Slovenian Climbers Are the World Cup Winners

This season, the Slovenian sport climbers were the best in the world. At the final stage of the World Cup, Janja Garnbret was the third in the women’s standings, and Domen Škofic took the second place in the men’s standings. Thus, the 22-year-old native of Radovljica celebrated the success of the overall World Cup in the “lead climbing” discipline. 17-year-old Janja Garnbret won the champion title in the same discipline. Previously, she won in the combined climbing in Xiamen, China. This year, the young athlete has written in golden letters her name into the history of Slovenian sport climbing. In Paris, she won the title of the world champion among adults in the “lead climbing” discipline. At the World Championship in Guangzhou, she defended the title of the world champion among juniors (U-18). She had no equal in such disciplines as “lead climbing” and bouldering. In this season, Slovenia has also won the Nations Cup. The second Slovenian finalist Urban Primožič took the sixth place.

In the finals, Garnbret and Škofic competed at the Zlato Polje arena packed to capacity with the crowd of twenty thousand fans. “The season was indeed very successful, and this climb in Kranj means especially a lot to me. I wanted to win, so am somewhat disappointed with the third place. I felt a certain pressure since I performed in front of my native fans. This year, I have won everything that was possible, but there are still many challenges in future,” Janja Garnbret said. In the qualification and semi-final climbs, she was the only climber, who overcame all the ups — from the first to the last— at all three directions. In the current draw of the World Cup, the third-year student of the sports department of the Velenje Grammar School has become the first at four stages. She celebrated success in Chamonix, Briançon (France), Villars (Switzerland) and Xiamen (China).

For Domen Škofic, his victory in Kranj has become the first great success, while Janja Garnbret has already received the championship title at this stage of the competition. By the way, the Slovenian world-class athletes Domen Škofic and Janja Garnbret are good friends in usual life.