Nerding Out at the 2023 Rogue Invitational, Final Day
I’m pretty certain it’s fair to say that this year’s Rogue Invitational was without a doubt the most exciting year since its inception.
We had the opportunity to witness Laura Horvath and Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr with a dead tie go head-to-head in the last event in winner takes all fashion.
We also got to see all of the top five men fight for their lives on the podium as nothing was guaranteed, and everything was decided by a handful of seconds.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the coolest and most interesting statistics that came out of the madness that was the 2023 Rogue Invitational.
- If Brent Fikowski would have finished the final event just two seconds faster, he would’ve ended on the podium in third place instead of finishing fourth on the final leaderboard. He finished Event 9 in 4:17, but Roman Khrennikov finished in 4:09 and needed another athlete to finish between them. Dallin Pepper finished in 4:15 in the previous heat and gave Khrennikov the points he needed to tie with Fikowski and ultimately win the tie-break.
- This was the first in-person live competition that Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr has not won since the 2016 CrossFit Games.
- All five men in the final heat of Event 9 completed the event in a TYR shirt.
- Laura Horvath had an average event finish of 3.6 throughout all nine events.
- This was the third straight year that Gabi Migala finished in the top five on the final leaderboard at Rogue.
- This year’s total prize purse was 307% larger than the prize purse in 2019.
- The winners this year will receive $230K more in prize money than the winners in 2019 did. More than four times as much.
- Roman Khrennikov has had two straight third-place finishes in live competition (2023 CrossFit Games, 2023 Rogue Invitational).
- Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson had not finished any in-person competition outside of the top 10 since 2014 and now he has two straight back to back finishes outside of the top 10 (2023 CrossFit Games: 11th, 2023 Rogue Invitational: 12th).
- This is the first year at Rogue that no Icelandic athlete finished inside the top 10 on either the men’s or women’s side.
If Patrick Vellner had finished Event 9, nine seconds slower, Jeffrey Adler would have become champion over him. Patrick Vellner finished Event 9 in 10th place with a time of 4:41, but if he would have finished nine seconds slower with a time of 4:50, he would have finished in 14th, thus receiving 20 less points. His total points on the final leaderboard would have been tied with Jeffrey Adler at 640, but since Adler won both the first and the last event of the competition, he would’ve won the tie break and been champion instead of Vellner.