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Vail Valley climbers going to nationals this weekend

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Special to the DailyThe Vail Athletic Club is sending three athletes to this weekend's American Bouldering Series National Championships in Boulder. The climbers are Erik Warmenhoven, Nina Riggio and Logan Juaernigg with their coaches Adam Markert, left, and Larry Moore, right.
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VAIL, Colorado ” The Vail Athletic Club Climbing Team took 12 athletes to The Quarry Climbing Gym in Provo, Utah, for the ABS Season 10 Regional Bouldering Championship recently, and three local climbers advanced to the American Bouldering Series National Championships this weekend.

Nina Riggio, Erik Warmenhoven and Logan Juaernigg are going to Boulder, an appropriately named place for this sport, for the nation-wide competition today and Sunday.

The athletes competing in Provo were Julia Heid, Annika Heid, Mac Kelsal, Owen Kelsall, Tucker Cocchiarella, Juaernigg, Warmenhoven, Athena Bowe-Janssen, Becca Wirth, Riggio, Luke Rasmussen and Kyle Werner. Head coach Larry Moore lead the team in its efforts, with the entire group making a strong showing.

For several team members this was their first regional competition, while for the veterans it was their fourth appearance. It was an experience for these climbers to travel as a team to compete against athletes from across several states in an attempt to qualify for an invitation to compete at the national level and for an opportunity to be on the USA Climbing Team.

As the sport of climbing nears the status of an Olympic event, this type of competition sets the stage for the future of bouldering and the Vail Athletic Club athletes are trying to make a name for themselves.

Riggio, Warmenhoven and Juaernigg each are one of 30 athletes chosen nationwide in their respective age/gender category for this honor. Riggio qualified first in her age category, climbing through a minor injury on her last problem to beat her competition.

Warmenhoven and Juaernigg tied for second place and ended up going against each other during the final. Happily, the two knew there were three invitations in their age category, so both climbers would be going to nationals and so the final in Provo was a chance for some friendly competition.


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