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Alex Puccio Takes Home Gold at IFSC Climbing World Cup

Thursday, June 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Allured
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Petzl team member Alex Puccio successfully completed all four finals problems at the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup to take home the gold medal at Vail Mountain during the GoPro Mountain Games on Saturday, June 9. One of the sport’s most accomplished climbers, Puccio has been a member of the Petzl athlete Team since May 2015.


“This win here in Vail felt like a LONG time coming. This is only my second Gold medal in a World Cup ever, I have come in second and third so many times, and last time I won was 2009, which felt like forever ago,” Puccio said. “In the past I would always mess up in the final because of my mental game or approach. So many times I would go into finals in one of the top positions and then just bomb. This time was different! I was actually in first place every round of the competition which proved to myself that my mental game has gotten a lot stronger! Hard work pays off!”


Puccio was a finalist (fourth place) in the 2017 World Cup championships, and she has faced a number of injuries over the past few years, so this World Cup win was an important victory. Her first and only World Cup victory prior to Saturday was in 2009 at Vail, when she placed first at age 19. However, it was evident on Saturday that Puccio was ready to repeat history when she stuck her fourth sequence with a one-handed grab, the only competitor of the group to successfully complete the final problem.

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