Breaking Down the Mayhem Madness Online Qualifier Results
As we wait for the results to be finalized for the Mayhem Madness online qualifier, the unofficial results have been posted, reflecting a star-studded cast among the top teams. With 54 teams registered and participating in five grueling workouts for a chance to compete in the team-only event, on the line was a prize purse of $6,000 for the top three teams, three qualifying spots for the competition on August 2-9 in Cookeville, Tennessee and seeding for teams that have already gained invitations through Sanctionals.
One big thing: The leaderboard from the online qualifier shows a wealth of “Super Teams” that look to unseat Mayhem Freedom as the top team in the world at the competition.
- The nine teams that received a 2020 CrossFit Games invitation before the season abruptly ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting cancelation of the team competition at this year’s Games received automatic invites to the Mayhem Madness.
- With the exception of the two Mayhem teams, the remaining seven teams were required to compete in the online qualifier for seeding purposes.
- Announced as a 12-team event, the remaining three spots for the live competition would be selected from the top three teams in the qualifier not already qualified.
Sanctional invites: Two of the seven non-Mayhem teams declined their invitations. Team Butcher’s Lab, the winner at the Pandaland CrossFit Championship, and Team Odd Squad, winner of the team event at the SouthFit CrossFit Challenge have each declined their invitations.
- Butcher’s Lab team member’s Rebecka Vitesson (Sweden), Louise Wickström (Sweden), André Houdet (Denmark) and Julian Kragh-Maschvitsz (Denmark) declined due to travel restrictions.
- The Athlete Program will receive Butcher’s Lab invitation after finishing second at the Pandaland CrossFit Challenge. The team made up of Brits Mike Catris, Alec Harwood, Charlotte Spence and Maddy Harris, placed 30th in the online qualifier.
- Odd Squad declined their invitation due to a rash of injuries to their team including to their team captain and Game’s veteran Alexis Johnson who is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
- Invictus GOWOD was the runner-up to Odd Squad at the SouthFit CrossFit Challenge and will receive the invitation. Last year’s third-place team at the Games returns Lauren Fisher and Regan Huckaby with Games veterans Eric Carmody and Willy Georges new to this year’s team.
- P10 Performance Misfit was the top team in the qualifier among the Sanctional invites finishing second in the overall leaderboard. Taylor Williamson, Andrea Nisler and Roy Gamboa added Chandler Smith to the team roster. Smith, announced that he will now compete at the 2020 CrossFit Games, making him the only athlete to date that will compete at both events.
- The Progrm won the Norwegian CrossFit Championship and placed 11th in the qualifier. A truly international team with all four athletes each representing a different European country, Jamie Headon (Ireland), Matilde Garnes (Norway), Ella Wunger (Sweden) and Joshua Wichtrup (Germany) recorded three top-ten finishes in the qualifier including two top-fives.
- ROMWOD Meatsquad was the season’s first team Sanctional champion when they won Filthy 150 in November 2019. Dex Hopkins, Christian Harris, Kelly Baker and Brooke Haas placed 18th in the qualifier.
- The Brazil CrossFit Championship’s top team, Taranis Lifetree, placed 23rd in the qualifier. The Canadian team features Steve Howell, Caileigh McDade, Christina Seeley and Caleb Woiwod.
- The last team to qualify before the cancellation of the Sanctional season was from the Australian CrossFit Championship with Starr Strength Black placing second behind Mayhem Independence who received their invite at Wodapalooza. Team captain Alethea Boon added four-time Games qualifier and last year’s “5th Fittest Man on Earth” James Newbury to the team that features Rees Machell and Christee Hollard. The team finished 25th in the qualifier.
The “Next Three”: Based on the unofficial results, the next three teams that could receive invites to the Mayhem Madness feature star-studded line-ups filled with Games athletes.
- Alec Smith put together a last-minute team that ended up winning the qualifier. This iteration of Team Krypton features a pair of Canadian athletes who are no strangers to the Games in Alessandra Pichelli and Carolyne Prevost. Two-time Games veteran Streat Hoerner rounds out the team that finished in the top four in all five events of the qualifier including a win in event one.
- Another team from the Misfit stable is currently in a qualifying spot. Team Misfit finished in third to grab the second qualifying spot thanks to four top-five finishes. Games veteran Jordan Cook was a member of the Odd Squad team that declined their invite and he’s joined by Caroline Conners, Paige Semenza and Austin Spencer.
- The Canadians, a team composed of athletes from the “Great White North” are currently in fourth, just ten points behind Team Misfit, but in the third and final qualifying spot. The team features the country’s men and women’s Open champions in Jeffrey Adler and Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault. Games veterans Samuel Cournoyer and Emily Rolfe round-out the team.
Travel restrictions: As stated above, the competition field could be affected by travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Starr Strength Black and The Progrm are among the teams that could be affected by restrictions.
- If the Mayhem Madness organizers elect to backfill from the qualifier, the Chasing Madness team consisting of Alison Scudds, Christian Lucero, Feeroozeh Saghafi and Raphael Durand would be the next team in. They finished fifth in the qualifier with five top-ten finishes including an event win.
- Mayhem Independence could also be affected by the travel restrictions as team member Royce Dunne lives in Australia whose borders are currently closed.