Young Guns 2022: Athletes to Watch This Season

February 1, 2022 by
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For two CrossFit seasons we have asked our expert analysts to share with us who are the next new up-and-coming stars. A “young gun” is someone who comes out of nowhere, makes their mark on the sport and gets people discussing when they will be contending for a podium spot at the CrossFit Games.

We asked our team of expert Games analysts – Tommy Marquez, Patrick Clark and Brian Friend – who they predict will be the next breakout star for the 2022 Games season.

A look back at past Young Guns: In 2021 Brian and Patrick got one of their selections right as Sydney Michalyshen and Ellie Turner each made it to the Games, finishing 25th and 26th respectively. All three of our analysts' six selections made it to a semifinal with four of them moving onto the Last Chance Qualifiers (Michalyshen, Dallin Pepper, Cole Greashaber and Anikha Greer). Back in 2019 Tommy advised us to keep an eye on six “Young Guns”, among that group of athletes were Justin Medeiros, Gabriela Migala and Emma Cary.

Our criteria: We kept the criteria pretty simple, the athlete must be 23-years-old or younger and have no previous individual Games experience. We asked our analysts to pick one man and one woman and why they think that athlete is a name to keep an eye on this year. 

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