A Shoreview native and University of Minnesota graduate will try to climb her way to the top of the Olympic podium next summer in Tokyo.
“I still haven't quite convinced myself that it's real,” Kyra Condie told MPR News’ Steven John on All Things Considered.
She will be one of two women to represent the United States in the first-ever sport climbing competition at the Summer Games. She qualified earlier this month at an event in France.
Condie’s climbing career almost never got off the ground. When she was 13, Condie had to have a spinal fusion surgery to correct a 70-degree curvature in her back due to severe idiopathic scoliosis.
“The first surgeon I went to told me that I wouldn't be able to climb — like I shouldn't worry about it,” said Condie. “[They said] I'd have a family one day, wouldn't worry about sports.”
“That didn't sit very well with me, and so I found a different surgeon,” she recalled. “He was really, really reassuring. [He] told me to send me him a picture of me on top of the podium whenever I got there again.”
The sport climbing competition takes place Aug. 4-7 next year as part of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
For more of Steven John’s conversation with Kyra Condie, click play on the audio player above.