The 2017 edition was a great success and perhaps the best show so far. To each his or her own of course, but we do our utmost to improve every year.
The line-up was spectacular and included:
- Petra Klingler – World Champion,
- Staša Gejo – European Champion, World Games Champion
- Shauna Coxsey – World Cup Champion.
Add Fanny Gibert, Melissa Le Nevé and Katja Kadic and you realise that, until we have an Olympic Champion, it doesn’t get much better than that.
With the Batman & Robin of the climbing World, Liam Lonsdale & Alex Megos, as MC:s and David Höglund as DJ, the scene was set for a great evening.
Fanny Gibert took an early lead when she, in the third and last round, last athlete out, after a huge fight where she was just barely hanging on by the skin of her teeth and fingertips managed to grab the top. DAMN that was a crazy moment!
Through the next four problems the battle for victory stood between Shauna and Staša and in the end it was very close. So close, in fact, that it was a bit uncertain as to who had actually won. They both had the same amount of tops and zones but Shauna had a couple less attempts, which gave her the victory and with that eternal glory.
An interesting fact is that all five problems were done even though Shauna and Staša only did three and none of them did the first or the last.
Yeah, about that: Shauna was not quite content even though she had won as she hadn’t managed to do that last problem… But after a few extra post competition attempts with an absolutely ecstatic crowd lifting the roof as well as Shauna, she managed to do it!
Afterwards, in an email to Rock and Ice, she wrote:
“The La Sportiva Legends Only comp was absolutely incredible. The team behind the event did an excellent job. The wall looked amazing. The boulders were so good, perfectly varied in style to ensure we were tested in every way. Power, finesse, balance and grit were all required to top the blocks.”