CrossFit Games

The Parallel Bars Return: Who Performed Well in 2018?

July 29, 2021 by
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Earlier this week, Dave Castro announced Individual Event 8 of the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games as a handstand walk obstacle course. For the first time since 2018, fans will see the return of the parallel bars for handstand walking.

One big thing: When the parallel bars were first introduced into the handstand walk obstacle course in 2018, many athletes struggled, with 17 women and ten men unable to make it through the parallel bars. 

  • While we’ve seen growth in the ability of athletes in high level skill work, it’s unlikely many have been working on their parallel bar skills over the past three years based on our review of athletes’ Instagram videos. 

For what it’s worth, this would be an obvious workout for athletes to take advantage of the $10,000 event win prize purse Reebok is putting up for anyone who wears their shoes, especially since you use your feet almost literally never.

Top twenty returning females: Of the women who placed in the top twenty in this event in 2018, thirteen are returning.

  • Brooke Wells – 1st (1:57)
  • Katrin Davidsdottir – 4th (2:05)
  • Laura Horvath – 6th (2:12)
  • Kari Pearce – 7th (2:15)
  • Kristin Holte – 9th (2:28)
  • Tia-Clair Toomey – 10th (2:56)
  • Mekenzie Riley – 11th (2:58)
  • Annie Thorisdottir – 12th (3:08)
  • Kara Saunders – 13th (3:13)
  • Kristi O’Connell – 15th (3:45)
  • Alessandra Pichelli – 16th (3:46)
  • Bethany Shadburne – 17th (3:46)
  • Amanda Barnhart – 20th (Cap+1)

Top twenty returning men men: Of the top twenty men from 2018, five will be returning to complete the handstand walk obstacle course again.

  • BKG – 7th (2:12)
  • Noah Ohlsen – 9th (2:15.51)
  • Patrick Vellner – 10th (2:15.65)
  • Cole Sager – 11th (2:22)
  • Saxon Panchik – 12th (2:23)

Why it matters: Each year one of the most exciting parts of the Games is the return of old tests. While it’s not a one-to-one comparison to the 2018 handstand obstacle course, fans will get to see how well athletes have prepared to tackle the odd movement.

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