Ouray Ice Festival and Worldcup in Europe
posted on February, 2015

Four weeks of competitions are over and they went so so well! In
the beginning of January I visited together with my boyfriend Marco
Colorado in the US. We spent some days Mixedclimbing in Vail and
then moved to Ouray, where we did some iceclimbing in the
fantastic canyon and I participated at the famous Mixedclimbing
Master during the 20th Ouray Iceclimbing festival. I heard of this
competition since years and so this year I decided to not
participate in one Worldcupcompetition but go to Ouray, and it was
definitely worth. The festival was great, people were super friendly
and I won the womens competition and placed second overall!Back
in Europe I participated in the Worldcup in Saas Fee Switzerland,
which is one of my favourite events, organized inside a big parking
lot and one of the highest structures in the circuit. Here I won my
first Worldcup stage in 2008, my first Worldchampion title in 2009
and this year I could again express all my endurance and win this
competition for the 5th time. One week later the most important
competition of the year, the Worldchampionship in Rabenstein,
close to my hometown Merano had come. It was a week ful of
excitement and nervousness, everybody from the organizers, to the
media expected me to win my fourth Worldchampion title at home.
In the finals I climbed concentrated, without mistakes and fast,
being motivated a lot by the cheering of my home crowd. I finished
the route with one minute of time left but my friend and opponent
Shin Woonseon from South Korea was faster and so I came
second. I’m happy about this silver medal as climbing well with all
the outside pressure and my own high objectives was not easy and
I’m very satisfied to have done such a nice competition at home.
This last weekend the Worldcup moved to Champagny en Vanoise
in France. The icetower there is very nice, ful of vertical and
overhanging ice and in a beautiful mountain ambience. After
spending tons of energy and concentration at my homecompetition
in Rabenstein I felt quite empty and it was hard to gain again
mental power but by the finals I made it and so I gave it all. So I
won for the first time the Worldcup at the Amazing structure of
Champagny en Vanoise!Now there are four weeks off from
competitions, witch I will spend drytooling, iceclimbing and starting
a bit into the rockclimbing season before we travel to Russia for the
last Worldcup stage. At the moment I am the leader of the ranking
and so I will try to give it all once again in Kirov.