The 2017 Adidas ROCKSTARS will be taking place on Sept. 15 and 16 and will have climbers from 25 countries competing. The popular climb-to-DJ-music format is streamed live every year from Stuttgart’s Porsche-Arena in Germany.
Canadian Sean McColl, who is fresh off a finger injury sustained at the Boulder World Cup, will be representing Canada.
We will be live-streaming the event this upcoming weekend right here. Scroll down for this year’s trailer.
The popular invitational contest for the international climbing elite takes place for the seventh consecutive time and this year sees the highest calibre field ever. Around 3,500 spectators can share the excitement.
Only invited athletes can participate in Adidas ROCKSTARS. The start list reads like the who’s who of bouldering. The World Cup season ended on Aug. 19, hence, some athletes may have some unfinished business and the crowd can look forward to an exciting competition.
The field includes the two defending champions, 18 year-old Janja Garnbret (SLO), Lead World Champion, 2016 Overall Lead World Cup Winner, runner-up of the 2017 Bouldering World Cup and a truly exceptional talent.
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As well as reigning Bouldering World Champion Tomoa Narasaki (JPN), who won the 2016 Overall Bouldering World Cup and is the 2017 runner-up.
They compete against the 2017 Overall Bouldering World Cup Champions, Shauna Coxsey (GBR) and Jongwon Chon (KOR), the reigning Bouldering World Champion Petra Klingler (SUI), the two newly crowned European Champions Staša Gejo (SRB) and Jan Hojer (GER), as well as the top 10 men and women of the 2017 Bouldering World Cup.
After several injury lay-offs, Alex Puccio (USA), who won Adidas ROCKSTARS in 2012, is back in the game, as well as triple Adidas ROCKSTAR and triple World Champion Combined (L/S/B) Sean McColl (CAN), who also has some unfinished business in Stuttgart after not being on the podium in 2016 – the first time in five years.
Over 80 athletes from 25 different countries are invited to Adidas ROCKSTARS this year, including newcomers like Junior World Champion Borna Čujić (CRO). They first have to make it through the qualification and semi-final.
The top six men and women advance to the great final on Saturday evening. They fight in two rounds for the entry to the superfinal.
Here, the top two compete in direct comparison on a so-called “super boulder” that was specifically created for the event. The athletes climb simultaneously an identical route on two sides of the same boulder.
In this thrilling duel the two superfinalists need both, excellent skills and good nerves. Although the climbers cannot see each other, the cheers of the crowd adumbrate what is happening on the other side.