The Circuit Combined Climber of the Year 2017. Jan Hojer
2017 started tough for big Jan Hojer. For the German bouldering legend making semi’s at the Boulder World Cups seemed no problem, but to step back into finals, well, it just wasn’t happening. After a tough 2016, some of us were wondering where next for Jan. One of the most likeable stars of the circuit, he needed to switch something up!
Then Lead World Cup season started and what was this? Jan pulling on a harness?
First lead World Cup of the Year, Bam! Straight to finals, and only missing the podium by the narrowest of margins. The German star had found his rhythm at last!
Jan then improved in his bouldering results as well, taking the European title and World Cup victory in Munich, and a strong second place in World Games in Poland.
Oh, and have we mentioned Speed yet? Jan started to focus on the third discipline with the goal of running under 8 seconds in competition this season. By the end of the year making a top 10 finish in Edinburgh and running 7.2 in China!
With the Olympics on the horizon Jan Hojer has definitely put his hand up, showing he has what it takes at the top level and what is possible with some focus and dedicated training for combined! At this stage, it’s really looking like the boulderers are best suited for the transition to combined climbing, and Jan is at the top of the class!
Honorable mention goes to the shortlist athletes as well. Tomoa Naraski and Anna Tsyganova have both showed great strength in their adoptions. Tomoa impressively flashing the speed route in 9 seconds, and Anna taking the Russian combined title ahead of a strong field. Impressive for a Speed climbing World Champion.