From this Thursday to Saturday, May 14th, 15th and 16th took the IFSC European Championship for Bouldering to Innsbruck, Austria. The crowd knew what kind of event they were experiencing and they enjoyed every bid of it. Germany was well represented with Jan Hojer and Juliane Wurm both IFSC European Champions.
Innsbruck doesn’t stop to amaze us. Their organization and coverage was absolutely great. An incredible Saturday night finals spectacle, and IFSC European Championship climbers were so professional, battling until the very last minute, all to qualify and make it to the podium.
This 3 days competition marked a legacy for the climbing community. On the women’s side the 24 years old, Juliane Wurm could not get to the top in the last problem but still won the overall competition. The last F4 wall was extremely difficult and none of the female competitors could do it. The two 27 years old Austrians, Anna Stöhr and Katharina Saurwein, were not far behind, they show so much courage and determination in every move.
The men’s final lineup was equally surprising as the three world medalists, Jan Hojer, Adam Ondra, Stefan Scarperi, had to compete against each other. The Czech Republic’s Adam Ondra, managed to beat Scarperi and place himself second. While Jan Hojer had no problem showing that he deserved the victory after totally dominated the competition.
The coming IFSC World Cup season is shaping up to be quite suspenseful!