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I'm Nathaniel Coleman, I'm 18 years old and I've been climbing since before I could walk. Climbing has always just been natural for me. My parents are fond of telling stories of how I would crawl from the couch (climb up, climb down) to the dining room chair (climb up, climb down) to the kitchen cabinets (climb up, get stuck, and wait to be rescued) in a tireless circuit. I consider this my first training session.
I've currently been training at least four days every week for about four hours per session and following a strict periodized plan. Most of my training focuses on building power and applying that power to complex movements on the wall. I also spend a lot of time and energy training for the specific World Cup competition format and developing the mental component that is required in competitions.
When I was 10 years old I started training with an organized team at Momentum in Salt Lake City. I have been very fortunate to be a part of a supportive team system of friends, families and dedicated coaches. After years of learning and training, I won the first of three Youth National titles at age 15. These successes were the beginnings of me realizing my own potential and overcoming the psychological challenges of competition. Placing 5th overall at the U.S. adult national bouldering championships this year was a big boost for me in terms of knowing I could be competitive at the elite adult level.
This finish secured me a spot on the U.S. Team, and the privilege of competing in the Toronto World Cup. Toronto was only my second World Cup competition and after three rounds of climbing I finished in second place. Two weeks later I took a second silver medal in the Vail World Cup, which moved me into first place in the World Cup bouldering rankings for the 2015 season.
After encouragement from elite competitors like Jan Hojer and Adam Ondra, and after conferring with my parents and coaches, I have decided to travel to China for two World Cups. I left for my adventure in China to compete in Chongqing, June 20th-21st and Haiyang, June 26th-27th. Later this summer I will also be traveling to compete in the Munich World Cup, August 14th-15th and finish my summer competing in the Arco, Italy Youth World Cup at the end of August.
Although I continue to receive very generous support from friends and family, from my home gym Momentum, from coaches and sponsors - the financial hurdle of participating in these distant events is a significant challenge. This is where I need your support. Without it, I will be unable to continue to represent the U.S.A. in these World Cups. I will use the funds you donate to:
-Pay for airfare
-Pay for lodging and food while I am traveling abroad
-Pay for my visa application and some competition entry fees
Nathaniel at Toronto World Cup 2015