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How are 2018 Games Athletes Performing in the 2019 Open After Week 4?

March 19, 2019 by
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Four weeks down, one to go. And unless Dave Castro introduces a two part workout, there will only be one more scored event for athletes to jump up the leaderboard.

Here’s how 2018 CrossFit Games athletes are faring this year.

A few observations.

  • Not good for athletes outside top 50: No athlete from outside the top 50 after week 4 has
    finished in the top 30. If we use that as the cutoff, these athletes won’t be qualifying as individuals through the Open:

    • Men: Zeke Grove, Lukas Esslinger, Alec Smith, Royce Dunne, Noah Ohlsen, Marquan Jones, Rasmus Andersen (Team), Nicholas Urankar, Brent Fikowski, Mitchel Stevenson, Khan Porter, John Coltey, Ethan Helbig, Alex Anderson, Pablo Chalfun, Cody Anderson, Craig Kenney and Ben Smith.
    • Women: Cassidy Lance-Mcwherter, Justine Beath, Chloe Gauvin-David, Jennifer Smith, Ehea Schuerch, Brista Mayfield, Chyna Cho, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Stephanie Chung, Rebecca Voigt, Bethany Shadburne, Oddrun Eik Gylfadottir, Paige Semenza, Lauren Fisher (Team), Emily Bridgers (Retired), and Dani Horan.
    • But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen, it’s just never happened before.
    • Here are the hard numbers: For example, 30th place for the men has 411
      points
      and 50th has 592 points (-181 points) and that is a lot of points to make up considering there are 19 other athletes also trying to make up points.
  • Over the past 4 years, 86% of the athletes who are in the top 30 after week 4 finished in the top 30. However, 30 may no longer be the cutoff as the cutoff has dropped to 28th for the men, but extended to 32nd for the women.
  • Games athletes dominate the upper portion of the leaderboard.
    • For the women, 11 of the top 13 position are held by 2018 Games veterans. The only two rookies are Dani Speegle and Karin Freyova.
    • The men are a little less dominate, holding only five of the top 12 spots.
  • Who’s this Lefteris Theofanidis? Sitting only 7 points behind Mathew Fraser for the number one spot overall is the 29-year-old Theofanidis from Greece. Here’s a look at his past performances:
    • Finished 164th in the 2018 Open, and 135th in the 2017 Open.
    • Competed at Regionals three times as an individual, placing 26th, 23rd, and 36th.

[chart title=’2018 CrossFit Games Male Athletes vs the 2019 Open (19.1 + 19.2 + 19.3 + 19.4)’]

Name 2018 Open 2019 Open 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Country Rank Country
Mathew Fraser 1 1 59 3 1 2 1 United States
Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson 12 3 5 21 34 21 1 Iceland
Cole Sager 44 8 90 23 47 46 5 United States
Scott Panchik 13 12 220 17 17 23 7 United States
Frederick Aegidius 46 12 20 12 55 190 1 Denmark
Lukas Högberg 90 22 5 44 50 274 1 Sweden
Tim Paulson 9 25 71 161 39 120 16 United States
Saxon Panchik 49 27 280 81 21 23 14 United States
Logan Collins 8 28 381 6 10 13 13 United States
Dean Linder-Leighton 31 36 120 93 68 171 2 Australia
Patrick Vellner 5 38 194 2 266 9 5 Canada
Elliot Simmonds 369 39 30 156 46 249 1 United States
Alexandre Caron 6 40 59 38 325 67 6 Canada
Willy Georges 3 44 137 24 302 60 1 France
Zeke Grove 48 53 408 129 73 17 4 Australia
Lukas Esslinger 69 57 102 221 239 109 2 Switzerland
Adrian Mundwiler 148 58 602 81 10 7 1 Switzerland
Sean Sweeney 142 64 220 63 321 134 29
United States
Alec Smith 112 66 522 58 2 184 32 United States
Royce Dunne 389 70 137 35 426 217 3 Australia
Noah Ohlsen 25 74 792 31 8 3 36 United States
Marquan Jones 153 90 381 196 190 200 45 United States
Rasmus Andersen 348 100 522 102 48 440 3 Denmark
Nicholas Urankar 16 116 602 35 266 316 57 United States
James Newbury 265 119 307 157 138 652 7 Australia
Brent Fikowski 184 120 120 140 412 606 11 Canada
Mitchel Stevenson 138 127 761 335 34 200 63 United States
Khan Porter 53 137 90 523 219 562 6 Australia
John Coltey 96 138 1057 102 76 161 64 United States
Ethan Helbig 91 155 102 42 455 920 76 United States
Alex Anderson 61 197 408 37 713 653 88 United States
Pablo Chalfun 851 453 1567 2085 119 190 5 Brazil
Cody Anderson 56 481 4070 25 63 64 202 United States
Craig Kenney 170 3592 1207 23297 326 652 1709 United States
Ben Smith 40 5708 20685 16283 469 1218 2689 United States
Josh Bridges 197
Rogelio Gamboa 24
Brandon Luckett 32
Jared Enderton 116

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[chart title=’2018 CrossFit Games Female Athletes vs the 2019 Open (19.1 + 19.2 + 19.3 + 19.4)’]

Name 2018 Open 2019 Open 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Country Rank Country
Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir 21 1 6 5 4 24 1 Iceland
Annie Thorisdottir 5 2 3 24 17 18 2 Iceland
Amanda Barnhart 27 4 8 13 12 45 2 United States
Brooke Wells 6 5 39 1 5 46 3 United States
Jamie Greene 9 6 74 6 13 3 1 New Zealand
Kristin Holte 15 6 65 11 15 5 1 Norway
Kari Pearce 20 8 82 18 3 2 4 United States
Tia-Clair Toomey 12 9 89 12 7 7 1 Australia
Mekenzie Riley 11 10 29 10 43 55 5 United States
Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault 16 11 70 44 6 24 1 Canada
Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir 8 13 55 23 38 50 3 Iceland
Alessandra Pichelli 53 25 82 103 134 76 1 Italy
Camilla Salomonsson Hellman 51 33 190 17 251 58 1 Sweden
Kristi Eramo 54 38 378 21 169 7 18 United States
Courtney Haley 313 40 351 144 34 96 3 Australia
Laura Horvath 18 53 16 7 599 104 1 Hungary
Cassidy Lance-Mcwherter 1 55 595 45 53 40 24 United States
Justine Beath 23 59 491 49 111 94 5 Australia
Chloe Gauvin-David 76 67 413 255 38 115 5 Canada
Jennifer Smith 49 69 378 77 264 127 32 United States
Ehea Schuerch 115 72 114 28 541 196 37 United States
Madeline Sturt 41 80 203 79 537 126 9 Australia
Brista Mayfield 70 85 595 122 138 124 39 United States
Chyna Cho 28 85 55 30 843 51 45 United States
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet 4 92 956 15 18 31 41 United States
Stephanie Chung 120 106 545 200 111 286 47 United States
Rebecca Voigt 50 132 114 878 138 275 59 United States
Bethany Shadburne 84 138 956 372 74 36 56 United States
Oddrun Eik Gylfadottir 39 179 956 164 421 172 5 Iceland
Brenda Castro 35 182 1377 164 79 124 1 Mexico
Paige Semenza 94 189 743 108 817 118 81 United States
Lauren Fisher 166 273 2229 46 71 202 119 United States
Emily Bridgers 13 1127 7859 467 107 336 543 United States
Dani Horan 124 13475 595 206 125 73197 7011 United States
Kara Saunders 2 132126 107444 126318 121963 111742 7914 Australia
Michele Fumagalli 112
Whitney Gelin 144
Meredith Root 106
Margaux Alvarez 137
Tennil Beuerlein 62

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