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Top 10 Moments from the 2018 CrossFit Games

August 5, 2018 by
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Five days, 560 competitors and nearly 500 individual events later, the 2018 CrossFit Games has come to a close and crowned the fittest athletes on Earth.

Here are a few fun facts you should know:

  • 5: Mathew Fraser now has now tied Rich Froning for the most male podium finishes. Froning still has one more win than Fraser.
  • 3 x 3: There are now three women who’ve been crowned Fittest on Earth back-to-back: Annie Thorisdottir, Katrin Davidsdottir, and now Tia-Clair Toomey.
  • 3,249,015: The number of meters 77 athletes collectively rowed during the row marathon.
  • 800: Volunteers showed up to help make the 2018 CrossFit Games a success.

Now that all the dust has settled, here are ten of our favorite moments from 2018.

10. Jared Enderton being cheered on to finish the Bicouplet. 

In CrossFit, the last one working gets the loudest cheers and that proved true for Games rookie Jared Enderton as he worked to complete Individual Event 11, Bicouplet 1. The crowd rose to their feet to help him get through those last few lifts.

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9. Alessandra Pichelli suffers through 90 agonizing minutes of rowing.

Alessandra Pichelli, a former division 1 rower, endured more than an hour and 20,000 meters in terrible pain due to cramping during the row marathon. Refusing to give up, she rowed for portions with only one hand.

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8. Vellner and Fraser stumbling on the cargo net.

During the obstacle portion of The Battleground, Patrick Vellner fell from the cargo net, landing hard on his shoulder. He went on to finish fourth in the event. Mat Fraser fell from the cargo net, his weight vest getting caught up several times on his way down. Fraser finished second.

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7. Margaux Alvarez Rowing Really, Really Fast. 

Margaux Alvarez rowed a marathon in 3 hours, 42 seconds, which would have placed her 9th in the world in her weight class…among men. Among women? She would have placed first.

6. Patrick Vellner deadlifting 595 pounds to take second in the CrossFit Total. 

That’s more than three times his body weight. He got second place in the event, only five pounds behind Royce Dunne.

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5. Fourteen-year-old Maddy Espinoza jerking 200 pounds. 

Yep, that’s right. She’s only fourteen and she got a 220 pound split jerk PR on the competition floor at the CrossFit Games. The smile on her face at the end says it all.

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4. Emily Bridgers saying goodbye to CrossFit. 

After five trips to the CrossFit Games, Emily Bridgers says goodbye, and thank you, to CrossFit. “Remember me for making a positive impact on CrossFit in the early years. I was there. I saw it. I did it. And I want you to remember, the number one thing, that I smiled every time I crossed the finish line. Every time.”

3. Laura Horvath Wins Aeneas.

Rookie Laura Horvath and reigning Fittest Woman Tia-Clair Toomey raced to the finish of Aeneas in the final event of the CrossFit Games. Laura had no plans on giving the champion an easy win and took the event by just 6 seconds.

2. Sara Sigmundsdottir completing six workouts over three days with a fractured rib.

In those six events, she averaged a 12th place finish including 10th on the marathon row, 6th on the clean and jerk speed ladder and 6th on Fibionacci.

1. Tia-Clair Toomey and Mathew Fraser winning the 2018 CrossFit Games.

Mathew Fraser won the CrossFit Games for the third straight year. And Tia-Clair Toomey, in the most dominant female performance in years, won her second straight. In their careers, neither athlete has ever placed lower than second place at the Games.

2018 Podium Finishers


— Men: 1). Mat Fraser (1162), 2). Patrick Vellner (942), 3). Lukas Högberg (886).

— Women: 1). Tia-Clair Toomey (1154), 2). Laura Horvath (1090), 3). Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (1020).


— 1). CrossFit Mayhem Freedom (900), 2). CrossFit Invictus X (788), 3). CrossFit OC3 (776).

Teens 14-15

— Men: 1). Tudor Magda (678), 2). Christian Gallaher (656), 3). Nolan Pedrick (518).

— Women: 1). Olivia Sulek (642), 2). Lea Malo (574), 3). Paige Powers (546).

Teens 16-17

— Men: 1). Dallin Pepper (824), 2). Vincent Ramirez (630), 3). Dylan Kade (618).

— Women: 1). Haley Adams (1080), 2). Kaela Stephano (856), 3). Chloe Smith (616).

Masters 35-39

— Men: 1). Kyle Kasperbauer (820), 2). Alexandre Jolivet (724), 3). Erast Palkin (674).

— Women: 1). Anna Tobias (902), 2). Samantha Briggs (776), 3). Helena Falk (716).

Masters 40-44

— Men: 1). Neal Maddox (886), 2). Shawn Ramirez (746), 3). David Levey (658).

— Women: 1). Stephanie Roy (778), 2). Kelly Friel (728), 3). Joey Kimdon (650).

Masters 45-49

— Men: 1). Robert Davis (804), 2). Matthew Swift (786), 3). Nathan Loren (672).

— Women: 1). Amanda Allen (824), 2). Tonia Osborne (822), 3). Jolaine Undershute (814).

Masters 50-54

— Men: 1). Cliff Musgrave (618), 2). Mike Egan (588), 3). Ron Ortiz (568).

— Women: 1). Eva Thornton (678), 2). Laurie Meschishnick (644), 3). Linda Elstun (594).

Masters 55-59

— Men: 1). Brig Edwards (566), 2). Shannon Aiken (544), 3). Will Powell (532).

— Women: 1). Mary Beth Prodromides (626), 2). Bianca Williams (548), 3). Colleen Fahey (532).

Masters 60+

— Men: 1). David Hippensteel (666), 2). Armando Garcia-Besne (610), 3). Cal Cherrington (596).

— Women: 1). Shaun Havard (688), 2). Patty Failla (680), 3). Dolores Jones (526).

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