Analysis: Can Women Compete in CrossFit Longer than Men?

July 19, 2021 by
Photo Credits: Sam Briggs (instagram.com/bicepslikebriggs), Mallory O’Brien (instagram.com/malobrien_)

In ordinary life, a 39-year-old and a 17-year-old wouldn’t usually have much in common, but when it comes to this year’s CrossFit Games, three of them have a lot to talk about.  

  • That’s because the oldest competitor in this year’s women’s field, 39-year-old Samantha Briggs, will be going head-to-head with two teenagers 22 years her junior, Emma Cary and Mallory O’Brien, in what is the biggest age gap since the 2012 Games. 
  • On the men’s side, the age gap between the oldest and youngest competitor—37-year-old Jason Smith, and 21-year-old Guilherme Malheiros, is 16 years—the second biggest age gap in the last 10 years (both the 2014 and 2015 fields saw a 17-year age gap between the oldest and youngest male). 

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