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2014 was a monster year for Alex Puccio. On July 1 she sent Top Notch, her first V13, on only her second day of working it. Five days later she sent Nuthin But Sunshine (V13) on her first attempt of the year. Then just a few weeks after that she jumped to the next grade by taking down the iconic testpiece Jade (V14). That’s not to say it was easy. Puccio battled with challenging moves, humid conditions and split tips, but in the end she emerged victorious and became the fourth woman to climb the grade.
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