CrossFit Games

Top Team Stories from Day Two

August 4, 2023 by
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As day two of the 2023 CrossFit Games team competition comes to a close, the teams have five workouts under their belts and potentially (depending on cuts), five more to prove themselves. 

While it was difficult to tell the direction of competition solely from day one, day two brought some significant moves from teams looking to establish themselves amongst their competition. 

Here are the top stories to keep an eye on in the team competition as we head into day three.

CrossFit Trondheim Makes a Comeback 

After a solid start on day one, CrossFit Trondheim had a bit of a setback on Test 4, finishing 36th in the Olympic Total. Despite that, the team proved that while strength might not be their wheelhouse, they absolutely can run. 

  • The team finished first in the Cross-Country 5K test, beating the next fastest team, CrossFit Invictus by nearly 35 seconds.
  • They managed to pull this off despite teammate Jorgen Skevik coming off a torn hamstring post Semifinals.
  • “I wasn’t so keen on having us sprint, so we just looked to go hard the entire way,” said Skevik in an interview with Lauren Smith after their victory.

Teams Proved They Could Move Fast and Lift Heavy

With the Olympic Total and the Cross-Country 5K tests sitting back to back on Friday, teams would have to prove that they can not only handle heavy weight but also be light on their feet. While some teams struggled to hit top performances in both events, several teams proved that they were both strong and fast with top-ten finishes in both events.

Team NameOlympic Total PlaceCross Country 5k Place
CrossFit Invictus3rd2nd
CrossFit Oslo Navy Blue4th6th
CrossFit Mayhem Independence10th9th
CrossFit Move Fast Lift Heavy 2479th7th
  • While these teams proved that they could hit both elements of speed and strength, there really was no overall correlation between teams’ placement in the Olympic Total and their placement in the Cross Country 5k.

CrossFit Invictus Holds Their Ground

After a third-place finish last year, CrossFit Invictus came back hungry for the top of the podium.

  • By the time the final event of the day rolled around, they sat 18 points ahead of second-place team CrossFit Oslo Navy Blue and 57 points ahead of third-place team CrossFit East Nashville PRVN.
  • While a fifth-place finish in the Bike, Row, Hold test would close the gap between them and CrossFit Oslo Navy Blue to just two points, they still remained in first at the close of day two.
  • While Invictus has stood on the podium several times in the past several years, the last time they stood atop the Affiliate Cup podium was in 2014.
  • With their performance thus far this year, they stand with a strong possibility of once again taking the Affiliate Cup back to San Diego.

Seven Teams Are Cut

Friday would bring the first day of cuts for the team division. Headed into the final event of the day, the race to stay inside the cut line was a tight one. 

  • Two teams sat tied for points in the two spots just above the cutline and just 14 points separated 27th to 31st place.
  • Ultimately, the following teams would not make the cut into Saturday’s competition.
Team NameFinal Placing
Cape CrossFit Wolfpack31
AB CrossFit – Mayhem32
Templo Sa CrossFit33
CrossFit Rotherham34
Q21 CrossFit35
CrossFit Fly High Kolesnikov Team36
CrossFit Marvel Black37

10 Teams are on the Chopping Block Again

CrossFit cut the field to 30 teams on Friday and they’ll continue with their cut schedule on Saturday, cutting to the top 20 teams.

  • While teams still have four events on Saturday to prove themselves, they will still need to fight hard to stay inside that top twenty.
  • Currently, just ten points separate the 20th-place team from the 21st-place team.
  • Here is what the current leaderboard around the cutline looks like:
18CrossFit Omnia253 (35 points to 21st)
19CrossFit Invictus Unconquerable233 (14 points to 21st)
20CrossFit CLT The Grit Haus229 (10 points to 21st)
21CrossFit Torian Mayhem219 (10 points to 20th)
22Plus64 CrossFit 64 Army Endgame205 (24 points to 20th)
23Rhino CrossFit Dawgs177 (52 points to 20th)
24Koda CrossFit Redemption176 (53 points to 20th)

Tomorrow, teams will take on four more tests, including two recently announced tests.

  • First teams will take on “Run Lift Relay,” followed by the “Lift Run Relay.”
  • Later in the day, they will take on “Muscle-Up Bob,” which was announced this evening following the close of team competition.
  • Finally, teams will hit the parallel-bars in “B-Bells and P-Bars,” also announced this evening.
  • Check out the full details of tomorrow’s team events.

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