Utah rock climbers training for IFSC World Cup

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - A handful of Utah rock climbers are getting ready for a major competition. They're competing in the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup. Right now they're training at the Momentum gym in Lehi.  
 
Some people get their hands on some pretty amazing things. For a small group of Utah rock climbers their hands are taking them to the IFSC World Cup. It's only a few weeks away in Vale, Colorado.  
 
"It's cool to have the chance to prove yourself against the best in the world," said Dalton Bunker, climber.  
 
Dalton Bunker of Orem, Alex Puccio from Salt Lake City and a few others are getting ready to take their grip to the top.  
 
"When the day comes it's kind of all or nothing. You have to have all your eggs in one basket. So you either leave feeling happy or you leave feeling defeated," said Alex Puccio, climber.  
 
To be the happy one who raises their hands in victory means months of intense training. Coach Kyle O'Meara from Momentum in Lehi is putting them to work.  
 
"These kids have to train like 3 to 5 days a week like minimum and probably for 4 hours each day," said Kyle O'Meara, Team Momentum Coach. 
 
He said their training routine is physically demanding. 
 
"There's a lot in your core and your legs especially when the walls are steeper it takes a lot through your whole body to stay on the wall," said Bunker. 
 
But it's also a mental game. 
 
"There's more pressure I guess as well because you want to win in your home country, it means that much more to you," said Puccio. 
 
"My role is largely convincing them they're ready and they do belong in that arena," said O'Meara. 
 
Whatever he's doing seems to be working. 
 
"Can't say how I think I'm going to do, but I can say I'm definitely going to give it my all and try to win," said Puccio.  
 
"I would love to make the semi-finals, top 20. I think it's possible for sure," said Bunker.  
 
Coach Kyle thinks that confidence will pay off.  
 
"They're ready, they've put in the work, now this is the reward and the fun part, when they get to go out there and execute everything they've been getting ready for," said O'Meara. 
 
Their chance for success is in their own hands. 
 
If you'd like to learn more about the competition, click on this link to the IFSC Climbing website or the Momentum website
 
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