LEADING BY EXAMPLE IN SAAS FEE

NEWS FLASH: Triumphant in Saas Fee, Korean athletes Han Na Rai Song and HeeYong Park have won lead gold medals in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup for the second week running.

Having claimed their first gold medals of the season in their home event in Cheongsong last weekend, the two athletes maintained an incredible level of performance in defeating spirited competition during a demanding weekend’s ice climbing in Saas Fee’s ice dome. Both athletes extend their lead at the top of the competition leaderboard.

Song climbed highest of the female athletes in Saturday’s final, claiming gold ahead of Italy’s Angelika Rainer and Switzerland’s Petra Klingler. The latter’s performance was particularly remarkable. It was her first competitive ice climbing appearance of the season and she dominated the early rounds of competition.

Park produced a typically virtuoso performance in the men’s final, finishing ahead of the two Tomilov brothers – Alexey and Maxim – for whom the weekend marked a return to form.

The speed competition was decided on Friday evening with Russia’s Vladimir Kartashev and Ekaterina Koshcheeva claiming gold. Click here for further details.

The World Cup season concludes in Rabenstein, Italy next weekend. The biennial World Championships will be held the weekend after in Champagny-en-Vanoise, France.

The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season is partnered by The North Face Korea.

A full review of the action in Saas Fee will be available tomorrow, Sunday 22 January.

Results can be found on our dedicated page.

Information about the UIAA and ice climbing can be found here.