Canadian Noah Beek has won gold and defeated some of the best ice climbing competitors at the European Ice Cup held in Oulu, Finland.
Beek, who is based in B.C.’s Cranbrook, said after the Feb. 24/25 comp, “What a weekend! Super stoked to have placed first at the last Euro cup in Finland. Thanks everyone for all the support.
“And thank you to all the volunteers who braved the -25°C. So excited to see so much stoke for this sport here.”
David Bouffard finished 16th as the only other Canadian to compete at the event. Full results here.
Overall in the world standings after this year’s UIAA Ice World Cup Canadians finished: Beek in 13th, Nathan Kutcher in 25th, Gord McArthur in 30th, Bouffard in 32nd, Ineke Rhebergen in 15th and Rebecca Lewis in 31st.
Oulu Finals Results Male/Female
1. Noah Beek (CAN) / Mira Alhonsuo (FIN)
2. Artem Bazegskiy (RUS) / Ange Rainer (ITA)
3. Georgy Duplinskiy (RUS) / Enni Bertling (FIN)
“Through my involvement in competitive ice climbing, I have met people from many different countries and made some truly amazing friendships,” Beek said in a 2017 interview.
“It did not take long to feel welcomed into this family of people who have a common love for this sport. Even though we are competing, we are all encouraging and supportive of each other. We only want to see our fellow competitor do their best.”
Beek continued “The success of an event cannot be based solely on the competition itself but also on the cultural experience it offers.”
Watch the video below to learn some of the ice/mixed jargon used by winter climbers.