World Cup Kranj 2006 report
by Rasto Jereb
It has become quite a tradition. Near the end of november the World Cup elite gathers in Kranj, Slovenia, to finish off the season. This year it was actually pretty much decided before the finals, with Patxi Usobiaga from Spain winning the world cup by getting to the finals and womens Angela Eiter from Austria winning hers before the final competition.
The men's competition was won by David Lama, Austria, and the women's was won by Maja Vidmar, Slovenia, who prevented a double Austrian win as Angela Eiter finished second only 2 or three holds below Maja's highpoint (she bungled the sequence leading into the final crux, couldn't decide what to do next and that was that). 3rd place in the women's comp went to Natalja Gros, Slovenia 2nd male was Cedric Lachat, Switzerland and third was Jorg Verhoeven from the Netherlands.
Most male finalists were from Spain, three, and most female were Slovenian, four. The biggest suprise to me personally was Tomas Mrazek's (Czech Republic) failure to reach the final. And of course Angela Eiter not winning the womens comp.
Final world cup results were, as I said, pretty much decided before the comp, with Paxti winning the men's, David Lama second and Mrazek sharing the third place with Flavio Crespi from Italy. Women's cup was comfortably won by Angela Eiter, Sandrine Levet from France second and her countrywoman, Charlotte Durif finishing in third.
The male combined word cup (difficulty and bouldering) went to Mrazek, with Lama second and Verhoeven third. Women's combined was also won by Angela Eiter, with Natalija Gros and Maja Vidmar from Slovenia second and third.
The comp was also transmitted live by our national TV, which was a definite improvement from the last year (they barely mentioned it in the news) and, moreover, it was transmited in 16:9 format, which is a first for the station. So watch the TV programme, you migh catch a report/rerun on some obscure sport channel.