realised by: Eugen Cela
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realised by: Eugen Cela
Rabenstein, 1 February 2015 – The new ice climbing World Champions were determined on Sunday. In an exciting final the Russian Maxim Tomilov (men) and the Korean Woon Seon Shin (women) won their rounds. Local athlete Angelika Rainer was happy with her silver medal.
The two best ice climbers in the world, the Russian Maxim Tomilov and the Korean Hee Yong Park fought an exciting duel and thrilled the more than 1000 spectators when they reached the top, the end of the route. Tomilov’s attempt was ten seconds faster and so he now celebrates the first World Championship title in his career. His brother and defending champion Alexey came third, completing the joy for the Tomilov family.
As for the men, three women reached the top in the women’s final. The fastest was Woon Sheon Shin who took over the title of World Champion from Angelika Rainer. “In the last World Cup in Saas Fee I didn’t make the final. I was very upset about that. I am all the more happy now that I am World Champion. I cannot believe it”, Shin commented.
Following three gold medals, Angelika Rainer won silver this time. The 28 year old from Merano was happy with the result. “To climb before your own audience is lovely, but it also put me under a lot of pressure. I climbed right to the top. I cannot blame myself for anything. Shin just happened to be a little faster today”, said Rainer.
Petra Klingler from Switzerland came third. The nearly 23 year old from Bonstetten near Zurich was the slowest of the three ice climbers who reached the top in the final route. “I am very happy. I reached the end of the route. So I did not make any mistakes”, Klingler commented.
Next to Angelika Rainer Barbara Zwerger was the second South Tyrolean to reach the final. The 42 year old from Bozen made a respectable seventh place. “Getting to the final was a good result for me. In the final run I gave my all. I may have reached a higher place if I had understood a little sooner how to take one of the handles. But this result is fine”, said Zwerger.
Kartashev and Krasavina win the speed event
The final in the World Cup speed climbing took place on Saturday evening. The Russian team pulled out all the stops with the result that the geographically largest country in the world won all the podium places.
Among them men Vladimir Kartashev won first place, climbing the 15 metre high ice wall in an astonishing 9.61 seconds. Kartashev was 0.02 seconds faster than Nikolay Primerov. Egor Trapeznikov was the third Russian to complete the climb in under 10 seconds.
Among the women, Maria Krasavina climbed to victory, conquering the wall in 12.09 seconds. Fellow Russian Ekaterina Feoktistova (13.21) and Ekaterina Koshcheeva (14.01) came second and third.
Vladimir Kartashev on Saturday evening was the fastest man with a time of 9,61 seconds. He climbed the 15 meter high wall 0,02 seconds faster than Nikolay Primerov.
The women’s speed competition was won by Maria Krasavina (12,09). It was the 11th fastest time in the mens field.
Foto: Harald Wisthaler
Rabenstein, 30th January 2015 – On Friday 30 January the competition was formally opened on Piazza delle Terme square in Merano. Presenters Martin Böckle and Deborah Sparber accompained the audience through the afternoon and evening. The programme included dances by a breakdance group, a multivision show with world champion Angelika Rainer, a dance show with LED effects, a fashion show, a speed climbing event and, finally, a large fire show.
The competitions take place in Rabenstein on the fantastic ice tower on the days of Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday 31 January 2015– First day of the competition in Rabenstein
9:15 a.m.: Men and women’s qualifying
2:00 p.m.: Women’s semi-final
4:30 p.m.: Men’s speed qualifying
6:00 p.m.: Women’s speed qualifying
7:20 p.m.: Women’s speed finals
8:30 p.m.: Men’s speed finals
Sunday 1 February 2015 – second day of the competition in Rabenstein
8:30 a.m.: Men’s semi-final
10:30 a.m.: Early morning pint with the Rabensteiner Böhmische
12:45 p.m.: Display from the supporting programme
1:00 p.m. Presentation of the athletes
1:30 p.m.: Men and women’s finals (competition for the World Championship titles)
3.30 p.m.: Super finals beer crate climbing
3:45 p.m.: Ski freestyle and paraglider Acro display
3:50 p.m.: Attempt at a speed record on the 25 m high ice tower, freestyle ski and paraglider Acro display
4:45 p.m.: Awards ceremony
5:30 p.m.: Closing ceremony with Pyro Musicale (fire and light show) and DJ
Rabenstein, 28 January 2015 – In two days’ time and after intense preparations the party finally begins. The ice climbing World Championships will be opened with a lively celebration at Piazza delle Terme square in Merano. On Saturday and Sunday competitors climb for the World Championship title at the Eisturm Rabenstein in the Passeiertal valley. The three day long ice climbing party is ready to start.
Everything is prepared for the South Tyrolean ice climbing festival that opens this weekend in Merano and then takes place in Rabenstein in the Passeiertal valley. Route builders Attilio Munari, Loris Manzana and Khim Yong Heon have been working on the tower since Monday, preparing the extremely demanding routes on which the world’s best ice climbers will fight for the World Championships medals.
103 athletes from 19 countries and three different continents will participate in the World Championships in Rabenstein. The village at the foot of the Passo Rombo with its 230 inhabitants will be transformed and acquire an international flair during the largest sporting event of the Passeier season. And with Angelika Rainer from Merano a South Tyrolean will even compete for victory. The 28 year old is not only the reigning champion, she also won the last three World Championships and is hoping for a fourth gold medal. Rainer is not the only competitor from South Tyrol, there is also Barbara Zwerger from Bolzano. For the men, the defending champion is Alexey Tomilov from Russia.
Lively opening ceremony on Friday
On Friday 30 January the competition will be formally opened on Piazza delle Terme square in Merano. The day starts at 10 a.m. with an opportunity for anyone to have a go at climbing the 15 meter high mobile ice tower.
From 3:30 p.m. presenters Martin Böckle (Editor’s note: who already entertained the crowds at the Biathlon World Cup in Anterselva last week) and Deborah Sparber (Radio Tirol) accompany the audience through the afternoon and evening. The programme includes a live performance by Peter Santoni, dances by a breakdance group, a multivision show with world champion Angelika Rainer, a dance show with LED effects, a fashion show, a speed climbing event and, finally, a large fire show. Chainsaw artist Manfred Brunner will display his skills during the opening event at Piazza delle Terme in Merano.
The weekend is dedicated to the sport of ice climbing – fantastic supporting programme
The whole weekend is dedicated to the sport of ice climbing. On Saturday 31 January at 9:15 a.m. the qualifying in difficulty climbing begin. 2 p.m. in the afternoon is the start of the women’s semi-final, and at 4:30 the speed climbers take centre stage. The women’s final begins at 7:20 p.m., the men’s at 8:30 p.m. The speed climbing in Rabenstein is a normal World Cup event.
The world champions in difficulty climbing, the highlight of the three day ice climbing spectacle, will be crowned on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. Before then, however, at 8:30 a.m., the men have first to win their place in the finals.
Alongside the World Championships competitions there is a colourful supporting programme. During both competition days there will be a beer crate climb for all spectators. On Sunday from 10:30 a.m. the Rabensteiner Böhmische offers an early morning pint. There will be several performances by the freestyle group Vitamin F who amaze spectators with their tricks; the paragliding group Arco will present their daring display. The ice climbing World Championships close on Sunday at 17:30 with a fire and light show.