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8 Year Old Climbs to the Top of Rock Climbing CompetitionSubmitted: 04/03/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


RHINELANDER - Madeline Goscha can put COLLEGE students to shame in a gym, and she's only 8 years old. The Rhinelander native is a rock star when it comes to rock climbing.

The whole Goscha family climbs together. In the winter time, they climb right in their basement. Their practice facility is TINY compared to most competitors, but that hasn't stopped Maddie from climbing to the top.

"It was really kind of fun but kind of scary because I was against all these college kids and me and my sister were the only children... But it was really fun when I found out that I got 2nd place against 2 other college kids," said Maddie.

Her father and coach, Daniel, says rock climbing builds more than physical strength. This sport engages the mind in unique ways.

"Its problem solving, they have to work the routes out in their minds. It helps them solve problems in a different way not only mentally but also physically it helps with their confidence," he said.

Right now, Maddie is ranked 3rd in the state in her age group. She's the youngest climber to place into Divisionals in the Wisconsin Indoor Climbing Series.

This weekend, she's heading to La Crosse for an American Bouldering Association competition. Her parents say bouldering is her best style of rock climbing, and she should place highly there too.


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