The big fans of sport climbing had to… take it slow. No audience is allowed at the very first Olympic event in history and a small one would be present at the upcoming Rock Master in Arco (TN – Italy). Italian TV channels did not show very much about climbing at the Olympic Games, also because, sadly, the three Italian climbers could not make it through qualifications.
Rock Master has been live on screen for many years now – the event in Arco reschedules the date and sets the new appointment for the 27th August. On the previous selected day, Saturday 28th August, the final phases of the European Volleyball also take place. Hence, for those who cannot make it to the Climbing Stadium in Arco for the breath-taking Rock Master Show, the organizing committee decided to anticipate it on Friday 27th August, with a live TV streaming on Rai Sport, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The 34th edition of this event, due to Covid restrictions, will host a maximum of 300 people in the stands. A very little number, considering the thousands of climbing lovers coming to watch the majestic Rock Master show: this year, as a special combined version of KO Boulder and the mythical Duel Lead.
Access tickets on presale on Saturday, according to the pandemic restrictions.
This year, the Duel will be even more difficult and spectacular. Climbers will have fun: they could try the two parallel tracks previously, which will surely be harder.
The sixteen signed up champions are official: eight men and eight women, with Adam Ondra in front line ready to defend his fame as Rock Master’s King, with a total of five victories, four of which consecutive from 2015 to 2018, interrupted in 2019 by the Austrian Schubert.
Competing on 27th August: Stefano Ghisolfi (ITA), Adam Ondra (CZE), Martin Stranik (CZE), Domen Skofic (SLO), Yannick Flohè (GER), Nicolai Uznik (AUT), Ludovico Fossali (ITA), Michael Piccolruaz (ITA) and for the women: Laura Rogora (ITA), Giorgia Tesio (ITA), Molly Thompson (GBR), Vita Lukan (SLO), Mia Krampl (SLO), Fanny Gibert (FRA), Eliska Adamskova (CZE), Jessica Pilz (AUT).
Approximately, women boulder will star at 11 a.m., men boulder at 3 p.m., while the “Duel” at 9 p.m.