Justin Bergh Addresses Judging Issues at CrossFit Games: “We will continue to improve as the week goes on”
Justin Bergh, the General Manager of the CrossFit Games, addressed the judging issues that have arisen at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games at a press conference in Madison Thursday afternoon.
- “First, I don’t think they were any persisting problems,” said Bergh in response to a question about issues with scoring this year and if he thought this was because it is a new team getting together this season.
- “So we corrected all the count issues that may have occurred in any event. In a lot of cases the athletes had incorrect accounts, and we were able to reconcile that, this is a great place to race. This is a great place to test fitness because we have so many things at our disposal.”
The first event of the competition for the individuals was plagued with issues – “Bike to Work”, and multiple athletes did the incorrect amount of loops on the bike, or extra loops.
“We have a lot of camera angles so we are able to make sure that we have a lot of backup systems and we have redundant backup systems so that we can go and make sure we get things right after the fact if that’s needed.”
The 2022 CrossFit Games season has been hampered by a number of issues throughout various stages of the competition and this puts an emphasis on it.
“So unfortunately there were some, mostly on the athletes side and we went back and audited a lot of the performances of the judges in post and that’s part of the overall review process.”
Bergh added he is happy with the way things are going forward and says things will get better as the Games continue.
- “Overall I think we are in good shape, we have some terrific judges and they are excellent at what they do and the athletes are pushing it. So that’s always going to create a great race environment and we will continue to improve as the week goes on but also Wednesday was a big day and there were a lot of things going on. And I don’t think we’re anticipating those types of challenges Friday through the weekend.”