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The 2017 USA Boulder Nationals go to Puccio and Coleman

It was one of the best competitions of the year in North America. As Bouldering comp season wraps up in Canada and the U.S.A, there are a number of Provincial and National showdowns. The U.S.A showdown took place in Salt Lake City with some of the biggest names in American climbing. Canadian Sean McColl missed Finals by a few points, as did Daniel Woods and Josh Larson. If the scoring was by IFSC World Cup standards, they would have made it through. Instead, a number of relatively new and young faces made it into the Finals round.

The Men’s problems seemed to go down easier than the Women’s. The most entertaining problems were Men’s number two that had a momentum-swing to jump to jug opening move. For the Women, it was problem three, which climbed through steep underclings and pinches. At the end of the comp, Alex Puccio nudged out Ashima Shiraishi for the win, with 15-year-old Brooke Raboutou coming in third. For the Men, Nathaniel Coleman flashed every Finals problem and just beat Kai Lightner and Russian Aleksei Rubstov for podium top.

This was Puccio’s tenth win of the comp and Coleman’s second in a row. Puccio was beat last year by Megan Mascarenas and Coleman noted he doesn’t train much but working construction full time keeps him in shape. Video highlights to come later this week. Finals results below and for full results visit here. Click on the clips below to play.

Finals Men/Women
1. Nathaniel Coleman / Alex Puccio
2. Kai Lightner / Ashima Shiraishi
3. Aleksei Rubstov / Brooke Raboutou
4. Sean Bailey / Michaela Kiersch
5. Shawn Raboutou / Kyra Condie
6. Nic Milburn / Megan Mascarenas
7. Andy Lamb / Margo Hayes
8. Tyler Landman / Grace McKeehan
9. Alex Waterhouse / Lily Canavan

So excited to be in finals tonight with so many great climbers! Chillin' with @stella_climbs @nataliaclimbs trying to make the hours go by faster! Thanks for the great photo @angelajpayne πŸ“·β€

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YES….. I was able to claim my 10th National Championships Title last night!!! 😁 This Adult open Nationals was my 12th, I have competed in it since I was 16 years old. I have lost a couple times and last year I came second after coming back from my knee surgery. Now 1 year later, 1 more surgery to come back from and 1 more year older I find myself on top of the podium again! πŸ˜„ This was probably the hardest Nationals I have ever competed in because the field of women is so strong and stacked now, ANYTHING can happen! Something that was a bit of a funny feeling was being on the podium with 2 other amazingly strong and talented climbers that are both 15! They are 12 years younger than me….. 😳! The new generation is here and they are strong, but the stronger they get motivates me to keep pushing myself to get stronger too!!! I love the competition and I love that it keeps getting harder!!! 😁 Amazing job to all the athletes that competed this weekend and especially to @ashimashiraishi for taking silver and @brookeclimbs for taking 3rd and @nathaniel.coleman for defending his Title as the Champ! πŸ‘ @e9clothing @us_e9 @scarpana @petzl_official @frictionlabs @kiltergrips #nationals #tryhard #havefun #champagain #10xchamp #ontothenext

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