SouthFit CrossFit Challenge Leads-off Full Sanctional Weekend
After a week off, the 2019-2020 CrossFit Sanctional Season resumes with two events that will see four more individuals and two more teams punch their tickets for the 2020 CrossFit Games. The SouthFit CrossFit Challenge will hand out half of those Games invites in Bueno Aires, Argentina December 6-8.
International Affair: Twenty countries will be represented in the Elite competitions including six from South America.
- The champs are here: Four athletes have qualified (pending final video review) for the Games as National Champions through the Open. Uruguay (Victoria Frascolla and Juan Manuel Seitun), Chile (Simona Quintana Silva) and Argentina (Melina Rodriguez) will be showcasing their champions this weekend. Rodriguez, who placed 28th in the Open, repeats as the Fittest Woman in Argentina and is a two-time Games qualifier.
- Quick Turnaround: Despite claiming her 2020 Games invitation at the Filthy 150 less than two weeks ago, Norwegian Andrea Solberg is making her way to Buenos Aires to show her fourth-place finish in a stacked field in Dublin was no fluke. The 24-year old medical student now looks for her first Sanctional title.
- 16 former Games athletes: Including Rodriguez, there are 16 athletes competing who have previous Games experience as individuals. The most notable of those is Bethany Shadburne, a three-time Games qualifier including an eighth-place finish at this past year’s Games. She is looking to secure her invite after finishing 45th in the Open, below the projected cut-line.
- Teaming up: The team competition could come down to a battle between Invictus and the newly formed Team Odd Squad. Both teams have a bevy of Games experience as individual and team athletes. Invictus placed third in August but this season’s team features a new member in Eric Carmody who will join holdovers Lauren Fisher, Rasmus Andersen and Regan Huckaby. Team Odd Squad also features Games veterans in Alexis Johnson, Emily Tanner, Jordan Cook and Brandon Luckett.
- The Aussies are coming in full force: Australia is sending a strong host of four top competitors to compete for a Games individual qualifying spot. Rob Forte has made eight-straight trips to the Games with his last two on a team. Forte will be pulling double duty as he will also serve as Madeline Sturt’s coach. Sturt is a four-time individual Games qualifier who finished 22nd at this past year’s Games. She’s currently just below the Open cutline at 38th place. Zeke Grove and Jay Crouch round-out the Aussie contingent. Grove has four-straight appearances at the Games including three as an individual. Crouch is looking for his third Games appearance.
- The second Sanctional of the season will be the first that will have events taking place in the water. All Day 1 events are scheduled to be held at Lagos Del Rocio where the first individual event features three rounds of a 1,500-meter run and 40 pull ups and then followed by a 600-meter swim in the lake.
- DirecTV Arena in Buenos Aires will host all events on Saturday and Sunday.
All the workouts were programmed by HAM Plan Training who will also program all the workouts at the Asia CrossFit Championships in May.