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Age Group Semifinals Bring Legends Of CrossFit Back To The Big Stage

May 1, 2023 by
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Browsing the Age Group Semifinals leaderboard, you might think you’re back in 2013. Rich Froning sits atop the men’s 35-39 leaderboard, trailed closely by Scott Panchik, while Sam Briggs and Stacie Tovar sit comfortably in the top ten in their respective divisions having successfully punched their ticket to the 2023 CrossFit Games.

As the sport of fitness continues to age, so do its competitors. But for Games legends, age is just a number, but fitness is for life.

  • Note: CrossFit has not finalized the leaderboard and will not do so until May 10. The results listed below remain unofficial.

In the 35-39 men’s division, multi-year Games veterans Rich Froning, Scott Panchik, and Sam Dancer all sit within the top five and have likely earned their tickets to the 2023 CrossFit Games.

  • They are closely followed by one half of what might be the fittest couple on earth Frederik Aegidius, husband of Annie Thorisdottir, who sits in seventh overall, potentially ready to make his fifth appearance at the CrossFit Games
  • Sliding just under the cut line as it stands now, the 35-39 division could also usher in the return of Elijah Muhammad. The 35-year-old Games veteran, but masters rookie, is currently in 10th after a 19th place finish in Quarterfinals.

In the 35-39 women’s division, 2019’s Affiliate Cup Champion team member Chyna Cho sits atop the unofficial leaderboard, preparing to make her ninth appearance at the CrossFit Games.

  • Following closely behind her, currently in fifth is fan favorite Stacie Tovar. When Tovar left her shoes on the floor at the conclusion of the 2017 CrossFit Games signifying her retirement from her nearly ten-year CrossFit career, we didn’t think we’d see her back. Her return to the 2023 masters division was a pleasant surprise for all, made even better by the possibility of securing her ticket to the 2023 Games.
  • The division is rounded out by longtime competitor Dani Horan. Horan finished ninth in Semifinals and could be making her first appearance back at the Games since 2019 this summer.

In the 40-44 women’s division, 2013’s Fittest Woman on Earth sits comfortably in fourth place. Though Samantha Briggs claims she is retired from the sport of fitness, the 41-year-old “Engine From England” continues to impress.

  • Not only does the women’s 40-44 division feature a former Games Champion, it has also become the route for long-time Games veteran Rebecca Voigt Miller to punch her fifteenth ticket to the CrossFit Games. The 42-year-old athlete has been to every Games since 2008* and is certainly the title holder for the most consistent Games athlete of all time.

The big picture: As the sport of fitness continues to grow and age, so too do its competitors. But age has not stopped a single one of these legends from continuing to perform at the highest level of the sport.

*Excluding 2020 due to extenuating circumstances of a worldwide pandemic and a shortened season.

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