What is the Focus Climbing Team?

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The Focus Climbing Team is a competitive  junior climbing team for kids between the ages of 7 and 18. Head coach, Joe Czerwinski, served as an USAC National Team Coach (2010-2012), and is the only American male to represent the United States as an athlete and as a coach. Together, the Focus coaching staff has over 26 years of climbing experience and over 20 years of competition experience. We can help your son or daughter become a better climber, whether it is for recreational climbing, or a nationally ranked competitor.


Conditioning

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Here’s a little clip of the teams circuit they did last night.

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Ashtyn Bee

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Age: 10

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Years on the team: One

Best competition placements in the past 2 years:

1st place SCS PRG Local 2014

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team:

The coaches.

Hardest problem:

V3

Indoors:

V3

Hardest redpoint outdoors:

5.11c

Indoors:

5.11d

What are your long term goals in climbing?

To become a professional climber.

What are your short term goals in climbing?

V6 by the end of the year.

What was your most embarrassing moment at competition or at practice?

Falling on V0+.

What do you like about competition the most?

The adrenaline.

What motivates you for training season after season?

The fun of climbing.


Julia Grace Fletcher

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Age: 11

Years on the team:

first year

Best competition placements in the past 2 years:

17th at ABS  15 Regionals (I actually beat people)

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team:

I get to learn how to climb.7th at both ABS 15 Locals

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Favorite training day?

 When I got gummy bears and we did fun technique stuff.

Most hated training day?

 When I was really tired and didn’t do well.

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Hardest redpoint outdoors:

I haven’t climbed outside.

Indoors:

5.12b/c

Hardest problem:

I haven’t climbed outside.
V4 Indoors:

What are your short term goals in climbing?

Climb V4’s regularly.

What are your long term goals in climbing?

Climb a v10 and make it to nationals.

What was your most embarrassing moment at competition or at practice?

I got scared on a V4 on the last move and didn’t make it. If I had it would have been both my first V4 and first V4 flash. I sill haven’t climbed it.

What do you like about competition the most?

Competing.

What motivates you for training season after season?

Its fun to climb.

If you had a super power what would it be?

The ability to go back in time.



Madison Perry “Maddy”

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Age: 13

Years on the team: One

Best competition placements in the past 2 years:

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3rd place ABS 15 Local Competiton

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team:

Bonding and climbing with my teammates.

Hardest redpoint

Outdoors: 

5.10a

Indoors:

5.12b/c 

Hardest problem:

V5

Indoors:

V7

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What are your long term goals in climbing?

Make it to nationals for the ABS 16 season.

What are your short term goals in climbing?

Send V7 outside, and V8/9 inside.

Favorite training day? 

Everyday… Mostly.

Most hated training day? 

Endurance days.

What do you like about competition the most?

Being able to show my skill to a big crowd even though I doubt myself.

What motivates you for training season after season?

Seeing what I placed this year and training harder so I can crush harder next season.


Jaime Schaller

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Age: 13

Years on the team: One

Best competition placements in the past 2 years:

3rd place SCS Regionals

23rd place SCS Nationals

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team:

How motivated everyone is, so they motivate me to push myself.

Hardest redpoint outdoors:

5.11d

Indoors:

5.12a

Hardest problem:

I haven’t been bouldering outside

Indoors:

V5

What are your long term goals in climbing?

To make semi-finals or finals at nationals.

What are your short term goals in climbing?

Place within the top 5 at SCS 2014 Regionals and Divisionals.

What was your most embarrassing moment at competition or at practice?

I don’t have one. Or do I???

What do you like about competition the most?

How excited everyone is and how everyone supports and cheers you on while you climb, making me feel really good and strong.

What motivates you for training season after season?

Seeing how I placed the season before and knowing I could do better and train harder.


ABS 15 Nationals Results

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Female B- Maya Johnson 11th               Male B- Zach Levy 29th

Female Jr- Michelle Abshire 13th           Male Jr- Dustin Brown 12th

 


PRG ABS Local Results

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Female D– Julia Fletcher 5th

Female C– Gabby Lampner 1st                   Male C– Ryan Traub  5th

Female B– Maya Johnson 1st                      Male B – Zach Levy  1st

   Madison Perry  3rd                                      Wyatt Calandro 3rd

    Sarah Fox 15th (injured)

Female A– Mary Fox 5th

Female Jr – Michelle Abshire 1st              Male Jr – Dustin Brown 1st

       Casey Langstroth 2nd


ABS 2013 Dates

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Local 9/21 PRG

Local 10/5 AZR

Local 11/9 The Bloc

ABS Regionals 12/7 and 12/8 at The Front in Ogden

ABS Divisionals 1/11 and 1/12 at The Bloc

ABS Nationals 2/28 through 3-2 –Location TBA


Never Again

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_MG_3379webAfter an intense practice with the Focus Climbing Team the legendary Mary Fox allowed for a short interview.

Q: How was practice today Mary?

A: It was great, Jack had me down to sweat and tears within thirty minutes. I love working hard, but after that workout I felt like I hated training.

Q: Sounds like you’re working very hard. What motivates you?

A: I placed 10th at Nationals. Even though 10th isn’t necessarily a bad placement I worked hard to place higher and I knew I was capable. Falling early in finals made me sick to my stomach. I never again want to feel that way it was heart breaking.

Thank you Mary Fox for your time.  So the question is what motivates you?


Gabby Lampner

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Age: 11

Years on the team: 1

Best competition placements in the past 2 years: Well, I made it to 2013 ABS Bouldering Nationals, but my best competition placement was winning the World Championships of Fly Fishing.

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team: My coaches are the BOMB.

Favorite training day is  anytime I can lay around and count the dust bunnies at the PRG.

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