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When Climbing Became Competitive: How Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union Sportified Vertical Space
Please join the East Central European Center at the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Carolin Roeder, István Deák Visiting Assistant Professor of History.

Everyone who has been to a bouldering or climbing gym knows that you don't need mountains anymore to go climbing. In the past two decades, climbing on artificial walls has turned from a niche to a mainstream sport. With a year delay, climbing is going Olympic—to the chagrin of many professional climbers. In this talk, Carolin Roeder will reveal the hidden history of climbing competitions and why Tokyo 2021 is a Soviet dream come true. Tune in for a Cold War drama featuring an inventive Russian climbing instructor, Polish climbing diplomacy, and a Soviet charm offensive that ultimately won over the West.

This event is also available as a YouTube Live stream: https://youtu.be/Nh_VpASRFgk

Mar 10, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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