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Weekend Whipper: Ethan Pringle Gets Crotch to the Face

This Weekend Whipper is a reminder that even the pros take awkward, cringe-worthy tumbles. And, sometimes, their fellow-pro spotter gets squashed.

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This week’s whipper is a worthy reminder that the pros can still take awkward, cringe-worthy tumbles, even if you are an Olympian or one of America’s best all-around climbers.

“Well, I can’t speak for Ethan [Pringle], but the fall was pretty unexpected,” said George Bruce Wilson, the filmer and owner of Three Peak Films. “There’s that balance between spotting closely and giving Micky [Mickaël Mawem] the space to send without dabbing. Like, if Micky had sent [Whispers (V10)] but dabbed on Ethan then that’d be frustrating, ya know. They’re both legendary climbers, so they know what happened and what to change. I guess it could also show that even pros can mess up. Thankfully, they were fine and could laugh about it after.”

Happy Friday, and be safe out there this weekend. To watch the full library of Weekend Whippers, click here.

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