All set in Stockholm for the La Sportiva Legends Only competition
The second "Legends Only" boulder competition, organised by La Sportiva will take place in Sweden's Stockholm today. Those invited to take part are Dmitry Sharafutdinov, Adam Ondra, Sean McColl, Jakob Schubert and Guillaume Glairon Mondet.
Building on last year's success, La Sportiva has organised another Legends Only bouldering competition in Stockholm. The format involves five of the world's best boulderers competing on five problems, the particularity being that the problems can be attempted for a couple of hours the day beforehand.
The problems are therefore far harder than those in World Cup competitions and this will provide the opportunity to see Adam Ondra, Dmitry Sharafutdinov, Sean McColl, Jakob Schubert and Guillaume Glairon Mondet produce truly stellar performances on problems speculated to be in the region of 8A - 8B. The scoring system is the usual one, with victory going to who sends most problems in the fewest number of attempts.
Yesterday we witnessed the five problems being worked for two hours by the five competitors under the watchful eye of route setter Shauna Coxsey, the highly talented British boulderer. The competitors shared beta and helped each other, confirming the particular competitive spirit which reigns in climbing competitions.
Adam Ondra told planetmountain.com he believed he was on form but realised he'd have to give more than 100% on these difficult problems, especially since he'll be battling against the likes of Jakob Schubert (winner of the 2012 Combined World Cup ranking) and World Bouldering Champion Dmitry Sharafutdinov.
From what we could see, many crux sections are highly spectacular and will highlight the athletic prowess of these five athletes. The competition will be transmitted in live streaming as of 20:00 CET on Saturday 1 December 2012 at the following link http://www.svtplay.se/video/793904/legends-only