Boy has it been a long season, a memorable one at that. For the third year in a row, I’ve managed to stay at the top of the world cup circuit not only in one discipline but two. I also set personal competition and practice best in Speed climbing. A picture says a thousand words, here you go… (link to 2012 Season)
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My best competition of the year was in Slovenia when I won my first bouldering world cup. During the next 3 world cups, I made finals but wasn’t able to snag another podium. Such is competition life and I had a blast in every one of them.
During my lead season, it had a very rough start; I think I didn’t leave enough of a break for my body to recover from my training. It wasn’t until just after the Arco Rockmasters that I learned once again how to relax while climbing and do my best. After I won the duel in Arco, I went on to podium in the next 7 events; the best run of my career. It ended when I missed finals in Kranj in the last world cup of the year. My consolation prize was that I came 10th. With that last world cup placing I had come in the top-10 in every boulder and lead world cup of 2013. On the speed side I set a competition best in Arco at 8.83 seconds and in Korea I set a personal best during the practice at 8.79 seconds.
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By the end of both seasons, the overall rankings were tight. I was more lucky in bouldering securing my 3rd place finish overall Rustam Gelmanov by just a few points. In Lead, I finished 5th in overall but the results are a bit misleading as I only competed in 6 of the 8 events. Nevertheless, my good friend Hyunbin Min beat ME by only a few points
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In the combined overall, it was a small race between Jakob Schubert and me. He took 1st place at the last world cup of the year in Kranj which secured his victory. For the third year in a row, I placed 2nd in the combined overall!
If you’re interested to see every single competition I’ve done under the International Banner, just click HERE.
As I sit here thinking about my long year, I get nostalgic. I love competing and I can’t wait for it to start up next year. That being said, I love my break, my rest and my off-season.