News 2019

Title:  Eimir Mc Swiggan - 3rd in Denver and 3rd in the World
Date:  25/02/2019

In the last round of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Denver, Colorado, Eimir Mc Swiggan snatched a podium result and with it 3rd place overall in the World Rankings.

With a cadre of upcoming new talent snapping at her heels, kept her cool to finish in 3rd place by the narrowest of margins. Two solid results in the qualification round put Eimir into the semi-final along with seventeen other competitors. Eimir’s true class shone out in the semi-final being the first female competitor to top the incredibly steep and athletic route.

The final route again tackled the same competition structure. A technical opening section on slightly overhanging terrain and tiny holds, before going near horizontal across a series of structures, suspended from the Denver skyline. Choosing to climb conservatively on the opening section Eimir was well behind on the earlier finalists’ time as she neared the end of the nerve-wracking opening section. However, as Eimir transitioned onto the steeper terrain she picked up her pace and quickly climbed up the rankings, passing the high points of all previous competitors. A last-minute clipping of a quickdraw saw Eimir move into first place and a guaranteed podium position with just two competitors left to climb; South Korea’s Woonseon Shin and Russia’s Maria Tolokonnina. Both Woonseon and Maria reached the final move of the route with 1st place going to the Russian based on the result from the previous round.

The result at the Denver round is Eimir’s second podium this season, she placed 2nd at the Chinese round. The overall world ranking of 3rd is the so far the highest achieved by Eimir, who continues to go from strength to strength in a highly competitive field of athletes.

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