Current and future bouldering stars from all around the world will compete in three days at the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in Meiringen, Switzerland The comp is part of the Haslital Mountain Festival. This marks the start of an exciting IFSC season which features six Bouldering World Cups all around the globe: Meiringen (SUI), Moscow (RUS), Chongqing (CHN), Wujiang (CHN), Munich (GER), Vail (USA). The following info is from a press release from the IFSC.
Canadians Sean McColl and Alannah Yip are registered to compete in Meiringen this upcoming weekend. Full list of starters here.
After a thrilling 2018 season that highlighted the next generation of climbers at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and before the Olympic Games in July 2020, we mark the beginning of the 2019 season with the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in Meiringen, which will be followed by the sport community all around the World.
Last training before Meiringen was today. While some competitors choose to rest only one day, my standard is two 😊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Felt really strong these past two days and now let the games begin. Video clip of the new black boulder at KI. I’m usually really bad at these type of presses but this one felt much better! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @adidasterrex | @scarpana | @joerockheads | @verticalartclimbing | @flashedclimbing | @perfect_descent #verticalart #climbing #train #canada #instagood #picoftheday #photooftheday #athlete #igers #amazing #sports #fitspo #gymlife #power #fitfam #adventure #fitness #work #workhard #workout #strength #challenge #follow #ninja #gym #fun
After their historical performances in 2018 all eyes rest on the Japanese Team, which will be one of the nations to follow closely, most notably Miho Nonaka who won the 2019 Bouldering Championship after finishing 2nd in each IFSC World Cup, except Meiringen, where she won.
With three victories last year, her compatriot Akiyo Noguchi will be a strong contender in the race to the top. The French climber Fanny Gibert (4th last year) is not far off and is rearing to show her ability and power with this new season. The opposition will definitely come from Slovenia with two amazing athletes, Janja Garnbret and Katja Kadick.
Slovenia also has a very strong men’s team this year. Jernej Kruder won the overall Bouldering season after climbing on the podium 5 times in 2018, including in Meiringen were he won a gold medal. After ranked 2nd in 2017 and 2018, as well as second in the World Ranking, the Japanese climber, Tomoa Narasaki will want to show that he can regain his 2016 IFSC World Championships Paris title where he went face to face with Adam Ondra.