Canadians Finish Strong

The17th  Bozeman Ice Festival main event took place on Saturday, December 14. It is the first year the event is on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup tour, which brought a number of strong Europeans.

Canadians had a good competition as Will Gadd points out: “Really good festival and competition! Ended up second in the finals, SENT the final route but beaten on time by a guy 26 years younger than me, great job on his part! Will Mayo third with a solid send, Gordon McArthur[CA] fourth, Sarah Hueniken [CA] third, Jennifer Olson [CA] fourth, solid!! Full results up soon, really happy to compete solidly. Yeah!!!” Canadian Nathan Kutcher finished seventh overall.

On Sunday, December 15, Nathan Kutcher placed third in the speed competition.

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Results:

Women

Angelika Rainer, Italy, 1st

Stephanie Maureau, France, 2nd

Sarah Huenkien, Canada, 3rd

Men

Janez Svolijaak, Slovenia, 1st

Will Gadd, Canada, 2nd

Will Mayo, USA, 3rd

From Canadian Gord McArthur: “Last night was amazing. When you “get into the moment” and let it all go…it’s unreal what you can accomplish. I was shy of only one move to completing the finals route. That put me in 4th. The placing doesn’t even matter, it was just so rad to compete amont such a talented group of people, but i gotta tell you, when a crowd is screaming that loud every time you make one move closer to the end…it’s like they’re carrying you along the route. It was sooooo rad.”

Will Gadd during the finals Photo Ryan W Vachon

Will Gadd during the finals Photo Ryan W Vachon

Sarah Hueniken in the finals Photo Caroline Doucet

Sarah Hueniken in the finals Photo Caroline Doucet

Janez SvoljAak of Slovenia on his way to winning the Men’s UIAA North American Championship in Bozeman, Montana. Photo Rafal Andronowski

Janez SvoljAak of Slovenia on his way to winning the Men’s UIAA North American Championship in Bozeman, Montana.
Photo Rafal Andronowski

Janez SvoljAak of Slovenia on his way to winning the Men’s UIAA North American Championship in Bozeman, Montana. Photo Rafal Andronowski

Janez SvoljAak of Slovenia on his way to winning the Men’s UIAA North American Championship in Bozeman, Montana.
Photo Rafal Andronowski

Janez SvoljAak of Slovenia on his way to winning the Men’s UIAA North American Championship in Bozeman, Montana. Photo Rafal Andronowski

Janez SvoljAak of Slovenia on his way to winning the Men’s UIAA North American Championship in Bozeman, Montana.
Photo Rafal Andronowski

Gord McArthur during qualifiers Photo Ryan W Vachon

Gord McArthur during qualifiers Photo Ryan W Vachon

 

Top three women  Photo Kate Higgins

Top three women Photo Kate Higgins

 

 

 

 

 

 


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