Speed climber

Joshua Muehring completes his final run at 2019 Youth Nationals in 6.73 seconds.

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Joshua Muehring, a resident of Mill Glen and a senior at North Springs Charter High School, defended his spot on the USA Youth Speed Climbing Team for a fourth year in a row.

Muehring finished 7th out of 66 competitors from 55 countries in the speed finals at the World Youth Climbing Championships held this year in Arco, Italy.

Speed climbing sees athletes go head-to-head in a knock-out format where they attempt to climb a 15-meter (nearly 50 foot) wall quicker than their opponent. Joshua placed 2nd at the U.S. Youth National competition in July in Philadelphia, scaling the 15 meters in 6.73 seconds. 

The top three are invited to represent the U.S. at the world championships the following month.

Previous world championships have brought Muehring to Moscow, Russia; Innsbruck, Austria and Guangzhou, China; and to a Pan American competition in Montreal. Canada. He is considering his invite to the Pan American games in Ecuador in November. 

In March, at his first adult U.S. Open competition, Muehring placed fifth in an exciting speed climbing final alongside his older brother Luke Muehring, who finished sixth.

Muehring began rock climbing in 2011 and was soon climbing competitively and reaching national rankings along with his older brother, Luke Muehring, who now competes in the collegiate climbing series for Georgia Tech. 

Joshua trains at Stone Summit climbing gym in Atlanta and is coached by National Speed Climbing Coach Olexiy Shul’ga from the Ukraine and head coach Claudiu Vidulescu. Climbing makes its debut at the Tokyo Summer Olympic games in 2020.

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