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Nerding Out at the Games: Day 1

August 3, 2023 by
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Just as we did at the Semifinals we are going to share some of the most interesting and surprising stats of each day at the Games, and Day 1 was definitely not short on action.

Besides the basic info you may already know, in these posts we try to illuminate some stats that might otherwise get overlooked. 

After three tests today we have plenty to talk about. Let’s dive in.

  • Test 1: “Ride” was the fourth time Patrick Vellner has finished in 27th or lower in first event at the Games (2023: 27th, 2021: 35th, 2018: 35th, 2017: 36th)
  • In Test 1, Emma Lawson led for 68% of the race. She took the lead at 12:52 and held it for the remainder of the time.
  • The 6 strongest men in the field all finished Test 1 in the bottom 10 (Bronislaw Olenkowicz: 30th, Nick Mathew: 31st, Jayson Hopper: 33rd, Arthur Semenov: 36th, Jack Farlow: 38th, Jake Douglas: 39th).
  • Jonne Koski won the opening test of the CrossFit Games for the third time in his career (2023 “Ride”, 2015 “Pier Paddle”, 2021 “Test 1”).
  • Laura Horvath had the fastest time in Test 2: “Pig Chipper” of all athletes (men and women) with a time of 13:50.
  • The 510-pound pig for the men in Test 2 was the heaviest “set-weight” implement ever used at the CrossFit Games.
  • Danielle Brandon won her third straight handstand walk skills Test at the Games (the 2023 Inverted Medley, the 2022 Skill Speed Medley and the 2021 Test 8).
  • Cole Greashaber got his first ever test win at the CrossFit Games in Test 3: Inverted Medley.
  • With a 29th in Test 1 and a 37th place in Test 2, Justin Medeiros had his two worst finishes at the Games ever.
  • Alexis Raptis finished day 1 with three straight top five finishes averaging fourth.
  • If Alexis Raptis wins it all, she will be the first Training Think Tank champion ever.
  • Roman Khrennikov finished day 1 with three straight top-five finishes, averaging a third place finish per Test.
  • Jay Crouch has quietly moved into second place overall with three straight top ten finishes.
  • This could be the first year that a non-American man wins since Mikko Salo in 2009.
  • Favorites to win the Games this year are both trailing first place by large margins (Justin Medeiros: 154 points behind first / Laura Horvath: 68 points behind first).

We will be back tomorrow with more interesting stats from Day 2 of competition.

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