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How Does 2021’s Qualifying Format Compare to Past Seasons?
CrossFit Home Office revealed in December 2020 that the season formatwould change yet again. No longer would athletes head to Sanctionals around the world with the goal of qualifying for the CrossFit Games. They would follow a similar format to the Regionals era, albeit with the introduction of a new stage: Quarterfinals.
Remind me: From 2011 until 2018, the athletes competed in the Open and then their respective Regionals with the goal of reaching the CrossFit Games. The format changed in 2019 and 2020 to give athletes the ability to punch their ticket to Madison by becoming a national champion in the Open or by winning Sanctioned events, such as the Dubai CrossFit Championship, the Rogue Invitational, and Wodapalooza.
The 2021 season followed a similar format to the Regionals era. The athletes started with a shortened version of the Open and then competed in the online Quarterfinals. The top athletes from this portion headed to Semifinals for one final weekend of competition before the CrossFit Games.
CrossFit also brought back the Last Chance Qualifierthat originally debuted during the 2009 season, providing four athletes (two men, two women) with one final opportunity to head to Madison by completing four final online workouts.
What they’re saying: “I was happy with how the season qualification format played out. It obviously mirrored the old Regional format, which I thought was good for the community as it brought familiarity and was easier to follow,” said Cole Sager.
“I preferred the shorter Open and the Quarterfinals aspect this year, as opposed to the past Open structure. I felt that it made the Open more community-focused. I do think there is room for growth and improvement upon how the season is structured to find the fittest individuals and bring even more economic fairness to the field at large.”
Patrick Vellner: “I would consider the old Regionals format and the most recent format to be roughly the same since they qualify through a similar linear process. Both that and the Sanctionals system worked for different reasons.
“The current format is definitely easier to follow, but the Sanctional system, in my opinion, provided greater opportunities for athletes both financially and in terms of experience.”
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Roman Khrennikov is confirmed to compete at Mayhem Desert Heat in December. Khrennikov will be joining Kristin Holte, Saxon Panchik, Andrea Nisler, and Haley Adams.
Jonne Koski, 6th at the CrossFit Games,had surgery on his left shoulder to fix a full supraspinatus tendon tear.
Koski: “Everything went as planned and the surgery was successful. I’m already feeling a lot better and the recovery has started well. It shouldn’t be too long until I’m back at the gym.”
Matilde Garnes, a CrossFit Games team qualifier from 2020, had successful knee surgery.
Rich Froning Hints that 2022 Could be His Final CrossFit Games
We were able to sit down with the nine-time CrossFit Games Champion Rich Froning after the 22nd installment of “Train With Rich” and catch up with him and ask him about his future as an athlete and what else he has going on.
One big thing: Inevitably any discussions with Froning always leads to him being asked how much longer he plans on competing as a Games athlete.
“This might be the last one, it might not. I feel like right now, yeah probably the last one.”
This non-committed admission is the closest Froning has gone public with the possibility of him retiring from the sport in which he has been one of the biggest stars.
Froning has hinted at his desire to step away from Games competition throughout the last few years to spend more time with his family and to continue growing Mayhem.
“Kids are getting older,” said Froning. “Once I feel like I’m taking time away from them and the sports they are wanting to do or whatever it is, it’ll be time for me to ride off into the sunset…from a competition standpoint.”
After yet another dominant performance by him and the Mayhem Freedom team at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games, Froning has now collected a record nine “Fittest on Earth” titles in 11 trips, four as an individual and five on a team.
The 34-year old says currently and this past season was the healthiest he felt and that even if it is his final season he’s not going to disappear from the sport.
Mayhem Desert Heat: One way Froning plans to stay involved is helping organize and running more “athlete-friendly” competitions such as Mayhem Desert Heat in Ras Al Khaima in the United Arab Emirates this coming November 12-13.
The two-day competition features a respectable prize purse as well as a modest registration fee that will go towards providing things like transportation inside of the UAE, lodging, food and (potentially) some excursions.
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