Youth World Championships


The U.S. and Canadian teams put three young climbers on the podium at the Youth World Championships in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, last weekend. Canadian Sean McColl won the age 16-17 boys category in difficulty, beating Anthony Sapey of Switzerland and Romain Pagnoux of France. Kyle McCabe of the U.S. won the age 14-15 boys speed-climbing event, overcoming a strong push from three Ukrainian speed-climbing specialists. Daniel Woods of the U.S., who climbed a 5.14 in Rifle, Colorado, at age 13 this summer, finished second in the boys 14-15 category, behind Fabien Comina of France. Among the girls, the highest-placed finisher was Michael Ann McGinley of the U.S., who was sixth in the age 18-19 speed-climbing contest. American Alex Johnson was first going into the finals among age 14-15 girls, but slipped to seventh in the final round. Canadian Sarah Austin finished 10th among age 18-19 girls. For complete results, go to