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Toomey, Fraser Win 2017 Games

August 7, 2017 BY Morning Chalk Up
Toomey, Fraser Win 2017 Games
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“The best pace is a suicide pace and today is a good day to die.” – Prefontaine


Four days, 623 competitors and 185 events later, the 2017 CrossFit Games was one of the most exciting in history. After all the dust has settled, here are ten of our favorite moments from 2017.
10. Garret Fisher Snatching 305 Pounds — The max lifting events are some of the most exciting at the CrossFit Games. During the final heat of the 1RM Snatch, Garret Fisher stepped up and hit 305 pounds — a 5 pound PR — to win the event overall. It’s also the heaviest snatch ever at the CrossFit Games.

9. Masters Athletes Won’t Let Julie Nadeau Quit — It’s a general rule in CrossFit that whoever finishes gets the loudest cheers. As the only Masters 35-39 athlete left on the floor, Julie Nadeau was struggling to carry the 150 pound sandbag to the finish line. But her competitors wouldn’t let her give up and cheered her all the way to the last second.

8. Cody Anderson Hits a Clean PR at 2x Bodyweight — 350 pounds is a lot of weight to clean, but for Cody Anderson — at 172 pounds — it’s two times his bodyweight. Not only that, it was a new PR for the 2X Games athlete.

7. Seventeen-Year-Old Snatches 291 Pounds — Watching the Brazilian teenager snatching you’d have thought Guilherme Malheiros was competing as an individual. In fact, he would have tied Mathew Fraser for 5th place.

6. Fraser Dives, Falls Off Finishing Matt — Every nanosecond counts. Mathew Fraser, trying to edge out Brent Fikowski in Strongman’s Fear, dove into the finish line but fell off the back of the matt.

5. Jason Carroll Proposes to His Girlfriend — We’ve seen it Regionals before and last year a couple even got married at the CrossFit Games. Sometimes it truly is love at first WOD and after the Friday night events wrapped up Jason Carroll grabbed the microphone and popped the question.

4. Masters Athlete Saves Drowning Competitor During Event — This one is almost too unbelievable to believe. During Run Swim Run, 62-year-old Robert Caslin heard a scream about 20 meters behind him; another athlete was drowning. He turned back to save his life.

3. Mathew Fraser Wins His Second Straight CrossFit Games — The four-time CrossFit Games athlete continued his dominate performance, winning his second title in two years increasing his margin of victory to 216 points.

2. Wasatch Brutes Dethrones Mayhem — Rich Froning hasn’t lost a CrossFit competition since 2010, when he took second to Graham Holmberg. But as tough as Mayhem is, Wasatch Brutes proved to be too much to handle.

1. Tia-Clair Toomey Winning the 2017 CrossFit Games — After two straight second place finishes, Tia finally gets crowned the Queen of CrossFit with a finish you won’t want to miss.



1. Tia-Clair Toomey  |  Mathew Fraser
2. Kara Webb |  Brent Fikowski
3. Annie Thorisdottir  |  Ricky Garard


1. Wasatch CrossFit
2. CrossFit Mayhem
3. CrossFit Fort Vancouver

TEENS 14-15 

1. Chloe Smith  |  Dallin pepper
2. Devyn Kim  |  Amir Fahmy
3. Ellie Kerstetter  |  Reece Mitchell

TEENS 16-17

1. Kaela Stephano  |  Angelo DiCicco
2. Haley Adams  |  Guilherme Malheiros
3. Filippa Ferm  |  Cole Greashaber


1.Stephanie Roy  |  Kyle Kasperbauer
2. Joey Kimdom  |  Neal Maddox
3. Becca Voigt  |  Chris Spealler


1. Helen Harding  |  Shawn Ramirez
2. Karen McCadam  |  Robbie Perovich
3. Annie Sakamoto  |  Yurii Hanson


1. Cheryl Brost  |  Robert Davis
2. Kylie Massi  |  Brent Maier
3. Tonia Osborne  |  John Lynch


1. Josee Sards  |  Kevin Koester
2. Marion Valkenburg  |  Craig Eisman
3. Shellie Edington  |  Marco Casali


1. Susan Clarke  |  Shannon Aiken
2. Mary Beth Prodromides  |  Anthony Turski
3. Kelli Dean  |  Robert Boshoven


1. Patty Failla  |  David Hippensteel
2. Shaun Havard  |  Hilmar Hardarson
3. Marcia Yager  |  Rodrigo Dominguez

“Extraordinary Lives of Masters,” by Brittney Saline, CrossFit Games

It’s after midnight, and John Lynch is in the emergency room. One patient needs to be intubated. Another won’t stop bleeding. An ambulance carrying another patient is just minutes away.

In moments like these, Lynch draws on his CrossFit training. “It’s really similar,” the 45-year-old masters athlete said after taking fifth in Vest Triplet Saturday afternoon. “It’s the same type of high-intensity environment, (expecting) the unexpected—and you know that sometimes you want to quit but you know you can’t; you just put your head down and you do it.”

Lynch, sixth in the Masters Men 45-49 Division after six events, is just one of dozens of CrossFit masters athletes juggling families and careers alongside their training. It’s a lifestyle that requires a delicate balance and unyielding commitment, said Masters Women 50-54 athlete Leka Fineman.

“I’ve had to put a lot of things on the back burner,” Fineman, in fifth at Saturday’s end, said. “I haven’t seen any friends for a long time, my kids have been neglected … even my poor dog is totally neglected.”

Chalk Up Calendar CHALK UP Calendar

8/7 – 8/16: World Police and Fire Games (Los Angeles, CA)
8/13: TriFit Games (Lincoln, NE)
8/16: 2017 Cascade Classic Online Qualifier (Online)
8/26: Garage Games ONE (Buford, GA)
8/26: New WODs on the Block (Nationwide)
9/8 – 9/10 – USA Functional Fitness National Championships (Colorado Springs, CO)
9/9: World Wide WoD (Online)
9/10: Railyard Riot (Lincoln, NE)
9/22 – 24: Icon Athlete Training Camp (Park City, UT)