Three Crushers

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John Brosler

Texas-born and raised is proving quite the recipe for climbing success. John Brosler of Plano, who grew up climbing with Team Texas, clinched the 10-meter US Men’s Open speed record at the SCS National Championships as early as 2014 with a time of 3.95. The now 21-year-old has amassed nine national speed titles, including a gold in the 2018 Sport and Speed Open National in Reno, Nevada. In recent years he was based in Boulder, studying at the University of Colorado, but at present he is “taking some time off school” and has returned to Dallas.

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Natalia Grossman

USAC Combined Invitational, Salt Lake City, women’s bouldering: First problem elicited a high-point tie, to no one’s surprise, between Kyra Condie and Brooke Raboutou. Only two women completed problem number two, but it was not the same duo. Topping out with Condie was Natalia Grossman, age 17, of Boulder. Grossman was to place second in bouldering, and make the podium in third overall, finishing above some big talents. Grossman is a Fairview High School senior who moved from Santa Cruz, California, to Boulder to climb and train with Team ABC.

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Dylan Barks

Off the radar before Bouldering Open National Championships, Dylan Barks changed that with a single problem. Barks, 23, was the only competitor out of 76 to top men’s #2 in the qualifying round. He made finals, to finish fifth overall. Before 2019, Barks’ best year on plastic was 2013, when he took gold in the Junior Sport Nationals. Barks moves with a deliberateness not common among his gym-bred peers, and likely gained on real rock. From Anne Arbor, Michigan, he has climbed 5.14d in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky.

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