DAY 3 AT THE 2010 TEVA MOUNTAIN GAMES
DANIEL WOODS & CHLOE GRAFTIAUX CLAIM TOP SPOTS
IN BOULDERING WORLD CUP,
16-YEAR-OLD SUPer DEFEATS WORLD’S BEST ATHLETES
PLUS, A PREVIEW OF SUNDAY’S EVENTS
VAIL, CO (June 6, 2010) – It was a day of triumphant victories and mountain fun yesterday at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Co, the nation’s largest celebration of mountain sports and lifestyle. Daniel Woods (USA) and Chloe Graftiaux (BEL) win this year’s IFSC Bouldering World Cup at the Games, the only World Cup Bouldering event on U.S. soil. And, 16-year-old Hawaiian Noa Ginella surprised everyone with his impressive victory in the First Ascent SUP Surf Sprint competition presented by C4 Waterman over some of the world’s best stand up paddlers.
The world’s top outdoor adventure sport athletes impressed the capacity crowds in Vail Village and challenged their own personal bests. Daniel Woods climbed his way up from finishing second in ’09 and fifth in ’08 to claim the top spot in the men’s category this year. Belgium’s Chloe Graftiaux also rose more than a few spots this year, solving problems, finding all the right holds and overtaking the winners from the last two years.
In a stunning Stand Up Paddling victory, up-and-coming teenaged SUP athlete Noa Ginella beat seasoned SUPers, including his mentor, teammate and C4 Waterman co-founder Brian Keauluna, Dan Gavere and Charlie MacArthur. Before hopping on his board on Gore Creek, Ginella had never paddled in whitewater or ever been to Colorado before arriving for the Games.
Emily Jackson of the Jackson Kayak family pulled off an impressive final run to win the women’s Bud Light Lime Kayak Freestyle competition presented by First Ascent, beating Tanya Faux, who appeared to be on her way to sweeping the women’s kayaking comps with victories in this year’s Steep Creek Championship and Down River Sprint. Dustin Urban, a paddler who’s no stranger to the winner’s circle in this event at the Games, took captured the men’s division with a dazzling run.
Winners have also been announced in the Bud Light Lime Down River Sprint presented by Jackson Kayak, the Xing Tea Freeride Dual presented by Native Eyewear, X-Country Mountain Bike presented by Fetzer Vineyards and Vail Pass Half Marathon.
(The C4 Waterman SUP Clinic at the 2010 Teva Mountain Games at Bighorn Park in East Vail.
Photo (C) 2010 Mike Hardaker.)
Surrounding this year’s outdoor sports competitions are a wide variety of other mountain lifestyle activities, making an event that doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Saturday night also brought a free performance from Julian “JuJu” Marley, son of Reggae legend Bob Marley and the Teva Blackout Party, a great way to relax tensed muscles. Also, throughout the weekend photographers have been testing their mettle competing in the 2010 Mountain Click Photography Comp. Free clinics in mountaineering and backcountry preparedness along with a multitude of other activities surround the event.
TEVA MOUNTAIN GAMES FINAL DAY PREVIEW: SUNDAY, JUNE 6TH
We welcome you to send photographers, reporters and satellite trucks to Vail Village tomorrow to cover any of the numerous sports and lifestyle events. Please reach out to one of the on-site contacts listed below to set up opportunities or if you have questions about the event.
SUNDAY, JUNE 6TH
8AM -- VOLVO 10K SPRING RUNOFF presented by Eddie Bauer
8AM -- YOUTH BOULDERING COMPETITION presented by Pyramide
8AM -- COSTA 2 FLY X-STREAM (Finals)
8:30AM -- EUKANUBA DOCKDOGS BIG AIR WAVE (Competition 8)
9:30AM -- FETZER VINEYARDS ROAD BIKE TIME TRIAL presented by Thule
10:30AM -- EUKANUBA DOCKDOGS BIG AIR WAVE (Competition 9)
11AM -- SLOPESTYLE presented by Native Eyewear (Qualifier)
11AM -- CITIZEN BOULDERING COMPETITION presented by Pyramide (First Wave)
12:30PM -- EUKANUBA DOCKDOGS BIG AIR WAVE (Finals - Pro, Semi-Pro & Amateur)
2PM -- SLOPESTYLE presented by Native Eyewear (Finals)
2PM -- CITIZEN BOULDERING COMPETITION presented by Pyramide (Second Wave)
2PM -- EUKANUBA DOCKDOGS SPEED RETRIEVE (Competition 3)
3:30PM -- EUKANUBA DOCKDOGS SPEED RETRIEVE (Finals)