Week two of the Open has wrapped and after spinning our wheels for 20 minutes in 20.2 the leaderboard is just now starting to take some shape. For the second week in a row, the top scores worldwide came from the women’s side as Kristin Holte and Jamie Greene – the 2nd and 3rd place finishers at the Games in 2019 – both flirted with 31 rounds on the scorecard and beat out Frederik Aegidius’ top score for the men.
On the men’s side a full 29 rounds was the threshold for a top performance this week – 23 athletes in total accomplished the feat to give themselves a nice boost on the leaderboard – while the dividing line for a top 20 score for the women was getting through the toes-to-bar in the 29th round.
In total 13 athletes broke the 1,000 rep barrier, so congratulations if you were one of the select few or their judge because let’s face it counting 700 double unders is an accomplishment in itself.
With the Open barreling towards the median point, and now that we’ve got a couple scores under our belts, here are some storylines worth paying attention to as we hold our collective breaths for the 20.3 announcement.
Emma Cary in the Top 10
In 2019, Emma Cary was the CrossFit Games champion for the Teenage Girls 14-15 division, taking home a Gold medal in her first year of CrossFit competition. Two months later, Cary is still 15-years-old, but she’s aged up into the 16-17-year-old division meaning the prescribed workouts for the Open are the same as the individual women’s division, and her name is now included in the women’s division on the worldwide leaderboard.
It’s almost shocking then that, after two weeks of competition in the Open, Cary sits in 8th place overall worldwide. Think about that, a young woman not yet old enough to obtain a driver’s license in her home state of Missouri has outperformed the likes of Katrin Davidsdottir, Annie Thorisdottir, Brooke Wells, and nearly every other woman on the planet through two extremely painful workouts. The safe bet is that heavier weights and gymnastics could trip her up a bit relative to the top women, but even still, the fact that she finished 20.1 in 15th overall, and 20.2 in 9th speaks to an insane level of capacity for an athlete her age.
We’re obviously not soothsayers, and there’s really no telling what Dave Castro will program. However, with two weeks of the Open down, we can make some reasonable predictions about what 20.3 could be if it is a repeat.
Worth noting that for the first time in Open history, thrusters were not programmed In the final workout and did not include a barbell.
Also worth mentioning, Dave Castro on Instagram: “next week’s gonna suck.”
Some important facts to consider: Most of these we touched in last week’s edition, but we’ll refresh your memory.
There has only been one movement repeated in the same year: bar facing burpees in 16.1 and 16.5. So let’s assume no repeated movements for the sake of this exercise.
We’re going to assume that the repeated workout will be pulled from the same week it was originally programmed. Every repeat since 2014 has been re-tested the same week it was originally announced, except for in 2018, when 11.6 was voted as the repeat workout. (Ex. 11.1 is 14.1)
No WODs from 2013 has ever been repeated; 2011 has had three repeats and 2014 has had two.
Thrusters have been in the final week every year.
A WOD from week 3 has NEVER been re-tested.
No two-part WOD has ever been repeated. (Ex. 18.2 and 18.2a, or 15.1 and 15.2a)
Among movements that have not shown up yet, chest-to-bar pull-ups is the only one that has been programmed in every Open.
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NEW HERO WOD — A hero workout is taking place for the first time in November for Deputy Suzanne Hopper, a deputy with the Clark County Sheriffs office who was killed in the line of duty in January 2011. The workout will be hosted by CrossFit Contour in Zanesville, OH on November 2 and affiliates everywhere are invited to participate as well.
NEW PODCAST AND BLOG — Cate Schultz, owner CrossFit ELC in Morris, MN has launched Peace of Grit, a blog and podcast discussing CrossFit, yoga, mindset ad nutrition.
RECOVERY RXD FUNDRAISER — CrossFit St. Helens in St. Helens, OR is hosting Burpee’s and Boo’s on October 27 to help raise money for Recovery RX’d Campout Summer 2020.
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Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Online Qualifier —Registration for the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Online Qualifier will officially open on Friday, November 1 at 9:00 AM PT.
NOBULL Fitness Film Festival — Tickets for the NOBULL Fitness Film Festival went on sale yesterday.
Noor Dajani is Empowering Middle Eastern Women With CrossFit —ESPN just ran a feature on Noor Dajani, a Jordan-based CrossFit coach and founder of MePower, an exercise and mental health program for women.
— “I learned how to find the strength deep inside me through CrossFit. I learned to do more of the hard things. In CrossFit, you push so hard in the workout, and you just go. You need to go through the hardship, go through what’s challenging, and then you get the outcome. In life, you experience lots of hardships — some of them [end up being a] success, some of them are failures. It makes you more resilient.
— “CrossFit gave me goals, and it gave the people I coach goals. Everybody is pushing hard. Everybody’s focusing on what they can do, how they can learn to do a better job. How they can push their limits.”
The two-time CrossFit Games champion, Katrin Davidsdottir, joined more than a dozen female leaders in sport at the espnW Women + Sports Summit. In its 10th year, the summit unites world-class female athletes and business leaders to work towards creating more opportunities for women in sports across the globe.
On the World Class Athlete Panel was Liz Cambage, WNBA All-Star and single game scoring record holder; Becky Lynch, WWE Raw women’s champion, Katrin Davidsdottir; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Olympic gold medalist in 100m
Davidsdottir: “When we fail, there’s nothing wrong with it. You just failed at that particular event; you’re not a failure.”
Fraser-Pryce: “I earned this and I want this just as anybody else. It’s hard being an athlete from a country that’s so male-dominated…that’s a testament to knowing who you are and knowing what you’re worth. For me, I want to do it the way I want to do it and I want to do it well.” Lynch on discovering wrestling: “For the first time in my life, I wanted to be good at something. I wanted to be better at something.”
Sage Steel,e moderating: “Sometimes as women, we don’t credit ourselves enough.” A wrestler to Lynch: “Move more like a girl.” Lynch, responding: “Well I am a girl, and I’m moving, so I don’t know what that means.” Cambage: Growing up “I tried to shrink myself. We were born this way. We were born beautiful. We were born this way to live this life.”
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