The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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Day 1 Recap: European Regional Day One Update
Results from across the pond.
The first day of competition in Halmstad, Sweden, was accompanied by bad weather - rainy and windy. This was nothing that the well prepared athletes couldn't handle of course. Everything went really smooth, and the event organizer Mads Jacobsen and his staff had the events running smoothly throughout the day.
Three events in the individual competition were held today, and not surprisingly some of the more established athletes shined leaving Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson and Blair Morrison, both participants in the final 16 in the 2009 games in the first two places in the mens competition. There is however a fierce competition over the last spot to the 2010 games going on, with Mikko Aronpää and Richard Vanmeerbeek both at 19 points going in to Sundays two remaining events.
For the womens competition Annie Thorisdottir and Samantha Briggs had one event each where they was outstanding - Samantha in the run and Annie in the overhead carry event, but Annie is currently in the lead going into Sunday. As in the Mens competition tomorrows two events will be vital in who is going to the games as Ingunn Ludviksdottir and Jenný Magnúsdóttir both have 10 points.
The event that stood out the most today was of course the 80kg overhead carry, which put huge demands on the functional strength of the athletes, and not surprisingly there was a lot of DNFs during this event, as well as some fantastic performances showcasing the strength that thrives in Europe. Even tho it was an hard event, it sure showed the difference of strength and technique in the field of athletes, and the ones who could handle the challenge took a step closer to the games in L.A.
Not only the individual athletes had fantastic showings, but the few in the Masters division did as well, and the Affiliates also gave the people that travelled here to witness the first European Regional a great display of willpower and determination.
Overall the day was filled with sportsmanship and comradery between fellow CrossFitters, and it showed that there is a revolution in fitness happening in Europe as well as in the rest of the world.
Tomorrow holds two events for the athletes that made the cut into Sunday, and after that we will know who will represent Europe in the CrossFit Games of 2010.
1. Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson
2. Blair Morrison
3. Mikko Aronpää
4. Richard Vanmeerbeek
5. Jonatan Westin
Top 5 Women
1. Annie Thorisdottir
2. Samantha Briggs
3. Ingunn Ludviksdottir
4. Jenný Magnúsdóttir
5. Helga Torfadóttir
Top Affiliate Teams
1. Bootcamp Iceland
2. CrossFit Iceland