Coloradan Daniel Woods finished third in the first bouldering World Cup of 2008, in Hall, Austria. The podium finish was Woods’ best result ever at a European competition.
Austrian climbers Kilian Fischhuber and Anna Stöhr, meanwhile, thrilled the hometown crowd by winning the men’s and women’s competitions. Fischhuber was last year’s World Cup champion in bouldering, while Stöhr finished 20th in the World Cup series in 2007 after ending 2006 in third position.
For Woods, 18, the Hall comp represented a breakthrough. After taking a silver and bronze at youth world championships in 2003 and 2004, and winning the North American championship in 2004, Woods had yet to make the podium in a European comp, though he did finish fifth at last year’s Arco invitational. Living in Europe this winter, Woods trained specifically in recent weeks for the technical problems often set at World Cups, according to his father, Steve Woods.
“I think the key for Daniel was learning how to stay relaxed,” Steve Woods said. “He went in with no expectations of making it to the finals, and when he got there in the sixth spot he knew he had nothing to lose, so he climbed very relaxed.”
Hall Bouldering World Cup
Men 1. Kilian Fischhuber (AUT) 2. Dmitry Sharafutdinov (RUS) 3. Daniel Woods (USA) 4. Guillaume Glairon Mondet (FRA) 5. Jérôme Meyer (FRA) 6. Gabriele Moroni (ITA)
Women 1. Anna Stöhr (AUT) 2. Yulia Abramchuk (RUS) 3. Angelica Lind (SWE) 4. Akiyo Noguchi (JAP) 5. Natalija Gros (SLO) 6. Johanna Ernst (AUT)
Dates of Competition: April 18-19, 2008