World Youth Championships held in Switzerland

The third UIAA World Youth Ice Climbing Championships took place in Saas Fee, Switzerland 17-18 January 2015.

The final results:

Under 22 Lead (Women)

1. Nadezda Smirnova (RUS)
2. Alena Kochebaeva (RUS)
3. Ekaterina Koshcheeva (RUS)

Under 22 Lead (Men)

1. Kevin Huser (SUI)
2. Pierrick Fine (FRA)
3. Marco Malinowski (SUI)

Under 19 Lead (Women)

1. Ekaterina Novoselova (RUS)
2. Sina Goetz (SAC)
3. Vivien Labarile (SAC)

Under 19 Lead (Men)

1. Yannick Glatthard (SUI)
2. Lukas Goetz (SUI)
3. Tristan Ladevant (FRA)

Under 16 Lead (Women)

1. Valeriia Bogdan (RUS)
2. Iuliia Filateva (RUS)
3. Irina Ambartcumova (RUS)

Under 16 Lead (Men)

1. Aleksander Mochalov (RUS)
2. Ilia Urochkin (RUS)
3. Ilia Kurochkin (RUS)

The youth championships were first held in some ice cliffs outside nearby Saas Ground in 2013, followed by another successful and well-attended competition in Champany-en-Vanoise in 2014.

The UIAA Ice Climbing Commission has also made training young climbers and popularizing the sport among the youth of the world a top priority with the organization of the first youth training camp in Kirov, Russia.

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“The success of the youth event and the increasing number of athletes from new countries that participate in the youth ice climbing programme is a strong indicator that the future of our sport is healthy,” said Urs Stoecker, president of the UIAA Ice Climbing Commission.

“We are very pleased with how the youth competition, which began just three years ago, has increasing numbers of competitors and countries participating,” said Stoecker.

Stoecker welcomed the presence of young athletes from the U.S.A. and Canada who are competing in the youth championships for the first time and said many national federations, such as the French Alpine Club (FFCAM), have now begun to focus seriously on the development of competitive ice climbing among youth climbers.

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation ice climbing competitions are made possible with the generous support of The North Face in Korea. The agreement involves a long-term commitment by the UIAA and The North Face to champion and develop the sport of competitive ice climbing.

The long-term goal of the UIAA is to make competition ice climbing an event in the Winter Olympics.

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