On­tario’s Re­becca Lewis Wins Ou­ray Gold

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The 25th Ou­ray Ice Festival took place in Fe­bru­ary with big names com­pet­ing at one of the old­est ice comps in North Amer­ica. On­tario climber Re­becca Lewis took gold for women, fol­lowed by Al­ber­tan Sarah Hueniken in sec­ond. In third was Eka­te­rina Feok­tis­tova. Hueniken fin­ished in third last year. A num­ber of top climbers com­peted, in­clud­ing Emily Har­ring­ton, Nathan Kutcher, Tom Liv­ing­stone, Aaron Mulkey and Gra­ham Zim­mer­man. Lewis said af­ter, “Well, shoot, I won first place at the Ou­ray Ice Fest. When trav­el­ling to Asia, I felt I was un­der-trained, tired and weak. Two weeks of train­ing didn’t sud­denly make me su­per fit, but it did take off the rust. I didn’t win be­cause I was the fittest or strong­est, but be­cause of ex­pe­ri­ence and I knew how to ap­ply my strengths.”

Left: On the first as­cent of Trans-balkin Ex­press

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