Adam Ondra Doesn't Win At Brno World CupVideo

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Adam Ondra
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Adam Ondra has so far dominated the 2009 World Cup series with a string of impressive wins at several of the competitions. He was hotly tipped to excel last week at Brno in the Czech republic, in front of local fans.

However the super-climber from the Czech republic shocked his home crowd by... yes you guessed it ...not winning. Ondra's foot slipped just a few clips from the top of the semi-final route and the youngster placed 11th in the Brno round. Luckily he has won almost all the other rounds so far and is still placed in first position overall.

The winner of the Brno World Cup round was Austrian teenager Jakob Schubert.

There are two World climbing competitions; the World Championships, which is a one off annual event and was won in June by Patxi Usobiaga, and the World Cup, which is a series of competitions hosted at several venues.

Climbers in the World Cup can win individual rounds (such as the recent Brno round) but it is their overall score in the whole series that decides who will be the World Cup winner.

We have two videos below of Adam Ondra and Thomas Mrazek on the same semi-final route. More videos of this and the finals can be found on the excellent Czech website:

The final round of the World Cup 2009 is this week and will be held in Kranj, Slovenia. Currently leading in first place are Adam Ondra and Joahanna Ernst. Both competitors have their work cut out to keep their first position with Maja Vidmar just a hair's breadth behind in the women's competition and the highly trained and focussed Patxi Usobiaga coming up fast behind Ondra in the men's. Vidmar is a Slovenian local and will be fighting hard to win this week on home turf.

UKC will post the full results after the competition.

VIDEO: Adam Ondra falls in the Brno World Cup Semi Finals:

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VIDEO: Thomas Mrazek in the Brno World Cup Semi Finals:

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Adam started climbing at about the same time he learned to walk. He hasn't stopped ever since.

When 8 years old, Adam onsighted routes graded 7b+ (5.12c). At age 13 he climbed his first 9a (5.14d).


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9 Nov, 2009
Was that bouldering? I didn't notice him clipping anyhting, and didn't see a rope, maybe it's just the video quality. So fluid is his style.
9 Nov, 2009
What about the belaying. It looked like he nearly touched down without total fall arrest? Shame the camera couldn't see.
10 Nov, 2009
I guess you don't get much practise catching falls when you belay Adam Ondra
10 Nov, 2009
Cool. The way this comp is reported says it all: Adam Ondra Doesn't Win. It's more significant than who actually did win. The mark of a truly outstanding climber is when the headlines are that he didn't win. I guess the pressure and expectation of the crowd must have got to him and he blew it. Apparently he flashed the final after the comp was over. But the psychological aspect is everything in climbing and especially competitions. He's meant to be pretty smart so hope he figures it out in time for the next one. The other headline should have been Johanna Ernst Doesn't Win too. Another outstanding climber who's been dominating the World Cup recently until Brno.
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