The hype was great. Everyone was friendly and was psyched for each other. Routes were set to international standards. Basically, a typical USA adult climbing comp...
There was a lot leading up to this event that really made this comp memorable for me… I haven’t competed in sport/difficulty since the USA Sport Nationals 2006. I’ve been out of climbing for four months October – January due to a SLAP tear in my left shoulder; so, I have only been climbing for the past two months, slowly progressing back to where I was. I became a US citizen last year, so this is the first time I’m eligible to be on a USA climbing team. School has been busy. The competition has been intimidating. Carlo Traversi has been up on podium basically every year. I haven’t even seen Matty Hong climb, but know he’s been kicking ass, and he’s young. There is a new wave of like 20 teenagers who are ready to convert their Juniors’ wins to adult titles. Then, there’s Daniel Woods, who decides to put up a 5.14d right after bouldering Nationals. What most people, including Daniel didn’t know, is that there was some history to me competing with him in this comp. Last time I competed in 2006, I got 2nd place after none other than Daniel Woods. Finally, with no other big enough comps to gain sport climbing expertise in the United States, it was the only logical choice to attend this competition.
Anyways, here are the results:
|1. Vasya Vorotnikov (me)||1. Sasha Digulian|
|2. Dylan Barks||2. Delaney Miller|
|3. Daniel Woods||3. Michaela Kiersch|
|4. Noah Ridge||4. Chelsea Rude|
|5. Matty Hong||5. Tiffany Hensley|
And here are some pictures of me on the finals route including the sequence with the bathang. These were taken by Caroline Treadway, a photographer for USA Climbing.