Over the weekend of the 18th and 19th May, Innsbruck played host to the fourth round of the 2012 Bouldering World Cup, in which British climber Shauna Coxsey came in second place.
Shauna Coxsey competing at Innsbruck 2012
UKC News, May 2012
© Udo Neumann (Screen shot from video)
Shauna came very close to winning the competition, with just the final boulder problem to go, which if she had flashed, would have taken her to first place.
She commented on her blog:
"I knew what the last boulder had in store and I also knew that flashing this boulder could have meant that I would win. I stood under the boulder and had no idea how to deal with my emotions my head was all over the place. I knew I could do the boulder but the pressure of flashing it was way too much for me to handle. I totally missed a hold on the side of a volume, a hold that I had seen when viewing the problem. I fell off the boulder first try and could do nothing but smile. I hadn't even dreamt of making a podium this year and being so close to winning was so so exciting but also way to hard to handle. I guess going into finals with such a relaxed attitude and no expectation went from having a positive effect on my climbing and results to the complete opposite. I sat and watched Anna flawlessly climb the final boulder, even with all the pressure she came out and climbed perfectly. I was totally inspired by this and in every competition I am learning so much."
Other high placing British climbers where Ned Feehally (5th place) and Stew Watson (6th place).
VIDEO: Innsbruck WC 2012 by Udo Neumann:
The next bouldering world cup is in Vail, USA on the 1st and 2nd of June. British team members attending the event are: Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, Shauna Coxsey, Tyler Landman, Dave Barrans and David Mason.