UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour,
supported by The North Face Korea
World Cup & European Championships
29-31 January, 2016
The final round of the 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour sponsored by The North Face Korea commences tomorrow, Friday 29 January.
Following an intense month of competition, excitement is palpable ahead of this weekend’s decisive round which will crown both the overall series and European champions.
Two athletes currently rule the competition in both speed and lead, Maxim Tomilov (male) and Maria Tolokonina (female).
Of the two, Tomilov, the defending champion in Lead, faces the sterner test of his credentials this weekend. His lead in speed is a mere nine points over older brother Alexey and 15 ahead of Vladimir Kartashev. Following a gold medal at the season opener in Bozeman, Tomilov has watched compatriots Kartashev (Cheongsong) and Nikolai Kuzovlev (Saas Fee) take the plaudits.
In Lead, Tomilov’s lead is more handsome, some 74 points ahead of the charismatic Korean climber HeeYong Park.
Tolokonina has the women’s lead competition sown up following three gold medals in as many events. Two gold meals and a second place give her a healthy 68-point advantage in speed where her nearest rivals is defending champion Ekaterina Feoktistova.
Following registration and the opening ceremony in Merano, which will feature a show speed event on a 15m ice tower, action in the competition itself starts on Saturday 30 January where the showpiece event will be the men and women’s speed finals. Sunday is reserved for the lead finals.
The following weekend, 6-7 February, Rabenstein will host the UIAA World Youth Championships.
The full event programme is available here.
Live streaming from Rabenstein, which will also crown the European Champions, will be available on the UIAA website with timing details provided on the UIAA social media channels.
Highlights from the 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour are available on the UIAA YouTube and Vimeo channels and photos on the UIAA Flickr account.
OVERALL UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD TOUR STANDINGS
1) Maxim Tomilov (RUS) 280 points
2) HeeYong Park (KOR) 206
3) Janez Svoljšak (SLO) 170
1) Maria Tolokonina (RUS) 300 points
2) Ekaterina Vlasova (RUS) 185
3) Woonseon Shin (KOR) 171
1) Maxim Tomilov (RUS) 195 points
2) Alexey Tomilov (RUS) 185
3) Vladimir Kartashev (RUS) 180
1) Maria Tolokonina (RUS) 280 points
2) Ekaterina Feoktistova (RUS) 212
3) Maryam Filippova (RUS) 211