2023 TYR Wodapalooza Men’s Podium Picks: Individuals and Teams

January 9, 2023 by
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We’re days away from seeing an absolutely stacked men’s field at the 2023 TYR Wodapalooza. The new event format is extending the entertainment, as several of the top individuals will also be competing on teams. Today we’re giving our podium picks for both the men’s individual and team competitions, along with other top contenders that could make an appearance on the podium. 

Individual: The men’s individual field will bring over ten athletes from the 2022 CrossFit Games, with several of these athletes competing in both the individual and team competitions at this year’s Wodapalooza. 

  • Patrick Vellner: The reigning Wodapalooza champion has always found a way to get it done in Miami. After nearly winning the Rogue Invitational, it will be exciting to see Vellner compete in a less strength-biased event along a roster of so many fellow CrossFit Games athletes. 
  • Roman Khrennikov: After so much anticipation, Khrennikov lived up to the hype at the 2022 CrossFit Games. Now that he is living stateside and has his Visa issues taken care of, it will be exciting to see the progress this growing fan-favorite has been able to make since the Rogue Invitational. 
  • Gui Malheiros: The young phenom has been one of the most entertaining athletes to watch, bringing a level of strength, power and swagger to every competition he participates in. The programming lines up well for Malheiros thus far, and the energy and vibe of Wodapalooza is the type of environment Malheiros thrives in. 

Other individuals to lookout for:

  • Ricky Garard
  • Nick Mathew
  • Fabian Beneito Selles
  • Brent Fikowski 
  • Dallin Pepper

Team: The team division is bringing an equally competitive roster to that of the individuals, with a mix of experienced team competitors and big name individuals linking up to race for the gold. 

  • The Boyz (Travis Mayer, Noah Ohlsen, Chandler Smith): The reigning Wodapalooza men’s team champions are back again and looking to defend their title. The prior experience of working together, paired with the incredible talent of each individual makes The Boyz the repeat favorite for 2023. 
  • King B.K. & Friends (Tola Morakinyo, Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson, Khan Porter): After nearly a year of training together in 2022, King B.K. & Friends are immediate contenders for the top of the podium. The team experience Porter and Marakinyo bring to the table, matched with the legendary fitness of BKG make this one of the top teams to watch at WZA. 
  • Canadian PB&J (Patrick Vellner, Brent Fikowski, Jeffrey Adler): After great anticipation, we will finally get to see Vellner, Fikowski and Adler compete together. The trio is guaranteed to be entertaining, but more importantly they collectively are one of the most talented teams on the men’s roster. The question is if their lack of team experience will hinder their individual talent from shining through. 

Other teams to lookout for:

  • CrossFit Mayhem (Rich Froning, Sam Cournoyer, Tyler Christophel) 
  • Good Dudes (Dallin Pepper, James Sprague, Jayson Hopper)
  • Le Boiz (Nick Mathew, Jonne Koski, James Newbury)
  • Team GOWOD (Willy Georges, Roman Khrennikov, Jay Crouch)
  • Zeus & the Dogs (Ricky Garard, Tim Paulson, Matt Dlugos) 
  • Team SmartWOD (Moritz Fiebig, Fabian Beneito, Tristan Leclerc)

The bottom line: It’s going to be a coinflip of who takes the top spot in both the individual and team competitions. The depth of the men’s field at the 2023 TYR Wodapalooza will be an entertaining end to this year’s offseason and exciting way to begin the 2023 CrossFit Games season. 
And, check back to our 2023 TYR Wodapalooza competition hub, and on Instagram, for more updates on programming as workouts are announced.

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