“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”- Nelson Mandela
What You Need to Know Going Into Day Five
Cuts have been made and just 30 athletes in each division will continue to compete, but not for long. After today’s first event, the field will shrink yet again to just 20 athletes to finish out the day.
One big thing: In a historic year of seven individual athlete withdrawals including Kari Pearce, Bethany Shadburne, Kara Saunders, Dani Speegle, Sean Sweeney, Sam Stewart, Adrian Mundwiler, only four men and four women were actually cut from the field.
Speed Reads: A few stories that came out yesterday to get you up to speed.
Historic number of athletes withdraw: Seven athletes between the individual divisions have withdrawn from the CrossFit Games due to testing positive for COVID-19, suffering from a medical condition or facing an injury. It’s been unfortunate to see this many athletes cut from the field not because of their performance.
Four athletes who took advantage of 28 minutes: With cuts taking effect at the end of yesterday’s final event, athletes needed to capitalize on a total of 400 points between four events. Justin Medeiros, Guilherme Malheiros, Brooke Wells, and Amanda Barnhart all took advantage and set themselves in solid positions going into the weekend.
Reebok Bonus Program Exploding: According to our count, a whopping $86,000 was awarded to athletes on Friday alone from those who podiumed wearing a pair of Reebok’s. Keep your eye on athletes shoes as they cross the finish line and I’m sure that grand total will keep ticking up.
After she failed to qualify for the Games through the Granite Games Semifinal, it didn’t look like Kristi Eramo-O’Connell would be in Madison until the Last Chance Qualifier gave her the golden ticket. But after two days of competition and nine events completed, she sits in 7th place, within striking distance of the podium, heading into Saturday.
CrossFit Mayhem Freedom may not train with a Bob at the barn, but that doesn’t stop them from dominating when it shows up in Events at the Games. While they don’t regularly train with a Bob, they have dabbled with it at past Games and faired well.
The Games are back in Madison: If you weren’t lucky enough to be here to watch the CrossFit Games in person (sad face), we’re walking you through what the atmosphere has been like on the grounds so far. Celebrity athlete sightings, your favorite athletic clothing brands and a roaring crowd in the electric North Park and Coliseum, the experience is only getting better as we head into the weekend.
Roman Khrennikov “virtually” takes third in Event 4: Okay, so we know Khrennikov couldn’t make it to the states after the ongoing fight to get a visa which was ultimately unsuccessful…but…if he were here, it looks like he could have taken third in Event 4. His post on Instagram shows a few highlight pictures after he tackles the event and puts up a time of 15 minutes placing him third on the leaderboard.
Proposal at North Park: The finish line is typically filled with sweaty drained bodies as athletes throw themselves on the ground in exhaustion after each Event. But as the Teams pealed themselves off the turf, former teen Games athlete, Dylan Kade, walked onto the turf, took a knee, and popped the question to his girlfriend, Mia. This time last year, Kade was on life support in an ICU as his brain and spinal cord were under siege from a spectacularly rare form of Encephalitis. That’s when he knew he had to spend the rest of his life with Mia. Don’t worry, she said YES!
Annie Thorisdottir teams up with Yerbae, a caffeinated sparkling water beverage.
Tia-Clair Toomey Making History Again in Madison
It’s five event wins for Tia-Clair Toomey so far this year as she looks to close in on another historic milestone – her fifth title in a row.
But after nine events in two days, even the GOAT (yeah, we said it) needs help recovering.
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2021 CrossFit Games Individual Day Two Recap, Line-By-Line
Day two of the 2021 individual competition at the CrossFit Games dawned cool and cloudy. Most of the day’s events were slated to take place indoors, but the local forecast called for a high of 75 degrees with clouds and a minimal chance of rain. There were five events on the docket and a planned cut to 30 athletes in each field following event nine. When everything was done and dusted, the leaderboards had shifted, but the four-time champ on the women’s side was still firmly on top. Here’s a recap of the day.
Leaderboard, End of Day Two
Justin Medeiros (744) | Tia-Clair Toomey (861)
Brent Fikowski (723) Laura Horvath (723)
Patrick Vellner (674) | Kristin Holte (684)
Saxon Panchik (644) | Amanda Barnhart (678)
Alex Vigneault (624) | Brooke Wells (660)
Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson (620) | Haley Adams (658)
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The Pig made its return to the Games this year, eight years after initially appearing in 2013. Take a stroll down memory lane, check out the history of the Pig in CrossFit competition, and see some familiar faces tackling this infamous object.
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