At the beginning of January I visited the US with my boyfriend Marco Colorado. We spent a few days Mixed Climbing in Vail and then moved to Ouray, where we did some Ice Climbing in the fantastic canyon and I participated at the famous Mixed Climbing Master during the 20th Ouray Ice Climbing festival. I had heard of this competition for many years and so this year I decided to not participate in one World Cup Competition but go to Ouray, and it was definitely worth it! The festival was great, the people were super friendly and I won the Women’s competition and finished second place overall.
Back in Europe I participated in the World Cup in Saas Fee in Switzerland, which is one of my favourite events, organised inside a huge car park and one of the highest structures in the circuit. It was here where I won my first World Cup stage in 2008, my first World Championship title in 2009 and this year my endurance skills prevailed and I triumphed for a 5th time.
A week later the most important competition of the year was upon me, the World Championship in Rabenstein, close to my hometown, Merano. It was a week full of excitement and nervousness, everybody from the organisers, to the media expected me to win my fourth World Champion title on home soil. In the final climb I was extremely focused, without making mistakes whilst maintaining a good pace and embracing the cheers from the home crowd. I finished the route with a minute of time left but my friend and opponent Shin Woonseon from South Korea was faster and so I finished second. I’m happy about this silver medal as climbing well with all the pressure and my own high expectations was not easy and I’m very satisfied to have done performed so well at home.
More recently the World Cup took place at Champagny en Vanoise in France. The icetower there is very nice, full of vertical and overhanging ice and in a beautiful mountain ambience. After spending tons of energy and concentration at my home competition in Rabenstein I felt quite empty and it was hard to gain focus again but I made the finals and so I gave it my all. I managed to win the World Cup for the first time at the Amazing structure of Champagny en Vanoise!
Now I have four weeks off from competitions, which I will spend dry tooling, ice climbing and starting a bit into the rock climbing season before we travel to Russia for the last World Cup stage. At the moment I am leading the rankings and so I will try to give it my all once again in Kirov.