Sidney Trinidad and Laili Couper have been passionate about indoor climbing ever since they started training as elementary-schoolers. They’ve competed in many local, regional and national events during the past several years, winning championships along the way. They’re part of the climbing team at Vertical World, a climbing gymnasium based in Seattle. They hope to continue to climb after high school, possibly joining the USA Climbing: Collegiate series.
Trinidad, a Marysville resident, and Couper, from Everett, have another thing in common: They’ll represent their country at the 2017 International Federation of Sport Climbing Youth World Championships, to be held from Aug. 30-Sept. 10 in Innsbruck Triol, Austria.
This will be Trinidad’s fourth world championship appearance and Couper’s first. There are three main events in competitive indoor climbing — bouldering, in which competitors attempt to complete the most routes, or “problems,” by scaling artificial boulders with no ropes or harnesses; speed, in which competitors try to reach the top of a climbing wall in the fastest time possible; and sport, in which competitors traverse relatively short, rated routes with the aid of preplaced bolts, ropes and harnesses.
Couper will be competing in bouldering, while Trinidad qualified in all three events.
“I’m nervous because the best in the world will be there, which is intimidating, but I’m more excited than nervous,” said Couper, who will be a junior at Everett High School this fall. “I want to enjoy the experience, but I am competitive, so I’d like to make it past the qualifying round and hopefully to the semifinal or final. I think if I climb well I can probably make the semifinal, although I’m not sure how good the other people will be.”
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