Interview with Pro Climber, Kyra Condie

I recently had the opportunity to interview professional rock climber and Olympic hopeful Kyra Condie. At 12 years old, Kyra underwent a 10-level thoracic spinal fusion to correct a 53 degree curve of her spine due to a severe, idiopathic scoliosis that took several months to recover. After her surgery, she went on to win international climbing competitions and is now training to compete for a qualifying spot in the 2020 Olympic Games. We talk about the surgery, her mindset, and how working with physical therapists has helped her to gain a different perspective on movement so that she can continue to train hard and push her limits everyday.



Jennifer:

Hi Kyra, thanks so much for joining me to chat.


Kyra:

Yeah, of course.


Jennifer:

So I figure we'll just start with you telling everyone a little bit about yourself.


Kyra:

Yeah, so I’m Kyra Condie. I’m 23, I’ve been living in Minnesota since forever, hence this is where I started climbing. I started climbing when I was 11, and then when I was 12 I got a spinal fusion surgery that kind of really reminded me how much climbing meant to me. Then, I was able to start climbing four months after that surgery, and ever since then I’ve never taken more than a week off of climbing. I love it. I’ve been lucky not to get many injuries which has been really good. Now, I compete on the international level and national level at competitions. I have a goal right now of making the 2020 Olympics.


"When I was 12 I got a spinal fusion surgery that kind of really reminded me how much climbing meant to me."

Jennifer:

Very nice. So, you had your spinal fusion just a year after you started climbing?


Kyra:

Yeah, it was like a year- year and a half probably.


Jennifer:

And you just got back from Tokyo?


Kyra:

I did, I just got back from Tokyo where the World Championships were held.


Jennifer:

How was that?