More athletes than ever participated at IFSC events last year from all over the globe. The IFSC Climbing and Paraclimbing World Championships in Paris saw 533 athletes register from 53 countries spanning all 5 continents, and the IFSC Youth World Championships in Guangzhou had even greater participation. Season winners of the IFSC Climbing World Cup series give a good feel for the spread of the competition…athletes from six countries claimed 8 titles in 2016!
Janja Garnbret (Lead + Combined)
Domen Skofic (Lead)
Slovenia topped the National Team Ranking in Lead, and these two athletes led the way. Janja was especially busy as she won one medal after another, including Gold at Guangzhou and Paris!
Tomoa Narasaki (Bouldering)
Team Japan was particularly strong during the Bouldering events this year. Tomoa’s superb season was further recognized through a nomination for the Sahi Bikku Sports Award, a distinguished honor also given to medalists from the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics Games!
Shauna Coxsey (Bouldering)
Shauna reminds us that a key element of training and recovery is having fun, like performing acrobatic antics with teammate Leah Crane. We wonder if this personality came across in her meeting with the Queen, when she received an MBE for her contribution to Sport Climbing!
Marcin Dzienski (Speed)
After being dubbed “the Usain Bolt of Speed Climbing” by the Olympic Channel, Marcin practically shot to fame overnight. Of course, winning in Paris in front of thousands also helped!
Iuliia Kaplina (Speed)
Iuliia not only became the season Speed champion, she was also awarded a Master Event title and travelled across the world. Her joy in discovering new things is infectious and uplifting!