Team Quarterfinals: Six Key Takeaways

April 25, 2021 by
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The Team Quarterfinals for the 2021 CrossFit Games season has officially come to a close and while there was certainly a lot of excitement this weekend, here are six key takeaways.

1: The Surprisingly Tight Leaderboard In North America

While a quick glance at the North American leaderboard shows what you might expect from the weekend, with Mayhem and Invictus sitting in the top two spots, a closer look at the numbers reveals a much tighter race. The difference in final score between the first-place overall team and the fifteenth-place team was a mere 131 points, which sounds like a large number, but in a competition featuring 157 teams, that number is actually quite low. In fact, many other teams put forth exceptional scores on the leaderboard throughout the competition and even a small slip-up could cause a dip down the leaderboard for any team in North America.

2: The Gyms Who Qualified Multiple Teams for the Semifinals

While qualifying one team for a Semifinal is an impressive accomplishment in its own right, several gyms qualified multiple teams.

Invictus (North America):

  • Team Invictus
  • Invictus Unconquerable
  • Invictus Sorrento Valley

Koda CrossFit (North America):

  • Team Koda
  • Koda CrossFit
  • Koda CrossFit Iron View
  • Koda CrossFit Native
  • Koda CrossFit Norman

Ocean State CrossFit (North America):

  • Ocean State’s Finest
  • Ocean State Gold

CrossFit Kilo (North America):

  • CrossFit Kilo
  • CrossFit Kilo 2

CrossFit Butchers Lab (Europe):

  • Butchers Lab T-Bone
  • Team Butchers Lab

CrossFit Oslo (Europe):

  • CrossFit Oslo Wolfpack
  • CrossFit Oslo Wolfpack 2

Plus 64 CrossFit (Oceania):

  • 64 Army Gold
  • 64 Army Indigo
  • 64 Army Smoke
  • 64 Army Steel

Vittoria CrossFit (South America):

  • Vittoria Morerep’s New Blood
  • Vittoria Morerep’s Classic

Q21 CrossFit (South America):

  • Team Q21
  • Q21 Hormiguero

3: A High Chance of Qualification

While only 25% of teams qualified for Quarterfinals out of each continent (with a minimum of 50 teams being invited from each continent), the Semifinal qualification cutoff made it so that teams had a very high chance of qualifying. That factor coupled with the fact that on average, only 73.5% of teams participated out of all invited teams across continents, gave many teams a solid shot to move forward from the quarterfinals. Here it is by the numbers: 

North America: 80 Teams Qualify for Semifinals

  • 808 Teams competed in the Open.  
  • 78% of qualifying teams registered for Quarterfinals.
  • Teams had a 51% chance of receiving a Semifinal invite at the close of the weekend.

Europe: 40 Teams Qualify for Semifinals

  • 234 Teams competed in the Open.
  • 85% of qualifying teams registered for Quarterfinals.
  • Teams had an 80% chance of receiving a Semifinals invite at the close of the weekend.

Oceania: 20 Teams Qualify for Semifinals

  • 163 Teams Competed in the Open.
  • 90% of qualifying teams registered for Quarterfinals.
  • Teams had a 54% chance of receiving a semifinals invite at the close of the weekend.

South America: 20 Teams Qualify for Semifinals

  • 62 Teams competed in the Open.
  • 80% of qualifying teams registered for Quarterfinals.
  • Teams had a 50% chance of receiving a Semifinals invite at the close of the weekend.

Aisa: 20 Teams Qualify for Semifinals

  • 77 Teams competed in the Open.
  • 60% of qualifying teams registered for Quarterfinals.
  • Teams had a 67% chance of receiving a Semifinals invite at the close of the weekend.

Africa: 20 Teams Qualify for Semifinals

  • 34 Teams Competed In the Open.
  • 48% of qualifying teams registered for Quarterfinals.
  • Teams had an 83% chance of receiving a Semifinals invite at the close of the weekend.

4: The Nail Biting Race for the Number One Team in Asia

While the race was tight in many countries, none so much as in Asia, where the top two teams, Kolesnikov Team and Team Dubai were tied going into the final workout. At the end of the day, Team Dubai took home the top spot, though both teams will move forward to Semifinals, making it an interesting race for the top team in Asia.

5: The Individual Games Athletes Who Made the Switch to Team

While Rich Froning is perhaps the most well known athlete to switch from individual competition to team, a number of other well known Games athletes made appearances this year in the team quarterfinals, as they helped their team make a push to compete at the 2021 CrossFit Games.

  • Mitchel Stevenson competing for Team i1uvit.
  • Rob Forte competing for Reebok CrossFit Frankston.
  • Christian Harris competing for the Move Fast, Lift Heavy Crew.

6: Europe’s Tight Race for the Top Three 

While we’ve noted North America and Asia’s tight races for the top spots, Europe also had an incredibly tight race going into the final workout for the number one spot. With two teams tied for third place overall and only three points separating the top four teams, it was truly unknown who would take home the top spot in Europe until the final scores came in and CrossFit Zurriola Training Culture took home first place overall.

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