Posting on his website, the usually unflappable Canadian competitor Sean McColl strongly criticizes the recent IFSC World Cup bouldering event for substandard route setting. In his post, McColl says, “that it is the worst set of five boulders at any competition I’ve ever competed at.” McColl continues, “There wasn’t any real climbing on any of them. When I say real climbing, I mean like just hard moves where you have to contract your arms and pull up. Every boulder problem was just bumping around with your hands and trying to figure your way around volumes.” Addressing concerns that his comments are an attempt to justify his poor results in this event McColl defends his statements saying he would make the same observations “regardless of my placement.”
McColl was having an incredible season competing in Europe with numerous top ten finishes and podium placements but finished a disappointing twenty-first at qualifiers in the Munich event and did not proceed into the semis. More details here.