Favorites Win Ice World Championship

Not your daddy’s ice climbing competition.

Evgeny Kryvosheytsev from Ukraine and Jenny Lavarda from Italy won the North Face Ice Climbing World Cup in Switzerland last weekend. The annual competition, part of the three-stop 2007 Ice World Championship tour, is held in the center of a multistory, circular parking garage at the Swiss resort of Saas-Fee.

Kryvosheytsev won the Ouray Ice Festival comp in January; last year he was seventh at the Saas-Fee competition. Lavarda finished second last year to German Ines Papert, who is no longer competing.

Russian climbers dominated the speed-climbing portion of the ice competition, just as they do in speed contests on plastic. Nikolay Primerov won the men’s speed comp, and Maria Shabalina was the top woman.

Men Difficulty 1. Evgeny Kryvosheytsev (UKR) 2. Alexey Tomilov (RUS) 3. Simon Wandeler (SWI) 4. Markus Bendler (AUT) 5. Daniel Winkler (SWI)

Women Difficulty 1. Jenny Lavarda (ITA) 2. Stéphanie Maureau (FRA) 3. Petra Müller (SWI) 4. Natalya Kulikova (RUS) 5. Alexandra Eyer (SWI)

Dates of Competition: February 1-3, 2007


Photo by Klaus Fengler (www.klausfengler.de), courtesy of www.mountain-life.ch.

Favorites Win Ice World Championship

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