The first new super team for the 2020 season was revealed Saturday as the first elite team invite to the Filthy 150. Known only as “Nation,” the roster includes individual Games athletes Craig Kenney, Paul Tremblay, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault, and Jenn Smith.
One big thing: We fully expect there to be a massive reorganization among elite team rosters not only from the 2019 CrossFit Games but during the season. For starters, last season was the first time athletes could train in different locations and compete together — AKA the beginning of “super teams” so naturally there was going to be a lot of athletes feeling it out. Second, with 27 Sanctionals qualifying teams, nearly twice as many as last year, there are more opportunities for top talent to join forces and get to the Games.
- We have yet to hear of a single team planning the same roster for the 2019-2020 season.
- How super (experienced) are the super teams? 11 of the 12 athletes that made up the rosters of the podium teams at the Games had previous individual Games experience.
Team Nation at a Glance
This announcement immediately puts the rest of the field in Dublin on notice, as the Nation roster brings a ton of experience in both the team and individual competition.
- Kenney and Smith both competed on teams at the 2019 Games, with Kenney’s Invictus Boston team finishing 12th and Smith’s team Don’t Stop finished 6th.
- Tremblay and Reason-Thibault both represented Canada on teams of four the Invitational. Tremblay did so first in 2014, and Reason-Thibault competed twice in 2016, and 2017.
- Combined the team brings 11 years of individual experience at the CrossFit Games, with Reason-Thibault accounting for five of them.
This will be the first time the collection of four athletes has competed together at any level, but when discussing the team, Paul Tremblay wasn’t shy about what they bring to the table.
“Just a couple of Dads ripping it in Ireland,” Tremblay stated when asked about what to expect at the Filthy 150.
For what it’s worth: The team also revealed that Reason-Thibault’s status on the team is only temporary, and should they win, Kristi Eramo would join the team for the Games. A scheduling conflict prevented Eramo from competing in Ireland, but Reason-Thibault willingly stepped up to the plate to throw down despite still having her sights set on the individual competition.