The UIAA World Ice Climbing Youth Championships heads to one of the most emblematic venues on the World Tour, in Kirov, Russia this weekend 6-8 March.  The venue is a familiar one for athletes and officials alike having hosted the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup finale in 2018, the World Championships in 2019 as well as acting as a training base for a number of athletes.  An enthralling competition between some of the most talented young climbers in the World is sure to provide a thrilling spectacle.

Athletes from nine countries (host nation Russia, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Korea, Liechtenstein, Mongolia, Switzerland and the United States) are set to compete. They will compete in the lead and speed events in three age categories U22, U19 and U16.

Qualification for the lead and speed events will take place on Saturday 7 March, with the finals set to held on the following day, Sunday 8 March. Livestreaming of all finals will be available on the regular UIAA channels from all finals. YouTube embed codes can be found at the foot of this release.

Several faces who tasted success at both last year’s event as well as on this season’s UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour will be among those taking part. Sina Goetz of Switzerland will be looking for a repeat of her victory in the women’s U-22 lead event having finished in third position in this season’s World Cup season.  Likewise, Russia’s Valeriia Bogdan, fresh from a silver medal behind compatriot Maria Tolokonina in the women’s speed World Cup season will be hoping to repeat last year’s win in the U22 event. One man looking to go one better will be France’s rising star Louna Ladevant, who produced a thrilling performance in the season ending event in Saas-Fee to take the overall men’s Lead prize.  Having finished runner up to Yannick Glatthard in last year’s Youth World Championships, Ladevant will surely be among the favourites for gold this year.  The home nation will have high hopes for Nikita Glazyrin who took the overall silver in the men’s speed World Cup.

Full Schedule and Programme
Kirov Event Page


U19 and U22 Lead finals – Sunday 8 March, 11:15 local time

U16  Lead finals – Sunday 8 March,09:30 local time


U19 and U22 Lead finals – Sunday 8 March, 11:15 local time


Speed Finals – Sunday 8 March, 16:30 local time



Registered Athletes & Live Results
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