I can definitely say that it was a privilege as a rock-climber and athlete to have had the opportunity to climb in such a grand event with some of the best rock-climbers in the world. I don't think I was nervous at all because I'm used to people, crowds, and pressure- so that made me feel kind of comfortable. At the same time I knew that I was competing with the best climbers. Just being there was very exciting because it wasn't just a competition. This event was key because it brought people from the Olympic Committee to watch and see if this sport can be included in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Before I came back to the US, I got this invitation to participate in this event so I was training in the area I felt strongest, which was bouldering. Due to flight delays, I was unable to make it to the isolation area on time and therefore couldn't participate in the eliminator round for Bouldering. I was, however, fortunate enough to participate in two of the three events: lead and speed climbing. I did my best to qualify; yet I knew I was not in the best shape for these 2 events.
I'm very excited that Touchstone is going to open a new bouldering gym (The Dogpatch) where there will be more space and top-out bouldering routes. It will be awesome for getting in good shape for comps like the one I participated in.