Alex Johnson Wins Vail World Cup


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As often happens at World Cup comps, the host country’s climbers stepped up this weekend to thrill the hometown crowd. But in this case, for the first time in 18 years, the host country was the United States.

At the Vail Bouldering World Cup in Colorado, held at the Teva Mountain Games, Alex Johnson stunned the visiting Europeans by winning the women’s competition. American Paul Robinson made the podium in the men’s bouldering comp, finishing third.

Although Johnson, 19, was second at the U.S. bouldering championship in February, she had never competed in a Bouldering World Cup. However, she had done well in international speed climbing comps: She was third in her age group in speed at the World Youth Championships in Austria in 2006, and second at the World Youth Championships in 2005; she also finished fifth in speed against adult competitors at the International World Games in Germany in 2005.

Two other Americans women made the finals: Alex Puccio, who was second in the semifinal round but dropped to sixth in the finals, and Tiffany Hensley, who placed fourth overall. The world’s top female competition boulderer, Anna Stöhr from Austria, finished third.

On the men’s side, World Cup points leader Kilian Fischhuber from Austria came away from Vail with another victory. Meanwhile, Paul Robinson, 20, finished third in his very first international competition. Robinson had won the U.S. bouldering championship in February. Two other Americans made the top ten: Daniel Woods was fifth, and Chris Sharma was eighth.

Vail Bouldering World Cup

Women 1. Alex Johnson (USA) 2. Katharina Saurwein (AUT) 3. Anna Stöhr (AUT) 4. Tiffany Hensley (USA) 5. Vera Zijlstra (NED) 6. Alex Puccio (USA) 7. Natalija Gros (SLO) 8. Chloé Graftiaux (BEL) 9. Lisa Rands (USA) 10. Silvie Rajfova (CZE)

Men 1. Kilian Fischhuber (AUT) 2. Gabriele Moroni (ITA) 3. Paul Robinson (USA) 4. Gérome Pouvreau (FRA) 5. Daniel Woods (USA) 6. Tyler Landman (GBR) 7. Remo Sommer (SWI) 8. Chris Sharma (USA) 9. David Lama (AUT) 10. Sean McColl (CAN)

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Dates of Competition: June 6-7, 2008,,

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