Team ABC is proud to announce that Alex Puccio has joined its’ world class coaching staff.
Alex is a seven time USAC bouldering national champion. Other highlights of 2013 include 3rd place overall in the ISFC Bouldering World Cup Series and wins at the Arco Rockmasters and Vail World Cup.
Robyn Raboutou, Team ABC Founder and Head Coach explains Alex’s natural fit to the coaching line-up. “All of Team ABC is excited to have Alex on board. She is one of the top female climbers of this generation and her experiences as a youth climber is similar to that of the Team ABC athletes. Her passion, talent and dedication are a perfect complement to our program.”
Alex started climbing as a teenager and quickly progressed to the top-tier of the sport. She has always sought to share her passion of climbing so coaching is a natural progression. “By coaching the up and coming rock stars of our future, I can give back to the sport I love. I can share my knowledge and experiences gained over the past 11 years with these young climbers in the hopes that it will assist them in achieving their goals and ambitions for the future,” stated Alex.
For more information, contact Robyn Raboutou at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d like to congratulate Team ABC Elite athlete Margo Hayes on her 7th place finish at this year’s IFSC Youth World Championships!
Here are the results from Margo’s category: General result female youth B lead
Margo flashed both of her qualifiers and was tied for 2nd after semis. As you can see, her category had a very close final, with 5 of the 8 girls falling from or moving off the same hold! That hold 26 must have been quite the crux. In the end Margo took a very proud 7th place.
Way to go Margo!!!
Here are some photos of the event:
Shawn Raboutou has been having a good summer in France. Most recently he visited Fontainebleau with the French team where he climbed several 7C (V9) boulders and the very committing Salle Goss Assis (8A/V11). More about that in this article on Kairn.com: Shawn Raboutou à Bleau (I recommend google translate if you don’t have a translation browser).
Shawn also competed in a European Youth Bouldering Cup and got 2nd place. Here are some photos:
Hope everyone is having a great summer!
Here are some great photos from the Bouldering World Cup in Vail from Cody’s mom Joanne. Great job to all ABC athletes and coaches who competed in this prestigious event!
Here is the final set of photos we will be sharing from the 2012 IFSC Youth World Championship in Singapore. We are very proud of ABC Elite Team climber Margo Hayes for her 8th place finish in Female Youth B Lead. The event looked amazing and the venue was unbeatable. Enjoy the photos and make sure to check out the links to the photographer and to all our coverage of this event at the bottom of this page.
All photos by Garick Bay / courtesy IFSC World Youth Championship Singapore 2012 Facebook Group
If you missed it, here’s the rest of our 2012 IFSC Youth World Championships coverage:
A photographer named Garick Bay shot the whole event and uploaded the photos every night to the IFSC Youth World Championships 2012 Singapore facebook page. We picked some of our favorites from lead semis and finals to share here. Speed climbing will come tomorrow. To see ‘em all, go to facebook and search for the event.
Serious concentration, interesting body positions, and don’t forget to breathe!
And here is a great sequence of Margo
The photographer posted one or two photos of most kids, but for Margo he posted a bunch. Enjoy!
We are so proud of Team ABC Elite athlete Margo Hayes for her 8th place finish at the 2012 Youth World Championships! Margo was one of only 3 US Team members to make finals.
The competitors had to overcome some serious rainstorms and lots of extra downtime and what I imagine may have been less-than-ideal plastic conditions to try and earn their place on the podium.
Just making finals, as Margo did, is a huge achievement on the World level. Joining Margo in Female Youth B finals was American Claire Buhrfeind, who ended up in 6th. Between them was Margo’s neck-in-neck for the event, Molly Thompson-Smith of Great Britain.
The highest placing American (and the only other American to make finals) was Junior Male Sean Bailey, who got 5th. Nice job Sean!
Here are the full Team USA placements in lead:
Michaela Kiersch- 16th
Cicada Jenerik – 17th
Shannon Lochridge – 21st
Nicole Hansen – 36th
Owen Graham – 20th
Alex Fritz – 22nd
Josh Levin – 23rd
Noah Ridge – 25th
Andy Lamb – 29th
Female Youth A
Kyra Condie – 17th
Jacquelyn Wu – 19th
Callie Walter – 29th
Amelia Metcalf – 39th
Male Youth A
Sean Bailey – 5th – finalist
Dylan Barks – 11th
Nicholas Milburn – 27th
Dominic LaBarge – 41st
Female Youth B
Claire Buhrfeind – 6th – finalist
Margo Hayes – 8th – finalist
Grace McKeehan – 14th
Rita Marsanova – 15th
Male Youth B
Solomon Barth – 19th
Jesse Grupper – 24th
Brendan Mitchell – 25th
Cole Skinner – 41st
Nice job to all the competitors at this incredible event!
We will share more as it comes in, for now to see full lead results click here – IFSC – International Federation of Sport Climbing: General result
Apparently the monsoon-like conditions totally shut down semifinals for most of the day.
However now (and it’s 11pm Boulder time on Thursday night) the rain has stopped and the walls are being dried.
To make the best of the rain and the dry-time, the competitors have been having fun in the sand. From Team USA climber Josh Levin here are a couple of pictures of the kids playing cricket and a sand beaver that was apparently built by the Canadians.
We will try to update with more results as they come in. You can also check ifsc-climbing.org. Stay tuned!!!
In the middle of the Qualifier 2 round yesterday it began raining, hard. Then eventually it stopped. All the countries decided to keep climbing through the night to finish the round. Apparently the kids made the best of the break and had a long jump competition in the sand while the setters were drying the routes. This seriously looks like the most fun competition venue ever!
Margo’s highpoint on Female Youth B Quali 2 was matched by only one other climber, Molly Thompson-Smith of Great Britain. Rankings are based on combined score of Q1 and Q2 so Margo and Molly, who performed identically on both Quali routes, are tied for 2nd behind Team USA climber Claire Buhrfeind.
Here are the Team USA scores for climbers who are going into semifinals:
Shannon Lochridge – Female Junior – 10th
Michaela Kiersch – Female Junior – 21st
Cicada Jenerik – Female Junior – 25th
Kyra Condie – Female A – 16th
Jacquelyn Wu – Female A – 18th
Claire Buhrfeind – Female B – 1st
Margo Hayes – Female B – 2nd
Rita Marsanova – Female B – 13th
Grace McKeehan – Female B – 17th
Alex Fritz – Male Junior – 15th
Josh Levin – Male Junior – 18th
Noah Ridge – Male Junior – 19th
Owen Graham – Male Junior – 22nd
Sean Bailey – Male A – 14th
Nicholas Milburn – Male A – 16th
Dylan Barks – Male A – 20th
Brendan Mitchell – Male B – tied for 4th with Sergei Bydtaev (RUS)
Jesse Grupper – Male B – 17th
Solomon Barth – Male B – 22nd
And here are the Team USA scores for climbers who did not make semis:
Nicole Hansen – Female Junior – 36th
Callie Walter – Female A – 29th
Amelia Metcalf – Female A – 39th
Andrew Lamb – Male Junior – 29th
Dominic LaBarge – Male A – 41st
Cole Skinner – Male B – 41st
Full Results (use dropdown menus to toggle between categories) – IFSC – International Federation of Sport Climbing: General result female youth B lead
A note about the holds
One of the most difficult things about competing internationally, besides of course the travel, jet lag, different food, different climate, different everything, is that the holds and volumes are often entirely new. US competitors competing in the US can reasonably expect to have some knowledge of the holds, because they will have seen many of them before in their home gyms. Internationally, many or all of the holds will be unknowns. This means that route reading is more difficult because you cannot, from the ground, know if that next hold is an incut pinch or a slopey pinch. You don’t know if you’re jumping for a flat ledge or if there’s a sweet spot on that volume. All of this makes for a much more challenging onsight experience.
To see all the photos and like the IFSC Youth World Championships page on facebook, click here – IFSC World Youth Championship Singapore 2012.