Puccio 3rd, Johnson 10th in World Cup


5/9/11 - The Bouldering World Cup circuit saw its second comp of the 2011 season at Log-Dragomer, Slovenia, this past weekend. France's Guillaume Glairon Mondet and Austrian Anna Stöhr grabbed the gold medals—this is Mondet's first-ever win, but Stöhr is no stranger to the podium, with 10 gold medals since 2007.

American Alex Puccio placed third, following Akiyo Noguchi of Japan in second. Dmitry Sharafutdinov of Russia and Stöhr's Austrian boyfriend, Kilian Fischhuber, were second and third. The only other American competing, Alex Johnson, finished 10th overall.

Puccio and Johnson finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the first BWC in Milano, Italy, in April. Puccio is currently ranked third overall, with Johnson in seventh. Johnson finished fourth overall in last season's World Cup. Based on track records, both have a good chance of medaling at the end of the season if they keep finishing in or near finals.

The next BWC will take place in Vienna, Austria, this weekend. Along with the Alexes, Ethan Pringle is registered to compete. In an interview in Climbing no. 293, Ethan revealed that he wouldn't spend much time competing this year. "It's always been a dream of mine to win a World Cup one day, and that dream is very much alive," he said. "But I'm not sure that I'll put that much energy into comps when I have big plans for the real rocks. Plus, I get hurt in, like, every other comp I do." After the Vienna comp, the BWC will move to Canmore, Canada, and then onto Vail, Colorado, for the Teva Mountain Games.

Women's Final Results:

  1. Anna Stöhr (AUT)

  2. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)

  3. Alex Puccio (USA)

  4. Katja Vidmar (SLO)

  5. Jenny Larvada (ITA)

  6. Natalija Gros (SLO)

Men's Final Results:

  1. Guillaume Glairon Mondet (FRA)

  2. Dmitry Sharafutdinov (RUS)

  3. Kilian Fischhuber (AUT)

  4. Loïc Gaidioz (FRA)

  5. Alexey Rubtsov (RUS)

  6. Fabien Comina (FRA)

See full final results here.