No real surprises after the first round of the Women’s portion of the Bouldering World Cup at the 2009 Teva Mountain Games. Alex Johnson is in first place after flashing all 5 qualifiers with Anna Stöhr close on her heals. It looks like the defending champ is off to a good start.
Other American Women moving on to Saturday’s Semi-Final round are Alex Puccio (4th place), Lizzy Asher (12th), Tiffany Hensley (18th) and Lisa Rands (20th). Props to Rands who at 34 (roughly) is the oldest competitor in the comp, some 14 odd years older than Johnson.
In case the scoring system is confusing to you, here is my explanation from ABS Nationals:
The basic explanation of the scoring system is that there are only two holds that count on each of the problems. There is a so-called Zone or Bonus hold and the finish hold. The bonus hold is a semi-random hold, usually toward the top of the problem. Climbers get credit for controlling the bonus hold and the finish hold. The other holds literally count for nothing. The way the final scoring is done is that climbers are ranked first by # of problems they top out, then by # of attempts to top out, then by # of bonus holds followed by # of attempts to reach a bonus hold.