The 2012 Teva Mountain Games have come to an end, once again the site an epic celebration of everything we love: adventure sports, music, and the mountain lifestyle. Vail played host to thousands of athletes and spectators in town for the event.
Professionals and amateurs from over 25 different countries competed in eight sports and 23 disciplines including x-country, freeride, slopestyle and road cycling, freestyle, 8-Ball, sprint and extreme kayaking, raft cross, World Cup Bouldering, stand up paddle sprint and surf cross, as well as trail, mud and road running, dog comps and the GNC Ultimate Mountain Challenge. Over $100k in cash was up for grabs, and the competition was fierce.
The World Cup Bouldering Championship, always a crowd favorite, was dominated by Austrians this year. Kilian Fischhuber took home the men’s gold and Anna Stoehr, the women’s. As the only event of its kind in the States, it was a thrilling and rare thing to see.
Slacklining drew everyone’s attention as well. The acrobatics performed on the tiny line were a testament to human balance. The highlight video captures some of the amazing tricks slackliners pulled out for the competition. Terry O’Neil was the Scholarship Challenge Winner.
With everything else in the lineup, it seems only fitting that man’s best friend had a category to themselves. Dogs competed in Speed Retrieval, Extreme Vertical, Big Air, and Trail Run. Ability isn’t just limited to those that walk on two legs!
And one of the toughest events was the GNC Ultimate Mountain Challenge in which athletes’ combines in the 10k Spring Runoff, the X-Country Mountain Bike, Road Bike Time Trial, and the Class II down River Sprint determined the winners. In the end, Josiah Middaugh and Sari Anderson came out on top with times of 3:42:17.9 and 4:20:47.1, respectively.
For a complete list of results, click here.
As with any well-rounded celebration, Teva Mountain Games was about more than just the athletes. There was a mountain photography competition, an adventure film school, a film festival, an interactive exhibition and demo area, and multiple mountain lifestyle parties. As an added bonus, free concerts by Keller Williams and The Expendables rocked the streets of Vail amidst loads of fans. The photo competition was judged by David Clifford, photographer and photo editor at both Trail Runner Magazine and Rock & Ice Magazine, as well as commercial & aerial photographer Rick Lohre, and adventure sports and environmental photographer Keith Ladzinski.
Congratulations to everyone involved on an excellent display of talent. It was a fantastic event filled with action, art, and love of all things outdoors! And, according to the countdown on their website, only 364 more days until next year…