Adam Ondra has so far dominated the 2009 World Cup series with a string of impressive wins at several of the competitions. He was hotly tipped to excel last week at Brno in the Czech republic, in front of local fans.
However the super-climber from the Czech republic shocked his home crowd by... yes you guessed it ...not winning. Ondra's foot slipped...
Cool. The way this comp is reported says it all: Adam Ondra Doesn't Win. It's more significant than who actually did win. The mark of a truly outstanding climber is when the headlines are that he didn't win.
I guess the pressure and expectation of the crowd must have got to him and he blew it. Apparently he flashed the final after the comp was over. But the psychological aspect is everything in climbing and especially competitions. He's meant to be pretty smart so hope he figures it out in time for the next one.
The other headline should have been Johanna Ernst Doesn't Win too. Another outstanding climber who's been dominating the World Cup recently until Brno.