Slovenia opened the UIAA Ice Climbing season in Domžale
Author: Manca Čujež
On 2 December 2017 Domžale hosted the first competition of the new European Ice Climbing Cup in lead. Italian Angelika Rainer and French Louna Ladevant claimed victory in Slovenia. This competition also counted as the final event of the 5th Slovenian-Croatian-Serbian Open Cup in Ice Climbing, the winners were Slovenians Maja Šuštar and Jaka Hrast.
Conceived as a means to provide athletes with even more opportunities to climb in a competitive environment, the first round of the inaugural UIAA Ice Climbing European Tour have proved extremely popular. The following competitions are going to take place in Bratislava, Slovakia (9. 12. 2017), Champagny/Pays des Ecrins, France (11.-13. 1. 2018) and Oulu, Finland (23.-24. 2. 2018).
The winner Angelika Rainer (ITA) on top of the final route in Domžale. (photo by Urban Urbanc)
On 2 December, Domžale, Slovenia officially opened the UIAA Ice Climbing season with 45 athletes from 12 countries gracing a well received competition. Italy’s Angelika Rainer, twice UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour winner in lead, and second overall during the most recent season, claimed victory ahead of Marian Van der Steen (NED) and Coralie Jary (FRA). In the men’s competition, France’s Louna Ladevant, 20th overall last year, finished ahead of Swiss youngster Lukas Goetz and Nikolay Primerov of Russia, recently elected to the UIAA Ice Climbing Commission as an athlete representative. Ladevant’s older brother Tristan came fourth.
Louna Ladevant (FRA) finished ahead of Lukas Goetz (SWI) and Nikolay Primerov (RUS). (photo by Urban Urbanc)
Attending the event in Domžale, organised in partnership with the the Alpine Association of Slovenia, UIAA Executive Board member Thomas Kähr commented: “Domžale set a truly high standard for the competitions to follow. The feedback from the international athletes was enthusiastic and extremely positive notably in relation to the quality of the construction, the excellent routesetting and judging and perfect, hospitable organisation. Furthermore, the event generated great interest, helping draw more people to ice climbing and creating a stimulating atmosphere for competitors. This enthusiasm truly helps the athletes scale even greater heights.”
The competition also counted as the final event of the 5th Slovenian-Croatian-Serbian Open Cup in Ice Climbing. The victory remained in Slovenia – Maja Šuštar and Jaka Hrast won, Antonina Brdarič (SER) and Mario Musulin (CRO) placed second, and Katarina Manovski (SER) and Marko Petrunić were third.
The best in the 5th Slovenian-Croatian-Serbian Open Cup in Ice Climbing (photo by Urban Urbanc)
Uvodna tekma evropskega pokala (EP) 2017 v lednem plezanju v disciplini težavnost je v Domžalah 2. decembra za zmagovalca okronala Italijanko Angeliko Rainer in Francoza Louna Ladevanta. Med 45 tekmovalci iz 12 držav je pred domačim občinstvom nastopilo tudi sedem Slovencev, najuspešnejša je bila Marija Jeglič na sedmem mestu. Evropska preizkušnja je bila hkrati sklepna tekma 5. odprtega slovensko-hrvaško-srbskega (SHS) pokala v lednem plezanju, v katerem sta slavila Slovenca Maja Šuštar in Jaka Hrast.