Justin Medeiros Prepares for CrossFit Open 21.2 Announcement Matchup vs. Samuel Kwant

March 18, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Justin Medeiros (instagram.com/justin_medeiros34/)
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This evening, defending CrossFit Games Rookie of the Year and 2020 Games third-place finisher Justin Medeiros will take part in his first Open announcement. He will face off with four-time Games veteran and 2020 Games second-place finisher Samuel Kwant in a battle of “Youth vs. Experience.” 

The matchup will air on the CrossFit Games official YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Getting involved: When CrossFit Home Office reached out to Medeiros about participating in the Open announcement he did not hesitate before accepting. 

  • “For one, I just think it’s so awesome,” Medeiros said. “I grew up watching the sport and getting to see all these legends do all these Open announcements. It’s an honor that they even thought about me to do it. I think it’s an awesome opportunity. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do it again.”
  • “(It’s) definitely something I wanted to participate in. It’s like an hour-and-a-half from where I’m from, so I’m gonna go home, see my family, and throw down on the Open workout.”

A familiar face: One of the last people competing against Medeiros during the 2020 CrossFit Games was Kwant. The two men battled for spots on the podium and then ended the season next to each other. Now they will face off once again while sharing the spotlight. 

  • “It’s definitely kind of weird, but I’m not surprised,” Medeiros said. “Once I got asked to do the Open announcement — they didn’t tell me who I was going against — so I tried to think about who they would want me to go against, and Sam was the first name that crossed my mind.”
  • Medeiros had his guesses about his opponent, but he had to wait for the final answer. He did not know that Kwant would be the one joining him until CrossFit’s Home Office provided the answer with the official announcement. 

What lies in wait: After the announcement of the spotlight athletes, Medeiros askedif there was any chance that “something heavy” shows up in 21.2, but he wasn’t trying to make predictions and knows that Castro’s hints are red herrings.  

  • “I think if you ever have an idea, Dave’s going to throw you a curveball,” Medeiros said. “So you never really know what to expect.”
  • Medeiros continued and laid out some hopes for the upcoming workout. “I think heavy barbells or something would be really fun to do on a live announcement, but I feel like we are going to see a little bit of that 50-pound dumbbell that I saw on the equipment list. I feel like that’s going to pop up this week, but who knows.”

Lack of fanfare: The Open announcements are taking place at the CrossFit Home Office in Scotts Valley, CA. There are no screaming crowds like in years past, and there are only a limited number of people allowed to watch Kwant and Medeiros go head-to-head. However, both men have experience with this kind of setup during the 2020 CrossFit Games. 

  • “It kind of takes you back to training,” Medeiros said. “Like, most of your training is not done in front of a crowd. That’s pretty much how I train every day. The no music is a little different.”
  • “It definitely helps being at the Games and stuff like that. It’s going to be pretty fun. I can’t wait to have an audience again. I’m definitely looking forward to that.”

The bottom line: Medeiros doesn’t know what to expect during the Open announcement, but he is very excited about the opportunity to compete once again. His ultimate goal is to continue pushing forward through each stage of the season and reach the Games for the second consecutive year. Medeiros is off to a strong start after posting a time of 11:31 in 21.1, the sixth-fastest worldwide. 

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