YOUTH ICE CLIMBERS OFFER GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE
The 2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships concluded in Oulu, Finland on Saturday 2 March. The event was organised in conjunction with FINICE.
Across all three age categories, 84 athletes from ten countries had to contend with a diverse range of conditions – blizzards, sunshine, heavy snow – and extreme temperatures in attacking Oulu’s impressive ice structure. The next generation of competition ice climbers demonstrated enormous potential and skill.
Swiss athletes Yannick Glatthard, despite a broken crampon, and Sina Goetz took their impressive World Tour form into the Youth Championships claiming lead gold in the U22s. Russia made a clean sweep of the speed competitions with Vadim Malshchukov and Valeriia Bogdan successful.
In the U16 competition, the USA’s Keenan Griscom and Russia’s Danila Naumov won the male lead and speed while Daria Glatova dominated the female event, claiming both lead and speed.
Nikita Glazyrin, who has already impressed in the senior tour, won gold in the men’s U19 speed with compatriot Ivan Loshchenko taking the lead crown. Ukraine’s Victoria Holub, lead, and Russia’s Irina Dubovtseva, speed, won the U19 women’s prizes.
The winners in the three different age categories were:
U16 – Male
U16 – Female
U19 – Male
U19 – Female
U22 – Male
U22 – Female
The team ranking was won by Russia ahead of the USA and Switzerland.
The weekend in Oulu concluded with a European Cup event on Sunday 3 March. The event was contested by 75 athletes (48 men, 27 women). In the women’s competition, Switzerland’s Sina Goetz again claimed victory. After winning the U-22 World Title the day earlier, she climbed fastest of the seven women to top the route. Louna Ladevant of France took the men’s title where only three athletes completed the route. In the process, Ladevant and Goetz claimed the overall prizes in the European Tour which concluded after four events in as many countries – Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland.
All results can be found here.
Photos from the event can be found here.
Livestream and video footage can be found here.
The 2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour is partnered by Outdoor Research.