Chris Sharma and Kilian Fischhuber the legends of Arco 2009
During the IV Arco Rock Legends 2009 Chris Sharma won the Salewa Rock Award, while Kilian Fischhuber won the La Sportiva Competition Award.
Last night's IVth Arco Rock Legends proved to be spectacular. The Salewa Rock Award and the La Sportiva Competition Award
were handed out in front of a packed crowd which went wild as the
Jury's verdict for the climbing Oscars were announced; for the rock
category the 17 international specialised magazines had chosen Chris Sharma, alias the King, while the competition category went to none other than Kilian Fischhuber.
The choice was by no means easy, above all because the other nominations included some of the best sport climbers in the world: Dani Andrada, Markus Bock, Adam Ondra and Maja Vidmar were in the running for the Rock Award, while Johanna Ernst and Anna Stöhr were gunning for the Comp prize.
As always Kay Rush splendidly presented a true climbing festival launched by the Giuseppe Filippi, the president of the Cultural Association Arco Rock Legends which organises the Arco Award. To give a measure of the festivities, legendary Luisa Iovane
was recognised for her contribution to both the Rock Master competition
and the entire sport climbing movement with the award "Ambassador of
sport climbing". And then of course the stage was taken up by star
guest Jerry Moffatt, the
legendary British climber who, together with all the rest, made the
evening unforgettable for both Arco and the entire sport climbing
What was also unforgettable was the presentation of Arco 2011, or rather, the IFSC CLIMBING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS which will take place in Arco in two years time. Albino Marchi (president of the Rock Master Association which constitutes the technical soul of the event) Ariano Amici (president of the Italian sport climbing federation) and Marco Maria Scolaris (president
of the International Federation of Sport Climbing) all underlined the
importance of this great sport event for Italy and the city of Arco.
choice to hold the World Championship in the city of Arco had been
decided a few months ago during the International Federation's General
Assembly, which is comprised of a staggering 50 nations: confirmation
that Arco is truly a great world sport climbing capital!
INTERNATIONAL JURY President: Fabrizio Miori Vice president: Giorgio Balducci (regista RAI) Magazines:Alp (ITA) Lorenzo Scandroglio, Alpin (GER) Bene Benedikt, Climax (AUT) Florian Scheimpflug, Climber (KOR) Stefano Im Duck Yong, Desnivel (ESP) Dario Rodriguez, Escalademag (FRA) Laurance Guyon, Gory (POL) Piotr Drozdz, Jamesak (SLK) Igor Koller, Klettern (GER) Ralph Stöhr, Montana (CZE) Tomás Roubal, 8a.nu (INT) Jens Larssen, Rivista del CAI (ITA) Davide Chiesa, Rock & Ice (USA) Niall Grimes, SA Mountain Mag (SA) Tony Lourens, Summit (GBR) Alex Messenger, UP Climbing (ITA) Eugenio Pinotti, Verticalniy Mir (RUS) Nadia Levina