Something for the Weekend?
It's nearly the weekend and you're sitting in work on a warm, muggy day (well, it is in Sheffield).
If you're looking for something to take you away from that boring work, or something to get you psyched during your lunch hour for training later tonight then check out the 2 videos below from last weekends Boulder World Cup held in Greifensee, Switzerland.
Graeme 'Cheese' was there in his role as technical director of the IFSC Bouldering World Cup series this year (basically he gets to go to loads of competitions around the World - git). He wrote a report for the website which you can read below:
"The 1st Boulder World Cup of the year is over with America and Austria taking gold. Silver went to Akiyo Noguchi of Japan and Adam Ondra of the Czech Republic. Bronze was taken by Christian Core of Italy & Chloe Graftiaux of Belgium. Both categories went down to the wire.
In the female category anyone of 4 climbers could have won if they completed the final problem. Chloe came closest but in the end Alex won by virtue of getting all of the bonuses in the least number of tries.
In the male category Adam pushed Kilian all of the way. Adam flashed 3 out of the 4 problems and Kilian knew he had to do the same. And he did, climbing magnificently. The two were tied in the final so Kilian won on countback.
Christian Core came a brilliant thrid place and in an emotional speech after the award ceremony devoted his podium place to his great friend, the late Giovanni Cantemessa.
From the British Bouldering Team Manager Nick Clement:
The British Team have put a good performance at the first world cup in Switzerland. Stew Watson qualified for the semis in 5th place and finished 10th in the semis slipping off one of the blocs whilst trying to match hands, if he'd matched hands he would have qualified for the finals in 4th. Well done to all of you that took part. Other good performances include.
Dave Barrans 30th
The full set of results can be seen on the IFSC website.
Search for: IFSC Climbing Worldcup (B) - Greifensee (SUI) 2010"
This year, Sheffield will be hosting a round of the Bouldering World Cup, taking place at Cliffhanger over the weekend of 3rd / 4th July. The whole British squad will be there alongside the best international boulderers. Make sure you're there to watch this amazing event.
You can watch some fantastic footage of the comp below. The first has 3-4 mins of the Mens final problems and the duel between Adam Ondra and Kilian Fischhuber, it then goes on to show the fantastic final competition between Alex Johnson and Akiyo Noguchi.
The second film puts the spotlight more on the Men's competition with Adam and Kili taking center stage. Worth watching just for the different styles, especially Adam's absolute reckless approach on one of the Semi-Final problems.
So there you go, something to get you motivated for a bit of bouldering and training. Enjoy!