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Alex Puccio’s Road to Recovery

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Alex Puccio tore her ACL, MCL, and meniscus while warming up before qualifiers at the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in Vail, Colorado last year. Despite the injury and after a visit to the emergency room, she hobbled
around on crutches among the crowd to cheer on her teammates through Semi-Finals and Finals. Her season was over.

“Setbacks can be very hard, but you must not give up!” she posted on Facebook following the accident. “Keep pushing to your goals, if you don’t give up
you will make it!”

A few months after surgery, she was back on real rock, sending V13 with a knee-brace on. This video captures her “Road to Recovery.”

Featured boulder problems:

Irreversible (V13), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Don’t Get Too Greedy (V13), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Free Range (V13), Boulder Canyon, Colorado

Crown of Aragorn (V13), Hueco Tanks, Texas

Nagual (V13), Hueco Tanks, Texas

Tequila Sunrise (V12), Hueco Tanks, Texas

Slashface (V13), Hueco Tanks, Texas

Film by Josh Troob and Joel Zerr / Height Films & Zerr Productions.