Between May 20 and 22, Salt Lake City, Utah, hosts the first of two World Cup competitions in the sport of sporting climbing. The previous round was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and climbers will once again compete in the same disciplines in Salt Lake City.
What You Want to Know?
Climbing World Cup Salt Lake City
Find out everything you need to know about this weekend’s World Cup in Salt Lake City, from Natalia Grossman of the United States racing on home territory to Kiromal Katibin of Indonesia, the new speed world record holder, battling against compatriot Veddriq Leonardo.
When Did The Latest Round Take Place, And What Did it Entail?
Perhaps a better inquiry would be what didn’t occur in the last round.
Two world records were broken at the Seoul speed competition: Poland’s Aleksandra Miroslaw set a new standard with a time of 6.64 seconds in the women’s competition and went on to win the final; Indonesia’s Kiromal Katibin set a new standard with a time of 5.17 seconds in the men’s competition and went on to lose the final to teammate Veddriq Leonardo. It’s expected that all three of them will resume their duties in Salt Lake City.
Natalia Grossman’s dominant performance in the boulder competition, which she used to win gold, was just as exciting. The American finished with four first-place finishes in the final, beating out France’s Oriane Bertone and Grossman’s teammate Brooke Raboutou for the victory.
This trend of Japanese dominance in the early rounds of the season continued in the men’s boulder competition, where world champion Fujii Kokoro won after coming from behind. Narasaki Tomoa and Ogata Yoshiyuki, who placed second and third, respectively, rounded out the Japanese podium sweep.
Salt Lake City’s Rising Stars
Winner of the first round of the boulder World Cup in Meiringen, Switzerland, and defending Olympic champion Janja Garnbret will not be competing in any of the remaining boulder World Cup competitions this season, but American Grossman has demonstrated she is in good shape heading into two home meets.
Grossman will be looking to repeat his stellar performance from Seoul in Salt Lake City. Raboutou, a fellow American, is also worth keeping an eye on since she wants to better the bronze medal she won in the previous competition.
While Grossman leads the season standings with 1805 points, the French wonder Bertone is in second place with 1415. Stasa Gejo of Serbia, who is presently ranked third with 1105 points, should also be given due consideration.
It’s difficult to look beyond the Japanese men’s bouldering team of Kokoro, Tomoa, and Yoshiyuki. After two rounds, Tomoa has accumulated a gold and silver, putting him ahead of Yoshiyuki and Kokoro. When the World Cup travels to Salt Lake City, will they be able to keep up their winning ways?