U.S. Team Shines at Paraclimbing World Championship

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Silver medalist Ronnie Dickson competing in Spain. Photo by Josh Larson / Cold House Media (courtesy of Ronnie Dickson).

Silver medalist Ronnie Dickson competing in Spain. Photo by Josh Larson / Cold House Media (courtesy of Ronnie Dickson).

9/14/14 - An American team of 14 men and women collected seven medals in the finals of the Paraclimbing World Championships, held in Gijón, Spain.

Gold medalists included Christa Brelsford, Ryan Snyder, Maureen Beck, and Chloe Crawford. Ronnie Dickson took a silver medal and Craig Demartino took bronze in the very competitive category of men with an amputated leg.

The paraclimbing competition took place in conjunction with the IFSC lead and speed climbing world championships, held every two years. The men's and women's lead climbing finals are today (September 14), and the speed finals were on September 12, with Russian Danylo Boldyrev setting a new world record.

The U.S. Paraclimbing Team in Spain. Photo courtesy of Maureen Beck.

The U.S. Paraclimbing Team in Spain. Photo courtesy of Maureen Beck.

Paraclimbing World Championships Medalists

Men Amputee Leg PD 1. Urko Carmona Barandiaran (SPA) 2. Ronnie Dickson (USA) 3. Craig Demartino (USA)

Women Amputee Leg PD 1. Christa Brelsford (USA) 2. Kate Sawford (CAN) 3. Esme Harte (UK)

Men Visual Impairment B1 1. Koichiro Kobayashi (JAP) 2. Nicolas Moineau (FRA) 3. Matteo Stefani (ITA)

Women Visual Impairment B2 1. Alessia Refolo (ITA) 2. Tanja Glusic (SLO) 3. Giulia Poggioli (ITA)

Men Neurological Physical Disability A 1. Mathieu Besnard (FRA) 2. Manikandan Kumar (IND) 3. Behnam Khalaji (IRI)

Men Neurological Physical Disability B 1. András Szijártó (HUN) 2. Alessio Cornamusini (ITA) 3. Serge Laurencin (FRA)

Women Neurological Physical Disability A 1. Elodie Orbaen (BEL) 2. Tiziana Paolini (ITA) 3. Oriane Moreno (FRA)

Men Amputee Arm (Masters) 1. Ryan Snyder (USA) 2. Nick Middleton (UK) 3. Mikhail Saparov (RUS)

Women Amputee Arm (Masters) 1. Maureen Beck (USA) 2. Paula de la Calle Pizarro (SPA) 3. Sianagh Gallagher (UK)

Women Seated (Masters) 1. Chloe Crawford (USA) 2. Julia Sikut (USA)

Source: IFSC-climbing.org