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INTERVIEW: USA Boulderers On the IFSC World Cup in Vail

During qualifiers at the IFSC Bouldering World Cup event in Vail, Colorado, Rock and Ice chatted with six of the boulderers representing the USA and pick their brains about the comp.

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During qualifiers at the IFSC Bouldering World Cup event in Vail, Colorado last weekend, Rock and Ice hung
out with the several boulderers representing the USA.

We grabbed mini-interviews with Kyra Condie, Michaela Kiersch, Nicholas Milburn, Austin Geiman, William Anglin, and Tristan Chen, and asked them the tough
questions: how they feel about the competition, their level of stoke, and a possible Justin Bieber sighting.

Click here for the results, re-cap and highlights from the Vail.

Nicholas Milburn of Boulder, Colorado.

Nicholas Milburn

How would you sum up your experience at this comp?

It’s hot. So hot—it’s miserable. They put the slab problem in the sun! So cruel.

What’s next for you after Vail—taking a break?

I’m going to head out to Chaos Canyon and get some more climbing in!

Nicholas Millburn placed 33rd at Vail.

Kyra Condie (right) and Michaela Kiersch (left) hanging out before qualifiers.

Kyra Condie and Michaela Kiersch

How would you describe your level of stoke?

MK: Hmm… how about futuristically stoked?

KC: So stinkingly stoked!

Did each of you travel far for this comp?

MK: I came from Chicago!

KC: St. Paul, Minnesota!

Kyra Condie placed 11th at Vail and Michaela Kiersch placed 22nd.

Austin Geiman of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Austin Geiman

Does this event feel a bit different, since it’s on home turf?

It’s nice to have people showing up and supporting the USA athletes. It’s great to be able to just hang out with friends and see everyone!

Bieber is rumored to be in the area – what happens if you run into him here?

I’d probably buy him a drink… maybe see if we can kindle something.

Austin Geiman placed 27th at Vail.

Will Anglin of Golden, Colorado.

William Anglin

What could make this competition even more awesome?

Probably if they had sheep…. if they had sheep to pet before we climbed it’d be awesome.

Will Anglin placed 23rd at Vail.

Tristan Chen of Denver, Colorado.

Tristan Chen

What’s your takeaway from the comp so far?

It’s really fun, and pretty cool to see all of the famous people. I haven’t spoken to them though… I just stare at them and say nothing,

What could increase your stoke to Jonathan Siegrist levels?

I would be a lot more stoked if there weren’t 10,000 volumes on the walls!

Tristan Chen placed 53rd at Vail.