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Austrian youngster excels for home crowd to continue her meteoric rise.
Jessica Pilz climbed her way to a maiden title at the 2018 IFSC World Championships as the young Austrian excelled in front of a home crowd in Innsbruck. Here is all you need to know:
– The 5ft 4in Pilz started competing in lead climbing and bouldering in 2010 with her extraordinary talent seeing her win six lead youth titles between 2011-2015.
– Lead climbing is a climbing technique used to ascend a route that involves the climber clipping in to safety points during the climb.
– She also had a stellar bouldering year in 2014 around the world before she made the step up to senior level in 2015 where she secured a World Cup lead bronze.
– A World Cup combined bronze soon followed in 2016 for the Haag native leading into two golds in lead and bouldering at the 2017 Winter Military World Games.
– With Pilz rivalling Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret for the 2018 World Cup lead title, the duo went head-to-head as well in the cauldron of Innsbruck Olympiaworld.
– It was a thrilling duel with the 19-year-old Garnbret, who had won gold in 2016, seemingly poised for victory only for Pilz to climb the route faster for victory leaving South Korean veteran Jain Kim back in bronze.
– Pilz finished down the order in qualification for the speed final, however gets another chance for a medal in the bouldering semis and final on Friday September 14.
– Jessica, also known as Jessy, trained alone initially on plastic for most of the time but now spends time rock climbing too with the Austrian Climbing Team.