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adidas ROCKSTARS 2018: Report

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The 2018 adidas ROCKSTARS competition combined climbing with live music and show acts, and is an annual invitation-only competition, with some participants earning a place by competing in national 'Ticket to Rockstars' events across the globe.

Top boulderers from the IFSC circuit shared the stage with some pro/amateur competitors. Alex Puccio (USA) and Keita Watabe (JPN) led after semis. Will Bosi (GBR) finished in 15th place.

The knock-out final round and superfinals were an exciting spectacle, with some entertaining dance moves from Jernej Kruder (SLO) and Jongwon Chon (KOR) before their head-to-head race to complete the superfinal boulder. Miho Nonaka (JPN) beat Alex Puccio (USA) after a closely-fought race, and 2018 World Cup overall winner Jernej Kruder kept ahead of Jongwon Chon from the start thanks to a tactical start position.

Full results here.


Men's Rockstars podium.  © UKC News
Men's Rockstars podium.


Women's Rockstars podium.  © UKC News
Women's Rockstars podium.

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22 Sep, 2018

Bump...semi-final results and finals livestream up. Finals streaming starts in 5 minutes!

23 Sep, 2018

Good coverage and good comp! The climbing was excellent and the men’s super final was hilarious. IFSC needs more Dad dancing.

On a slightly sour note the Adidas Rockstars commentary is a consistent annual reminder how spoiled we are with Charlie Boscoe commentating on the IFSC circuit.

23 Sep, 2018

Oddly, after the women's superfinal (up to and including which I thought the event was great) I felt that the whole show plummeted from a top-level sporting event to cringingly crass popular 'entertainment'.

Maybe I'm just old!

23 Sep, 2018

Agreed. I didn't realise that I liked Charlie until I heard the commentating yesterday.

23 Sep, 2018

Och, it wasn't that bad. You have to come to these post season invitation events with the thinking it's just a bit of fun and a pay day for the ones good enough to command an appearance fee.


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