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Sean McColl Climbs His Way Onto Cover of Maclean’s

In less than six months, he'll be competing at the 2020 Olympics

Sean McColl, who has been on the cover of Gripped a number of times, appeared on the cover of one of Canada’s other national magazines last month: Maclean’s. The B.C.-based climber will be heading to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer to represent Canada.

McColl first won the gold medal in lead climbing in his age group at the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Youth World Championships. In 2006, he won in both the lead and speed climbing categories. He has competed in well over 100 internationals comps. In 2012, he made 10 podium finishes at major climbing comps. In May 2013, McColl earned his first Bouldering World Cup win at an event in Log Dragomer.

In 2014, McColl competed for Team Europe in American Ninja Warrior, USA vs The World, and led his team to victory. In 2014 and 2016, he won the Combined World Cup, while in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 he ranked second in the Combined World Cup. Climbing will debut at the Olympics in less than six months, on Aug. 4.