Athletes Struggle in Unbroken Rope Climb Debut

November 23, 2019 by
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The rain-soaked ropes proved difficult for male and female athletes during the kick off event on day 2 of competition. While it hasn’t been raining today, the air is misty and the ropes are still a little wet from yesterday’s downpour. 

2 Unbroken Rope Climbs
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2 Unbroken Rope Climbs
Run 400m
2 Unbroken Rope Climbs
Run 400m
2 Unbroken Rope Climbs

Here’s what an unbroken rope climb looks like

By the numbers:

  • Nicole Burke and Kristin Holte were the only females to finish under the 8-minute time cap. 
  • Four female athletes failed their final climb attempts: Sara Sigmundsdottir, Emma McQuaid, Joey Kimdon, and Jevon Thompson. 
  • Nine female athletes didn’t complete a single rope climb. 
  • Six men finished under the time cap. Roman Khrennikov had the fastest time at 5:45. 
  • Three male athletes didn’t complete a single rope climb. 

What they’re saying: We spoke with several athletes after the event who actually liked the event programmed but thought the rope was just too wet. 

  • Alexys Dtiole: “I almost wish the run was longer.”
  • Kels Kiel: “If it hadn’t been so wet it would have been fun.” 
  • Both Holte and Sigmundsdottir said that you had to be careful climbing up from the middle to top of the rope where it was wettest and easy to slip off. 

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