In the lead finals, the two KVÖ aces Jessica Pilz (ÖAV Haag) and Jakob Schubert (ÖAV Innsbruck) missed the podium on Sunday evening, but were satisfied with the start of the season in their prime discipline. The return of the fans gave both of them goosebumps.
Colin Duffy (USA) won the men's race. The 18-year-old American managed the "Innsbruck double", he had previously won the bouldering competition. Ao Yurikusa (JPN) and Jesse Grupper (USA) completed the podium.
“Climbing in front of this incredible backdrop was unbelievable. Innsbruck is one of my favorite places in the world. The route was exciting, I had a good feeling and had fun right from the start,” beamed the youngster.
Local hero Jakob Schubert showed a strong performance in his hometown and finished fifth with 36+ holds. “I'm not entirely happy with the result, I want more than fifth place in the lead. I didn't have any big mistakes in it, but didn't feel completely comfortable on the wall yet. The fitness isn't quite there yet, but that was almost to be expected given the amount of boulder training.”
The three-time lead world champion from Innsbruck has focused everything on bouldering in recent months and has hardly trained as a lead climber. “The boys showed strong and are fit, that gives motivation. In a few weeks or months I want to be at the top again," says Schubert, who was impressed by the atmosphere: "Innsbruck and climbing, it just fits. The atmosphere was once again indescribable and cannot be compared to any World Cup.”