First-time runner-up Eliska Adamovska of the Czech Republic upset Grossman, the leader of this year’s Boulder and Lead world rankings, and the rest of the peloton. Adamovska fell after securing 36th place. Grossman scored 35+ and Slovenian Vita Lukan completed the podium in third place, with 29.
“Falling more and more in love with the main compositions,” Grossman posted on his Instagram account, nataliaclimbs, ahead of the competition. “The pressure used to stress me out, but now I’m learning to take on the mental challenge of having a chance to run!
Grossman, 20, is the most decorated athlete at the 2021 IFSC World Cup, winning two gold, three silver and two bronze. She continued her silver medal in Chamonix, France on Tuesday.
She was one of 56 climbers to participate in the first round. Twenty-six advance to the semi-finals and eight for the final.
The field was devoid of Olympic athletes who made their trek to Tokyo. The 2021 IFSC World Cup series will resume on September 3-4, at the IFSC Lead World Cup in Kranj, Slovenia.
Grossman attended Santa Cruz Montessori, but now lives and trains in Salt Lake City, home of the USA Climbing national team training center.