18-Year-Old Wins Silver in Bouldering World Cup
Rookie surprises in Toronto
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Nathaniel Coleman, an 18-year-old climber from Utah, took a surprise second-place finish in the men’s field at the Bouldering World Cup on Sunday in Toronto, according to Rock and Ice. Coleman, who finished just behind France’s Alban Levier, had previously competed in only one World Cup, but completed three of the four final problems during the finals. The two were the only men to complete three of the final four problems in the competition.
Climbing stud Anna Stöhr, a 21-time World Cup gold medalist from Austria, took first place in the women’s field by topping out three of the four final problems and reaching the bonus hold on the fourth on her first attempt.
“I’m really thrilled,” said Stöhr, “especially because I topped out a slab, which I never thought I would.”
Stöhr was the only female in the field of six to finish the final slab problem, putting her ahead of second-place finisher Akiyo Noguchi and bronze medalist Juliane Wurm. In fourth place was Texas-born Alex Puccio, the top American finisher, who, like Coleman, has been praised for her precocity. As Outside wrote in 2011, Puccio won the first professional competition she entered—when she was only 16—and has since won a long string of American Bouldering Series titles.