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Teen Emma Lawson Continues to Make Mark in Madison, Hangs Onto Podium Position Going into Moving Day

August 5, 2022 by
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It’s one thing to be a rookie and have a great first day, but it’s a whole other thing to still be in the top three after seven events completed at the CrossFit Games, not to mention to do it as a teenager.

That’s 17-year-old Emma Lawson’s reality. She heads into Saturday of the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games in Madison, WI comfortably in a podium position. She sits in third overall behind only the five-time champion Tia-Clair Toomey, and just three points behind last year’s Rookie of the Year, 18-year-old Mal O’Brien. 

Lawson Deets: Last year’s 16-17-year-old champion Lawson has three third place finishes so far and a fourth place, while her worst finish was on Elizabeth Elevated, where she was 16th. 

  • Friday for Lawson started with a solid 11th on the Capitol, followed by a third place finish on Event 6, and another strong showing on the final event of the day–ninth.
  • Considering the wide variety of skills and modalities that have already been tested so far—from high-rep, high-skill gymnastics, to endurance to, speed and strength—it’s starting to look like Lawson has a very real chance of staying on the podium. That is, if she can hold off three women who are also having outstanding weekends—Haley Adams, Kristi Eramo O’Connell and Danielle Brandon, currently in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

The Bottom Line: Regardless of whether or not Lawson podiums this weekend, in three days and seven events she has undoubtedly solidified herself as a force to be reckoned with among the very top-tier fittest women in the world.

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