European Youth Championship in Imst
This past weekend I competed in the European Youth Championship in Imst, and even though it was a youth competition, the level was still high as several of the World Cup climbers were competing. I had a good feeling throughout the whole week before, so I was really excited.
Being one of three with a double top in qualifiers put an extra pressure on me before finals on sunday. Because of the world ranking I was the one who were going to climb last and that excited me a lot. I was looking forward to compete and fight against some of the best girls in the world, but unfortunately I messed that opportunity up…
Qualifiers on Saturday felt really good, and so did the warm up on Sunday. I was excited and I was ready. Our route was looong, so I decided to climb a bit slow in the beginning to save some energy. I knew that det austrian Magdalena had run up and topped in just a few minutes, but I wasn’t aiming for the top. I just wanted to get as high as possible. I climbed through the beginning quite easy, and the next part quite easy as well. Got a rest before the roof and started on the roof sequenze without being close to tired. And then I got stuck. As I was going to clip, the rope had folded into my shorts and I couldn’t get a hold on it. I tried clipping the quickdraw onto the rope, but failed. I was in the same position for 30 seconds just trying to clip, and finally I managed it and leaving the position very tired. Luckily I was able to climb a few more moves which secured my 3rd place, but I was upset and disappointed of my clipping mistake. Though I wouldn’t called it a mistake.
After the comp I’ve thought a lot about what I could have done differently, especially for the clipping situation. To be honest, there is nothing I would have changed. The position was perfect for clipping, but I was unlucky as the rope got stuck to my shorts. I am happy that I managed to get a 3rd place in the European Youth Championship, but I am as well very disappointed that I ruined my opportunity to fight against the best girls and not being able to get everything out.
Following now is three days of training in Imst and Innsbruck together with the rest of the national team, before I head home for a week. After that I will continue with a longer trip with a stop in Imst for the World Cup, a week in Canada for the World Youth Championship and a 10 days pit-stop in Red River Gorge for some rock-climbing on the way back home.
Super excited for my next trip! Stay tuned 🙂