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IFSC Bouldering World Cup 2013 #5 – Innsbruck – Coverage Wrap Up – UPDATED

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IFSC Bouldering World Cup 2013 #5 – Innsbruck – Men’s Finals UPDATED

May 18, 2013 3 comments

Men’s 1

Dyno 1 arm is the show move. Stand up on start holds, jump left, basically campus to top. Everyone did it easily.

Kilian styling the dyno

Kilian styling the dyno

Dima on the bottom of 1

Dima on the bottom of 1

Jan at the top of Men's 1

Jan at the top of 1

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Men’s 2

Lots of volumes up an overhanging wall. Start with right pinch and left on arete. Move through volumes, stand up to an undercling triangle volume, grab another triangle volume, match, done.

GG on the bottom of 2

GG on the bottom of 2

Dmitrii

Dmitrii low middle on 2

Jan pushing up into the volume.

Jan pushing up into the undercling volume.

Kili using alternative beta to get up on the undercling

Kili using alternative beta to get up on the undercling

Jorg at the top of 2

Jorg at the top of 2

Sean matching the finish.

Sean matching the finish.

Jan Hojer beasted it right off (apparently actually 2nd go, he slipped 1st go). Dimitrii flashed. GG flashed. Kilian flashed. Jorg flashed too. Sean flashed.

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Men’s 3

Mantle, volumes, undercling left, drive by right hand to red triangle out left. Match onto bonus hold jib, move to jib on upper triangle, lean over to last hold.

Dmitrii on the bottom of 3

Dmitrii on the bottom of 3

Kilian getting set up for the drive by

Kilian getting set up for the drive by

GG doing the drive-by on the middle of 3

GG doing the drive-by on the middle of 3

Kilian about to fall off trying to stick the upper part of the volume.

Kilian about to fall off trying to stick the bonus hold jib on the upper part of the volume.

Sean having the same problem

Sean having the same problem. He looks good, but he doesn’t stay on.

Dmitrii matching the jib to move to the last hold.

Dmitrii did. Here he is matching the jib to move to the last hold.

Dmitrii at the top of 3

Dmitrii sticking the top of 3

Jan Hojer came out and flashed easily. Commentators are speculating the problems are too easy.

Dima started strong, climbed most of the way up, fell, fell again. Sent.

GG came out, fell on drive by. Again. Again.

Kili fell off. Again. Apparently you fall doing the move after the drive by if you don’t keep your right foot on the large yellow orb. He does the drive-by, bumps right hand off, jumps and left hand hamhock, slides off trying to stick it. Last go, same thing. Bummer.

Jorg had much the same experience as Kilian. Stuck the cross. Couldn’t stick the match.

Sean came out last. Looked strong on bottom and drive-by, fell like Jorg and Kili trying to stick the match on the volume. They do a nice jump to the bonus hold/jib on the volume, but all seemed to slip off pulling up to stick it. Sean didn’t send either, and so now the field has flipped.

Results after Men’s 3

The people who are tied below are broken up by countbacks to semis.

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Men’s Final 4

This problem looked pretty straightforward. Thugging on volumes up a steep wall.

Jan Hojer came out first and if he flashed he’d win. He flashed. climbed it quickly, he’d win. Apparently he fell from the start once before sending, but it didn’t show on the live feed. When he got to the top he knew he’d won, and he looked ecstatic. He wins! First gold in a Bouldering World Cup for Jan.

Jan the Champion

Jan the Champion

Dmitrii sent it 2nd go. This should keep him in silver.

Dima sending Men's 4

Dima sending Men’s 4

GG sent as well but not fast enough. He knows it, and he’s pretty disappointed as he waves to the crowd and walks off. Jorg sent, not sure how quickly. Sean sent as well but not fast enough. Kili flashed and he gets bronze.

Guillaume at the end of 4.

Guillaume at the end of 4.

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Men’s Final Results

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Dmitrii Sharafutdinov (2) Jan Hojer (1) and Kilian Fischhuber (3)

Dmitrii Sharafutdinov (2) Jan Hojer (1) and Kilian Fischhuber (3)

IFSC Bouldering World Cup 2013 #5 – Innsbruck – Women’s Finals

May 18, 2013 1 comment

Women’s 1

Momoko Oda trying to stick the start jump.

Momoko Oda trying to stick the start jump. She finally did stick it but didn’t manage to stick the next hold nor continue.

Akiyo Noguchi came out first and fell a bunch of times trying to stick the start jump. Finally she stuck it and finished the boulder.

Melissa Le Neve also fell on the start several times. She stuck it and time ran out so if she fell she was done, she matched bonus and moved left to the higher large red 1/2 saucer volume. Her right hand blew off the bonus but she hung the saucer left handed one arm. She got swung her feet back on and finished, laughing at herself.

Melissa Le Neve at the end.

Melissa Le Neve at the end.

Aya Onoe finally got through the bottom to bonus, only to fall here and then fall off the start 2x more before time ran out.

Aya Onoe finally got through the bottom to bonus, only to fall here and then fall off the start 2x more before time ran out.

Anna did the start jump, then fell. Looked at the problem, got back on, and climbed it smoothly.

Anna did the start jump, then fell. Looked at the problem, got back on, and climbed it smoothly.

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Women’s 2

Start by mantling up on the teardrop volume. Jump left to sidepull and feet landing on volume. Balance straight up on high foot. Match left hand/foot. Stand up. Jump to finish.

Aya on the mantle.

Aya on the start mantle.

Akiyo Noguchi sizing up the sideways jump.

Akiyo Noguchi sizing up the sideways jump. She did it 2nd go and sent.

Momoko Oda came out next and did the mantle straight off but couldn’t seem to do the sideways jump. It looked like she was going to smash into the landing volume. Then, all of a sudden, on her last go, she stuck the side jump, stood up, didn’t even bother with the bonus box (a taped box on the wall) and stood up to the finish.

Momoko Oda starting up the slab.

Momoko Oda starting up the slab.

Melissa getting higher on the slab.

Melissa standing up on the slab. She flashed.

Melissa Le Neve sizing up the last move.

Melissa Le Neve sizing up the last move.

Aya got through the beginning 1st go, then fell working her way up the slab. Next go (I think?) she solved the slab and sent.

Aya at the top.

Aya at the top.

Anna came out last. She flashed the bottom but as she started up the slab she bobbled the jib. She caught herself, bobbled again, caught herself, bobbled again, turned around to get the crowd to cheer for her, moved up the slab, went to the last hold right hand instead of left like everyone else. Grabbed it, then slipped and fell off! She looked very stressed. Next go she bobbled the slab again, caught herself again, got back up and went right again to the top and this time stuck it. 2nd go.

Anna Stohr on her 2nd go dealing with the tiny jibs on the slab.

Anna Stohr on her 2nd go dealing with the tiny jibs on the slab.

Anna sending.

Anna sending.

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Women’s 3

Triangle volumes up a vertical or just overhanging wall.

Akiyo climbed up to bonus pretty casually, then fell moving to the last hold, coming up just short. Bonus is a triangle volume with another triangle volume on the bottom of it. Undercling to the last move. She fell there again. Didn’t finish.

Akiyo on Women's 3

Akiyo on the bottom of Women’s 3

Akiyo crimping the top edge of the volume.

Akiyo crimping the top edge of the volume.

Melissa on the right in the middle of Women's 3

Melissa on the right in the middle of Women’s 3

Momoko sizing up the last move. She didn't quite make it.

Momoko sizing up the last move. She didn’t quite make it either.

Melissa at the end. She fell multiple times jumping for the last hold.

Melissa at the end. She fell multiple times jumping for the last hold.

Jule looked strong through the bottom into the bonus, then didn’t try to undercling and ended up falling off. Next go she didn’t use the undercling either, but it worked, cause she sent! Only send so far.

Jule with her different beta on the top volume.

Jule with her different beta on the top volume.

Jule sticking the top.

Jule sticking the top.

Aya climbed up to the bonus as well, then struggled trying to figure out how to get to the last hold. She falls. Done.

Aya on the bonus. Feet slipped and she fell from here.

Aya on the bonus. Feet slipped and she fell from here.

Anna came out, climbed through the bottom, used the undercling on the bonus, flashed! She was clearly psyched.

Anna sticking the last move off the undercling.

Anna sticking the last move off the undercling.

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Women’s 4

Akiyo styling the bottom of 4

Akiyo styling the bottom of 4. She flashed.

Momoko on the middle of 4

Momoko on the middle of 4. She flashed.

Melissa flashed.

If Jule flashes she will win. She flashes. She wins! Her first gold!

Jule flashing #4. She knows she won and she's psyched!

Jule flashing #4. She knows she won and she’s psyched!

Aya climbs through the bottom easily, then falls trying to stand up on the arete. She falls some more.

Anna hikes the boulder. She’s got silver, a proud finish.

Anna atop Women's 4

Anna atop Women’s 4

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Women’s Final Results

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IFSC Bouldering World Cup Innsbruck Austria Women's Final Results

IFSC Bouldering World Cup 2013 #5 – Innsbruck – Semifinal Results – UPDATE photo gallery + 2nd UPDATE A Note on Grades

May 18, 2013 1 comment

Semifinals!

Semifinals are 4 problems per category and men and women climb at the same time. 20 women and 23 men (due to ties in qualis) are in semis.

A Note On Grades

They’ve stopped giving approximate grades for the problems, which makes sense to me because in the past they give grades and then people who don’t understand what it is like to try and flash 4 or 5 brand new, extremely technical, powerful, and often confusing problems in 4-5 minutes each, with little rest in between, and the pressures of all the spectators, changing weather conditions, etc… not to mention doing this for up to 3 rounds in 2 days, have made some insulting insinuations online about the athlete’s abilities and comp difficulty.

Obviously these comps are very hard. Each problem is very hard. These athletes are some of the best in the world, as you can see if you look at the outdoor ticklists of many of the top competitors. When you hear a grade of 7A+ (~V6), 7B (V7), 7B+ (V8), or 7C (V9) for a comp problem, you might think “I could do that”. And maybe you could. But what if that problem wasn’t your style at all? Imagine the hardest problem of that grade you’ve climbed. Imagine going somewhere like Font, where everything demands precision and balance–there are easy easy problems that double digit climbers will fall on over and over. Imagine encountering holds, volumes, and wall angles you’ve never seen before on every problem.

Want to simulate the physical aspects of a comp like this? Go into your gym and pick 5 brand new problems of a grade that is moderately challenging for you, look at them briefly, then walk away from them and warm up. Come back, give yourself 5 min on, 5 min off to climb those problems one-by-one. The next day, go back in the gym and pick 4 more problems. 5 min on, 5 min off. Two hours later 4 more problems, 4 min on, 16-20 min off. If you’ve left the ground before your 4th minute is up you can continue til you fall. Try to flash or finish all of ’em. See how you feel.

Next time you hear or read someone writing something insulting about the difficulty of these problems, set them straight. Climbers need to band together to help progress our sport, and these men and women are super strong and work very very hard to be where there are. I, for one, appreciate the work they put in and the entertainment and inspiration these comps provide. End rant.

Live Feed

Chris Webb Parsons was too ill to compete in qualifiers yesterday, but he seems to be feeling better today and he’s commentating on the live feed, which is always nice as he’s got in depth knowledge of the climbers and the intricacies of competing in an event like this. He commentated on most events in 2011 and it made for an excellent live feed. I’m sorry for him that he’s not in the comp, but as a viewer I’m glad he’s back on the feed.

From the results it looks like semis were a tough round for the setters and the climbers. Top 6 go to finals. Problem descriptions, results, and commentary below.

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Women’s Semifinals

Women’s 1

Therese Johansen on Women's Semi 1.

Therese Johansen on Women’s Semi 1.

Thuggy up volumes. Tricky to stand on slopey red volume at the bottom. Therese suffered but finished. Most climbers were able to climb this one in short order.

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Women’s 2

Another thuggy looking problem. Start on volume. Grab red sloper. Weird body moves/balance and then pop left to 2nd red sloper. Catch. Hand-heel right.

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Monika Retschy on Women’s Semi 2

Right hand to other red blob out left. Up to crimps atop blue volume. Up to other red blob. Top.

Therese Johansen on Semi 2

Therese Johansen sending Semi 2

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Women’s 3

This problem looked the coolest to me. Two huge volumes. Stand up on the right one (yellow). 1-2-3 jump to a volume straight up and a left hand finish.

Katha at the start of Semi 3

Katha at the start of Semi 3

Katha trying the 1-2-3 jump on problem 3

Katha trying the 1-2-3 jump on problem 3

From here she’s supposed to quickly match orange and pop left to the good hold on blue before she falls out. Katha wasn’t able to finish this one. Only Anna, Jule, and Therese did it.

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Women’s 4

Awkward looking mantle off a green volume with two large feet onto an orange volume set vertically. Balance, match with a gaston, red blob, out right to bonus…

Some kind of mantle here to get to orange. This girl wasn't sticking to green at all.

Some kind of mantle here to get to orange. This girl wasn’t sticking to green at all.

Trying to stand onto the orange volume.

Trying to stand onto the orange volume.

Balance

Balance over to match red blob. Right to bonus

Up to green volume and finish.

A note: after the first few women climbed semis 1 and 2 a setter came out and tweaked Women’s Semi 4 to make it harder. I think they either changed out or took off a jib on the orange volume. Apparently the setters thought the women were looking too strong and wanted to take steps to better split the field. Therese Johansen especially looked very strong, sending 1, 2, and 3. She’s a strong climber though, and sometimes the first climber will crush and make the setters all anxious and then everyone else will suffer as expected. So was the tweak necessary? Did it work? Or was it too much? See the results below.

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Women’s Semi Results

IFSC Bouldering World Cup Innsbruck 2013 Semifinal Results Women

Wow. Interesting shake up for finals.

Anna is cleanly in first here. Jule is in again after 5th in Millau, then 11th in Kitzbuhel and not making semifinals in Log Dragomer. Melissa got 2nd in Log Dragomer and it’s nice to see her in finals again here. Thought it’d be interesting to consider the ages of these climbers. Anna is 25, Jule is 22, and Melissa is 23.

The other 3 finalists are all from the same country! 3 Japanese women in finals is impressive, especially since the top-ranked among them (and one of the best in the World, Akiyo Noguchi) is the 6th place qualifier. Akiyo is 23.

Momoko Oda is 19 years old and has podiumed many times in International lead events. In 2012 she won an adult Lead World Cup as well as a youth Lead World Championship. She took 2nd at the first Bouldering World Cup this season in Chongqing. Since then she was 9th in Millau and 10th in Kitzbuhel and Log Dragomer.

The new face is Aya Onoe. According to her IFSC Results List, Aya is a lead climber, and she’s only 17 years old. This is her second ever Bouldering World Cup. She took 19th last comp in Log Dragomer. Her previous best finish ever is 5th in a Youth Lead World Championship. For adult lead it was 14th in Korea in October 2012. Qualifying 2nd in this Bouldering World Cup signifies a huge step up, and as she’s quite young, we may hear much more from her.

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Also notable for the women was this strange multi-way tie for 10th.

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Usually Shauna and/or Alex will be in finals. Katha has been in finals twice this season as well. Petra’s best at an adult comp is 7th, but she’s qualified in 1st at adult comps and also won Junior Bouldering in a European Youth Cup.

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Here are the rest of the Women’s Semi Results:

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Clearly the change to problem 4 caused some real trouble for many of the competitors. Six climbers did send it though, so it was probably an appropriate change since it made problems 3 and 4 split up the strongest climbers. 1 & 2 perhaps too easy, 3 & 4 quite hard.

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Men’s Semifinals

Men’s 1

First problem was another slab mantle with a taped box serving as the bonus hold. From there you had to do a step across and up with no handholds to get the last hold. Clearly it was delicate, and the volume you stood up (an orange diamond) on seemed challenging as more than one climber suddenly exploded off it and nearly creamed a shin.

Slovenian Klemen Becan balancing on Men's Semi 1

Sean McColl looking good mid-problem.

Sean McColl looking good mid-problem.

Flash!

Flash!

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Men’s 2

Men’s Semi 2 was a steep little roof followed by a hard move out from the blue triangle volume to the blue blob volume.

Jan Hojer thugging his way for a flash of Men's Semi 2

Jan Hojer thugging his way through for a flash of Men’s Semi 2

From there it was foot up, handle the volume, up to small holds on the face and the end.

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Men’s 3

This problem had a sweet 1-2 dyno, or at least that’s what it looked like.

Mauricio Huerta staring down the 1-2-3 on Men's Semi 3.

Mauricio Huerta staring down the 1-2 on Men’s Semi 3.

Start on the volume. Move up right to blue or jump right/left/right, that’s Blue/Blue/Green.

Mauricio Huerta trying the bump jump

Mauricio Huerta trying the bump jump

If you stick it You’ve got bonus, match, foot up, only two more moves to the end, but nobody but Dimitrii Sharafutdinov did them.

Tito Caleyron

Tito Caleyron preparing for the end of Semi 3.

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Men’s 4

Triangle volumes up a slightly overhanging wall. Looked more doable than the others.

Klemen Becan on the bottom of Men's Semi 4

Klemen Becan on the bottom of Men’s Semi 4

Jeremy Bonder near the top of Semi 4

Jeremy Bonder near the top of Semi 4

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Men’s Semi Results

IFSC Bouldering World Cup Innsbruck Men's Semifinal Results

Sean won the last Bouldering World Cup in Log Dragomer, and he looks to be in good position again here. Sean is 25 years old. Just behind him are familiar faces Jorg Verhoeven (27), then Kilian Fischhuber (29) and Guillaume Glairon Mondet (26) in a tie for 3rd. Rounding out men’s finals is the only man to climb semi 3, Dmitrii Sharafutdinov (26), and finally young German powerhouse Jan Hojer (21). It’s crazy how tries to bonus on 2 of the problems eked Jan ahead of Stefan Scarperi and Jakob Schubert for the last spot in finals.

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Here are the rest of men’s semi results:

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Looks like 1 and 3 were maybe a bit too hard, at least for most of the field. 2 and 4 perhaps too easy? Like the women’s, 2 problems seemed too easy, the other 2 too difficult. They got the 6 climber split, but it wasn’t pretty…

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Finals start at noon!

Live feed and link here: Innsbruck – Finals Live Feed!

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UPDATE  –  here’s a photo gallery from Team Slovenia with some great photos of the semi problems so you can see the holds better – Innsbruck WC

IFSC Bouldering World Cup 2013 #5 – Innsbruck – Finals Live Feed!

May 18, 2013 2 comments

Semifinals is over, and I’ll have the results up soon. Finals will run starting around noon Boulder time. If you click the player below it will start a countdown timer until finals start. If it glitches just reload the page to watch the feed. To watch it full screen or on another screen, you can click the youtube icon and it will open it on youtube with more options.

Here’s the live feed (and live feed replay) for finals:

I’ll update with more info as I have it.

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