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Comparables For Event 7 “Echo Press” at the CrossFit Games

August 5, 2022 by
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As the lights come on for Friday night in the colosseum we are going to see a Monostructural/Gymnastics Couple (MG Couplet) for the individual athletes with a machine everyone loves to hate and a new movement we haven’t seen in the CrossFit Games before. 

Echo Press

For time:

30/25 Echo Bike calories
10 block HSPU
20/15 Echo Bike calories
10 block HSPU
20/15 Echo Bike calories
10 block HSPU
30/25 Echo Bike calories

Women: 2-in deficit
Men: 3.5-in deficit

The event was announced live by Boz to the athletes on the CrossFit Games Instagram. For comparisons on this upcoming event to see who may excel there are a few Games and Sponsored events to review.  For the Echo Bike portion a comparable is the 2021 Rogue Invitational Event 3 – Echo Burner. 

2021 Rogue Invitational Event 3 — Echo Burner

For time:

  • 20 Thrusters (115/75)
  • 40/32 Cal Echo Bike
  • 20 Thrusters (115/75)

Men: Jayson Hopper won that event followed by Justin Medeiros in 2nd, Uldis Upenieks in 3rd and Jeff Adler in 4th. 

Women: Amanda Barnhart won the event followed by Laura Horváth in 2nd

Another comparable for the Echo portion of this event is last year’s Event 9 which was a 21-15-9 Couplet of Echo Bike calories and short bar Snatches at 105/75. 

2021 CrossFit Games Event 9

21-15-9:

Echo bike (cal.)
Snatch, 75 | 105 lb. (short bars)

Time cap: 8 min.

Men: Brent Fikowski won the event followed by Alex Vigneault, Chandler Smith, Travis Mayer, and Patrick Vellner

Women: Amanda Barnhart won followed by Annie Thorisdottir Laura Horváth Ellie Turner and in 5th Tia-Clair Toomey

A call out here, is we have very little on current leader Ricky Garard as well as Roman Khrennikov. In machine events where Roman has competed he is a BEAST, finishing 1st in a bike/HSW/OHS workout in Dubai and has a 1K Row time listed at 2 mins and 48 secs

Now before we get too excited about Laura Horváth we need to look at the second piece of this MG Couplet which is a new movement to the Games, a variation of the Hand Stand Push-up.  called ‘block HSPU’.  This variation is started as a wall walk up to the block and a HSPU facing the wall with a deficit to lower their head under the block.

For a comparable on this we can first look at last year’s Wall Walk / Thruster Event that ended night 1:

2022 CrossFit Games Event 4

For time:

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of:
Wall walks
Thrusters, 135 | 185 lb. (short bars)

Time cap: 20 min. 

Men: Scott Panchik won the event followed in 2nd by Justin Medeiros, then Brent Fikowski, Saxon Panchik and Jay Crouch

Women: Mal O’Brien won her first event of the CrossFit Games beating out Tia-Clair Toomey followed by Emma Cary, Brooke Wells, and Amanda Barnhart… For reference Laura Horváth was 19th on this event.

With this new wall walk to deficit HSPU variation though we also need to focus on the HSPU side. Damn Diane can help us a bit there:

2020 CrossFit Games, Stage 1: Damn Diane

3 rounds:

15 deadlifts
15 strict deficit handstand push-ups

W 205 lb., 2-in. deficit 
M 315 lb., 3.5-in. deficit

Men: Mathew Fraser won the Online event followed by Noah Ohlsen, then Jonne Koski Samuel Cournoyer, and Jay Crouch.  Since this was an online event Roman Khrennikov did compete in the 2020 Online portion and in this event he finished 26th.

Women: Tia-Clair Toomey won the event followed by Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault, Brooke Wells, Kari Pearce the HSPU Queen, and in 5th Kristin Holte… Laura finished in last place. 

Similar to above comparables on the machines, with not many comparables to be had for Ricky Garard outside of his DQ’ed 2017 Games season one that does come to mind is the Fibonacci Final in which Ricky finished 14th.

Will past success equal future gain or will history repeat itself again?

Friday Night Lights at Madison is going to have some exciting new movements and some fast machine work to see who goes into the weekend with podium hopes still alive.

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