CONDITIONS COOLING, COMPETITION INTENSIFYING
The third event of the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season, partnered by The North Face Korea, takes places in Cheongsong from 14-15 January.
Livestreaming will be available from the semi-finals and finals of the lead and speed events.
Cheongsong is one of the most popular destinations on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, renowned for its magnificent, state-of-the-art ice structure; its warm hospitality; and the fervent interest in ice climbing which prevails in Korea.
As the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup reaches its halfway mark, athletes will see this as a key weekend in establishing a firm grip, or mounting a challenge, on the leaderboard. In doing so, they will need to brave the subzero temperatures and myriad of technical and tactical challenges on ice.
Following two rounds of competition, the lead standings are finely poised. In the men’s competition Russian Nikolai Kuzovlev holds the advantage following a gold and silver medal. Gold medallist in the season opener, compatriot Alexey Dengin lies in second place. One athlete keen to make a statement in Korea is local favourite Heeyong Park, currently in third place and winner in Cheonsgong last year.
A Korean athlete – Woonseon Shin – holds the advantage in the women’s lead competition. With a gold and silver to her name she enjoys a slender 40-point advantage over the imperious Maria Tolokonina. Eager to claw back on the leaders are Italy’s Angelika Rainer and two Korea-based athletes, Han na rai Song and Ireland’s Eimir McSwiggan, the latter enjoying her best season to date.
The speed competition enters its second event of the season. Radomir Proschcheko’s gold medal in Beijing makes him the athlete to beat while eyes will be focused on whether defending World Cup champion Maxim Tomilov can climb the standings from eleventh place. Following their fascinating duel last weekend, Ekaterina Koshcheeva and Tolokonina are likely to have a major impression on the women’s competition.
Strap yourselves in for another action packed weekend on ice.
Current World Cup Standings
Saturday 14 January
14:40 – 17:00 Lead: Semi-finals, men and women
Saturday 15 January
08:00 – 09:30 Speed: Semi finals, men and women
10:00 – 11:30 Speed: Finals, men and women
13:30 – 15:30 Lead: Finals, men and women
*All times are GMT+9
The full programme is available here.
How to Follow
Live results, and current standings, can be found on a dedicated page on the UIAA website.
Images from the weekend will be posted to the UIAA Flickr account.
The official hashtag is: #uiaaiceclimbing