Mertens, Rolfe Win Loud and Live’s The Trials Finals, New Digital Format Revealed
The Trials Finals, hosted by Loud and Live Sports, aired this past weekend on a new digital platform.
Following the global Trials online competition in the fall, top competitors from three regions (Spanish, Latin American, and the US), in multiple divisions, were identified behind closed doors by the event organizers and the Trials Finals began to take shape.
Competitors who qualified were not even aware that they’d made it to the finals until last week. In essence, What fans were able to watch was a competition that had taken place several weeks prior, and athletes and fans alike were able to enjoy it as though it were happening live. The top three elite men and women receive a cash prize. $5,000 USD for first, $3,000 USD for second and $1,000 USD for third.
Here’s a recap of the elite division for men and women, as well as the final leaderboard for the other divisions.
Consistency is typically king in CrossFit, and CrossFit Kilo’s Colten Mertens was the epitome of that. Across six events he never finished worse than fifth. He won Devil Woman, placed third in four other workouts, and had a fifth-place finish in Jacklyn. Mertens is very adept at online competitions, having qualified in both of the previous seasons for the Rogue Invitational via the online qualifier, and bookending the 2020 Rogue Invitational last season with event wins in the online format against top Games competition.
Finishing second to Mertens was Russia’s Ilin Aleksandr. He did so on the shoulders of event wins in Macho Nacho and Triple Double and a second-place finish in the finale, Take the Hill.
Rounding out the podium for the men was Kyle Bernier, a Training Think Tank athlete who started making some strides last season during the Sanctional season when he competed at Dubai (21st), Mayhem (4th), and Strength in Depth (15th). Bernier finished 7th or better in all workouts, with a second-place finish on Jacklyn.
Although the names were different than we might be used to at the top of the elite women’s competition, the margins for victory were as close as ever.
When the dust settled after the final event, Canada’s Emily Rolfe and MisFit representative Caroline Conners finished in first and second. Rolfe ended with 19 total points, while Conners finished with 26.
Brazilian national champion Lari Cunha rounded out the podium for the women finishing only three points behind Conners with 29. She had an event win on Jacklyn and took second on Devil Woman.
As Loud and Live Sports typically does, their event featured a variety of divisions, including several Masters and Teenage divisions:
- Joel Bran, Argentina (18 points)
- Michael Laverriere, Canada (18 points)
- Fernando Villafana, Mexico (25 points)
- Rachel Green, USA (8 points)
- Julia Kenyon, USA (15 points)
- Christelle El Debs, Lebanon (19 points)
- Heath Moody, USA (11 points)
- Jeremy Martin, USA (13 points)
- Nick Deschenes, Canada (22 points)
- Brandi Cantwell, USA (8 points)
- Cecilia Godoy Valdivieso, Argentina (12 points)
- Fabiana Idini, Italy (16 points)
- Pavel Motouzenko, Russia (11 points)
- Mikhail Vichnyi, Russia (17 points)
- Juan Jose Rubino, Spain (24 points)
- Brita Fritsch, Germany (9 points)
- Kimberly Carter, USA (14 points)
- Carrie Evans, USA (14 points)
- David Madina, Spain (10 points)
- Bill Blaze Cileo, USA (13 points)
- Stuart Swanson, USA (27 points)
- Francoise Mahier, France (11 points)
- Leanne Smith, USA (21 points)
- Kelli Moore, USA (21 points)
- Jack Peck, USA (7 points)
- Brady Fluet, USA (16 points)
- Joaquin Dionio, USA (21 points)
- Rebekah Devine, USA (11 points)
- Abigail Spinelli, Argentina (12 points)
- Delia Moises, USA (16 points)
- Ty Jenkins, USA (10 points)
- Kaiden Myers, USA (15 points)
- Akil Javier Lopez Montoya, Mexico (18 points)
- Lucy McGonigle, UK (10 points)
- Hayes Willard, USA (13 points)
- Hannah Martinez Zarazua, Mexico (21 points)