Unbroken: Veteran Noah Ohlsen Holds Record for Longest Streak of Games Tests Completed
Sunday marked Noah Ohlsen’s tenth year competing at the CrossFit Games, and his last as an individual. The Training Think Tank athlete looks ahead to 2024, as he plans to compete in the team division with fellow individual competitor and best friend, Chandler Smith, but not without soaking in the final moments of his individual career.
One big thing: Not only does the tenured athlete have ten consecutive Games appearances under his belt, but Ohlsen holds the longest record of tests completed: over his ten years at the Games, Ohlsen has completed every single workout, never having withdrawn or been cut.
Remind me: Ohlsen first competed at the Games in 2014, and over the last ten years, placed as high as 2nd in 2019, and was one of the final five athletes in 2020 to compete at the Ranch, where he finished in 4th place.
In 2022, Ohlsen won the Spirit of the Games award, an acknowledgement of his warmth, comradery and kindness. On winning the award, Ohlsen said,
- “For the first time ever, I was given an award that will shape my future. I promise to always navigate life with that trophy as a reminder of the person I want to be.”
He reflected on his relationship with the leaderboard and the ups and downs he and fellow athletes face during Games preparation and Games week.
- “(My wife) and I had a deep discussion about finding purpose beyond the leaderboard. While I was committed to doing everything in my power to win the CrossFit Games, I didn’t want to let that make or break me and whatever legacy I’m lucky enough to leave in our sport. I promised her that I would hold my head high regardless of the results and try my best to keep a smile on my face,” said Ohlsen on Instagram.
- “It’s not an easy week. We’re taxed to the max physically, mentally, and emotionally. We experience the highest highs and the lowest lows. It’s so admirable that all the athletes that compete even have the courage to step onto the floor,” said Ohlsen.
2023 Games: With a 16th place finish, and completing 12 tests over the last four days, Ohlsen ends his individual career with 141 tests, in a row, under his belt, more than any other individual competitor in history.
After his final test of the day, Ohlsen expressed his gratitude for his career.
- “You guys, this sport has changed my life completely. I’m so grateful to all of you. My heart felt so full of gratitude for all of the strength. This isn’t the end of the book, just the end of a chapter. Hopefully getting a gold medal in the team,” said Ohlsen.
The big picture: Whether Ohlsen is competing as an individual or on a team, he will forever be beloved by fans worldwide. Time will tell if his record of tests completed will be challenged, as many new up and comers are hitting the roster every year.