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Another Young Gun Makes a Name for Herself, Inches Closer to Punching a Ticket to The Games

June 19, 2021 by
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Former Teen CrossFit Games athlete Alexis Raptis is looking to break through in the individual division. At 22-years-old, Raptis is right on the cusp of punching her ticket to the Games after day two at the West Coast Classic Semifinal.

  • Raptis has previous Games experience in the Teen division taking fourth place in 2015 and second in 2016 in the Girls 16-17 age group.
  • As many of us had our eye on younger athletes like Emma Cary and Mal O’Brien at the Granite Games, at this in-person Semifinal, we’re directing our attention to Raptis.
  • After day two came to a close, she sat in sixth place, two points behind Dani Speegle in fifth, putting her right at the edge moving into the final day of competition in hopes her next time competing is on the Games floor.

Raptis is one of several athletes to make a move and work out among top-tier athletes at Training Think Tank. Based on her performances so far this weekend, it looks like it’s working.

The start of the competition: Speaking of younger athletes, they continue to impress us with how strong they’ve become. The competition kicked off with the Snatch Ladder from 2016, ending with a 175-pound snatch for the women.

  • Raptis flew through the snatch ladder leading her heat the entire time.
  • Overall, she took an eight-place finish.
  • Most impressive though, she hit the 175-pound bar twice no problem with her max snatch being just five pounds heavier at 180.

Day one closed out with Legless 13 which involved thrusters and legless rope climbs. While it wasn’t a top-five finish for Raptis finishing in 13th, day two is when things really started to heat up for her.

It was a hot and early morning for the athletes to tackle Ruck Run 2.0 from 2019, but Raptis handled the heat, taking home third place. But possibly her most impressive performance was in the Triple G Chipper from 2017 finishing in fourth-place for the event.

  • The workout had high volume pull-ups, GHD sit-ups, pistols, rowing and dumbbell push-press. This is a workout that will prove how consistent you are as an athlete and Raptis did not disappoint.
  • Holding a pace to keep her in the middle of the pack for most of the workout, she made her move when she advanced to the dumbbell push-press.
  • Raptis moved the 70-pound dumbbells smooth and fast giving her the edge she needed to come in third in her heat and fourth overall in the workout.

The final event of the day was the Regional Finale 2017, a blink-and-you-miss-it sprint workout of assault bike calories, burpee box jump-overs and Dball cleans. Athletes were separated by just tenths of a second, making it difficult to even see who crossed the finish line when.

Raptis took a ninth-place finish, squeezing her into a sixth-place overall, keeping her in contention to advance to the Games. Only two points away from fifth-place, day three is going to be a tight race to see how the leaderboard shakes out.

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