It was unfortunate that his win felt anticlimactic in the moment; it only became official after the final climber, Solomon Barth, fell—and that happened as Claire Buhrfeind’s victory played out live.But Bailey deserves recognition for making a big stamp with his return.After this weekend, she's a solid contender to make the games. After taking third in 20, she dropped off the podium, placing sixth last year.Now, at just 19 years old, this could be her big step into the world of adult comp glory after crushing youth championships for years.While all three women are worthy of individual praise, it’s that triangle-rivalry between Kelly, Wooten, and Buhrfeind that showcased what makes speed climbing so appealing to general spectators: it’s fast, it’s neck-and-neck, and the results are clear-cut.I’m excited to see how this trifecta progresses in the coming year, with each woman training and getting faster still.
Nobody came out of this event a bigger winner than Claire Buhrfeind.
And if the comp had a highlight reel, Kiersch’s composure and control would deserve a featured segment.
More than any previous Nationals, this year’s Speed portion brought drama. First, Piper Kelly cruised the route in a swift 9.45 seconds.
Going into the event, it felt like a foregone conclusion that he’d win again—and, yep, he did.
If anything, Brosler’s dominance has caused spectators to take him for granted.