Laura Horvath Rips Into Saturday with Third Straight Win at 2022 Rogue Invitational
After a slow start to the 2022 Rogue Invitational, placing ninth and 14th on the first two events, three-time CrossFit Games podium finisher Laura Horvath started doing what Horvath does: climbing back.
Horvath took back-to-back event wins on Friday, and started this morning with yet a third straight win on The Turtle, a grip heavy spring event with a sandbag rope pull up a steep hill and a monkey bar traverse.
After her win, Horvath said her rock climbing background helped her dominate Event 5, which she finished in 2:49.40, ahead of second place finisher Annie Thorisdottir (2:55) and Danielle Brandon in third (2:56.01 in Heat 3).
“It definitely helps. Also I feel very comfortable doing it, so it for sure pays off that I used to rock climb,” Horvath said of the grip-intense event.
The Big Picture: We have seen this before. Last summer at the CrossFit Games, Horvath had a string of middling performances on the first two days—a 16th, a 19th, a 21st and a 25th—but then began to slowly and steadily climb up the leaderboard, eventually finishing the weekend with two event wins on Sunday and snagging a podium spot.
It’s safe to say Horvath is well on her way to do the same at Rogue this weekend. She takes the lead in Austin, TX with five events down and five to go, ahead of Gabriela Migala and Thorisdottir.