Gortin ice-climbing sensation Eimir McSwiggan has won a bronze medal at the Chinese leg of the World Cup.
The competition is run over five rounds in Saas-Fee (Switzerland), Rabenstein (Italy), Hohhot (China), Cheongsong (South Korea) and Kirov (Russia) with medals for each competition as well as overall points collated.
Last year Eimir won a silver and bronze medal over the five events and leapt from tenth in the world to finish in fifth place overall. Based in South Korea she trains with a top South Korean coach and is Ireland’s only international ice-climber.
Last year’s UlsterHerald Hall of Fame recipient, said she was thrilled with her weekend performance after a disappointing start to the competition.
“It was a big boost. I could have done better in Italy but have to be positive and be aware I also could have done much worse. It is hard to compare your performance with last year as the climbing walls are different but other climbers said I was climbing much better.
“The third competition was in Inner Mongolia in China. I am delighted to get third place and the bronze medal.
“While fifth is good, getting onto the podium is fantastic. Everything went right and felt right. I had a perfect climb in the semi-final and felt very relaxed.”
Back at her home in South Korea, the Gortin climber is taking a few days to relax before the fourth leg of the competition.
She added, “It isn’t s far away this time in Cheongsong which is a four hour drive. I’m tired but looking forward to it.
Before the fourth leg, Eimir hopes to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea today (Thursday) as a special guest of the Winter Olympic Council of Ireland.
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