In an exclusive interview, when asked about Dave Castro’s role in this new direction for the CrossFit Games Greg Glassman said, “He’s the director of the Games. Nothing’s changed.”
Glassman went on to say, “Dave is the perfect person to execute on this vision, the perfect person. He and I are as close as we’ve ever been.”
Last week, Glassman outlined changes to the CrossFit Games season which included the elimination of Regionals and the Invitational, as well as new qualification requirements for Games athletes.
In 2007, Dave Castro started the CrossFit Games on his parents farm in Aromas, CA. Since then, it has grown worldwide, welcoming more than 560 athletes from 52 countries to compete in the 2018 CrossFit Games. In 2017, the most recent year we have data available, more than 60,000 spectators showed up in Madison, WI to watch athletes compete for the title Fittest on Earth.
Over the course of its 12 year history, Castro has had the painstaking responsibility of programming 129 individual Games events, weaving together adequate tests of fitness with a constantly improving fan experience.
As a result, the 2015, 2016 and 2017 CrossFit Games were nominated for multiple awards by SportsTravel Magazine include Best Event of the Year.
Also a director of CrossFit’s training.
Often downplayed is Castro’s role as head of CrossFit’s training program along with Nicole Carroll. While Glassman initiated CrossFit’s first training courses for certifying coaches, Castro has helped expand the curriculum worldwide, selecting and training staff to deliver top notch seminars in multiple locations at the same time across the globe.
Castro also attended the CrossFit Physician’s L1 Course last weekend at the ranch in Aromas, CA, where approximately 40 physicians got certified.