Photos: Athletes get their footing as sport climbing takes hold at the Tokyo Olympics

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USA climber Brooke Raboutou competes in the bouldering final at the Tokyo Olympics
USA climber Brooke Raboutou struggles to make a transition while competing in the bouldering final.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
USA climber Brooke Raboutou covers her face as she descends from the lead wall
USA climber Brooke Raboutou shows disappointment as she descends from the lead wall, where she slipped off nearly two-thirds of the way to the top in the women’s combined sport climbing final.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Climbers raise their arms at the women's combined sport climbing final.
Climbers analyze the lead wall ahead of the women’s combined sport climbing final.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
A view from the sky of the women's combined sport climbing final.
The sun sets over the women’s combined sport climbing final at the Aomi Urban Sports Park.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
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Two climbers react with joy and disappointment at the end of the sport climbing speed final.
French climber Mickael Mawem celebrates after beating USA climber Nathaniel Coleman during the sport climbing speed final.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Adam Ondra scales the sport climbing wall at Aomi Urban Sports Park.
Adam Ondra from the Czech Republic navigates the sport climbing wall at Aomi Urban Sports Park.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
USA climber Danny Duffy rubs chalk on his hands before the men's combined bouldering final.
USA climber Danny Duffy prepares to compete in the men’s combined bouldering final.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Spectacular images from L.A. Times staff at the Tokyo Olympics