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28 Divisions, 4 Days: WheelWOD Games 2023 Come to a Close

December 4, 2023 by
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The 2023 WheelWOD Games just wrapped up its big event in Raleigh, NC, over the weekend, bringing 28 adaptive divisions together to compete under one roof. The event was a preamble to what’s to come during the 2024 season when WheelWOD takes over the end-of-season competition for adaptive athletes. 

Remind me: CrossFit HQ announced major changes to the format of the Games coming next season for age division and adaptive athletes. The respective divisions will each have their own end-of-season events hosted by outside organizations. 

The entire adaptive season, programming, and classifying will be hosted by WheelWOD come 2024, a change that many likely see fit, given the limited number of in-person adaptive divisions the Games has offered in years past. CrossFit introduced adaptive divisions to the Games in 2021 and has always only allowed a handful of the divisions to compete in person. 

  • WheelWOD was established in 2013 by Chris “Stouty” Stoutenburg. He also created the WheelWOD Open, which was his own version of the CrossFit Open, specific to his needs as an athlete. 
  • Stouty’s videos grew in popularity, and other adaptive athletes started to jump in. Fast forward to 2016, and WheelWOD decided to host its first in-person competition. The success is evident in the participation and expanded divisions offered to this day. 
  • The 2023 WheelWOD Games brought together hundreds of athletes, judges, and fans for four days. Athletes competed in a staggering 11 workouts. 
  • 2024 WheelWOD Games details have yet to be released, but WheelWOD leaders have signaled it will be held in September or October. 

Below is a list of the top three athletes in each division

*Some divisions did not have three athletes compete or had none at all. 

Seated 1: Without Hip Function 

Male 

1. Jedidiah Snelson

2. Wacey Morrison

3. Brandon Mantz

Female

1. Andrea Wilson

2. Laura Dennison

Seated 2: With Hip Function 

Male 

1. Tom Miazga 

2. Michael Egan 

3. Brett Palser

Female 

1. Amalia Ortuno Lizano

2. Anne-Marie Willacker

Seated 3: Quadraplegic 

Male 

1. Cameron Whittaker 

2. Eric Baker

3. Ricky Bouley

Upper Impairment: 1 point of contact 

Male 

1. Victor Hugo Assaf 

2. Steven Walker

3. Johnny Hill

Female 

1. Emily Avery

2. Amy Johnson

3. Sabrina Daulaus 

Upper Impairment: 2 points of contact 

Male 

1. R.J. Tinsley 

2. Artjom Sandakov

Female 

1.Christina Mazzullo

2. Jocelyn Casker

Lower Impairment: 1 point of contact 

Male 

1. Anthony Gutierrez 

2. Wietsman Roets

3. Ricardo Allgayer

Female 

1. Lauren Farhat 

2. Amy Bream

3. Emily Saler 

Lower Impairment: 2 points of contact 

Male 

1. Craig Harrington

2. Drew Selz

3. John-Edward Heath

Female 

1. Sarah Rudder

2. Sara Arango

3. Beth Tannatt 

Lower Impairment Minor Men

Male 

1. Jeremy Gordon

2. John Jarrett

3. Matthew Smith

Female 

1. Bayleigh Hooper 

Sensory 

Male 

1. Tom Du Preez

Female 

1. Sarah Perry 

2. Kayla Teems

Short Stature  

Male 

1. Tim Murray

2. Mikey Witous

3. Blaze Foster

Female 

1. Erin Popovich

Neuromuscular: Major

Male 

1. Daniel Schmitt

2. Russell Allmandinger 

3. Jeff Livingston

Female 

1. Anna Stern

2. Esther Edington

3. Susan Gillson

Neuromuscular: Minor

Male 

1. Joshuah Robinson

2. Bryan Nuno

Female 

1. Alyssa Kobela 

2. Laura Sall

3. Allison Hansen

Standing Diagnosed   

Male 

1. Brett Horchar

2. Jeremy Easley

3. Andres Falco

Female 

1. Amber Gordon

Neuromuscular Moderate 

Male

1. George Simonds-Gooding

2. Brad Tomlinson

3. Austin Roth

Female

1. Emily Lund

2. Faith Fordham

3. Patricia Turnmire

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