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2022 CrossFit Games Adaptive, Teen and Masters Divisions Recap

August 14, 2022 by
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Twenty four champions were crowned and earned the title of the “Fittest” in their respective divisions on Saturday afternoon and with that, came the conclusion of the Adaptive, Teen and Masters divisions at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games. Here’s a recap of the podium athletes in each division.

Men 35-39

  1. Bryan Wong (550)
  2. Roy Gamboa (490)
  3. Craig Kenney (480)
  • Wong made his first career trip to the CrossFit Games a memorable one, taking the overall victory in a tough field that included four Games veterans. The three-time Regional athlete had just one event win but was able to separate himself from the pack thanks to four second place finishes.

Women 35-39

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  1. Emilia Leppänen (570)
  2. Chyna Cho (530)
  3. Aneta Tucker (530)
  • Last year Leppänen was competing as an individual at the Games, placing 29th. This year the native of Finland leaves Madison a champion, thanks to seven top-3 finishes including an event win. Seven-time Games qualifier Cho tied returning podium finisher Tucker in the division but her three event wins gave her the bronze while Tucker placed second for the second-straight year.

Men 40-44

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  1. Rudolph Berger (570)
  2. Caine Hayes (540)
  3. Alexandre Jolivet (540)
  • In his first Games appearance, Berger won the division with a nearly perfect final day of competition, winning the first two events of the day and finishing his inaugural Games with a runner-up in the final workout. Hayes’ win in that final proved to be the tiebreaker between him and Jolivet.

Women 40-44

  1. Kelly Friel (670)
  2. Jenn Ryan (640)
  3. Rebecca Voigt Miller (620)
  • In one of the most exciting battles in the age group division, Friel defended her title with a 10-point victory over Rebecca Voigt Miller thanks to a dramatic win in the final event. In her four years competing in the division she has four podium finishes, all second or better. For the second year in a row Voigt Miller finished as the bridesmaid. The 44-year old Ryan was impressive during the first two days of competition, recording three wins.

Men 45-49

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  1. Jason Grubb (720)
  2. Mike Kern (650)
  3. Vlad Liashkevich (570)
  • Grubb becomes the division’s first three-time champ as he won by 70 points, after winning by 90 points last year. He won five of the eight events, with his worst finish being fifth. For the second-straight year Kern finished second, his third career runner-up finish.

Women 45-49

  1. Ali Crawford (560)
  2. Merituuli Kallio (550)
  3. Michelle Suozzi (510)
  • Crawford needed a second place finish in the final event to hold off a surging Kallio who finished third. The Brit added the championship to her runner-up finish last season.

Men 50-54

  1. Sean Patrick (640)
  2. Richard Stevenson (640)
  3. Eric C. Smith (620)
  • The closest race across all divisions went down to the final event and with four athletes competing for the top of the podium. Patrick and Stevenson tied but Patrick’s four event wins including the one in the final event was the tie-breaker, crowning him the champion.

Women 50-54

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  1. Kim Purdy (650)
  2. Tea Gebbie (600)
  3. Marcia Wells (600)
  • In her debut, Purdy became a Games champion with a 50-point victory. She had two event wins and didn’t finish below fifth in any of the events. Gebbie made a run with two wins and a second place on the final day to finish as the runner-up in her Games debut.

Men 55-59

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  1. Mike Egan (680)
  2. Leonardo Wernersbach Lima (640)
  3. Antonio Boldrini (580)
  • Egan’s last appearance at the Games as an athlete was 2018 when he placed second in the 50-54 division, his latest trip to Madison resulted in a different set of hardware to take home in the form of a first place medal. He was consistent throughout the three days of competition, recording seven top-3 finishes. Lima earned his first medal in his third Games appearance.

Women 55-59

  1. Shanna Bunce (620)
  2. Leigh Coates (540)
  3. Kim Stambaugh (530)
  • Bunce pulled away from the field on the final day of competition with top-3 finishes in all three of the day’s events including a win in the final workout to give her a 80-point victory. Coates placed second in her first Games appearance..

Men 60-64

  1. Shannon Aiken (710)
  2. Tony Turski (540)
  3. Tom Fameree (540)
  • Aiken became a two-division champion after a dominating performance in his first year in the division. He never placed outside of fourth and collected three event wins. His 170-point margin of victory was the highest in the Masters division. Turski returned from his four-year ban by claiming second place, the same place he finished in 2017 before testing positive for a banned substance. Fameree tied Turski in points but lost the tiebreaker.

Women 60-64

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  1. Mary Beth Prodromides (610)
  2. Patricia McGill (590)
  3. Debbie Downing (520)
  • Prodromides made her return to the Games after a three-year hiatus a memorable one, holding off a surging McGill for the title and joining Will Powell as the only athletes in Games history to win titles in three different divisions. McGill swept all three events on the final day but still fell short by 20 points but did earn her third podium in as many appearances. Prodromides now joins Susan Clarke with 5 CrossFit titles (Masters). She previously competed under the name Mary Beth Litsheim.

Men 65+

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  1. Cal Cherrington (730)
  2. John Mariotti (580)
  3. Jim Peeper (470)
  • Cherrington’s first appearance in his new age division was a successful one as he dominated from the outset, winning six events, including four of the final five events. His event wins and point total were the highest across all Masters divisions.

Women 65+

  1. Julie Holt (640)
  2. Marcia Yager (560)
  3. Pia Gund (540)
  • Holt won the final four events of the division to score 80 points more than Yager, the largest margin of victory in this year’s women’s Masters division. Yager collected her second podium appearance in three trips to the Games. Last year Gund missed the podium by just five points. This year she earned a podium spot thanks to her three events wins in the first four workouts.

Teen Boys 14-15

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  1. RJ Mestre (790)
  2. Tal Simson (560)
  3. Yousef Diab (550)
  • Last year as a 14-year old Mestre just missed out on a podium, placing fifth. This year he left no doubt, nearly sweeping all eight events, winning by 230 points, the largest margin of victory across the age group divisions. 

Teen Girls 14-15

  1. Lucy McGonigle (660)
  2. Rylee Beebe (560)
  3. Caroline Sabatini (500)
  • McGonigle made it a clean sweep of titles, winning all four stages of the season for the division. Her 100-point victory was made possible by her consistency across every workout, placing no worse than fifth and winning two events.

Teen Boys 16-17

  1. Ty Jenkins (650)
  2. Caleb McClure (580)
  3. Elijah Subiono (570)
  • Jenkins made history by becoming just the fifth teen to win a title in each of the two divisions. The 16-year old won the 14-15 year old title last year.

Teen Girls 16-17

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  1. Olivia Kerstetter (740)
  2. Jadzia Onorati-Phillips (570)
  3. Sophia Shaft (540)
  • What was a close race at the start of day 1 of competition ended up being a 170-point margin of victory for the 16-year old Kerstetter who became the sixth teen to win a title in each teen division. She had three event wins and placed no worse than third throughout the competition. Onorati-Phillips had a huge final day of competition to vault her onto the podium. She won the swim workout and added a second and third place finish on Saturday to secure second place. Shaft ends her teen career with her first podium in three trips to the Games.

Men Upper Extremity

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  1. Casey Acree (800)
  2. Josue Maldonado (520)
  3. Samuel Pera (380)
  • Acree made history by becoming just the second athlete ever to win every event in a division. He joins masters athlete Susan Clarke who accomplished that feat at the 2019 Games. Dating back to last year’s Games he has won 14 out of the possible 15 events at the Games. His 280-point margin of victory this year was the highest in any division this year. Maldonado finishes with the silver medal for the second straight year.

Women Upper Extremity

  1. Camille Vigneault (600)
  2. Christina Mazzullo (485)
  3. Anne-Laure Coutenceau (430)
  • Games rookie Vigneault won four events including three of the final four for a 115 point victory. Fellow newcomer Mazzullo edged out last year’s third place finisher Coutenceau for second place.

Men Lower Extremity

  1. Charles Pienaar (510)
  2. Rogan Dean (485)
  3. Ole Kristian Antonsen (425)
  • The only American in the international field took home the victory as Pienaar won two events and held off Dean on the final day. Kristian Antonsen, last year’s champion, remained on the podium with a third place finish..

Women Lower Extremity

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  1. Valerie Cohen (750)
  2. Molly Moore (550)
  3. Amy Bream (420)
  • Cohen repeated as champion in yet another dominating performance, this year winning by 200 points and winning six of the eight events. Moore earned the silver medal in her Games debut and Bream earned her first podium.

Men Neuromuscular

  1. Brett Horchar (655)
  2. Benjamin Fallon (495)
  3. Jeremie Perera (400)
  • Horchar repeated as the division champion by once again pulling away from the field from the start of the competition much like he did last year. He had three event wins that helped in his 160-point victory.

Women Neuromuscular

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  1. Morgan Johnson (635)
  2. Lauren Taylor (510)
  3. Letchen du Plessis (410)
  • Johnson used three early event wins to set the tone for her 125-point victory over fellow American newcomer Taylor. Du Plessis repeated on the podium, placing third.

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