Sean Bailey: Road to the Innsbruck World Championships

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Growing up in the Pacific Northwest I was surrounded by the outdoors. When I was first introduced to climbing by my parents, it was just another way to experience the natural world. As the years went on, however, my passion for climbing grew. I loved the culture, the movement, and the friends I made along the way. The longer I call myself a climber, I'm amazed to see how my relationship with the sport develops. It's like the novelty can't wear off.

In recent years, I've focused a lot of my energy on competition climbing. It's taken me to some incredible places worldwide and has been an experience unlike anything I could have guessed a few years ago. I grew up watching World Cup events, and it's still surreal to be a part of them now. Above all else I'm thankful for the friends I've made and get to see on a regular basis, all over the globe.

Coming up in a few weeks is the biggest competition of the year, the World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. Although it isn't my main goal, it's going to be a great competition and a good measure to see who might be successful at the Olympics in 2020. For the past four months I've been training and competing in Bouldering and Lead World Cups and Innsbruck is my last event of the year, so I couldn't be more psyched to have one last battle on such a big stage.

—BD Athlete Sean Bailey

Tickets and more information on the IFSC Climbing world championships: here.

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