Teva Mountain Games 2005

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It was a powder day in Vail on Saturday and for once that wasn’t a good thing. On June 1 through 5, the Teva games rocked the little town of Vail, exhibiting numerous disciplines of mountain sports: climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, adventure racing, and even fly-fishing. Yet none of these sports flourish in a blizzard, and unfortunately on Saturday, the main event day, Mother Nature had something to say about summer sports at 8150 feet in early June. However, the Speed Bouldering Finals took place in the late afternoon, amid a downpour. Ethan Pringle took the Men’s title and Alex Johnson snapped up first place for Women’s.

Saturday aside, Sunday turned out to be bluebird and full of spectators. The competition wall was a steep mushroom-shaped boulder; the problems provided by setters from the Spot in Boulder. The Difficulty finals started at 8 a.m., even though the problems in the shade were still wet. Natasha Barnes and Alex Johnson battled it out for first, but Barnes walked away with the win. Daniel Woods and Johnny Goicoechea tied for first, while Ethan took third for the Men’s Difficulty category.

The audience pleaser of the day was the Freestyle dyno finals. Scott Rennak of USA Climbing did a fantastic job announcing, as competitors each had 30 seconds to try a difficult dyno combination sequence. Competitors were given points not just on the difficulty of the dyno, but on the tricks they threw while dynoing. There was some serious airtime with atomic drops, ralstons, supermans, and backflips. Alex Johnson flew into first place for Women’s, and Mike Aulderidge grabbed the title for the Men’s division.

For complete results: www.tevamountaingames.com