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Team Momentum Athlete Nathaniel Coleman Wins Two National Bouldering Championships
Also on Sunday, Coleman was honored with The North Face’s 2016 Young Gun Award. This prestigious award recognizes up-and-coming climbers who represent the values of the climbing community, competitive climbing achievements, commitment to the sport and exemplary sportsmanlike conduct.
Coleman is one of the original members of Team Momentum, joining the program when the team was established in 2008. Today he balances his academic load at University of Utah with a training schedule at Momentum. Last year, Coleman finished fourth overall in the IFSC Bouldering World Cup standings. In 2012, 2014, and 2015 Coleman took home gold medals from the USA Climbing Youth Bouldering Nationals. He won USA Climbing’s 2015 Youth Sport Nationals, which is a sport climbing competition.
“Nathaniel is a gifted athlete with an incredible work ethic. His commitment to excellence and an unwavering positive attitude make him a role model for young climbers,” said Jeff Pedersen, Momentum CEO and co-founder, who was also one of Coleman’s first coaches. “Nathaniel’
Coleman attributes much of his success to the coaching and training he has received over the years at Momentum. For the past five years of his career, he has worked with coaches Kyle O’Meara and Noah Bigwood.
“When it comes to competition or outdoor performance, bouldering is an individual sport; but there are so many people behind the scenes who helped me to get where I am today,” said Coleman. “I’m grateful to coaches O’Meara and Bigwood, as well as my parents and teammates for helping me to achieve another amazing goal.”
Momentum’s youth program, which includes over 600 kids in recreational clubs and over 30 on the competitive team, is one of the largest in the nation. Kids from ages 3 to 19 can attend from one day per week to a more intensive four-day program depending on their goals, age and experience.
For more information on Momentum’s youth program or its gyms, please visit www.momentumclimbing.com.
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