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Danielle Brandon Makes Inverted Medley Look Easy; Wins Test by a Landslide

August 3, 2023 by and
Photo Credit: Jonathan Ortega (@j_tega_)
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Danielle Brandon dominated the Inverted Medley test on Thursday afternoon, crushing the inverted movements better than any other female or male athlete and winning the test by 34 seconds. 

Brandon made the unbroken handstand walk over the ramp look easy and the free-standing handstand push-ups even easier. Her pull-over speed was also notably impressive and she pushed it on the back end of the medley to finish with a time of 3:12. 

Remind me: While the Inverted Medley added an array of new gymnastic movements this year, Brandon has won several previous Games and Semifinals inverted-heavy tests. 

  • In the 2023 North America East Semifinals Test 6 Brandon took first by seven seconds. The workout included handstand pirouettes and wall-facing handstand push-ups. 
  • At the CrossFit Games in 2022, she took first place in the Skill Speed Medley by one rep. Not only did this event include new jump rope variations, it also included increasingly difficult inverted movements and handstand obstacles.
  • In 2021, Brandon took first place in Games Event 8 by 21 seconds. In this event Brandon famously “sprinted” the handstand obstacle course on her hands and celebrated with a “double-bird salute.”

Brandon currently sits in 11th place after three events and is the first American to win an event thus far in the competition. After starting the day with two 21st place finishes, this win sets Brandon up for a solid second day. 

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