Brian Solano. The 2014 IFSC Bouldering World Cup continued this weekend in Haiyang, China. This event shared the spotlight with the resumption of the Speed Climbing World Cup and the beginning of the Lead season.
Akiyo Noguchi, now winner of the past three Bouldering World Cups, stood atop the podium Sunday in Haiyang alongside second place Shauna Coxey, Great Britain, and third place Anna Stohr, Austria. Germany’s Jan Hojer gripped first place for the men. Sean McColl of Canada took second in the bouldering competition and also earned second in the lead competition. Winner of the Cup in Toronto and second place in Vail, Guillaume Glairon Mondet of France finished third in Haiyang.
However, these winners were competing against a much smaller field than in Toronto and Vail. Many American climbers chose not to travel to China, especially those not in the running for the overall title.
“Most Americans don’t compete in World Cups overseas because it’s just too expensive, and we can’t afford to fly back and forth everywhere,” Michael O’Rourke, USA team member who chose not to travel, told Rock and Ice. “Staying in Europe for a season would bleed most of us dry before the season ended. And it’s hard to get funding from corporate sponsors because it’s so much.”
The next and final stop of the 2014 Bouldering World Cup circuit will take place June 26 – 28 in Laval, France.
For the full results of the Haiyang Bouldering, Lead and Speed World Cups visit the IFSC website.