Sport Climbing’s Para-athlete’s returns to action for the new year in Salt Lake City, USA, in the first of three IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup dates on the 2024 calendar.
 
With Innsbruck, Austria, and Arco, Italy, to come later in the year, the first stop will see 129 climbers from 20 nations take to the Lead wall at Momentum gym – Millcreek in the Western state of Utah.
 
For athletes with physical and visual impairments to range and power impairments, the IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup Salt Lake City will showcase skill, technique, power, and endurance back on the international stage for the first time since the World Championships in Bern last August.

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One climber who took the top step of the World Championships podium was France’s Solenne Piret in the women’s AU2.
 
Talking of the new year Piret said: “I’m always a bit doubtful at the beginning of the season, but as soon as I get to the venue I get psyched, and this year is no different.”
 
That approach worked in 2023 as Piret went unbeaten in her sports class across the three IFSC Paraclimbing World Cups, meaning she is defending a gold medal coming back to Salt Lake City. 

Even though the city is the same, the wall is not as the venue has changed: “I liked the venue we were at for the past two years, but I’m excited to have some new surroundings, a new venue, and climb a different wall.”

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Some of the other names to look out for are returning Salt Lake City home favorite Seneida Biendarra from the USA in the women’s B3 as well as the dominant Lucie Jarrige of France who is on a run of five World Cups and a World Championship title in the women’s AL2.

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Climbing begins on Tuesday 7 May at 09:00 local time with qualification before the finals on Wednesday 8 May.

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