A Trip to the USA: The 2019 Bouldering Season Concludes
For the final Bouldering World Cup of 2019, the IFSC visits the small ski town of Vail, where the competition will take place as part of the annual Mountain Games from June 7-8. A total of 149 competitors are registered for this event in a final attempt to climb up the bouldering season rankings.
Janja GARNBRET (SLO) has already been crowned the Women’s Bouldering Season Champion after her win in Munich on May 19, but second and third are still up for grabs, with Fanny GIBERT (FRA) and Akiyo NOGUCHI (JPN) vying for the positions.
Adam ONDRA (CZE) currently sits in the first-place ranking, but Japan’s Tomoa NARASAKI, who did not participate in Munich, is close behind. Unfortunately, Aleksey RUBTSOV (RUS), who made it to two finals this year and is currently third overall, was injured in another competition on May 25 and is not expected to compete in Vail.
Team USA has yet to make it to finals this season, but has historically done well in Vail, are sending a total of 20 climbers who are sure to have the whole crowd rooting for them. In 2018, Alex PUCCIO won the gold, while her teammate Kyra CONDIE placed fifth in the women’s event. Sean BAILEY earned silver in the Men’s. Both CONDIE and BAILEY are expected to return to Vail this year, as well as Alex JOHNSON who placed tenth in Munich with 2 tops in Semi-Finals.
Tune-in to the IFSC homepage on June 8 to watch the live streaming of the semi-finals and finals: www.ifsc-climbing.org.
Don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter during the event by using the hashtag #IFSCwc!