SARATOGA SPRINGS/CHICAGO — On July 25-27, local Saratoga Springs 8th grader Ollie Huss competed in his third USA Climbing Bouldering National Championships in Chicago, IL. (he missed last year due to an injury).
Ollie began climbing at the age of 6 at local gym Rocksport and soon made his first Nationals at the age of 9. That same year he was a contestant on the TV show Universal Kids American Ninja Warrior Junior after honing his skills at his own garage gym.
Ollie quickly has become one of the top youth climbers in the country despite not having a coach or a climbing team like most other top climbers competing.
“I’ve been a certified USA Climbing coach the last few years just to keep an eye on him at big competitions,” explains his Dad Eric Huss. “But he quickly surpassed my climbing capabilities at a very young age… I’d say he coaches me more now,” laughed Eric.
When Ollie’s not competing at Bouldering you can find him at the downhill bike or skate park or skiing (his favorite sport). Follow him on Instagram @imolliecash.