When the Youth Olympic Games start in Buenos Aires on October 6th, then Hannah Meul (DAV Rheinland-Köln) will be the only German climber. A special experience for the 17-year-old student from Frechen, whose journey to Argentina in 2017 began with her qualification at the Youth World Championships in Innsbruck. Since then, she has been preparing herself for her personal highlight in the 2018 competition year.
Hannah Meul (Photo: DAV / Nils Nöll)
Climbing for the first time olympic
“Not at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the first Olympic medals are awarded in climbing, but this year – at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires,” said Martin Veith, sports director of the DAV. For this reason, one is particularly proud that the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) with Hannah Meul also sends a climber into the race for the podium. At the Youth Olympic Games the same competition mode is climbed as two years later in Tokyo: Olympic Combined. Martin Veith says, “That’s what you have to imagine as a three-man competition, three disciplines in a row – lead, bouldering and speed. The placings in the individual scores are then multiplied and the best six move into the final. There, all three types of climbing are queried again. “So the new format demands the all-round climber – or the all-rounder. “Hannah has shown in the past two years that she can be at the forefront in both lead and bouldering,” said the sports director. “If she shows solid performance even in the speed, she has good chances to enter the final.”
“I want to do my best!”
“When Hannah was about 9 years old, I trained with her for the first time,” recalls national coach Friederike Kops. “Then as now, I really enjoy her intuitive, clever and smooth climbing style and her ambition to keep getting better.” Her motivation for the sport is also evident in her training program: the student now trains around 12 to 15 hours per week , plus a power and athletic unit at the Cologne Olympiastützpunkt. And what about Hannah’s plans for Buenos Aires? “I never set concrete goals such as placements, otherwise I’m putting too much pressure on myself,” says the student. And this is already very high in view of the high international level. “I’m just trying to do my best. In such an event you mobilize the last energy reserves. And when I fall in the lead, when I’m completely pumped, when bouldering to the last second can give full throttle and even in speed make no mistake, then I’m completely satisfied – no matter how far ahead I land. “That’s theirs Trainer: “Hannah is looking forward to the Youth Olympic Games all year round, is well prepared and will surely give it all! We’ll see what comes out of it – she certainly has the potential to be on the podium. “
Two successful seasons in a row
Hannah Meul looks back on a long list of successes in the youth rating – especially in the last two years. And even though she has not competed in a new format this year, she feels well prepared and very satisfied with her season so far: at the Boulder World Cup in Vail (USA), she climbed into the semi-finals in the Senior classification and finished 10th At the European Youth Cups she won a silver medal in the lead in Uster (SUI) and in bouldering in Soure (POR) as well as in bronze in bouldering in Sofia (BUL). Especially Vail was a season highlight for Hannah: “I was really full of myself and did not even let myself be disturbed, even though I knew I had to top the last boulder to reach the semi-finals.”
With such a successful season in mind, the up-and-coming talent can confidently enter the stadium at the opening ceremony on 6 October.
The German Alpine Association wishes its athlete for Buenos Aires all the best and calls already #vengahannah!
Hannah Luisa Meul
Age: 17 years
Place of residence: Frechen
Achievements Competition 2018:
3rd place at EYC Bouldering in Sofia
2nd place at the EYC Lead in Uster
2nd place at EYC Bouldering in Soure
10th place at the Boulder World Cup in Vail
Achievements Competition 2017:
2nd place at the European Youth Championships in the Combined in Saint-Étienne
1st place at the DM Lead in Hilden
1st place at EYC Bouldering in Sofia
5th place at the World Cup Youth A Bouldering in Innsbruck
12th place at the Boulder World Cup in Meiringen
German Youth Champion Youth A
EDELRID is the official outfitter of the German National Team Climbing and therefore also of Hannah Meul. She climbs at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires in the new clothing, which will receive the entire squad from 2019. The new clothing collection was jointly designed and produced by the athletes, EDELRID and the DAV.