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What’s Old is New Again: How the 2018 Regionals Provide Insights for 2021
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles that look back on the 2018 CrossFit Games Regionals.
The 2018 CrossFit Games season was a high watermark for the sport for several reasons. That year, 416,000 athletes competed in the Open. Media coverage at the Games peaked and CBS was interested in expanding even further. And, the Regionals fields were stacked with talent that has continued to dominate the sport of fitness.
Sweeping changes in 2019 shifted the landscape and replaced Regionals with the Open/Sanctional qualifying system. Now, the tide has turned again and the 2021 season format once again offers a multi-stage, funnel system — Open-Quarterfinals-Semifinals-Games.
One big thing: The 2021 season very closely resembles the 2018 season; so taking a look back offers an opportunity to prepare for what’s in store this year.
Remind me: In 2018 there were nine Regionals, five of those were in North America, two were in Europe, one was in Australia, and one was in South America.
While the details for this year’s Semifinals are still somewhat unknown, we’ve been told there will be 10 and that they will be based on geography (“Continents” to be more exact).
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Alexis Johnson, three-time Games athlete who is working her way back into competition shape after suffering an Achilles tendon tear in early 2020, suffered a setback last Saturday. Johnson tore her right UCL while receiving a snatch and had surgery to repair it.
Johnson: “Just another bump in the road — onward and upward.”
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The CrossFit Games released the first part in a three-part interview series with Director of Sport, Dave Castro. In this video, Castro breaks down some details about the Open and Quarterfinal stages of the 2021 season.
ICYMI: The owner of CrossFit Sine Pari in Buck’s County, PA participated in the January 6 storming of the US Capitol and on Friday was arrested after a federal warrant had been issued. After learning of the arrest, CrossFit LLC reached out to her, and when she didn’t deny the allegations, terminated her gym’s affiliation.
Over the weekend: Athletes descended in Austin, TX to compete in the Fittest Experience. Roy Gamboa and Andrea Nisler walked away with the top spots.
Affiliate Owners Report Mixed Results on New Year's Business Rush in January 2021
2020 was anything from normal, and gym owners took a collective sigh of relief as it ended. But, how will 2021 unfold?
The big picture: Affiliates had it rough as the fitness industry has been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19 regulations. After a year of business under the weight of a pandemic, affiliate owners had high hopes for the post-New Years rush that occurs most years. We spoke to several and learned that some gyms have experienced the rush, while others have not.
Why the CrossFit Wonderland Community is Embracing the Open, From Home
A closed gym and a government-mandated 8 PM curfew: That’s the current pandemic-related reality for the members of the Montreal, Quebec-based CrossFit Wonderland.
This grim reality, however, hasn’t stopped owners Caroline Lambray and 2020 CrossFit Games finalist Jeff Adler from successfully promoting the Open to their clientele this year. Just like any other year.
Even though their members will be relegated to the equipment-free, at-home version of the Open, Lambray and Adler have promised to “make the experience worth it no matter what situation we are in,” said Lambray, whose gym has been closed for eight of the last 12 months.
The reason: Lambray is adamant that even bodyweight workouts from home will be able to give her clients what the Open always does: inspiration and motivation, and a sense of achievement and appreciation for their overall health. It also “helps put everything in perspective,” she said.
The details: After losing clients due to being closed for so long, CrossFit Wonderland currently has 70 members. Lambray is hoping to get at least 40 people registered for the Open. They’re not quite there yet, but “people often pull the trigger in the last two weeks,” she said.
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Annie Thorisdottir On Her Training Post-Partum and the 2021 Season
In case you missed it, last week two-time Games champion, Annie Thorisdottir joined Justin LoFranco to discuss training through her pregnancy and as a new mom, her approach to the 2021 Games season and her thoughts on the new season format. Thorisdottir likes that it will bring back the feel of regionals, saying “we need that in-person event where you’re competing against the athletes that are trying to qualify for the CrossFit Games.”
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