Around 150 competitors from 26 countries will compete in the capital city of Slovakia to claim the title of the world’s best university sport climber. Julia Chanourdie (FRA) and Seungwoon Cho (KOR) topped the Combined result of the first edition ever in 2016 in Shanghai, China. Runner-up Dmitrii Fakiryanov and Chanourdie each donned two gold medals in the premiere in Bouldering and Lead, while Anna Brozek and Marcin Dzienski of Poland and Stanislav Kokorin (RUS) excelled in Speed.
Brozek, Chanourdie and Dzienski return with a full cast of IFSC World Cup stars this year. Be sure to follow the performances this week of Speed climbing world record holder Reza Alipourshenazandifar (IRI) and a strong French team which includes Bouldering standout Fanny Gibert, Lead specialist Julia Chanourdie and Speed season champion Anouck Jaubert. Japan brings a formidable lineup too led by Yuji Fujiwaki, Mei Kotake and Kaito Watanabe. Also among the competitors are IFSC World Cup medallists Kostiantyn Pavlenko and Fedir Samoilov of Ukraine, as well as Slovaks Robert Luby, Andrej Capko and Jakub Jiří Svub climbing in front of their home crowd.