BOULDERING WORLD CUP COMPETITION RETURNS TO THE TEVA MOUNTAIN GAMES PLUS: CITIZEN AND YOUTH BOULDERING COMPETITIONS ALSO ANNOUNCED VAIL, CO —April 16, 2009 — The Vail Valley Foundation is proud to announce that the 2009 International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Bouldering World Cup is returning to this year's Teva Mountain Games, which will take place June 4 - 7, 2009 in Vail, Colorado. The Bouldering World Cup, presented by Pyramide, will draw climbers from over 30 countries to compete for a large cash purse of more than $16,000 and all the bragging rights that come with winning one of the biggest bouldering events in the world. Last year was the first time the U.S. had hosted a World Cup Climbing event in 20 years, and it was met with very proud and enthusiastic crowds. It proved to be one of the most exciting events at the Games. This year, everyone will watch in anticipation as American Alex Johnson and Australian Kilian Fischhuber defend their titles against the most elite climbers in the world including Daniel Woods, Alex Puccion and Gabriele Moroni. "It is a great honor to have the IFSC Bouldering World Cup return to the Teva Mountain Games," says Vail Valley Foundation Marketing Director Shelley Woodworth. "With the hopes that climbing will soon become an Olympic sport, it's inspiring to have the best athletes in the sport compete right here in Vail, in anticipation of that achievement. In addition to the World Cup competition, the Games will also host citizen and youth bouldering competitions, presented by Pyramide. The events are open for registration at www.tevamountaingames.com.Citizen Bouldering Competition presented by PyramideSunday, June 7, 2009 @ Mtn Plaza/Vista Bahn Lawn Bouldering is the most stripped-down style of climbing. Without the encumbrance of a rope, the climber is free to practice the sport at its highest level. The object is to complete bouldering "problems," which requires a serious combination of strategy, gymnastic ability and grip strength. With 32 graded problems to choose from, competitors are scored by their best 5 ascents.Youth Bouldering Competition presented by PyramideThursday, June 4, 2009 @ Mtn. Plaza/Vista Bahn Lawn This competition showcases up-and-coming climbers who are developing the future of this sport. Amateur youth competitors show their talents in a fun and exciting bouldering format. Help cheer on these young dedicated athletes!ABOUT TEVA MOUNTAIN GAMESThe Teva Mountain Games is the nation's largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring the top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The environmentally-friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 3,000 professional and amateur athletes, along with an estimated 35,000 spectators. Athletes converge on Vail's mountains and rivers to compete in seven sports and 21 disciplines for over $100,000 in prize money. Events include kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, road cycling, fly-fishing, trail and road running, and of course World Cup Bouldering and amateur climbing. The Teva Mountain Games are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the 2009 Teva Mountain Games, check out www.tevamountaingames.com.
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