So my first World Championships is complete! I just spent the past week in Paris competing, watching other climbers compete, and of course, sightseeing!
Here's a quick run down of the competition:
Women's bouldering began on Thursday morning. With so many events between speed, lead, bouldering, and paraclimbing, everything took place between Wednesday and Sunday. With so many competitors, qualifiers were broken into two categories, with the top 10 from each category advancing to semi-finals.
As always, the boulders were well set, inventive, and had a lot of volumes! My favorite boulder was boulder 2, where there was a right shoulder press jump to a small crimp on a rounded volume. I wish I could do a better job explaining the problem, but it was really enjoyable to climb!
The most exciting boulder of the round for me was boulder 4. I managed to send the boulder with 5 seconds left on the clock...talk about sending something in the nick of time!
I ended the round with 3 Tops in 12 Attempts, 3 Bonuses 11 Attempts. Unfortunately this did not put me into semi-finals with a 21st place finish in my category. It's always disappointing to miss the next round, but I was looking forward to sightseeing around Paris and watching the competition.
The rest of the competition (for men, women, paraclimbing) was incredible. I was lucky enough to help commentate during women's bouldering finals where Petra Klingler won. I think one of the best moments of the competition was seeing how excited Petra was when she sent the 4th boulder in finals...it was pure happiness!
On a touristy note, during my trip I visited the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre, Disney Paris and The Catacombs (my personal favorite). I really loved Paris and the competition.
Now I'm back home and looking forward to my next adventure!
On to the next adventure...