North American Championships


Vadim Vinokur and Emily Harrington won the difficulty comp at the North American Championships in Mexico City over Thanksgiving weekend, and Patrick Cassiday and Alex Johnson were the top speed climbers. By winning these events, all four Americans qualified for the International World Games in Duisburg, Germany, in July 2005. With 3,500 athletes competing from 100 countries every four years, the World Games is the largest international event for non-Olympic sports. Americans Daniel Woods and Elizabeth Asher were the top boulderers in Mexico City, but bouldering is not an International World Games event. The North American Championships brought together climbers of all ages from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. In addition to the adult competitions, there were junior comps in difficulty and bouldering in five age categories. For complete results, visit Men’s Difficulty 1. Vadim Vinokur (USA) 2. Mike Doyle (CAN) 3. Daniel Woods (USA) Women’s Difficulty 1. Emily Harrington (USA) 2. Elizabeth Asher (USA) 3. Laura Griffiths (USA) Men’s Bouldering 1. Daniel Woods (USA) 2. Ethan Pringle (USA) 3. Jamie Chong (CAN) Women’s Bouldering 1. Elizabeth Asher (USA) 2. Laura Griffiths (USA) 3. Victoria Weldon (CAN) Men’s Speed 1. Patrick Cassiday (USA) 2. Brett Ashton (USA) 3. Chris Lindner (USA) Women’s Speed 1. Alex Johnson (USA) 2. Mykael Ann McGinley (USA) 3. Laura Griffiths (USA)