Brent Fikowski and Patrick Vellner: 2022 CrossFit Games Athlete Studies

September 26, 2022 by

This is the fifth part of the Athlete Studies series from the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games, and you can find the other four articles here (Haley Adams and Gabi Migala, Roman Khrennikov and Ricky Garard, Mal O’Brien and Laura Horvath and Jeffrey Adler and Lazar Djukic).

The focus today is on the two most recognizable Canadians in recent history. Both Patrick Vellner and Brent Fikowski broke onto the scene back in 2016 when they finished third and fourth respectively. They have both been inside the top four at every Games (other than the irrelevant to these sorts of conversations 2019 and 2020 iterations) since then, and until this season. 

Last year (2021) Vellner and Fikowski occupied two of the three podium spots. Most everyone predicted something similar this year.

Of course, that is not how 2022 played out. Vellner finished 6th, not a terrible regression, but certainly not what we have come to expect from him. And Fikowksi took 16th, by far his worst appearance in any relevant Games season. 

The question we’re after today is very simple: why?

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