Arco Rock Legends 2011: The Nominations

All the nominations for the VIth Arco Rock Legends, the sport climbing Oscars scheduled to take place on Thursday 21 July 2011 at Arco (Italy) with two awards, the Salewa Rock Award and the La Sportiva Competition Award.


President: Giorgio Balducci (RAI film director)
International magazines: Climax (AUT), Montana (CZE), Campo Base (ESP), Desnivel (ESP), Grimper (FRA), EscaladeMag (FRA), Summit (GBR), Climb magazine (GBR), Alpin (GER), Klettern (GER), UP Climbing (ITA), Rivista del CAI (ITA), ALP (ITA), Meridiani Montagne (ITA), Monte Bianco (ITA), RISK (RUS), Rock and Snow (JPN), Man and Mountain (KOR), Gory (POL), SA Mountain Mag (SA), Jamesak (SLK), Planinski (SLO), Rock&Ice (USA), and the internet sites (SWE), (UK), (RUS)

(in alphabetical order)
Period: From June 2010 to May 2011

Sasha DiGiulian (1992, USA)

With two 8c+ redpoints and one 8b+ on-sight the 19-year-old American Sasha DiGiulian has crowned a month which has few equals in the history of female sport climbing and which forebodes well for the future.

Gabriele Moroni (1987, Italy)
One of Italy's strongest with or without a rope, this year Moroni chose to repeat some European reference routes and also establish some of his own testpieces.

Enzo Oddo (1995, France)
After numerous 9a's and a nomination last year, Oddo made the leap to 9a+ and proved his desire to test himself at other vertical games across the globe. The results didn't take long coming for the 16-year-old Frenchman.

Adam Ondra (1993, Czech Republic)
Whenever he takes to the crags, the winner of two Salewa Rock Awards raises the bar. His same-day 9b first ascent and 8c+ on-sight will go down in history, and evidently the future of sport climbing still holds much more in store…

Chris Sharma (1981, USA)
After more than 50 attempts, May 2011 finally provided one of the hardest routes ever produced by Chris Sharma, winner of the Salewa Rock Award 2009. Determination and perseverance, combined with cutting-edge ability and a tireless desire to search and find new lines everywhere prove that "The King" still reigns.

(in alphabetical order)
Period: Competition season 2010

Jain Kim (1988, Korea)
Total domination and a competition season without rivals for the Korean who overbearingly won the Lead World Cup 2010 and also the special Combined event which considers all three disciplines, Lead, Speed and Boulder. Add to this the fact that Kim is reigning Asian Lead Champion and won silver in the Boulder event.

Adam Ondra (1993, Czech Republic)
Nominated last year for the La Sportiva Competition Award after his victorious Lead World Cup debut, in 2010 Adam Ondra took the sweepstakes and won the Bouldering World Cup and the special Combined. Add to this his two silver medals in the Lead and Boulder European Championship

Ramón Julian Puigblanque (1981, Spain)
A truly stellar year for this extremely strong Spaniard and former Lead World Champion, during which he dominated the Lead discipline and won not only the Lead World Cup 2010 but also the difficult and unpredictable European Championship. His list of victories proves he is one of the strongest competition climbers of all times.

QuelleNicholas Hobley (PlanetMountain)