Is Laura Horvath Poised for a Return Run at the Podium?

July 20, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Laura Horvath (instagram.com/laurahorvaht)

In 2018, a then 21-year-old Laura Horvath took the competitive CrossFit landscape by storm in what is one of the greatest performances ever by a rookie at the CrossFit Games. 

There has not been a rookie Games champion in either the men’s or women’s field since the 2009 Games in Aromas, CA. Since 2010, only Rich Froning (2010), Josh Bridges (2011), Mat Fraser (2014), Tia-Clair Toomey (2015), and Horvath have managed to finish second as rookies. 

Talk about rarified air. 

Three of those four would go on to win at least four titles, and while Bridges was unable to do the same, he certainly continued to make a lasting mark on the sport. Unlike any of those athletes though, Horvath has had relatively poor performances following that initial breakthrough performance. It isn’t exactly an apples to apples comparison though, because her second and third seasons were 2019 and 2020, which for many reasons (some controllable and some not) were very different tests than we had been accustomed to seeing at the Games. 

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