Medals, Records and New EP Grips at World Cup in Salt Lake City
The energy and excitement felt unmatched as the back-to-back IFSC competitions kicked off this past weekend. During the Bouldering and Speed World Cup in Salt Lake City, May 20-22, Team USA took three medals and set two Speed records.
EP USA launched some new grips at the 2022 CWA Summit last week, called Double Bubbles. We were super excited to see these Hybrid Macros and some of our wood volumes make an appearance during the semi-finals and finals. More details on these holds coming soon!
The Speed finals had a fair amount of highs and lows — from new records set to position crushing slips. John Brosler set two new US records (he ran a 5.3 then a 5.20). Brosler came extremely close to breaking the world record time of 5.17 set by Indonesian climber, Kiromal Katibin. Katibin took gold, Bratschi silver, and Leonardo bronze — Brosler had an unfortunate slip and took a fifth place finish.
In women’s Speed, record-holder Aleksandra Miroslaw continued to dominate and placed first. Polish twin sisters, Aleksandra and Natalia Kalucka took, silver and bronze. USA climber Emma Hunt, who holds the USA record (7.23 secs), placed fourth.
The Bouldering Finals did not disappoint. The routesetters set the stage for an incredible show, and the athletes brought an infectious energy that the crowd couldn’t help but match.
18-year-old Mejdi Schalck, won his first World Cup, and Natalia Grossman had another powerful performance, with four tops in the finals. Ogata Yoshiyuki and Kawamata Rei finished in second and third for men’s, and Brooke Raboutou and Miho Nonaka took second and third for women’s.
- Aleksandra Miroslaw (POL)
- Aleksandra Kalucka (POL)
- Natalia Kalucka (POL)
- Emma Hunt (USA)
- Kiromal Katibin (INA)
- Noah Bratschi (USA)
- Veddriq Leonardo (INA)
- Ludovico Fossali (ITA)
- Natalia Grossman (USA) – Top: 4, Zone: 4, Top attempts: 9
- Brooke Raboutou (USA) – Top: 3, Zone: 4, Top attempts: 5
- Miho Nonaka (JPN) – Top: 3, Zone: 4, Top attempts: 9
- Jessica Pilz (AUT) – Top: 3, Zone: 4, Top attempts: 16
- Franziska Sterrer (AUT) – Top: 1, Zone: 3, Top attempts: 1
- Camilla Moroni – Top: 1, Zone: 3, Top attempts: 2
- Mejdi Schalck (FRA) – Top: 4, Zone: 4, Top attempts: 9
- Ogata Yoshiyuki (JPN) – Top: 4, Zone: 4, Top attempts: 11
- Kawamata Rei (JPN) – Top: 3, Zone: 4, Top attempts: 14
- Nicolai Uznik (AUT) – Top: 2, Zone: 3, Top attempts: 8
- Yannick Flohe (GER) – Top: 1, Zone: 4, Top attempts: 1
- Jakob Schubert (AUT) – Top: 1, Zone: 2, Top attempts: 1
The next IFSC World Cup will take place this coming weekend in Salt Lake City (May 27-29).