Olympic Games, check out our “How To Watch” videos on skateboarding and surfing.


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Tony Chow is a video producer for FiveThirtyEight.