This weekend, May 10-11, saw our boulder World Cup climbers united in the petite Swiss town of Grindelwald, perched amongst the Swiss Alps. As promised, the route-setters came up with some perplexing boulder problems that made for a phenomenal show.
Grindelwald’s first IFSC World Cup, only the third stop in the whirlwind World Cup series, stood out by the record number of competitors (139 in total) and the quality of the route-setting, with tough problems and a variety of power, precision, and dynamic moves, allowing our climbers to truly battle.
The women’s competition was electric until the end, with Austria’s Anna Stöhr and Great Britain’s Shauna Coxsey battling it out to the last boulder. In the end, Coxsey edged out Stöhr and took gold with 4 tops in 10 attempts, 2 less than Stöhr. Germany’s Jule Wurm took bronze with 3 tops. Despite not topping any of the boulders in the finals, Switzerland’s Rebekka Stotz proudly defended her home turf in Grindelwald.
The men’s final consisted of only five climbers due to the late arrival of Slovenia’s Jernej Kruder to isolation. Big dynamic moves combined with tiny holds requiring a lot of precision made for a great show with different approaches from almost every climber Germany’s Jan Hojer secured his second gold of the season with three strong tops, followed closely by Russia’s Dmitrii Sharafutdinov in second and Austria’s Kilian Fischhuber in third.