Moscow will provide an exciting showcase for the first ever UIAA Ice Climbing World Combined Championships, a competition designed to showcase the very best ice climbers across lead and speed disciplines. The event will take place on 15-16 December within the Luzhniki stadium area, the home of the opening and closing matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Following three rounds of the UIAA Ice Climbing European Tour, this event marks the start of the World Championship and World Cup season. The 2018-2019 season is partnered by Outdoor Research.
You can follow all of the action of what is sure to be an unmissable event across all the UIAA social media channels, You Tube, Facebook and Twitter, as well as on partner channels EXTREME, EPIC TV and The Olympic Channel. Livestreaming will be available from the competition finals, speed (11:00-13:00 local time), lead (14:00-20:00 local time).
According to the latest registration list, athletes will represent 13 different countries. On home territory, it will be the Russian team, comprising numerous World Champions and World Cup winners who look to shine. The 2018 men’s UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour speed winner, Nikolai Kuzovlev will be among the favourites to claim victory having also posted an excellent fourth place finish in the overall lead standings. Proof of his guile in the two disciplines. Compatriot Anton Nemov (third in the 2018 speed rankings) will be another also looking to feature prominently.
In the women’s event, Finland’s Mira Alhonsuo, Enni Bertling and France’s Marion Thomas are among those who have been in action on the European Tour. The USA will be represented by Kendra Stritch, who in 2015 became the first American to win a stage of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour in Montana. Stritch also holds the distinction of being one of the athletes’ representative on the UIAA Ice Climbing Committee. In the female competition the host nation who look to feature strongly with Valeriia Bogdan, Maryam Filippova and multiple World Champion and World Tour winner Maria Tolokonina in action.
52-year old Sergey Tarasov is the oldest listed competitor, while at the other end of the spectrum, emerging star Nikita Glazyrin, at 17, the youngest. Glazyrin already demonstrated his potential taking gold in the Speed World Cup at Kirov in March.
Qualification takes place on Saturday 15 December, with both finals taking place on Sunday 16.
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