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Interview with Colin Duffy of Team USA, Men’s Olympic Finalist

Colin Duffy gives a breakdown on what it was like to compete in Sport Climbing's first Olympic event.

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**The following transcript was obtained from the Mixed Zone after the Men’s combined finals. Thank you to Kelly Feilke, of USA Climbing, for helping facilitate the questions and answers.

Interviewer: It must be amazing to be in the finals in the first Olympic games. How does it feel?

It feels great. It did not go the way I wanted. But it leaves me hungry for more in the future. Yeah. I mean, I’m only 17, so I have a lot of time.

Interviewer: Tell me about the day? What are you thinking and feeling right now?

Colin: I think the scoring is…it’s not the best that could be, especially today with only seven athletes in finals. The first place finishes really, really benefit, but 2024 is a different format. So hopefully it’ll work out a little better. But I mean, we knew the scoring and that’s how it goes…I think it’s fair. I mean, we all know the rules, but it is crazy when I think of the three podium finishers, I beat them in two of the three disciplines. They earned it. They climbed amazingly, and everyone in this field is world class and such strong athletes, so just to be in the finals is amazing.

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Further reading:
> Feature article on Colin Duffy HERE.
> Learn more Albert Gines Lopez HERE, climbing’s first gold medal winner.
> Learn more about silver medal winner Nathaniel Coleman HERE.
> Learn more about bronze medal winner Jakob Schubert HERE.