Local favorite Maja Vidmar competing in Kranj, Slovenia.Photo by Urban Golob, courtesy of www.worldcupkranj.com.
Slovenian Maja Vidmar thrilled the local crowd with a victory in the final lead-climbing World Cup of 2006 in Kranj, Slovenia. But the star of the season finale was Austrian Angela Eiter, who finished second in Kranj but crushed the women’s field this year, winning a stunning seven out of the 10 World Cup competitions in 2006.
Sixteen-year-old Austrian David Lama won his second men’s World Cup competition in two weeks at Kranj. The victory, Lama’s third in 2006 (plus one in bouldering), bumped him up to second place for the season, behind Spain's Patxi Usobiaga. Lama leaped over Flavio Crespi and Tomás Mrázek, who had to settle for a tie for third in the 2006 World Cup season.
Mrázek was still the overall season strongman, however, earning the highest combined ranking for World Cup bouldering and lead climbing. Not surprisingly, Eiter had the highest combined ranking among the women.
Next year’s provisional World Cup calendar is once again jammed with events, with 10 competitions throughout Europe and Asia, plus the biannual world championships in Spain. There is still no World Cup event planned for North America in 2007.
David Lama on his way to his second World Cup victory in two weeks.Photo by Urban Golob, courtesy of www.worldcupkranj.com.
World Cup Kranj, Slovenia
Men 1. David Lama (AUT) 2. Cédric Lachat (SWI) 3. Jorg Verhoeven (NED) 9. Sean McColl (CAN)
Women 1. Maja Vidmar (SLO) 2. Angela Eiter (AUT) 3. Natalija Gros (SLO)
World Cup 2006 Season
Men 1. Patxi Usobiaga (SPA) 2. David Lama (AUT) 3. Flavio Crespi (ITA) 3.Tomás Mrázek (CZE) 20. Sean McColl (CAN)
Women 1. Angela Eiter (AUT) 2. Sandrine Levet (FRA) 3. Caroline Ciavaldini (FRA) 20. Emily Harrington (USA)
Dates: November 18-19, 2006