The International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and Worldwide Olympic Partner Airbnb are announcing a five-day summer festival featuring more than 100 Olympian and Paralympian Online Experiences hosted virtually by some of the world’s best athletes. The festival of Olympian and Paralympian Online Experiences will kick off on July 24, when the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were originally scheduled to begin, and is an opportunity for athletes to generate income while they share their passion for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and their sport with guests.

Bookings for the five-day event will open on 22 July. Fans who book will proudly support their heroes ahead of Tokyo 2020, as proceeds will provide valuable income to athlete hosts, now and beyond the festival, including some who are on the road to their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.

Among the many athletes offering their own experience on the platform, is Canadian climber Alannah Yip, who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the IFSC Pan American Championships that took place in Los Angeles (USA) last February and March.

“So far it’s going really well! It was lucky for me that I had a lot of practice running Zoom classes during quarantine for the youth team that I coach and for the members of my gym, so I feel confident teaching and have a lot of fun with it”, said the 26-year-old from North Vancouver.

“In my experience I train about three distinct training techniques I use: mobility, hand strength training and visualization. Training hand and grip strength is something that non-climbers don’t know much about yet, and of course if I have climbers in the class I can go more in depth about different types of hangboarding. Mobility is something that is often overlooked by climbers in favour of strength training. It certainly wasn’t something that was emphasized in my training when I was young, and I feel that it has made a world of difference for me. Visualization for climbing is something that my coach introduced us to at a very young age, but I never practiced until a year or so ago. I find that it’s still not easy for me, but I have some good tips and exercises to practice so that it can be used as a performance enhancing tool.”

If fans miss the chance to participate in the five-day event, many athletes will continue to host their Experiences – both online and in person in countries where it’s safe and permissible to do so – with even more to be added to Airbnb in the coming months and years.

For more information on the summer festival line-up, visit

To book a training session with Alannah click here.

200721 IFSC News Canadian climber Alannah Yip to offer her training experience on AirbnbAlannah Yip competing at the IFSC Pan American Championships in Los Angeles (USA)
Photo: Daniel Gajda/IFSC

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