Among the many events that will be on display at the Tokyo Olympic Games is sport climbing, which is making its debut this year. Participants will be competing in speed competitions, bouldering (climbing as many routes as possible in 4 minutes), and lead climbing (climbing as high as they can in 6 minutes).

While sport climbing is new, the Olympics actually have an intriguing history with mountaineering. But at the turn of the 20th century, it was so treacherous that many of those recognized for their achievements had to be awarded their medals posthumously.

This macabre footnote in Olympic history

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