CrossFit Royalty: The Final Five Enjoy Improved Athlete Experience
A lot has changed for the final five men and women preparing onsite for the stage two of the CrossFit Games. Increased restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have forced CrossFit to expand their protocols outside of the competition floor, but one unexpected improvement revealed during the athlete Zoom press conference has been the athlete experience behind the scenes.
One big thing: With fewer athletes onsite to account for, the CrossFit Games team has been able to effectively pool resources from sponsors and event budget to provide more personalized amenities across the board for each athlete.
- Director of Sport Dave Castro revealed on a story post in his instagram that each athlete (along with himself), will have their own separate trailer that includes a television, bathroom, refrigerator, microwave, and plenty of room to relax and lay low around event times.
- Swagged out: In a post to her Instagram, Haley Adams gave a quick tour of her trailer during her athlete check-in, which was decked out with her official Games uniform kit from Reebok, a GoRuck backpack, and various accoutrements and treats from Games sponsors and name brands in the sport.
“I feel like a damn movie star in this trailer,” Katrin Davidsdottir stated during a scheduled Zoom call between the athletes and press, and three-time reigning CrossFit Games champion Tia-Clair Toomey echoed similar sentiments about her experience so far.
- Toomey: “We have our own sectioned off areas with our names on everything. Everything is cleaned and stepped up to a whole other level. It goes to show the seriousness and professionalism.”
- But wait there’s more: In addition to having their own athlete areas off the competition floor athletes will be assigned their very own practitioner from Airrosti which will be providing soft tissue and musculo-skeletal body work to athletes around the clock.
Free to roam: We’ve also seen through various social media postings the athletes having free reign within the bubble to move around in warm up areas and in the competition venues to get their last bits of training and preparation in before Friday.
The bottom line: Being one of the final five undoubtedly has its perks. Once the CrossFit Games team was able to mobilize a game plan around a smaller athlete field, it meant an opportunity to provide new and improved amenities that simply weren’t possible with multiple divisions and the larger athlete fields of the past. It’s a lesson in making the most of an unfortunate situation, especially considering these circumstances might not ever happen again.