A Closer Look: The CrossFit Games Stage Two Schedule

October 13, 2020 by
Photo Credit: CrossFit LLC.

Early Tuesday morning pacific time, the CrossFit Games announced the broadcast and streaming schedule for stage two.

The announcement comes following Dave Castro’s day one programming hint as the “Final Five” athletes are making the final preparations to head to California where they will quarantine in the competition “bubble,” prior to the start of the competition.

The details so far: Three total days of competition at the Ranch and any potential offsite locations, as well as 10 total broadcast and streaming windows across the weekend ranging from 10 minutes to two hours where events will be taking place.

  • Throwback: The three day competition schedule in Aromas will be the first time that the finals format has been condensed to fewer than four days since the 2010 CrossFit Games, which coincidentally was the first year that the Games left the Ranch.

One big thing: Although there are only 10 competition livestream windows, Director of Sport Dave Castro has repeatedly stated that he believes this will be the toughest year of the Games, which means there will likely be somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 to 15 scored events based on the history of past years.

  • Since 2012 the CrossFit Games has featured no fewer than 12 scored events across the entirety of the competition. The test included 12 events in 2019 and 2013, 13 events in 2014, 2015, and 2017, 14 events in 2012 and 2018, and a whopping 15 events in 2016.
  • Long days ahead: On multiple occasions athletes have had to tackle up to five scored events in total during a single competition day, including in 2016 the year they last competed at the Ranch. This would provide up to 15 total scored events across three days if Castro really pushed the envelope.

Double trouble: Eight out of the last nine years at the Games athletes have taken the field during a single competition window and have taken part in multiple scored events either at once (Pendleton 1 and 2 in 2012) or in back to back events (Bicouplet 1 and 2 in 2018). These “2-for-1” events have allowed Dave Castro and the CrossFit Games team to broaden the test despite tight schedules and broadcast timelines.

  • Live on CBS Sports: One possible window for multiple events would be Saturday’s designated live broadcast window on CBS Sports. Slated for two full hours, typically the windows of competition at the Games set aside for television in past years have included multiple marquis events to maximize variety and exposure on the big platforms.
  • It’s a trend that first debuted in 2013, the CrossFit Games’ first true live window on ESPN where the final two events — The Cinco 1 and The Cinco 2 — were shown during a one hour window in which Sam Briggs and Rich Froning were eventually crowned champions.

Finishing strong: Seven times since 2011 the final day of competition has featured a 2-for-1 style event, and five times they included the final events of the weekend. Looking at the competition blocks, the final block on Sunday is the longest, so it’s possible we could get two full scored events to close out the season Sunday and add some extra drama for the podium races.