2010 Youth Continental Championships in Ibarra, Ecuador

posted by dpm on 11/30/2010

Team America performed impressively in this year's Youth Continental Championships. The event was held in Ibarra, Ecuador, and though not nearly as large as Junior World Championships, it allowed our team to experience competition on an international level and meet other kids from our half of the world. Besides host country Ecuador and The US team, the Canadian and Venezuelan teams traveled to the event. The walls were impressive, and the setters seemed to make good use of the many strange volumes.

The 2010 US Continental Championship team included: Alex Johnson, Ryan Scurfield, Peter Grill, Erik Sanchez, Julian Boyd, Danny Aleksovski, Tyler Youngwerth, Jesse Youngwerth, Sasha DiGiulian, Miura Hawkins, Alex Fritz, Griffin Whiteside, Owen Graham, Alex Poulipoulos, Francesca Metcalf, Faith Sullivan, Molly Gaynor, Isabelle Faus, Michaela Kiersch, Nicole Hansen, Nicholas Milburn, Dominic LaBarge, Collier Skinn, Lukas Kuhnel, Dana Riddle, Jacquelyn Wu, Ellen Schuster, Tegan Wilson, Delaney Miller, Callie Walter, Zoe Steinberg, Amelia Metcalf, Kerry Scott, Brendan Mitchell, Solomon Barth, Paxton Mann, Martin Kuhnel, Megan Mascarenas, Kayla Lieuw, Marisa Romero, Chloe LaBerge, Ada Saker, Claire Buhrfeind, Grace McKeehan, Kai Lightner, Cameron Mann, Mirko Caballero, Seth Rogers, Gavin Robertson, Melina Costanza, and Ellise Shuman.
Here's a summary of the US team's top performances, with a link to full results at the bottom.
Bouldering - The US kids swept the bouldering event, winning the gold medal in every category except Male B. That's 9 gold medals for bouldering! We also got a 2nd or 3rd in 9 of the 10 categories.
Difficulty - The US climbed well in difficulty, with 7 gold medals and 3 silvers. The hardest fought race may have been for Youth Female B, and it was only after a superfinal that Dana Riddle took the silver medal to Ecuadorian Andrea Carolina Rojas Tello. 7 other US kids also made the podium with a 2nd or 3rd, and 4 just missed it with 4th place finishes.
Speed - The US team doesn't seem to be as fast as they are strong, though 3 kids still managed silver medals and 3 more got bronze. If you are interested in junior competition climbing, it's really worth checking out the full results. See them here: http://usaclimbing.net
All photos courtesy of Bane Rubio