Nikolay Kuzovlev stuns with nightime victory in Champagny-en-Vanoise

Next stop for the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup: Rabenstein Italy (7-9 February, 2014)

Summary from Champagny-en-Vanoise, France

The new champions in Champagny-en-Vanoise are Nikolay Kuzovlev (Lead – Men), Maria Tolokonina (Lead – Women)l Vladimir Kartashev (Men – Speed) and Julia Oleynikova (Women – Speed).

The outdoor climbing wall in French alpine resort of Champangy – en – Vanoise in the Rhône-Alpes region once again proved itself to be a stunning backdrop to the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup. The venue is also home to the UIAA Youth Ice Climbing World Championships.

As the snow fell gently in the night, a dramatic series of Lead final events were held.

Current overall standings after Champagny-en-Vanoise

Below are the first three leaders for overall 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup champion in each of the four categories after Cheongsong, Busteni, Saas Fee and now Champagny-en-Vanoise.

One of these athletes is best positioned to declare themselves overall champion of the world in their category when the pursuit of the cup ends in Ufa, Russia.

Women Lead:
1. Maria Tolokonina (312 points)
2. Angelika Rainer (310 points)
3. Shin WoonSeon (300)
Men Lead:
1. Park Hee Yong (325 points)
2. Maxim Tomilov (325 points)
3. Alexey Tomilov (257 points)
Women Speed:
1. Maryam Filoppova (315 points)
2. Natalya Kulikova (286 points)
3. Julia Oleynikova (260 points)
Men Speed:
1. Nikolay Kuzovlev (223 points)
2. Vladimir Kartashev (208 points)
3. Pavel Gulyaev (190 points)