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. Im happy
about this silver medal as climbing well with all the outside
pressure and my own high objectives was not easy and Im 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.



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