Europe Regional

Event Recap: European Regional

Event results and information from across the pond.

The European regional qualifier for the 2010 Games are over, and it was a fantastic event. Despite some weather issues and some last minute changes, the event was a success. The athletes really brought everything they had to the event, and even though they were challenged with tasks that they had never done before, and movements that were completely alien to them, they all performed to the top of their abilities!

It became obvious from the beginning that no one had come just to get a good workout and meet new friends, everyone had come to test themselves against the best Europe had to offer, and hopefully qualify for the 2010 Games. The competition was fierce, and everything was put on the line in every workout. The crew from Iceland came out strong and soon established themselves in the top of the rankings. Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson occupied the first place after day one followed by Blair Morrisson who was in no way going to let the overall victory go without a fight. After these two athletes were a great number of competitors who were in contention, and very small margins separated the athletes.

In the female division Annie Thorisdottir came out guns blazing and went for an immediate knockout, only to see Samantha Briggs from the UK give her a very fair run for her money. After these two athletes were a pack of athletes gunning for the top placements, and the only thing that was certain before Sunday was that no one could take their spot for granted!

The master division only had 3 participants this year, but they fought very well indeed.  The first workout of the day was an outdoor event, and they fought with a slippery bar, cold weather, and the fact that they were soaked in cold water on every push-up.  A fantastic effort that was definitely inspirational to watch. As one spectator pointed out "if they can fight this hard in conditions like this- no one else has an excuse not to give their all!"

The affiliate division saw two teams from Iceland fight it out, and there was no way any of these two teams were going to let the other get away with the victory and the Icelandic bragging rights without putting up a fight.

Sunday came, and the big question was if someone had left something in the tank, and had their game plan ready from the beginning, or if the standings would change over the day?

Sveinbjörn and Blair soon established a solid lead and it was clear that they would be going to the Games but the third place was up for grabs. It became an epic battle between Mikko Aronpää and Richard Van Meerbeek, and Richard ended up taking the last spot in the last workout with a fantastic effort. He will be going to the Games along with Blair who finished up just ahead of Sveinbjörn.

Annie extended her lead on the second day and it was soon beyond a doubt that she would be going to be headed to Los Angeles in July, the question was who she would be accompanied by? Samantha, Jenny, and Ingunn had a super fight on the last two workouts, and by the smallest possible margin Samantha and Jenny Magnusdottis pulled out the last of the transfer positions.

Qualifying Men
Blair Morrison
Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson
3. Richard Vanmeerbeek

Qualifying Women
Annie Thorisdottir
Samantha Briggs
Jenný Magnúsdóttir

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13 comments on this entry

1. Richard Vanmeerbeek wrote...

What a weekend! Thank you to Mads and all his crew for an amazing regional. Congratulations to all the competitors for bringing such a high level across all the events.


2. Brian--CrossFit Ramstein wrote...

Congrats to all!

Richard: You deserve it of luck to you in July!

3. Matt Foster wrote...

A great weekend - congratulations to all the qualifiers and to everyone else both organisers, officials and competitors who gave the place such an amazing atmosphere. Really showed what Crossfit is all about!

4. erin cianciolo wrote...

congrats rich!!! i'm so proud of you!!!

5. Lauren G wrote...

What a fabulous and well run event! Such a pleasure to not only take part in but also observe the competition. There is no doubt in my mind that the 6 athletes representing Europe will do us proud AND be a force to be reckoned with in California. Congrats to all of you for moving forward and thanks to all the other participants for making it such a fun and memorable experience!!!

6. Rob Powell wrote...

It was a terrific event! Well thought out and organized.

Mads, you did a great job!

7. Sarah Elisabeth Lindasdatter Troelsen Krarup wrote...

What a great event. Looking forward to seeing a lot of you to the FIT AS FU*K CrossFit Challenge 25 SEPT 2010 in Denmark.


8. Thor Larsen wrote...

A huge thanks for a great weekend from me as well! It was a true pleasure to judge such a bunch of amazing athletes! And congratulations to Blair, Sven, Richard, Annie, Sam and Jenny - make Europe proud!!!

9. Helzy wrote...

Mads the entire weekend was slick (apart from our camping fiasco lol!). You and crew ran a well oiled machine. Thank you Eleiko (oh how we wanted to rummage in your skip for reject bumpers from your workshop haha). Thank you to all the athletes for providing such superb competition and comaraderi. Thank you Sevan for making the trip :) Thank you Jane for the emotion you made me feel during your double-under Helen wod. I was so proud of you and everyone there who saw you work right to the end - it was movie script material!! it was a fantastic weekend, x

10. Tom wrote...

Great job. Annie will be hard to beat in LA.

11. Federico Biasetti wrote...

Thanks to everyone who was there at Eleiko center, what a great event. Mads and the entire Staff did a great job..I just can't wait for the next competition, and i'll get there with better bodyweight skiills!!!:-)
Congratulation to Blair, Sven and Richard!!!!

12. tomosail wrote...

Annie is going to crush this year!!! Can't wait to see it.

13. bob vastine wrote...

congratulations Blair, you're a great reporter and an even better athlete!!!


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