Ondra won the Salewa Rock Award for the third time, and was nominated also for the “La Sportiva Competition Award”, awarded to whom left his or her mark during last season's competitions, along with Korean Jain Kim and Spaniard Puigblanque.
Puigblanque eventually raised high the prize with the following motivation: “For the experience, strength, passion, genius and energy he displays in every competition.”
Puigblanque and Ondra stepped into the Arco Rock Legends Hall of Fame which already reads the names of Josune Bereziartu, Patxi Usobiaga, Chris Sharma, Angela Eiter, David Lama, Maja Vidmar, Kilian Fischhuber and Akiyo Noguchi.
The Arco Rock Legends ceremony, presented by radio and climbing journalist Kay Rush, celebrated the 25th anniversary of Rock Master. Yesterday's show relived the long and exciting history of the climbing event with the help of great champions of the past such as Francois Legrand, Yuji Hirayama, Luisa Iovane and Lynn Hill.
The four superclimbers received a special Aquafil prize, while another award was handed to 16-year old Andrea Rojas (ECU) and Amelia Metcalf (USA), the youngest athletes of the IFSC Climbing World Championship currently underway in Arco.
The world event continues today with the Female Lead semis and finals, and the Team Speed competitions.