Notable Individual Athletes on the Day Two Cut-Line
It is fair to say that this CrossFit Games is not going the way anyone expected. From mass leg cramping, to multiple bike crashes, to 126-degree field temperatures, this week is anything but ordinary.
And as a part of that madness, multiple athletes who we expected to see as podium threats are actually at serious risk of getting cut after just 2 days when the field shrinks from 40 athletes to 30.
Let’s take a quick look at who they are:
Cole Sager (34th after 5 Tests): Four straight finishes in 23rd or worse
After making his 10th straight CrossFit Games appearance and a newly appointed role as the head of CompTrain, fans had expected a strong year out of Sager, but so far he has had a rough weekend and he’s in unfamiliar territory near the bottom.
He had a surprisingly weak finish in Test 4: “Alpaca Redux” (36th) considering that he typically performs well in sled events.
He is 29 points behind 30th place.
Alex Vigneault (35th after 5 Tests): Three straight finishes in 34th or worse
Two-time top-ten finisher at the Crossfit Games (2021 – 8th, 2016 – 9th), Alex Vigneault is not having the weekend he had hoped for.
He is trailing 30th place by 45 points with only one event left to go before cuts, meaning he would need a perfect storm of events in order to prolong his competition.
Jayson Hopper (26th after 5 Tests): Two finishes in 33rd or worse
Hopper was actually one of favorites to make a strong push for the podium this year, but after poor finishes in “Ride” and “Inverted Medley” he has dug himself a hole. He had a good comeback event in “Pig Chipper” with an 11th place, but had a worse than expected 19th place finish in “Alpaca Redux” where many expected him to possibly win.
He did well in Test 5 with a 14th place finish, which moved him safely into 26th overall, but he’s only 34 points ahead of 31st place. If he has another bad finish in Test 6: “Helena” he could still be cut.
Emma Mcquaid (36th after 5 Tests): Four straight finishes in 27th or worse
After two back-to-back years of finishing in 12th at the Games ,there was a lot of talk that this might be the year Mcquaid finally breaks into the top 10, but after five events she doesn’t look like her normal self.
As a professional weightlifter she was expected to do better with these heavy implements such as the Pig, sled, and sandbag, but she has unfortunately had a lot of trouble with them.
She currently trails 30th place by 47 points and will need a fantastic finish in “Helena” as well as poor finishes from the women in front of her.