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Podium Guide: Adaptive Athletes Get Their Time to Shine at the Games

July 25, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Seraphin Perier
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The highly anticipated Adaptive Division makes its debut on Tuesday at the NOBULL CrossFit Games. A total of 30 athletes between six divisions will showcase that no matter your limitation, anyone can maximize their fitness potential. And with these athletes, in quite an incredible way.

Here are the adaptive athletes we’ll be watching to make a run for the top of the podium in the division’s inaugural year.

Men Upper Extremity

Photo Credit: Casey Acree
  • Casey Acree: The 28-year-old is considered the favorite in this division after winning the Open. Competition wise, he has competed twice at Wodapalooza in the Adaptive Standing division, capturing the title in 2019 and 2020.
  • Logan Aldridge: Aldridge has been one of the driving forces in getting the adaptive divisions included in the Games. He’s also the training director at the Adaptive Training Academy and just recently hit a PR clean and jerk at last month’s Bacon Beatdown. He finished 4th in the Open.
  • Josue Maldonodo: At 22-years-old, Maldonodo is the youngest competitor amongst all the Adaptive Division athletes. He finished second in the Open, just six points behind Acree, highlighted by his event win in 21.4 where he back squatted 415 pounds/188kg for his 4-rep max.

Women Upper Extremity

Photo Credit: Wodapalooza
  • Coutenceau Anne-Laure: She is one of three international athletes that will be competing in this division. The native of France placed third in the Open and prior to that, competed live in the Adaptive Standing division at Wodapalooza where she took 4th.
  • Sabrina Daniela Lopez: Last year, Daniela Lopez suffered a freak accident while performing ring muscle-ups that severely limited the mobility in her wrist. Having competed in CrossFit since 2013, she didn’t want to give that up and that led her to the adaptive division where she placed first in the Open. 

Men Lower Extremity

  • Ole Kristian Antonsen: In 2015, Kristian Antonsen had his lower right leg amputated after his foot was essentially burned off from being covered in molten liquid aluminum. The Norwegian has since won a title at the WheelWOD Games in 2019 and won the division in the Open this year thanks to two event wins. He’s one of just two athletes to win multiple events in the Open in the six division Games field.
  • Seraphin Perier: The Frenchman finished second to Kristian Antonsen in the Open, recording two top five finishes. In 2020, he placed second behind Acree in the Adaptive Standing division at Wodapalooza.

Women Lower Extremity

  • Natalie Bieule: A 2016 USA Paralympian, the 38-year-old mother of two was the first amputee to compete at Wodapalooza back in 2014. She recorded three top three finishes in the Open leading her to the top of the leaderboard.
  • Sarah Rudder: A Marine veteran, Rudder had her lower left leg amputated after multiple surgeries failed to heal an ankle injury caused in part when she suffered an accident while searching for remains of victims after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the Pentagon. She tied fellow American Amy Bream for second in the Open.

Men Neuromuscular

  • Brett Horchar: Horchar was dominant in his division, joining Kristian Antonsen the only other athlete in the Games adaptive division field with multiple Open event wins. He took home first in 21.3 and 21.4 with the latter coming with a weight of 235 pounds/106kg in the complex.
  • Sylvania Harrod: A disabled veteran who is affected by advanced stage neurological Lyme Disease, won 21.2 in the division which fast tracked his way to a runner-up finish overall.

Women Neuromuscular

  • Shannon Ogar: Ogar, the wife of Kevin Ogar, won the Adaptive Standing division at Wodapalooza in 2020 and followed that with a third place finish in this year’s Open with top ten finishes across all four workouts.
  • Letchen Du Plessis: The South African won the Open after finishing all four events within the top three including an event win in 21.2.
  • Alisha Davis: Placed second in the Open behind Du Plessis with four top ten finishes. In 2020, she placed third in the Adaptive Standing division at Wodapalooza.

How to watch the adaptive division: The CrossFit Games will be broadcast LIVE all divisions with the exception of coverage conflicts on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

  • Live video coverage will be available on the Games homepage as well as on their official YouTube and Twitch channels as well their Facebook page.
  • The MCU team will be onsite providing coverage of the competition with exclusive athlete interviews, in-depth coverage, highlights, analysis, images and daily recaps on our website, and on our official YouTube and Instagram pages. Subscribe and sign-up for alerts and updates on the latest content as it’s posted.
  • We will also be providing a Live Blog on our Games Page throughout the week of competition where our staff and expert analysts will keep you up to date on the latest news and stats.
  • We will have media staff on site dedicated to covering age group and adaptive divisions. 

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