The nominations for the second ARCO ROCK LEGENDS which will take place on 07/09/2007 at Arco (Garda Trentino, Italy)

The candidates for the second edition of the Arco Rock Legends have been selected by a pool of 15 international specialised magazines. On Friday 7 September the world's climbing oscars, the SALEWA ROCK AWARD and the LA SPORTIVA COMPETITION AWARD, will be presented on the eve of the XXI Rock Master.

An international jury comprised of some of the world's most authoritative specialised climbing magazines has just selected the candidates for the Arco Rock Legends 2007, the awards which aim to recognise the performances of the best climbers in the world. New to this second edition is the inclusion of bouldering for the rock Award, other than just single pitch sports climbing.

For the second year running the Jury has selected an impressive list of candidates for this prestigious sports climbing oscar. Those nominated for the SALEWA ROCK AWARD are the two Americans Dave Graham and Daniel Woods, the Spaniard Patxi Usobiaga, the German Andreas Bindhammer and young Adam Ondra from the Czech Republic. The LA SPORTIVA COMPETITION AWARD on the other hand will be decided between Austrian Angela Eiter, her young teammate David Lama and the Spaniard Patxi Usobiaga, the only climber to be nominated for both awards.

Just like last year the Jury will meet on Friday 7 September 2007 at the Arco Casinò to choose the climber who distinguished himself most on rock for the SALEWA ROCK AWARD and to select the athlete who distinguished him or herself most in competitions for the LA SPORTIVA COMPETITION AWARD. The winners will be announced that very same evening during a special Award's Ceremony hosted by Kay Rush, the TV and radio journalist and keen climber and sportswoman. The ceremony will take place on the eve of the two Rock Master competition days scheduled for Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September.

Expectations are high for this unique event in the climbing world, just as they are for the 21st edition of the Rock Master which, once again, gathers together the entire climbing world at Arco for the classic champions competition.

The winner of the first ever SALEWA ROCK AWARD Josune Bereziartu confided that she already has her own idea about the possible winner, while last year's LA SPORTIVA COMPETITION AWARD winner Angela Eiter stated she was „honoured“ to be have been nominated as one of the best competition climbers for the second year running.

INTERNATIONAL JURY

President: Fabrizio Miori (Arco Town Councilor for Tourism and Sport)
Vicepresident: Giorgio Balducci (RAI film director)
The magazines: Alp magazine (ITA), Climber (KO), Desnivel (ESP), 8a.nu (INT), Gory (POL), Grimpeur (FRA), Klettern (GER), Limits (NDL), Montana (CZE), Pareti (ITA), Rivista del CAI (ITA), Rock & Ice (USA), Summit (GBR), UP (ITA).

 

SALEWA ROCK AWARD 2007 NOMINATIONS
Period: from June 2006 to June 2007

Andreas Bindhammer (1973, Germany)
For his repeats of Broadway 8c+/9a and Abyss, 9a/+ a Gorges du Loup (France) and La Rambla original, 9a+, two routes of completely different style and character.

Dave Graham (1981, USA)
For his continuous capacity of cutting-edge sports climbing and bouldering ascents, including Eclacamasters 9a, Perles (Spain), the first ascent of Los Borrachos de Mascun 9a (Rodellar, Spain) and the first ascent of the boulder Scarred for Life Fb8B+ a Fionnay, Switzerland.

Adam Ondra (1993, Czech Republic)
At just 14 years of age Ondra is capable of performing in all disciplines, from his 9a repeats (Martin Krpan Misja Pec, Slovenia and Erfolg ist trainierbar reclimbed 9a Adlitzgraben, Austria) to bouldering (first ascent of Spicka ledovce 8a+, Lidomorna).

Daniel Woods (1989, USA)
At just 17 years of age one of the best boulderers in the world, with the first ascent of Jade Fb8C Rocky Mountains National Park, Ode to the Modern Man, Fb8b+/8c at Mt. Evans, USA and numerous top end repeats.

Patxi Usobiaga (1980, Spain)
For the first ascent of Begi Puntuan, 9a at Etxauri, Navarra, Spain, his second 8c on-sight Pata Negra, at Rodellar, Spain and a myriad of 8b+ on-sights.

 

LA SPORTIVA COMPETITION AWARD 2007 NOMINATIONS
Period: competition season 2005/2006

Angela Eiter (1986, Austria)
Winner of the Lead World Cup 2006, winner of the Combined Ranking (Bouldering + Lead).

David Lama (1990, Austria)
For his debut in the senior World Cup: European Champion Lead, 2nd place in the World Cup
Lead 2006 and winner of one stage of the Bouldering World Cup 2006.

Patxi Usobiaga (1980, Spain)
Winner of the Lead World Cup 2006.

Siehe auch:
Arco Rock Legends: The Climbing Oscars at Arco
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