Petzl athlete Gord McArthur participated in the ice climbing cultural event at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. While not a full medal sport yet, the presence of ice climbing in such a capacity is a step in that direction. Gord sent Petzl a quick update from Sochi today…
Gord McArthur dry tooling at the Sochi Olympics. Photo: Alexey Dengin
How do you even put it into words, being in front of the world, doing what you love to do? It's amazing! My day consists of climbing in the sun on a rad structure, demonstrating ice climbing and competition lead climbing. It's such a huge opportunity for this sport to be involved with the Olympics, to be recognized by the IOC for future hopes in being a medal sport. And let me tell you, there's huge momentum.
We generally have crowds of up to 300, trying out the ice tower and watching us climb. We're a big family, all the competitors from around the world, and so to be able to share this with so many people from all over the world… so amazing.
Our venue is right in the Olympic park, so the exposure is top-notch. Like I said, words can't describe how surreal this really is. And the coolest part—or the irony—is that we're doing this all at 22 degrees Celsius (71 degrees Fahrenheit). I got sun burned today!
The Olympic Torch at Sochi. Photo: Gord McArthur
More on ice climbing at Sochi
- Petzl Interview with Gord previous to Sochi
- International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation Facebook Page