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The IFSC mobile apps have been updated, and now you can have the World Championships on your smartphone!

Don't miss a minute of the action and follow results as soon as they are posted with results apps for Apple and Android!

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Youth Olympic Games Wall: The Grand Reveal!

We are delighted to unveil the Youth Olympic Games climbing wall, imagined by the IFSC and GeckoKing, the climbing branch of CCSC (Chongqing China Sports Construction) and constructed by GeckoKing. At 30 meters wide and 15 meters tall, the wall is sure to stand out at the Nanjing Sports Lab!

The wall, composed of two overhanging lead walls that meet in an arch, bordered by boulder walls on both sides. But what about speed?  There will be no standard speed wall. Instead, classic format speed competitions will be organized on parts of the lead walls. IFSC International Route setter Adam Pustelnik, who is travelling to Nanjing with the Sport Climbing Delegation, explains:

“It means that the route for the competition is not standardized and depends only on the route setters’ idea. Of course it has to be adequate for the competition, that is "fast and furious," but there is no official scheme that we have to follow, and we have space for being creative and introducing different ideas.

2014 YOG Wall

Each day, 2 new lead routes and 2 to 4 boulders will be set for showcase climbing and initiation. Our route setters have the ambition of making the lower parts of the routes more accessible, and the higher parts will climb in difficulty, so that initiates can climb on the same routes as world-class competitors. Pustelnik comments:

“We will try to introduce as many climbing styles as we can - to present climbing in the best way possible. To show it with all the differences and beauties of each style. Dynamic, powerful, technical, coordination, speed—we will try to show as much of it as possible. Each day we will be setting two routes and two to four boulders for the athletes to perform. For each day of the showcase we will be preparing new routes and boulders to get as much variety possible”

The athletes are excited for their upcoming trip to the Youth Olympic Games. How do the route setters feel about the event? Says Pustelnik, “It's great to have this opportunity to show to the wide young audience how interesting climbing can be. It's probably the best type of promotion a sport we can have. I'm very excited about it and interested to work in fact together with the athletes to create a great show for the audience.”

Keep checking back for more information about the Sport Climbing at the  Nanjing Sports Lab at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games this August 17-27, 2014!

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Last Lead World Cup Before World Championships in Imst, August 1-2!

This August 1-2, the Tyrolean city of Imst, in Austria, will host the last IFSC Lead World Cup before our athletes travel to the World Championships in Gijón in September! Home of the first refrigerated luge track in 1958 and just 50km to the west of Innsbruck, Imst will put on a great show with spectacular climbing!

Provisional program (GMT+2)

Friday, August 11

09h30–15h00 Lead qualification for men & women

18h30–21h00 Lead semi-final for men & women (live streaming)

Saturday, August 2

19h30–20h30 Lead final for women (live streaming)

20h20–21h30 Lead final for men (live streaming)

IFSC Live

Any climbing fans who can’t be on site at a given World Cup competition will be able to watch the event live streaming on our homepage.

We are also present on Twitter during the events, so reach out to us using the hashtag #IFSCwc!

 

Find more info and multimedia for Imst on our dedicated event page.

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Munich Boulder World Championships Wall Unveiled!

During the OutDoor Trade Show in Friedrichshafen this July 10-13, 2014, Deutscher Alpenverein, the German National Federation, held their National Boulder Championships on a completely new bouldering wall that will be used in Munich for the IFSC Boulder World Championships this August 21-23, 2014.

©Deutscher Alpenverein / Vertical-Axis

©Deutscher Alpenverein / Vertical-Axis

For the first time, Kailas, partner of the IFSC, was present right next to the climbing wall at this important European outdoor trade show in order to present its array of outdoor products.

Check out a highlights video below, and be sure to tune in for our Red Bull live broadcast of the Boulder World Championships in Munich this August 21-23!

 

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Briançon finals CANCELLED

Briançon finals cancelled

Due to extreme rain, thunder, and lightning, the Briançon Lead World Cup finals have been cancelled.

The semi-finals results will be the final results for this World Cup.

Semi-finals replay here:

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First Solo Lead World Cup in Briançon, July 19-20!

The IFSC Lead World Cup tour will be stopping in Briançon, France, for the first 2014 solo lead competition. Rich with history since its start as a Roman village, this small Alpine city and its famous citadel provide a picturesque background for our athletes' scaling dizzying heights!

Provisional program (GMT+2)

Saturday, July 19

8h30–14h30 Lead qualification for women

09h00–13h30 Lead qualification for men

19h30–22h00 Lead semi-final for men & women (live streaming)

Sunday, July 20

19h30–20h30 Lead final for women (live streaming)

21h30–22h30 Lead final for men (live streaming)

IFSC Live

Any climbing fans who can’t be on site at a given World Cup competition will be able to watch the event live streaming on our homepage.

We are also present on Twitter during the events, so reach out to us using the hashtag #IFSCwc!

 

Find more info and multimedia for Chamonix on our dedicated event page.

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Speed and Lead in Chamonix, July 10-12!

Site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and one of the oldest ski resorts in France, Chamonix will host the first European stop in the 2014 IFSC Lead World Cup series, with a dual Lead and Speed competition! Don't miss the World Cup in the city that Mark Twaight dubbed "the death-sport capital of the world"!

Provisional program (GMT+2)

Thursday, July 10

10h00–16h00 Lead qualification for men

Friday, July 11

9h30–14h30 Lead qualification for women

15h30–18h30 Speed qualification for men & women

21h15–22h15 Speed final for men & women (live streaming)

Saturday, July 12

10h00–12h30 Lead semi-final for men & women (live streaming)

21h00–22h00 Lead final for women (live streaming)

22h00–23h00 Lead final for men (live streaming)

IFSC Live

Any climbing fans who can’t be on site at a given World Cup competition will be able to watch the event live streaming on our homepage.

We are also present on Twitter during the events, so reach out to us using the hashtag #IFSCwc!

 

Find more info and multimedia for Chamonix on our dedicated event page.

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Positive results for the IFSC's 2014 online improvement efforts

In the run-up to the 2014 World Cup season, the IFSC put in place an array of online tools to ameliorate the web experience of sport climbing fans and strengthen our online community. Almost two months into the season, we are happy to announce a positive return that has distinctly improved the IFSC event experience!

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