From the first competition of the year in Toronto, Canada to the last in Munich, Germany, the 2015 IFSC Bouldering World Cup season was a whirlwind—five comps in four different countries in six months.
This season saw first-time podium finishers standing next to the best, heart-breaking injuries, and a few surprises. But when all is said and done, only one man and one woman can be crowned the overall 2015 World Cup Bouldering Champion.
This year Jongwon Chon of Korea claimed that title for men with a total of 292 World Cup points, despite missing the Vail, Colorado competition. In second, Jan Hojer of Germany finished strong with 264 points, and not far behind, Adam Ondra—the 2014 Bouldering and Lead champion—with 259 points.
Out of nowhere, young-gun Nathaniel Coleman from Murray, Utah, fresh out of high-school, landed fourth in the overall ranking in his first ever World Cup season. Coleman competed in all five competitions, taking second place in both Toronto, Canada and Vail, Colorado.
[Check out Rock and Ice issue 229 (October 2015) for a profile on Nathaniel Coleman]
On the women’s side, leading the pack with 395 points, Akiyo Noguchi of Japan claimed the overall 2015 Bouldering Champion title. Great Britain’s Shauna Coxsey, after a flawless performance in Munich on Saturday, took second with 332 points, and Miho Nonaka of Japan, third, with 276 points.
Megan Mascarenas, another American new to the World Cup scene, finished in an impressive fifth place. In front of her home crowd, the 17-year-old from Colorado took gold in Vail, topping competition veterans Noguchi (second place) and Coxsey (third).
Photo Gallery: Vail IFSC Bouldering World Cup - 2015
The 2015 World Cup bouldering season might be over, but lead climbing is still underway. The next IFSC World Cup competition will take place in Stavanger, Norway this weekend, August 21-22. Check back for live streaming of the events.
2015 IFSC Bouldering World Cup Rankings (Top 15):
1. Jongwon Chon (KOR) – 292 points
2. Jan Hojer (GER) – 264 points
3. Adam Ondra (CZE) – 259 points
4. Nathaniel Coleman (USA) – 238 points
5. Alban Levier (FRA) – 202 points
6. Rustam Gelmanov (RUS) – 179 points
7. Kokoro Fujii (JPN) – 173 points
8. Sean McColl (CAN) – 169 points
9. Rei Sugimoto (JPN) – 151 points
10. Jeremy Bonder (FRA) – 146 points
11. Dmitrii Sharafutdinov (RUS) – 145 points
12. Andrzej Mecherzynski-Wiktor (POL) – 125 points
13. Tsukuru Hori (JPN) – 114 points
14. Martin Stranik (CZE) – 103 points
15. Manuel Cornu (FRA) – 100 points
15. Alexey Rubtsov (RUS) – 100 points
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1. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN) – 395 points
2. Shauna Coxsey (GBR) – 332 points
3. Miho Nonaka (JPN) – 276 points
4. Petra Klingler (SUI) – 224 points
5. Megan Mascarenas (USA) – 165 points
6. Katharina Saurwein (AUT) – 163 points
7. Sol Sa (KOR) – 158 points
8. Fanny Gibert (FRA) – 151 points
8. Anna Stöhr (AUT) – 151 points
10. Melissa Le Neve (FRA) – 150 points
11. Julija Kruder (SLO) – 148 points
12. Aya Onoe (JPN) – 116 points
13. Berit Schwaiger (AUT) – 112 points
14. Monika Retschy (GER) – 102 points
15. Yuka Kobayashi (JPN) – 76 points
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IFSC 2015 Bouldering World Cup Season:
Anna Stöhr and Alban Levier Take Gold in Toronto
Megan Mascarenas, Nathaniel Coleman on the Podium in Vail
Sean McColl, Akiyo Noguchi Win Bouldering World Cup, Chongqing, China
First World Cup Victory for Petra Klingler - Haiyang, China
Shauna Coxsey, Alexey Rubtsov Win Final Bouldering WC of the Year