Live CrossFit Competition Returns this Weekend in Norway

May 28, 2020 by
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Across a series of Instagram posts over the past week, ATA Fitness, the Norwegian equipment manufacturer announced the 2020 ATA Games, an in-person, live CrossFit competition to be held on May 30, with event partners FYND and AFPT. The event features 20 of Norway’s fittest athletes including the 2019 CrossFit Games podium-finisher, second Fittest Woman on Earth, Kristin Holte.

One big thing: The last major, live CrossFit event featuring elite-level athletes was the Brazil CrossFit Championship, March 6-8 in Sao Paulo. For those of us jonesing for live sports, watching top-tier athletes face-off in person will be a joyous sight. And, the health and safety protocols the ATA Games deploys should give us some insight into what the CrossFit Games might look and feel like later this summer.

How will it work?: On Instagram, the organizers announced, “We have invited 20 of Norway’s best CrossFit athletes to compete…the winners run away with prize money, training equipment…and money donated in their name to a charity for children and young people.” The men’s and women’s winners will also earn a spot in the 2021 Norwegian CrossFit Championship.

  • A post on Monday included a short video clip of a darkened concrete basement garage with the caption, “Over the next six days this garage will go from being a raw concrete basement to becoming a raw competition venue.”
  • On May 7, the Norwegian government set in motion a re-opening plan for the country that will culminate on June 15 with almost no coronavirus restrictions left in place.
  • For the ATA Games, several key mandates were lifted immediately on May 7, allowing “public events of up to 50” people, and “sports activities involving up to 20 people.  
  • The event will adhere to strict rules and no spectators are allowed on-site.

Norway’s Fittest: A who’s who list of elite Norwegian athletes will compete tomorrow. At the top of that list is perennial CrossFit Games athlete and reigning second Fittest Woman on Earth, Kristin Holte. Holte has been recovering from carpal tunnel surgery on her wrist in January. This will be the first glance at how that recovery has gone.

  • Other notable athletes in the women’s field: Matilde Garnes, Andrea Solberg, Sanna Uppling and Tine Thorsen, who all finished the 2020 CrossFit Open in Norway’s top ten. Marie Grythe, who placed first in Norway in the 35-39 division in 2020, and Lena Richter and Inga Loftesnes who both performed well in the Open will compete. Rounding out the field is Norway’s ninth-place finisher in the 2019 Open, Ragnhild Seim, and thirteenth-place finisher in the country’s 2019 functional fitness national championship, Veslemoy Kollstad.
  • On the men’s side: Norway’s national champion, Nicolay Billaudel headlines a strong field that includes seven other top-ten finishers on the country’s Open leaderboard; Anders Gronsund, Eivind Dahl Ringard, Marius Tinglum Pettersen, Kristoffer Wasmuth, Jomar Ringvold, and Hakon Leknes. Sixteenth in Norway in 2020, Christoffer B. Nilsen and twelfth-place finisher in 2018, Morten Rasch Arneson, along with Norway’s 2016 Fittest Teen, Jonathan Andersen round out the field.
  • There have been no clues about what the four events will look like and how ATA Games organizers will test the competitors’ fitness, except for one Instagram post noting that “the exercises for the ATA Games 2020 are varied and well thought out.”

How to watch: The event will be streamed live on Instagram and YouTube. The athlete briefing begins at 8:00 am CEST, the first event begins at 9:00 am CEST.  

It’s worth noting: If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Morning Chalk Up would be reporting live from Amsterdam at the Lowlands CrossFit Throwdown. It would’ve been the sixteenth Sanctional of the season at this point.

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