CrossFitters Set to Compete in Season 2 of The Titan Games
For those CrossFit fans bored of rewatching past Games, Regionals and Sanctional competitions on YouTube during the COVID-19 pandemic, here comes “The Rock” to the rescue! Dwayne Johnson and NBC will premier season two of The Titan Games on May 25. The fitness competition series will feature some well-known CrossFitters competing against other athletes from different fitness disciplines for the $100,000 prize and the title of “Titan”.
Who to watch for: Three names stick out in the field of 36 contestants, CrossFit Games veterans Margaux Alvarez and Dani Speegle, and 2012 podium finisher, Matt Chan.
- The 42-year old Chan is considered one of the legends of the sport having competed at the CrossFit Games six times as an individual with four top-ten finishes including a runner-up finish at the 2012 Games.
- Alvarez is a seven-time Games athlete including six as an individual, placing as high as ninth at the 2015 Games.
- Speegle was one of the busiest athletes during the 2019 season, competing in six Sanctionals, leading to her first Games appearance where she finished 26th. This year she punched her second-straight ticket to the Games after placing 18th in the Open.
- Seven other athletes competing on The Titan Games have ties to CrossFit including Kelly Stone who has competed at the games twice as a member of CrossFit Omnia. This season she finished 60th in the Open, the best finish in her career.
- Kelly Valdez and Natalie Talbert each have competed at Regionals on teams.
- Robbie Rodriguez, Courtney Roselle, Joshua Porter and Kareem Brinson round out the athletes who have CrossFit ties or have competed in CrossFit events.
What to watch for: Season One of The Titan Games averaged over 5 million viewers during its ten-episode run; it featured an elimination-style bracket for both men and women athletes. The events test every level of fitness including endurance, strength, speed and toughness.
- Hosted and executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, this year’s season introduces six professional athletes for the contestants to compete against. UFC champion Tyron Woodley, “American Ninja Warrior” Jessie Graff, Olympic gold-medal boxer Claressa Shields, Olympic gold-medal snowboarder Hannah Teter and former NFL stars Joe Thomas and Victor Cruz will test their fitness against their counterparts in various elimination events.
- The athletes will be broken into three divisions representing the region of the United States they are from with the goal to crown one male and female Titan Champion at the end of the competition.
- The professional athletes will also compete for the title and if they win, the $100,000 prize money goes to the charity of their choice.
- Last season featured 64 athletes, powerlifter Charity Witt and professional bodybuilder James Jean-Louis were crowned the inaugural Titan Champions.
- Nine of the athletes competing last year had backgrounds in CrossFit, led by two-time Games athlete Jessica Griffith, who made it to the semifinals before being eliminated by Witt.
- The other CrossFitters included Breona Evans (six-time Regional athlete), Erin LaVoie (affiliate owner of Predation CrossFit), Gina Policastro, Julie Dudley, Mariah Counts, Matt Cable, Melody Schofield and Nichole Root.
- “This season of The Titan Games is going to be even bigger than last season,” Johnson said in an official statement. “We created an incredible new Titan arena with new insane challenges, and we’ve selected some of the fiercest competitors we’ve ever seen… All of the men and women are true athletes and competitors who give it their all in the Titan arena.”