Why the 18-19 Division at the Elite Teen Throwdown Was a Good Idea

September 13, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Pit Teen Throwdowns

For the second consecutive year “the Pit” in Three Rivers, MI played host to the Elite Teen Throwdown. This year’s iteration evolved somewhat from last year's, and one of the featured additions was the introduction of the 18-19 year old Men’s and 18-19 year old Women’s divisions. The men’s field in this category only had five registrants, and the women’s division had 11, but the implications of this division could be larger than the numbers suggest. 

Remind Me: In the current CrossFit Games competition format, the teenage divisions stop at 17 years old. Once an athlete is 18 he or she can only compete in the Open or Elite division until turning 35, 17 years later, becoming eligible for the youngest Masters division. The thought here is should not only CrossFit, but other off-season competitions, be implementing a new division to help bridge the gap between teenagers and the elite individual field?

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