Mammut Athlete Vasya Vorotnikov Wins SCS National Championship

Mammut, the Swiss quality providers of alpine gear and apparel are pleased to announce that Mammut Team USA athlete Vasya Vorotnikov won the 2012 Sport Climbing Series Open National Championship.
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Mammut Athlete Vasya Vorotnikov Wins SCS National Championship

Boulder, CO (April 10th, 2012)- Mammut, the Swiss quality providers of alpine gear and apparel are pleased to announce that Mammut Team USA athlete Vasya Vorotnikov won the 2012 Sport Climbing Series Open National Championship amidst the lights and cameras of the high profile event this past weekend in Boulder, Colorado.

Besting a field of extremely skilled and polished young climbers, Vasya placed first ahead of Dylan Barks and Daniel Woods in front of a packed house at Boulder's Movement climbing gym.

Recently recovering from a serious shoulder injury, Vorotnikov has spent the last couple months rehabilitating his injury and avoiding surgery with a full month of physical therapy. The 25-year-old skipped the Bouldering Nationals and decided to train for roped climbing instead. He trained every other day at the Delaware Rock Gym and also spent time at Earth Treks in Rockville, MD for intensive training sessions. Two weeks before the Boulder competition, he completed some longer routes and signed off on himself as ready.

“The setting at Movement was spectacular,” said Vorotnikov. “ There were more new faces, many teenagers fresh out of the junior division that were ready to step it up a notch-I was the oldest guy in the finals which made me feel a bit uncomfortable!”

Beginning with a series of V5 and 6 boulder problems, the Men's route provided many challenges. “ Both routes looked pretty awesome,” Vorotnikov commented, “ The boulder problems got your blood pumping, and then there was an arête problem that seemed to slow most people down before a series of compression moves and a potential rest spot.” After a quick rest, Vorotnikov was faced with with a full “bat-hang” move which “…was the first time I have ever seen that move set with no real easy way around it.” He was able to move through the crux and complete a couple more moves to win the competition.

Vorotnikov, 25 years old, is originally from Moscow, Russia and currently lives in Delaware .

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About USA Climbing
USA Climbing is the national governing body of competition climbing in the United States.
We promote three competition disciplines: bouldering, sport and speed climbing.
The bouldering discipline is represented by the American Bouldering Series (ABS). Likewise, the sport and speed climbing disciplines are represented by the Sport Climbing Series (SCS).

USA Climbing receives sanctioning and is recognized by: The International Federation for Sport Climbing (IFSC - formerly known as the International Council for Competition Climbing or the ICC), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

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