The Circuit Speed Climber of the Year 2017. Iuliia Kaplina
One of the hardest categories to pick, it was an incredibly tight spread across the top Speed Climbers of 2017. Iuliia Kaplina, Reza Alipourshena, Slava Deulin and Anouck Jaubert were incredibly tough to split.
Looking back at the season, all the top Speed Climbers had an inconsistent year. All had competitions where they struggled and all had competitions where they shined.
With World Record pace, wins in World Games, and in the China Open, Iuliia and Reza were only split by consistency across the season, the super strong Iranian having to miss several competitions. In the end the overall World Cup titles when to Russian star Slava Deulin and French star Anouck Jaubert, who were also in the running for the title of The Circuit Speed Climber of the year. In the end though there can be only one!
Having broken her own World Record time and again it’s safe to say there’s never been a female climber faster than Iuliia Kaplina. Her consistency is sometimes lacking and sometime you get the feeling she is beating herself, such as when a false start cost her a shot at the win in Arco. Her rivalry with Anouck will be remembered for a long time, two truly exceptional athletes who have vied for the top step on the podium many, many times. It is a rivalry of the best sort. Friendly, respectful yet incredibly balanced.
Congratulations Iuliia on being our 2017 Speed Climber of the year!