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222 participants in Meiringen 5-6/4
OffLine 8a.nu
  2019-03-21 00:00:00    
Last year there were 208 participants in Meiringen and this year there are 304 in the Starting List. This meas that the number of competitors have more than doubled up since 2016. Each country are allowed to participate with five male and five female plus the Top-10 in the world ranking, which means Japan will participate with ten males.

In the qualification, it is the highest ranked who start first. Among the ones, who did not get Top-30 in any World Cup or WCH, the starting order is done by random. In practice, this mean that Stefano Ghisolfi could start last having to fight both worse friction and higher temperature in comparison to the guys going out first. Noteworthy is that Gabri Moroni, who won one event last year, will not compete for Italy as they have made in mandatory to go for all three disciplines, in order to get support.

In the schedule, it says that the isolation will close 08.00 for the male and that the female will be finished by 22.00. Based on the large number of participants, they probably will have to extend it. Ghisolfi just might have to spend 6+ hours in isolation.
OnLine Julia Fiser
  2019-03-21 17:46:04    
I think the number 304 includes coaches and medical officials. If you exclude these, it's around 80 fewer people. 
OnLine Julia Fiser
  2019-03-21 17:49:39    
Oh I think I was wrong and it is indeed 304 athletes only. Crazy!
OffLine JLH
  2019-03-21 22:00:17    
304 is not even close (indeed 304, if you add 16 Medical Officials, 24 Heads of Delegations and 42 Coaches).
222 athletes (from 39 nations), 103 females and 119 males. Pretty much the same as in 2018.
OnLine Jens Larssen
  2019-03-22 02:07:20    
Thanks.

IFSC says 304 athletes but this is as you say wrong.
OffLine Jan V'
  2019-03-22 07:56:45    
Should be the other way round - highest ranked should start last.

Gabri Moroni is great example of what I've talked about previuosly - what stupid thing olympic format is.

I remember well what great response of the public Meiringen and Moscow had last year because of old school boulder setting. Everybody loved that. So let's go back to parkour most people don't like, right? Most important is what setters like, nobody cares about public opinion.
OffLine Jan V'
  2019-03-22 08:04:32    
Moreover, short are heavily disadvantaged when it comes to parkour boulders and slabs. Setters tell us they try to set boulders the way that would be possible for everyone, then they set slab or parkour...what is one supposed to think about previously stated? Are they mocking us? Some kind of internal humour?
OnLine Jens Larssen
  2019-03-22 08:25:11    
The guys from Japan are normally shorter and they dominated in 2018 so what you say in regards height and parkour can be questioned. Further more, if the organizator did not want parkour they would certainly tell the route setters so. Most of the athletes I have been talking to do like parkour style boulders.
OnLine Robert Kasper
  2019-03-22 10:43:27    
Could anybody do some real journalism and ask the athletes in meiringen about the style that is to prevail in the future conpetitions. I think ifsc imposes something that the athletes do not want at all. Would not be something New though
OffLine frank krane
  2019-03-22 11:52:17    
Moroni officially retired from competitions last year that's why he will not compete in Meiringen.
OffLine Jan V'
  2019-03-22 11:53:48    
@Jens nope, the guys from Japan arent't all shorter. And the shorter ones have problems with slabs and parkour and moves, while taller ones do not. For example

P.S. "Further more, if the organizator did not want parkour they would certainly tell the route setters so." that doesn't make much sene. Route setters ARE organizators.

Most of the athletes I've read responses from on instagram etc. do not like parkour boulders. In fact often they do not consider it really climbing. Do your research on instagram and you'll stop to live in your dream.
OffLine Jan V'
  2019-03-22 11:55:26    
@Frank Krane didn't Moroni retire because Italian federation wouldn't support him?
OnLine Jens Larssen
  2019-03-22 12:35:39    
I have talked with Moroni and the reason for not participating is that he has to pay everything by himself as he does not go for the Combined.
OffLine JLH
  2019-03-22 14:34:28    
From the bright side, we may expect a very exciting comp.
Most of the strongest are there (with exception of Nonaka--shoulder injury?, Puccio--stopped competing?, Kipriianova--?; Gabri), incl. Ondra, Megos...
We may expect a strong fight also inside national teams (Japan, Slovenia, US...) for the Olympic spots, some young guns may appear, Ashima, McColl... seem back in form, Janja broke up with her coach...
OffLine Martijn Pieterse
  2019-03-26 14:56:58    
Someone should do a "behind the wall" series like netflix did for formula 1.