Alex Megos 8a Climber of 2020

EDITORIAL

Monday, 11 January

For the last 20 years, 8a has listed the climber of the year based on their combined achievements on routes, boulders and competitions, as well as (to a lesser extent) on sporty performances on trad and big walls. We have also given credit for FAs and for being a good role model out there. As there have been so few competitions in 2020, we will not include these at all this time. Besides the Top-10 sport climbers of 2020, we will rank for routes and boulders separately. It should be stressed that such lists are, like for any sport, subjective. In particular, taking the Covid-19 restrictions into consideration, the ranking is less fair than for previous years.

The big sensation, as it stands, is that Adam Ondra is not #1 as he has been for almost ten years straight. Please forward names that are missing and climbers who should be placed higher up.

Sport climbing
1. Alex Megos GER - (c) Ken Etzel
2. Laura Rogora ITA
3. Adam Ondra CZE AUT
4. Julia Chanourdie FRA
5. Jorge-Diaz Rullo ESP
6. Stefano Ghisolfi ITA
7. Jakob Schubert AUT
8. Barbara Zangerl AUT
9. Seb Bouin FRA
10. James Webb USA

Routes
1. Alex Megos GER - Laura Rogora ITA
2. Jorge Diaz-Rullo ESP- Julia Chanourdie
3. Stefano Ghisolfi ITA - Angy Eiter AUT
4. Adam Ondra CZE - Barbara Zangerl AUT
5. Seb Bouin FRA - Martina Demmel GER

6. Jakob Schubert AUT - Solveig Kolherr GER
7. Jonathan Siegrist USA - Eva Hammelmüller GER
8. Moritz Welt GER - Melissa Le Neve FRA
9. Jose Luis Palao ESP - Mina Markovic SLO
10. Loic Zehani FRA - Alex Totkova BUL
Boulders

1. Drew Ruana USA - Alex Puccio USA
2. Daniel Woods USA - Brooke Raboutou USA
3. Matt Fultz USA - Natalia Grossman USA
4. James Webb USA - Oriane Bertone FRA
5. Martin Stranik CZE - Isabelle Faus USA
6. Vadim Timonov RUS - Katie Lamb USA
7. Aidan Roberts GBR - Karoline Sinnhuber AUT

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