Russian climber Maria Tolokonina was in tears after her climb.
The Russian champion who came second to Angelika Rainer as the overall leader in last year’s UIAA Ice Climbing Tour will qualify for the semi-finals despite her sub-par performance. What worries her and others is how her final standing in the semi-finals might be affected if she’s tied with somebody who has a better time-score from the qualification round.
The first stage of the 2013 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour concluded today before thousands of cheering spectators in Cheongsong, South Korea with winners and final results announced in the Lead and Speed competition.
Cheongsong is famous for being the apple capital of South Korea.
Now it’s making a name for itself, carved in ice, as the first regular stop during the annual UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, a place where thousands of spectators gather around a spectacular, artificial ice climbing wall to watch the world’s best climbers in action.
The first full day competition at the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour in Cheongsong, Korea saw a major upset when last year’s world champion Maxim Tomilov (Men’s Lead) fell early and unable to qualify for the finals on Sunday.