Mascarenas repeats as climbing champion |

Mascarenas repeats as climbing champion

Alex Puccio, of U.S.A, makes it to the top of the climbing wall during the IFSC Climbing Worldcup Finals, Saturday, in Vail. Six of the top women and men competed in the finals

VAIL — Megan Mascarenas repeated as the top female in the only World Cup climbing competition to take place in North or South America this year.

Mascarenas only had to travel from Colorado Springs to claim the victory, while her competitors hailed from the U.K., Austria, France and Japan. She said at least 50 of her friends and family members came to Vail to watch her win.

“I’m really relieved,” she said after the competition. “It adds a lot of pressure having the family here, but it also adds a lot of support.”

Mascarenas also won the International Federation of Sport Climbing Bouldering World Cup in Vail last year.

“This event is really special to me,” she said.

Bouldering is a form of climbing where no ropes are used, and competitors must figure out what they call “problems,” or configurations of climbing apparatuses, in order to make it to the top of the wall in a limited amount of time. Climbers are judged against their competitors in a series of four problems, in which the number of attempts are divided by a climber’s success rate to determine a rank. Mascarenas’ performance on the third and fourth problems Saturday was what put her ahead of her competitors.

“I was really happy with my climbing today,” she said.

The 19-year-old Mascarenas started climbing when she was 2 years old.

“I’ve pretty much grown up at the Sport Climbing Center in Colorado Springs,” she said. They’re my friends, my training partners and my family.”


If it was a big day for Mascarenas, then it was a colossal day for Great Britian’s Shauna Coxsey, who’s second place finish secured her as the overall World Cup winner for 2016. Earlier in the day Saturday, she also learned she had received a membership in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, commonly known as an MBE, from Queen Elizabeth II.

“Vail is always an amazing event, the crowd is so passionate,” she said. “The crowd, for me, is what makes an event, and this crowd is amazing.”

Men’s winner Kokoro Fujii, of Japan, also thrilled the crowd at Vail’s Mountain Plaza, which was packed full of fans watching the action.

Austrian competitor Alfons Dornauer said Fujii was fun to watch.

“He has a really fast style of climbing,” Domauer said. “He looked really solid, really confident.”

Climbing action continues all day Sunday in Mountain Plaza with youth climbing events starting at 8 a.m.

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