August 15, 2015 - This year's World Cup bouldering season wrapped up today in Munich, Germany, and with a strong third-place performance, 17-year-old Megan Mascarenas from Colorado Springs vaulted into the top five for the full season, despite only competing in two of the five World Cup events this year. Meanwhile, 18-year-old Nathaniel Coleman from Murray, Utah, hung on to finish fourth overall for 2015 World Cup bouldering, despite only finishing 11th in Munich.
Mascarenas led the field going into the finals and was poised for a silver medal but failed to complete the final problem. That left the door open for Fanny Gibert of France to finish second, behind British superstar Shauna Coxsey, who flashed all four final problems for a dominant victory. Japan's Akiyo Noguchi, who had already amassed an unbeatable point total for the overall season trophy, finished fourth in Munich.
Russia's Alexey Rubtsov, 27, who was world bouldering champion back in 2009 but had never won a World Cup event, was the surprise winner in the men's comp in Munich. Korea's Jongwon Chon, 19, secured all the points he needed for the full-season title with a third-place finish.
Coleman, who took silver in the two North American World Cup stops at the start of the season, and Mascarenas, who won the Vail World Cup and took third in Munich, represent the American wing of a strong new wave of competition boulderers on the World Cup circuit, with many of the perennial favorites either injured or recently retired. All but one of the female finalists in Munich were 22 or younger.
The Munich comp also was notable for its size: More than 200 boulderers entered the qualifying rounds. Among the other top American finishers, besides Coleman and Mascarenas, were Lisa Chulich (23rd), Sierra Blair-Coyle (29th), Katherine Lamb (39th), and Josh Larson (52nd).
After a relatively slight World Cup bouldering season in 2015, next year promises many more international competitions, with eight Boulder World Cups and a world championships on the provisional calendar.