Today we speak to the very young (16) adidas sponsored competition climber Kia Lightner.
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio but my family quickly relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina before I could walk. After years of climbing everything in sight, I took up the sport of rock climbing. I visited my first climbing gym at age six, and have spent 2-5 days a week rock climbing ever since.
I qualified (and attended) my first national climbing competition at the age of seven. At age 10, I won my first Youth National Championship title and was fortunate enough to follow that achievement up with seven subsequent Youth National titles, three Pan American titles and became a youth world champion in 2014. In March 2015, at age 15, I won the US Open/Adult National Championship.
When I am not in the gym training for competitions, I love traveling around the world climbing outside and enjoying nature with my friends. Although outdoor climbing has been more centered on fun and adventure for me, I have managed to climb a number of difficult 5.14 graded routes in the US, Spain and Norway. Fortunately, I am able to fit all of these things in between maintaining high grades as an 11th grade honors student at Reid Ross Classical High School.
As for my personal style (when I am not in my school uniform). It’s a little adidas heavy but hey, they are my sponsor!
Jeans: Prana Axiom jeans
Shirts: adidas singlet racerbacks (when climbing)
Suits: I try to avoid them when possible!
Shoes: adidas Outdoor Daroga Two 11
Outerwear: adidas Outdoor Terrex Korum Hoodie
Favorite piece of technology: Samsung Galaxy S6
Next tech purchase: Samsung Galaxy Tab S10.5