Adrian Bozman Announces Saturday Cuts, Live CBS Broadcast for 2022 CrossFit Games
On a short episode of Games Central with Sean Woodland earlier this week, Director of Competition, Adrian Bozman revealed some details about the 2022 CrossFit Games schedule, including a plan for athlete cuts, and a live coverage window on CBS.
One big thing: The individual fields will be cut from 40 athletes to 30 athletes at the end of the day on Saturday, while the team field will be cut from 38 to 20 teams at the same time.
- Bozman: “It’s pretty straightforward; at the end of competition on Saturday night, we will cut down to the top 30 men and women and at the same time, we will cut down to the top 20 teams. That’s the only cut that is going to be there in this competition.”
- “When we started to build the competition and I was getting the programming together,” Bozman continued, “my original intent was to organize the competition in a way that nobody had cuts so that’s the framework I went into when I was planning originally.”
Two factors impacted Bozman and the Games Team’s decision to include cuts again this year. First, in order to provide a robust test, Bozman noted that “as we started looking at the schedule and how massive it starts to become…we had to make some hard decisions.” He continued, “rather than cut away tests or change the nature of some of those tests, we decided that we would rather trim away some of the field at that point so that the test can still be robust.”
- The second reason was related to the CBS live coverage schedule on Sunday. “We do have a live broadcast window on CBS which is really exciting and offers a ton of opportunity to showcase these athletes and their performances and to make that possible, to make it visibly possible to showcase some really cool stuff in that window we had to make some really hard decisions about the schedule and the cuts helped to facilitate that as well,” Bozman said.
One more thing: The CBS broadcast schedule was also the cause of another change to the schedule this year. The team competition will conclude the event for the first time instead of individuals.
- Bozman explained: “This year, on site for those in attendance, the teams will be the last thing that you’ll see. Their final event is going to be placed after the individual final and there were a couple of reasons for this. Number one, we’ve never done it, so it’s kinda cool to highlight teams at the end of the comp and number two, we had a live broadcast window and that window was a little bit earlier than we’ve had in the past and so, in order to showcase the individual athletes, during that time, we made the decision to flip-flop the schedule a little bit and have the teams conclude.”