2020 CrossFit Games Age Group Preview: Men and Women Ages 60+
We close out the Masters divisions in our preview of the 2020 CrossFit Games Age Group qualifiers with part six, the 60+ division. These standings are unofficial after the Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ) scores were submitted and could change due to score adjustments as the top-25 athletes in each division must submit videos to CrossFit HQ for review. Recently, CrossFit HQ stated that it is extending the video review period and concluding the process on April 29. The leaderboard is scheduled to be finalized after the appeals process concludes on May 11 with the top ten athletes in each division receiving an invitation to the Games.
Chad Schroeder dives into the numbers of the AGOQ even more, breaking down all the divisions with his statistical analysis.
Men’s 60+ division: Two names stand out in the field as both of those athletes have combined to win six Masters Championships. The field features a balanced mixture of five newcomers to the division and five who return to compete for the title. With a combined 27 years of Games appearances, the experienced field has just two athletes who will be making their Games debut.
- Will Powell will attempt to make history as he competes in the 60+ division for the first time. Powell is looking to become the first three-division Masters champion in Games history. He won three-straight titles from 2014-2016, with his first championship occurring in the 50-54 division before winning consecutive titles in the 55-59 division. Prior to winning this year’s AGOQ in his new division, Powell competed in seven-straight Games with four podium finishes. He goes into the Games as the favorite with dominating performances in both the Worldwide Open and the AGOQ. He won his third AGOQ, just the second Masters athlete to accomplish that feat. His 15 points were the lowest point total in the Masters AGOQ, he recorded three event wins, giving him five career AGOQ event wins, and had no event finish worse than sixth. One of his event wins was in the max clean and jerk with a lift of 252 lbs.
- David Gantz returns to the Games after missing the cut the last two seasons. The four-time Games veteran will make his division debut after competing in the 55-59 division from 2015-2019 and the 50-54 division in 2014. His best finish at the Games was in 2016 when he placed third. He finished second in this year’s Worldwide Open before repeating the feat in the AGOQ. In the AGOQ, Gantz recorded five top-ten finishes including three third place results.
- David Hippensteel, the owner of arguably the best head of hair in the CrossFit community, qualifies for his eighth-straight Games and joins Powell in the division as a three-time Masters champion. Hippensteel saw his dominance in the division come to an end at the Games last season when he placed fifth, snapping his string of three-straight championship seasons. He has finished in the top-ten in all seven of his prior Games appearances. The 64-year old finished third in this year’s AGOQ recording five top-ten event finishes. He won event one for his seventh career AGOQ event victory, which ties Giulio Silvino for the second-most all-time in the Masters division.
- Mitchell Taylor will make his rookie Games debut at the age of 60 as he tied for fourth in the AGOQ. He recorded three top-five finishes including a second place in event three. In the Worldwide Open, Taylor placed 14th overall in the division.
- Carl Giuffre qualifies for his second-straight Games after making his debut last season. He looks to build off a third place finish at the 2019 Games after tying Taylor for fourth in the AGOQ. Last year he placed third in the AGOQ and has eight combined top-ten finishes in 11 events over the last two years. At the 2019 Games, Giuffre recorded five top-five event finishes including an event win in the 2-rep max overhead squat.
- Michael Brown will make his third-straight Games appearance in the division with his sixth place showing in the AGOQ. Last year he placed sixth at the Games, picking up his second career event victory when he tied Giuffre for the 2-rep max overhead squat win. In his rookie season, he placed fifth at the 2018 Games.
- Alan Boyce joins Taylor as Games rookies this year after finishing seventh in the AGOQ. The 60-year old placed sixth in the division in this year’s Worldwide Open. In the AGOQ, he recorded two top-ten finishes to help secure his Games invite.
- Thomas Ackerman receives his fourth Games invitation at 66-years old, the oldest athlete set to compete at the 2020 Games. Last appearing at the Games at the 2017 Games, Ackerman just missed qualifying last year, tying for 11th place in the AGOQ. This year he placed ninth thanks to a victory in event three. He competed at Wodapalooza in February, finishing fifth in the 60+ division. Ackerman was a podium finisher at the 2014 Games, placing third.
- Timothy Vivian will make his third trip to the Games after placing ninth in the AGOQ. Last competing 2016 Games in the 55-59 division, Vivian will make his debut in the new division after recording four top-ten finishes in the AGOQ. In this year’s Worldwide Open, he placed third in the division. Vivian recorded a runner-up finish at Wodapalooza in February, finishing with six top-three finishes including one event win.
- Ken Wellner made his Games debut last year when he placed seventh in the division. He returns to the Games after placing tenth in the AGOQ thanks to two top-ten finishes. Last year he placed fourth in the AGOQ, helped by his first career event win.
Outside looking in: Scott Jackson, Steve Marino, David Hardie, Ivan Blumberg and Keith Williams are the next five athletes outside the cutline. Hardie placed eighth in the division at the Games last year. After finishing 11th last year in the AGOQ, Marino right now appears to be short of his first Games appearance after placing 12th in the AGOQ this year.
Women’s 60+ division: The women’s division is packed with Games veterans, combining for 37 appearances including ten by CrossFit’s “Ironwoman.” A one-time division champion is also amongst the field as she looks to regain her place atop the podium.
- Pauline Sciascia was able to hold on to win her first career AGOQ and secure her third-straight Games invitation. She recorded four top-five finishes including two event wins, the only athlete in the division to win two events. Last year she placed second in the AGOQ. At the Games last year she finished third in the division thanks to three top-three event finishes. In her Games debut in 2018 she placed seventh. The native of New Zealand placed second in the division in the Worldwide Open.
- Patty Failla saw her streak of six-straight Games appearances snapped last year. She bounced back this year and just missed the AGOQ victory by one point. The division’s 2017 Games champion, has three podium finishes, adding a runner-up finish in 2018 and a third place finish in the 55-59 division in 2014. In this year’s AGOQ she recorded five top-ten finishes including three third places.
- Patricia McGill qualified for her first Games last year and subsequently finished second in her rookie debut. The Canadian copied her third place AGOQ finish from last year, while picking up her first AGOQ event win this year. She ended up with five top-ten finishes as she improved her point total from last year by one point. McGill competed at Wodapalooza in February and won the 60+ division, taking first in four of the seven events.
- Lynn Knapman continues her amazing streak by qualifying for her 11th-straight Games. The “Ironwoman” has competed in every Masters competition the Games has held, the only athlete to accomplish that feat. The Aussie first qualified in 2010, the same year she started CrossFit. Despite her veteran experience, she will be a rookie in the division after placing fourth in the AGOQ. She recorded five top-ten finishes in the AGOQ including a second place result in event four. Knapman has two podium finishes at the Games, with her best finish being in 2015 when she was the runner-up in her debut appearance at the 55-59 division. She followed that with a third place finish in 2016 followed by fourth place finishes from 2017-2019 to wrap up her career in that division.
- Donna Bruce took the 2019 season off after appearing in four-straight Games in the 55-59 division from 2015-2018. Competing in a new division, she placed fifth in this year’s AGOQ thanks to four top-ten finishes. Her best event finish was in the max clean and jerk, placing second with a lift of 150 LBS. Her best finish at the Games were a pair of eighth places at the 2015 and 2016 Games.
- Pam Kusar will receive her fourth Games invitation and first in the 60+ division after competing in the 55-59 division previously. She made her Games debut in 2016 where she placed a career-best sixth, then followed that with appearances in both 2017 and 2018. In this year’s AGOQ, she recorded four top-five finishes
- Jarka Giangiulio makes her second Games appearance, three years after her rookie debut. She placed 15th in the 55-59 division at the 2016 Games. She earned this year’s invitation after recording three top-ten event finishes in the AGOQ.
- Christine Long will make her second-straight Games appearance after placing eighth in the AGOQ. Last year as a Games rookie, the Canadian placed ninth. She recorded three top-ten finishes in this year’s AGOQ including a third place in event four.
- Heidi Fish receives her sixth Games invite and will compete in her third different Masters division. A two-time Games podium finisher, she competed against Knapman at the Masters division debut at the 2010 Games. She would place third that season and followed that with a runner-up finish at the 2011 Games. She last appeared at the Games in 2016, where she competed in the 55-59 division.
- Diana Flynn finished tenth in the AGOQ to earn her second-straight Games invitation and fifth overall. Competing in the division for the first time last year, she placed fourth in the AGOQ before placing fifth at the Games. At the Games she recorded five top-five finishes as she tied her career-best finish at the Games. At the 2014 Games, her debut season, she placed fifth in the 55-59 division.
Outside looking in: Elizabeth Cole, Debby Cook, Aida Carrion, April Kitagawa and Sue Lawson are the next five athletes outside the cutline. Cole, Cook, Kitagawa and Lawson all competed at the Games last year after placing in the top ten in the AGOQ. Lawson placed fourth, just ten points behind third place finisher Sciascia, last year.