Challenges and Opportunities: Who Would Have Qualified for Semifinals Based on the 2020 Open

February 23, 2021 by
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In an attempt to see how exciting and competitive the 2021 Semifinals might be, we’ve taken a look at the 2020 Open results as a theoretical model. 

Remind me: Ultimately the semifinal fields will be determined by an online competition (called the Quarterfinals) that is somewhat similar to stage one of the 2020 CrossFit Games. Using the 2020 Open as a model for analyzing the possible pool of athletes works because athletes still had the chance to qualify for the Games directly through the 2020 Open as National Champions or top-20 finishers. This means we have a fairly good idea of who the best athletes in an online format were from that season for most regions around the world. 

For the full lists of athletes who would have made it, see tables below. (Note: in North America and Europe we just did a snake style seeding, but acknowledge that the seeding process will likely be different than this when it plays out in a few months.)

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