Nov 6, 2012; Sochi, RUS; An exterior view of Shayba Arena with workers on the roof during construction preparations for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games during the costal cluster venue tour at the world press briefing. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

UIAA wants to add ice climbing to 2022 Winter Olympics

Members of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) are hoping to launch a bid to get the sport of ice climbing admitted into the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Two UIAA officials met with the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF) this week to discuss the plan.

Inside the Games offered an explanation of what the sport of ice climbing entails (hint: it involves climbing. And ice.):

Ice climbing involves climbing through ice structures or formations.

These formations may be in the form of frozen waterfalls, icefalls, ice slabs or rocks covered with frozen water or ice, or artificial structures.

It is regarded as a competition sport and has its own World Cup circuit, promoted by the the Bern-based UIAA, including South Korea, Romania, Switzerland, France and Italy.

If you find yourself intrigued by the idea of ice climbing and want to check out what the sport is all about, swing by the Olympic Park in Sochi next year. The UIAA will have a demo-zone allowing you to experience the thrills and chills firsthand.

[Source: Inside the Games]

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