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CrossFit Crowns 213 National Champions, Five Male, Six Female Titles Still in Contention

July 14, 2021 by
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Today, CrossFit Home Office announced that 106 women and 107 men have been crowned national champions, with five male and six female titles still up for grabs. A total of 33 men and 28 women are still in contention for the national championship, which will be determined once competition concludes at the CrossFit Games. 

  • When the season is over, a total of 281 athletes will be crowned national champions: 132 women and 149 men. 
  • There are still 21 women and 36 men pending who have been asked to provide video and/or citizenship details before being confirmed. 

One big thing: The criteria for determining a national champion has changed since it was first introduced in 2015 and national champions were determined based on performance in the CrossFit Open. For the 2021 CrossFit Games season, the Fittest in each country is determined by which athlete reaches the furthest stage in the Games season. 

  • Tiebreaker: If two athletes reach the same stage of competition, the athlete with the higher finish will be crowned. 

Why the change? Especially in the North American and European countries, the Open is a poor determinant of who is, in fact, the fittest in that country.  

  • For example, Kari Pearce has only been the U.S. Open national champion once, in 2020. However, she was the highest-placing American woman at the Games in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  

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