6/1/15 - Eighteen-year-old Nathaniel Coleman from Utah took silver at the Bouldering World Cup in Toronto yesterday. Coleman and French climber Alban Levier, the winner in Toronto, were the only men to top three of the final four problems in the comp. Adam Ondra from the Czech Republic finished third.
Coleman had only competed in one previous World Cup, last year in Vail, Colorado, in which he finished 22nd.
In the women’s event, the winner was Anna Stöhr from Austria, followed by Akiyo Noguchi (Japan) and Juliane Wurm (Germany). American Alex Puccio, the most successful competition boulderer in U.S. history, showed she is in good form for comp climbing this year as she finished fourth in Toronto.
Many top competitors did not make it past the semifinal round, including Canadian favorite Sean McColl, Shauna Coxsey from the U.K., and Jakob Schubert from Austria. American women had a strong showing in the comp, with four women (in addition to Puccio) making it to semifinals: Alex Johnson, Angie Payne, Margo Hayes, and Meagan Martin. Among the American semifinalists, Johnson finished highest, in eighth place overall.
The U.S. and Canadian teams will get another shot at the podium next weekend as the World Cup circuit moves to Vail, Colorado, for the GoPro Mountain Games.