IFSC Vail World Cup – A Few Interesting Finals Facts + Awesome Austrian Photos
Vail Coverage Wrap-Up
Fun Facts and Awesome Photos
I meant to put this out the other week, but things got busy and it didn’t get done. However, for those who are interested, here are a few interesting notes about the finalists interspersed with a few great photos from all rounds of the comp borrowed from Austria Climbing Team photographer Heiko Wilhelm.
Of the 12 finalists, Kilian, Alex Puccio, and Jonas have previously won a Vail World Cup and Akiyo, Anna, Jain, Guillaume, Kilian, Dmitry, have won other World Cup events this season. That’s 8 World Cup Champions out of 12 finalists.
This was the first Bouldering World Cup finals appearance for Chris Webb-Parsons, Rei Sugimoto, and Angie Payne.
This was Melissa La Neve’s third time making finals in a Bouldering World Cup, and she has come in 3rd each time.
Alex Puccio has made finals at every Bouldering World Cup she’s ever entered, though her only win so far was in Vail in 2009. This season she has taken two 2nd place finishes, one 3rd place, and two 6th places.
This was Anna Stöhr’s fourth time making finals in Vail, and her first win. She has previously taken 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places.
Perhaps even more interesting, not a single male finalist in Vail made finals at the World Cup last week in Canmore. Kilian was closest, with 9th place.
The women’s field was similar to Canmore, with Melissa La Neve replacing Juliane Wurm (GER) but the rest of the field staying the same. Alex Johnson took 7th in both Canmore and Vail, barely missing finals both times.
Alison Osius of Rock and Ice wrote a nice little article about competitions, competitors, and expectations that you can read here: Tough Crowd
The next World Cup will be in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, this weekend — June 17th and 18th. Watch it live on http://ifIFSC TVsc.tv
World Cup Pre-Game at The Spot
The week before the comp was pretty busy at the Spot, with teams from Japan, Korea, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, France, Germany, and more getting acclimated and ready for qualifiers on our boulders. These last two photos are of various World Cup competitors in our gym.