What You Need to Know Going Into Day Four
The individuals are back today and will now compete through Sunday along with teams. We’ve already crowned several age group athletes and for the first time in CrossFit history, adaptive athletes. So far the Coliseum has been electric as the crowd roared and cheered through each event. Hopefully everyone is resting their vocal chords, because we’re just getting started.
One big thing: We’ll start and end the day with a full field of athletes in both the Individual and team divisions, however, when we wake up tomorrow, only 30 athletes in each division will remain and cuts will continue. Enjoy the last day of seeing full heats as athletes fight to survive another day.
The weather is forecasted to be a high of 79F (26C) and a low of 59F (15C) in Madison, WI.
- Follow our live blog to stay up to date with what’s going on around the arena.
- Here’s how to follow all the individual athletes through their social media accounts.
- Last but not least, if you’re in Madison, here are all the activities to get involved inside and outside the arena.
Team Leaderboard, End of Day One
- CrossFit Mayhem (400)
- CrossFit Pro1 (379)
- CrossFit Genas (340)
- CrossFit Urban Energy (319)
- CrossFit Nordic (301)
- Plus64 CrossFit (286)
- CrossFit Awaside (280)
- CrossFit Surbiton (277)
- CrossFit Oslo (251)
- CrossFit Resurrection (250)
Speed Reads: A few stories that came out yesterday to get you up to speed.
- Standing alone, running together: Adversity is an understatement of what Danielle Brandon is facing right now after her two teammates Bethany Shadburne and Kari Pearce tested positive for COVID-19 and lost their shot of competing. Brandon, who is tested twice daily, almost had to run the 550-yard-sprint event alone on Wednesday as a safety precaution. But three of her competitors wouldn’t let that happen and said, “I’ll run with her,” giving Brandon a true Games experience. Ultimately, she took first in her heat and placed 5th overall in the run.
- The parallel bars return. Today we will see athletes take on the parallel bars once again as they get upside down for Event 8. The first time they appeared at the Games was in 2018 so the question is, who’s been practicing? We break down how veteran athletes faired the first time around to help predict which of them could fare well in this event later today.
- Susan Clark’s historic victory: The 62-year-old made history yesterday taking home five gold medals, the most any Games athlete has ever walked away with.
- Introducing the neuromusular division competitors: One of the three adaptive divisions in this inaugural year was the neuromuscular division. Each athlete with their own story, but together standing on the Games field competing for the same thing.
- International masters athleters claim the podium: Fourteen athletes representing six different countries outside of the United States stood on the podium and six of them took home gold across all masters divisions. For the past 11 years the masters competition has been primarily American run, but more than a decade later, has turned into an international affair.
- Double duty for parents of teen athletes: Getting your teenager to listen to you is brought to an entirely elevated level when you become not only their parent, but their coach too. Ben Beebe, father of 14-year-old competitor Rylee Beebe, and Rose Subiono, mother of 14-year-old Ka’eo and 16-year-old Elijah, know this all too well when it comes to the balancing act of coaching their kids CrossFit, and being ‘the parent.’
- A family affair: CrossFit has a long history of sibling athletes in the mix. Whether they’re just inside the box, competing at local comps or qualify for the Games, it’s a fun dynamic that as journalists, we love to write about. If you’ve been paying attention to the teenage division at the Games, you’ll notice a slew athlete names that you’re seeing double.
- CrossFit analyst Brian Friend dives into which individual athletes performed well on day one.
- Kara Saunders COVID struggle: After day one, Kara Saunders sits in 34th place overall and many fans are wondering, how could this be? Her husband Matt posted on Instagram, “Kara will never use things as an excuse, but I thought I would fill in for her.” He explained how she’s dealing with the long-term respiratory effects from previously having COVID-19.
- Promoting youth fitness: Project Onyx teamed up with the Institution of Clinical Excellence (ICE) in an effort to raise funds to help young get involved in physical activity. For every dollar that is raised up to $10,000 from now until Monday, August 2, ICE will match.