Backfilled, Baylee Rayl Proves Herself Against Fittest on Earth
A couple of months ago, after the Quarterfinals dust settled, Baylee Rayl thought her debut season as an individual athlete was over. She placed 123rd, just three spots outside of qualifying for one of four Semifinal events.
Then about six weeks before the Atlas Games, Rayl received the email from CrossFit that she had been hoping for: She would be competing at the Semifinals after three athletes declined their invitations.
One big thing: Even though Rayl has competed at the CrossFit Games twice on a team, she’s never once competed in a live competition as an individual, not even at a local throwdown. That makes this her first-ever live competition as an individual and so far she’s proving herself up for the challenge.
- Rayl narrowly squeaked into the top 20 cut spot, surpassing many veteran athletes to make the final cut to 20 athletes.
- She has had three impressive top-10 finishes so far with five events to go.
“Glory to God. I am just so grateful to be here with all of these amazing athletes. It just goes to show that if you don’t give up anything can happen!’ Rayl told the Morning Chalk Up.