BRIANÇON WELCOMES THE IFSC WORLD CUP FOR THE 11TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
The last dance before the big dance: the IFSC World Cup in Briançon, France, will be the final competition of the 2021 Sport Climbing season before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will officially open on 23 July, with the Opening Ceremony.
Only one of the 40 climbers that are going to compete in Japan from 3 to 6 August – Spain’s Alberto Gines Lopez – will compete in Briançon, using every available competition on the IFSC calendar to prepare for the Games.
Gines Lopez, a Lead finalist in Innsbruck, Austria, and Villars, Switzerland, earlier this year, will be among the favourites for a spot on the podium, along with Italy’s Stefano Ghisolfi – two-time Lead silver medalist in 2021 – Slovenia’s Domen Skofic – silver medal winner in Briançon in 2020 – and United States’ Sean Bailey, who already won gold in both Villars and Chamonix, France.
In the women’s event, all eyes will be on Aleksandra Totkova of Bulgaria, who secured the first medal of her career only a few days ago in Chamonix, and Natalia Grossman of the USA – who currently carries the record for the most World Cup medals won during the 2021 season – six.
After being the host city of the sole IFSC World Cup organised in 2020, Briançon now holds the record of 11 world cups organised in as many years.
The roll of honour from 2011 to 2020 in Briançon includes:
- 2011: Jakob Schubert (AUT), Maja Stremfelj (SLO);
- 2012: Sachi Amma (JPN), Hélène Janicot (FRA);
- 2013: Ramón Julian Puiglablanque (ESP), Jain Kim (KOR);
- 2014: Sachi Amma (JPN), Jain Kim (KOR);
- 2015: Gautier Supper (FRA), Jain Kim (KOR);
- 2016: Domen Skofic (SLO), Janja Garnbret (SLO);
- 2017: Romain Desgranges (FRA), Janja Garnbret (SLO);
- 2018: Alexander Megos (GER), Janja Garnbret (SLO);
- 2019: Hidemasa Nishida (JPN), Chaehyun Seo (KOR); and
- 2020: Adam Ondra (CZE), Laura Rogora (ITA).
While the three previous Lead World Cup competitions held in 2021 saw the victories of:
- Innsbruck: Jakob Schubert (AUT), Janja Garnbret (SLO);
- Villars: Sean Bailey (USA), Janja Garnbret (SLO); and
- Chamonix: Sean Bailey (USA), Laura Rogora (ITA).
The men’s and women’s semi-finals will be live streamed on the IFSC YouTube channel, starting tomorrow at 7:30 PM (UTC+2:00). The men’s final – followed by the women’s one – is scheduled to take place on Sunday, also from 7:30 PM.
Last year's IFSC Lead World Cup in Briançon, France was the only IFSC competition organised in 2020
Photo: Jan Virt/IFSC