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High Five: Grossman wins Boulder World Cup in Innsbruck

 

"Same procedure as every Boulder World Cup". 97 women tried to overthrow Natalia Grossman from the throne at the last Bouldering World Cup this season. After an intensive bouldering day, on which the semi-finals and the final of the 6 best athletes took place, the American prevailed in the pouring rain after a strong performance and won the fifth World Cup in a row. Only in the first competition of the season in Meiringen (SUI) did she have to admit defeat to Olympic champion Janja Garnbret.

"I'm speechless, it's incredible. I'm just enjoying the moment, to win the overall Bouldering World Cup is just great. Thanks to all the fans who stayed here despite the rain and cheered us on,” Grossman beamed after another spectacular success.

In an exciting bouldering final in the Kletterzentrum Innsbruck the 21-year-old once again underlined her supremacy, solved all four boulders and was finally able to celebrate the 23rd top in the 24th final boulder of the season – an incredibly consistent performance. The German Hannah Meul, who was also able to achieve 4 tops and 4 zones, challenged the American to the last try and took a more than deserved podium place with 2nd place – the second podium place in a row. Miho Nonaka (JPN) completed the last bouldering podium of the season in third place with 2 tops and 2 zones.

"I'm incredibly happy! Second place again, I didn't expect that. Topping the last boulder in the last World Cup of the season is very nice. Natalia deserves the win, she's a big one. Despite the weather, the audience was great,” said Meul after a brilliant bouldering show.

With her fifth win of the season, Grossman also secured victory in the 2022 Boulder World Cup ranking in a sovereign manner.

IFSC Climbing World Cup + European Cup Innsbruck 2022