International Comps

Alex Puccio joins Team ABC as Elite Coach

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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


7th at IFSC Youth World Championship for Margo Hayes!

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Margo lowering at IFSC Youth Worlds
Margo lowering at IFSC Youth Worlds

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:

Margo Hayes Youth World Championships Team ABC Boulder

Margo Hayes Team ABC Boulder IFSC Youth World Championships

Margo being interviewed for the Canadian paper
Margo being interviewed for the Canadian paper
Margo had some great support!
Margo had some great support!

8A (V11) in Fontainebleau and 2nd at European Youth Cup for Shawn

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Shawn sticking the last move of Brat sit (8A)
Shawn sticking the last move of Sale Gosse Assis (8A)

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 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:

Shawn competing
Shawn competing
Shawn on Final 3
Shawn on Final 3.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

ABC at the Bouldering World Cup!

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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!

Megan Mascarenas in qualifiers
Megan Mascarenas in qualifiers


Michael O'Rourke in qualifiers.
Michael O’Rourke in qualifiers.


Coach Garrett in qualifiers.
Coach Garrett in qualifiers.
Another great shot of Coach Garrett in qualifiers.
Another great shot of Coach Garrett in qualifiers.


IFSC Youth World Championships Singapore – Speed Photos

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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.

Getting ready
Getting set
Going!!!  Team USA
Team USA
This girl looks kinda like Brooke!
Team USA!
Team USA!
Tagging the finish

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:

Day 1 – Margo going to Worlds!

Day 1 – Quali 1

Day 2 – Qualis 1 results + photos

Day 2 – Qualis 2 results + more photos

Day 3 – Rain Delay activities

Day 3 – Lead Final Results

Day 3 – Finals + Semifinals photos + A great sequence of Margo

IFSC Youth World Championships Singapore – More photos + A Great Margo Sequence

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This island was the venue. Looks like a fun place.

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!

The rose move
Jure of Team Slovenia. He ended up in 3rd.
Domen of Team Slovenia. Took 2nd. Could have a back up career as a contortionist.
Very serious
Team Mexico
Grr face
The one-eyed stare
Serious consideration at preview
The scientifically proven tongue method. Daniel Woods does it. So did Michael Jordan!
Team USA!
Team USA!
Surprise clip!
Not a bad place to be lowered back to

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!

Ready for a clip.
Pulling slack
Post-clip chalk
Another clip
Moving on up
And up…
And up!