Fayetteville native Kai Lightner is a world champion rock climber at the age of 17. Lightner, who grew up away from the mountains, began climbing furniture during his childhood. Lightner’s mother decided to support her son’s love of rock climbing by installing rock walls in their home and hiring a coach. By age 10, Lightner had won the first of six national titles in climbing. Lightner accepted a spot at Babson College and is currently training for the 2020 Olympic games.