Tonight in Meiringen, Switzerland, the first medals of the season of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) were awarded, when Olympic gold medalist Janja Garnbret, a Slovenian, emotionally won the women’s final of the IFSC Boulder World Cup in Meiringen 2022.
Slovenian Janja Garnbret bowed to three of the four Kletterhalle Haslital fans after flashing – with just one attempt – and then hugged her fellow finalists. The 23-year-old scored four tops in five attempts at the start of the season and could have scored all four if it weren’t for the wrong start in the first block, among which she was the only athlete to secure the top spot. , which clung to the double-textured grips that beat its rivals. By cruising through a strong rear boulder, the Olympian earned an impressive 32nd a World Cup gold medal in her career so far.
“Today’s victory was a privilege. It means a lot to me because it’s not obvious that you’re going to win every competition – every competition is a story in itself. Just because you won everything last year doesn’t mean you can next year, so every win means a lot to me. That’s why I was so emotional! “ said Garnbret.
“I decided to skip it [rest of the] This year’s boulder season. Last year’s Olympics were quite a tough physical and mental preparation, so I feel like I need a little time away from competing, and this year is an ideal year for that. already got it [the Olympic Games in] Paris in mind! ” she added.
World bouldering champion Natalia Grossman from the USA won a silver medal in Meiringen tonight, impressing with eight podiums in the 2021 season. Behind Garnbret’s heel, the 20-year-old American finished the competition with three tops and four zones and proved her strength by flashing the last two boulder problems with a smile from ear to ear.
To the great delight of the home crowd, Switzerland’s Andrea Kümin climbed to the winning podium in third place and shone after winning her first World Cup medal of her career. The 24-year-old concluded the inaugural competition of the season with one top and two zones.
Frenchwoman Oriane Bertone – who won silver at the IFSC Boulder World Cup Meiringen 2021 – Japan’s Ito Futaba and Serbia’s Stasa Gejo finished the women’s final in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively.
You can see the full results of the women’s final here.
In the evening, medals were also awarded to the best athletes in the IFSC Boulder 2021 season. The highest ranking is Natalia Grossman and thus first place on the podium with 345 points, followed by Janja Garnbret with 280 points and Oriana Bertone with 235 points. The full list of the 2021 Women’s Bouldering World Cup can be viewed here.
The men’s semifinals will be scheduled tomorrow, April 10, at 11 a.m. (UTC + 2.00), and the final set will begin at 4 p.m.
For information on the IFSC Boulder World Cup and live broadcast in Meiringen, click here. News and news about the event will also be available on the IFSC website and on the association’s social media channels: Facebook, Instagramin Twitter.
L / R: Natalia Grossman from the USA, Janja Garnbret from Slovenia, Andrea Kümin from Switzerland on the women’s podium in Boulder, Meiringen
Photo: Jan Virt / IFSC