Dog jumps, dynos, slacklining, yoga and the final Bouldering World Cup of 2019— all this and more June 6-9 during the 18th annual GoPro Mountain Games. 80,000 spectators are expected to show up to ooohh and ahhh at the over 3,000 attending athletes. There will be over 30 events to partake in, including 12 unique sports like biking, climbing, disc golf and stand-up paddle boarding.
To compete in the Bouldering World Cup are 20 U.S.A. athletes. Thus far, no Americans have been able to make finals in 2019, but we have done historically well in Vail. Last year, Kyra Condie placed 5th and Sean Bailey 2nd. Eyes will be on Condie and Bailey, along with Ashima Shiraishi, Margo Hayes, Alex Johnson and Nathaniel Coleman, all of which have made semifinals in previous World Cups this year.
The Vail World Cup not only marks the end of the bouldering season, but is also the final opportunity for athletes to gain points to be the 2019 Overall Bouldering Champions. As of now, Janja Garnbret (SLO) has already been crowned the Women’s Champion— she’s won all five previous World Cups and, if she wins in Vail, will be the first athlete ever to have had a perfect season. Second place in the Overall Ranking is still up for grabs between Akyio Noguchi (JPN) and Fanny Gibert (FRA).
On the men’s side, Adam Ondra (CZE) and Tomoa Narasaki (JPN) will battle for the Champion title. Unfortunately, Aleksey Rubtsov (RUS), who is currently in third, will not be in Munich due to an injury he sustained a few weeks ago. Anze Peharc (SLO), who is in fourth, will also be skipping the trip to the States. Kokoro Fujii (JPN) and Jongwon Chon (KOR) will likely be contending for third.
It’s not too late to book a flight! Closest major airport is Denver International Airport, located just two hours East of Vail. Semifinals, which will be live streamed on IFSC, start at 9:30am on Saturday, June 8, and finals begin later on the 8th at 3pm.