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Successful conclusion to first ever European Ice Climbing Youth Championship

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Photo by Anne Arran / Saas Grund and photopress.ch
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Photo by Anne Arran / Saas Grund and photopress.ch

Rising stars and former championsThe first ever European Ice Climbing Youth Championship has been concluded in Saas Grund, Switzerland on January 16th, 2010. The men’s overall winner was Russia’s Alexey Iakovlev. His compatriot, Liubov Mikryukova, took top honors among the young women. The Swiss team also did well. Visit TheUIAA.org for full results. The youth were also given the opportunity to learn from the sport’s elite during the “Coaching with the Stars” event, with former World Cup champion Ines Papert and World Cup winner Urs Odermatt revealing their tricks of the trade. The event was made possible with the generous support of ARISF.

Lead and SpeedUIAA recognizes Ice Climbing as a competitive sport and is responsible for organization and promotion of the Ice Climbing World Cup and International Championships. There are two Ice Climbing disciplines, Speed and Lead. In Speed, athletes race up an ice face for the best time. In Lead competitions the climbers’ ability to master a difficult route in a given time is tested.

Next events

  • UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing – Romania – February 4-6

  • UIAA Open European Championship – Romania – February 7th

See the full list of UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing events here.

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Photo by Anne Arran / Saas Grund and photopress.ch

RedFox and ZamberlanPresenting Sponsors of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup 2010 are Russian mountaineering clothing and equipment company RedFox and Italian footwear maker Zamberlan. Read more.

Sochi, RussiaIn its commitment to developing the sport, the UIAA plans to expand the circuit with the intention of showcasing Ice Climbing competitions in Sochi, Russia at the same time as the 2014 Winter Olympics. Discussions with the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee have indicated that Ice Climbing competitions could be welcome as part of the “Live Events” being planned for the general public.

Global reachThe UIAA, with 80 member organizations in 57 countries, represents more than 1 million people worldwide. It’s the International Olympic Committee’s recognized international federation for mountaineering and natural surface climbing.

Visit www.theuiaa.org for more.