Reykjavik vs. Mayhem: What We Learned from Semifinals

May 26, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Athlete's Eye Photography

The first weekend of Semifinals has concluded and it did not disappoint. But for all the questions that were answered as athletes secured their tickets to the Games in week one, some others linger, including: can the super team of CrossFit Reykjavík topple the five-time Affiliate Cup Champions, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom this summer?

The Semifinals: Fans were treated to both teams in action in the opening weekend, albeit on different continents. Mayhem was competing not too far from home in Knoxville, TN at the Syndicate Crown while Reykjavík made the trek from Iceland to the Netherlands to compete at the Lowlands Throwdown in Amsterdam.

  • Reykjavík, captained by two-time "Fittest Woman on Earth" Annie Thorisdottir,  and consisting of Games veterans Lauren Fisher, Tola Morakinyo and Khan Porter became the first team this season to record a clean-sweep of their events (and second team ever after Eikestad Mighty Oaks won all seven events at last year's Fittest in Cape Town Semifinal) going a perfect 6-for-6 as they dominated the European team field inside the packed RAI Amsterdam Center.
  • Mayhem, captained by four-time "Fittest Man on Earth" Rich Froning added Canadian and Games individual qualifier Samuel Cournoyer to his team that included 2021 Games holdovers Taylor Williamson and Andrea Nisler. They matched Reykjavik with a dominating sweep of the six events inside the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.
  • The fields at both Semifinals lacked the teams that could test the two powerhouses. Reykjavík's closest competitor was Spanish team CrossFit Zarautz Training Culture, who they beat by 95 points. For Mayhem they beat CrossFit CLT by 80 points. Both teams never were pushed in any event and were competing against themselves and the clock.

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