Outside magazine, March 1996
In what may have been her finest and final performance, American expatriate Robyn Erbesfield captured the sport-climbing season finale in Aix-les-Bains, France, last December to win her fourth consecutive World Cup title. Going into the final, the 32-year-old Erbesfield appeared to have little chance of overtaking French sensation Laurence Guyon, who had put together a string of spectacular performances early in the season. Erbesfield--who had to win outright, with Guyon finishing no better than fourth, to take the title--applied pressure by flashing the overhanging 30-foot roof, while Guyon, looking a bit rushed, fell early and placed a season-worst fifth.
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