MEN AND WOMEN TO CLIMB SIDE-BY-SIDE IN THE INAUGURAL IFSC MIXED TEAM EVENT
A first of its kind for Sport Climbing, Utah’s Salt Lake City, USA, will host the inaugural IFSC mixed team Boulder event on 25 May, in between two back-to-back world cups in the city.
Teams will be composed of four athletes – two men and two women – who can talk, discuss boulders, and share beta during the event. During observation, however, only the team’s coach will be permitted to see the blocs, strategically selecting which athletes shall climb each boulder before the climbers take to the mats.
Split into three sections, the wall will feature six boulder problems, evenly distributed between the sectors. The nine teams participating – Belgium, Denmark, France, Israel, Japan, Slovenia, Switzerland, USA team one, and USA team two – will receive five minutes apiece to climb the two boulders within each section.
Boulders are set to be climbed by two athletes per team – one woman and one man – with the total number of attempts, tops, and zones calculated to reach the final team score. Once an athlete tops a bloc, they cannot try the other boulder within that section.
Athletes compete in the men's and women's Combined event at the IFSC European Championships Moscow 2020
Photo: Dimitris Tosidis/IFSC