The Fall of California at the CrossFit Games: Why Size Doesn’t Matter

January 18, 2024 by
Credit: Floelite.com

For the first few years of the CrossFit Games, athletes from Southern California dominated the top of the leaderboard, which isn’t surprising considering the inaugural Games took place in Aromas, then Carson, CA.

From 2007-2014 many athletes from California like Josh Everett, Nichole Dehart, Jason Khalipa, Kristan Clever, Valorie Voboril, Josh Bridges, and Lindsey Valenzuela filled in the ranks of the CrossFit Games podiums, but since then no athlete from California has made it back into the top three overall.

  • In fact, since 2017 there has not been a single male or female athlete from California to finish inside the top 10 at the Games as an individual.

For a state with around 40 million people, that also happens to be the home of CrossFit, this is truly interesting.

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