A New Phase for Kai Lightner

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Kai Lightner dominated the indoor climbing world throughout his adolescence, and now at 18 years old, he's looking toward the next phase. In this short documentary from Uninterrupted, Kai takes his skills to the next level as he navigates the transition to adult climbing with his sights set on a 2020 Olympic bid.