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Papert and Berger win Ice climbing World Championship 2004


On 24/01/2004 Ines Papert and Harald Berger won the Ice climbing World Championship 2004. Alexandre Matveev and Natalia Koulikova won the Speed event.

On Saturday 24 January Harald Berger and Ines Papert were crowned Ice World Champions 2004 after winning the Championship in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Papert defended her title against the likes of Natalia Koulikova (RUS) and Kirsten Buchmann (GER) and, in winning 2002, 2003 and 2004, pulled off the nigh-on impossible to win three years in a row. No such luck for ex-champion Evgeny Kriovsheitsev, who had to make do with second place while Berger, on top form after impressive ascents outdoors, added this title to his overall World Cup victory in 2003.

The Speed event was won
by Alexandre Matveev who placed 5th in the difficulty event, and Natalia Koulikova, who consoled herself for her second place .

About 100 athletes took part
in what is 2004's only official international event. After three years of hard work establishing a credible World Cup circuit, the competition movement has now virtually ground to a halt. Let's hope the future holds some cold surprises in store...


 Difficulty men
1 Harald "Harry" Berger Austria
2 Evgeny Kriovsheitsev Ucraina
3 Samuel Anthamatten Svizzera
4 Mauro "BUBU" Bole Italia
5 Alexandre Matveev Russia
6 Jack Müller Switzerland
7 Simon Anthamatten Svizzera
8 Markus Bendler Austria

Difficulty women
1 Ines Papert Germania
2 Natalia Koulikova Russia
3 Kirsten Buchmann Germania
4 Ksenia Sdobnikova Russia
5 Anna Torretta Italia
6 Gundi Kraf Germania
7 Maryam Filippova Russia
8 Petra Müller Svizzera

Speed men
1 Alexandre Matveev Russia
2 Nikolai Chved Russia
3 Igor Fayzullin Russia
4 Urs Odermatt Svizzera
5 Evgeny Krivosheitsev Ucraina
6 Alexey Ogurtsov Russia
7 Alexey Dengin Russia
8 Marco Müller Svizzera

Speed women
1 Natalia Koulikova Russia
2 Maryam Filippova Russia
3 Joulia Oleinikova Russia
4 Ines Papert Germania
5 Marina Rashitova Russia
6 Marina Maslova Russia
7 Anna Torretta Italia
8 Stéphanie Maureau Francia

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