World Cup Munich

Photo by DAV/Marco Kost It's been quite some time since the last boulder comp, so I was really excited for this one. Especially the World Cup in front of my home crowd is always a highlight for me and there are so many friends and family members watching. Qualification went sooo good! Temps were much better this year, and I felt really well prepared. By topping 4 out of the 5 boulders, I placed 5th in my group and thus made my first semifinals in two years. After such a rough season, I was...
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USA and the World Cup in Vail

Picture by Eddie Fowke from The Circuit Climbing Another week, another endlessly long flight and another jetlag ? This time even a time shift of 15 hours, the most I have ever experienced. On our arrival, we spend two days in Boulder before heading to Vail for the World Cu. We went climbing in Movement Denver and to the Spot in Boulder, which are both really good gyms to train, but by far not on the same level as the gyms in Tokyo :D Also we hiked and climbed up one of the Flatirons to get...
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Tokyo and the World Cup in Hachioji

Picture by Eddie Fowke from The Circuit Climbing I was so happy when I found out that I was finally going to visit Japan again. Japan is definitely one of my favorite places to go :) At our arrival, we had a huge jetlag but somehow battled our way through by eating some delicious Okonomiyaki near our hotel. I've been missing this dish so much (as there is no place near Munich where you can get it) that it tasted even better. On the next day, we went for an awesome morning session at B-P...
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China Part 2 – Shanghai and World Cup in Tai’an

Video by Urs Stoecker Chongquing isn't really the place you want to stay for longer than needed, so it was a good decision to leave to Shanghai for a couple of training sessions at Pongo before the next World Cup in Tai'an. I liked Shanghai a lot more than Chongquing. Food and Culture were more Western than in central China. After Training, we also did some Sightseeing and went on top of the Shanghai Tower, which is the second highest building in the world. A couple of days in Shanghai...
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China Part 1 – World Cup in Chongquing

Video by Urs Stoecker It took us easily 25+ hours of travel before we finally arrived in Chongquing. This city is just insane! It's so huge, there are so many skyscrapers as far as you can see. Still, China is definitely not my favorite place to be. I did not really feel prepared enough for the comp as I got sick in Moscow and could not train for two weeks. This I had only two more sessions in China before the comp and could only do One rest day, while I usually prefer doing two rest days...
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My First World Cup of the Season in Moscow

I am really happy about being nominated for the World Cup in Moscow. I have never been to Moscow nor Russia so this was also a great opportunity to explore a new city and culture. Together with the German Bouldering Team, we visited the new Bouldering gym in Moscow, which is really cool. The next day we also went for some sightseeing in Moscow and did some yoga afterwards. Picture by Afra Hönig of me and Simon posing in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral When I woke up in the morning of th...
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Adidas Rockstars

  It was a new challenge, preparing for three disciplines simultaneously, especially when not having trained two of them for a long time. Even more, I also got sick the week after the Munich World cup and thus could not train :/ So after that, I barely did any bouldering sessions and almost exclusively trained lead and speed for the upcoming World Cup in Edinburgh, which in fact is my first Lead or Speed World Cup EVER! I did not really mind about my lack of boulder preparation...
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Bouldering World Cup in Munich

My last international competition was the Youth World Championship in China which had been over 9 months ago. After that, I was struggeling with illness and injuries for over half a year before I could finally start training again. Such a long time without comps really got me psyched for the World Cup. Nevertheless, standing up at 4:30 AM to be in time for isolation was really hard, and I definitely did not get enough sleep... Even worse, I was one of the last competitors, so I had to spe...
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Adidas Rockstars – Highlight of the Year

Well after the World Championships in Paris, I wanted to get some more training before Adidas Rockstars, but I just go sick again and ended up laying in my bed all day long recovering. Damn being sick sucks ! I really have to find out why I got sick so often this year -.- While my healthiness didn’t really get better, I still could not resist driving to Stuttgart. Qualifications went really good but it was so exhausting and I barely made it threw. I flashed the first Boulder which had a r...
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World Championships in Paris

  As I strained my tendon in late July, I could barely climb for over a month. I only went climbing like three times, but could not really do hard stuff which was really frustrating for me. Just under a week before the World Championship in Paris I went for the last team training at the Studio Bloc in Pfungstadt which should decide whether or not it makes sense to compete. Luckily the training went really good and only a few holds were still hurt my finger. So I decided to start in P...
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