Portraits of True Grit

29 Jan, 2014

1grit noun \ˈgrit\

: very small pieces of sand or stone, a hard sharp granule (as of sand); also :  material (as many abrasives) composed of such granules
: mental toughness and courage, firmness of mind or spirit :  unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger

All five athletes shown below were part of a select group of eight who climbed in the Lead final of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup tonight (Ice Dome,Saas Fee) recently. During the competition there will be live streaming at www.iceclimbingworldcup.org

Maria Tolokonina - Russia (Photo: Philippe Mooser www.thefirst.ch for the UIAA)

Shin WoonSeon - Korea (Photo: Philippe Mooser www.thefirst.ch for the UIAA)

Angelika Rainer - Italy (Photo: Philippe Mooser www.thefirst.ch for the UIAA)

Maryam Filippova - Russia (Photo: Philippe Mooser www.thefirst.ch for the UIAA)

Petra Klingler - Switzerland (Photo: Philippe Mooser www.thefirst.ch for the UIAA)