BOULDER AND LEAD SEASONS CROSS-PATHS AT IFSC WORLD CUP IN INNSBRUCK
The sixth stage of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Series 2022 will see the Boulder and Lead seasons cross-paths at the Kletterzentrum Innsbruck, where the end of the former will immediately be followed by the beginning of the latter.
After clinching the trophy in Brixen, Italy, two weeks ago, Natalia Grossman of the USA will try to celebrate the first Boulder World Cup title of her career with this season’s fifth consecutive gold medal. Battling for the second and third places, among the others, will be Olympian Nonaka Miho of Japan, Brooke Raboutou of the USA, and Oriane Bertone of France.
In the men’s Boulder event, Japanese teammates Ogata Yoshiyuki and Narasaki Tomoa are the two favourites for the seasonal title. Fujii Kokoro, also of Japan, Mejdi Schalck of France, and Maximillian Milne of Great Britain will all be chasing a spot in the top-three.
Boulder finals are scheduled on 23 and 24 June; while Lead events will commence on 25 June.
The winner of the men’s Lead World Cup ranking in 2021 – Stefano Ghisolfi of Italy – will make his World Cup debut in 2022. In the women’s event, Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Janja Garnbret of Slovenia will make her return on the circuit after winning the opening Boulder World Cup event in Meiringen, Switzerland, and subsequently taking a break for the rest of the Boulder season.
Wednesday, 22 June:
9:00 AM - Boulder qualifications
Thursday, 23 June:
1:00 PM - Men's Boulder semi-finals
7:45 PM - Men's Boulder final
Friday, 24 June:
1:00 PM - Women's Boulder semi-finals
7:45 PM - Women's Boulder final
Saturday, 25 June:
9:00 AM - Lead qualifications
7:00 PM - Lead semi-finals
Sunday, 26 June:
7:00 PM - Women's Lead final
Followed by men's Lead final
For information about broadcasting and live streaming of the IFSC Boulder and Lead World Cup in Innsbruck click here. News and updates about the event will be available on the IFSC website, and on the Federation’s social media profiles: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Stefano Ghisolfi of Italy won the IFSC Lead World Cup 2021
Photo: Lena Drapella/IFSC