Why Being a National Champion Doesn’t Always Mean Games Success

February 12, 2024 by
Photo Credit: CrossFit Games

Becoming the fittest man or woman in your country during the CrossFit Games season is one of the most sought-after titles, thanks to local bragging rights.

On average, though, only about 25 countries are usually represented at the Games between the men’s and women’s sides in the individual division. During the Open, athletes in over 150 countries get to fight for the right to be called the fittest in their respective countries.

By looking at the top of the Open leaderboard, however, we noticed that many of the national champions from the countries who scored highest on the global leaderboard don’t ever make it to the Games level at all, with some not even making Semifinals.

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