The 2014 IFSC World Cup season wrapped up this November 15-16 in Kranj, Slovenia. Home country favorite Mina Markovic took gold before her home crowd, and we crowned this season’s overall medalists in Lead.
Just a stone’s throw from Slovenia’s capital city of Ljubljana, Kranj hosted the final World Cup of the 2014 season. This year marked the 19th anniversary of Kranj hosting climbing World Cups, and this year’s competition was a spectacular ending to a historic 2014 IFSC season!
Home victory and overall Lead silver for Mina Markovic
The competition in Kranj, both on the men’s and women’s sides, was split between the podiums, which were close, and the rest of the climbers, who all fell a number of moves lower on the wall.
On the women’s side, all the action took place at the end of the finals, with the final three climbers blowing the competition away and taking the spots on the podium. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN), the third-to-last climber, finished with a bronze medal with a score of 36, five moves higher than the competition. Jain Kim (KOR), who climbed in the penultimate position, posted a score of 42 and took the silver medal. Finally, Mina Markovic (SLO) climbed to the intense cheers of her home crowd in Slovenia and came the closest to topping of the women with a score of 46+, and a decisive gold medal victory.
Her score also secured her the second place in the overall Lead World Cup rankings, behind Jain Kim and in front of Austria’s Magdalena Röck.
Adam Ondra caps off historic season with another gold
The men’s finals were quite similar to the women’s, with the final three climbers surpassing the competition to take all three spots on the podium. Sachi Amma (JPN) took bronze with a score of 37+, four moves in front of Slovenia’s Domen Skofic. Sean McColl (CAN), after struggling with the first clip, climbed quickly and strongly to a silver medal with a score of 38. Adam Ondra (CZE), was the final climber and cemented his historic 2014 season by finishing six moves ahead of the pack with a score of 44+, taking the gold.
In the overall Lead World Cup rankings, Jakob Schubert, who secured his victory in Inzai, topped the podium, followed by Sean McColl and Adam Ondra.