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2010 CrossFit Games Finals

Introducing the Epic Matchups Series

The most interesting athlete and team comparisons are explored.

Even a quick perusal of the list of qualified athletes and teams invited to compete at this summer's CrossFit Games at the Home Depot Center reveals an incredible list of athletes. In fact, we could make an impressive list of amazing athletes who didn't qualify! The capabilities of the athletes going to the HDC in July would have been thought to be impossible just five years ago. They are redefining what's possible.

In the men's competition, a rundown of the top ranked athletes shows how crazy it really is. Four of the top five from last year are returning. Mikko Salo, Tommy Hackenbruck, Moe Kelsey and Jason Khalipa are all very strong with great wind. Moe competed at the Northwest Regional with nothing at stake. He finished 7th, but it would be a mistake to think he can't find more when it really counts. Chris Spealler won that event with a dominant performance in three of the four events. Jerome Perryman finished second, after last year's 17th place finish. This was particularly painful as only the top 16 went on to Sunday's competition.

Rob Orlando took the Northeast competition handliy, Rich Froning grabbed the Southeast, and Matt Chan stole North Central. Peter Egyed edged out Neal Maddox in the Southwest, and Vic Zachary just beat Breck Berry in the South Central. Braden Lutz, Ben Smith, and Graham Holmberg battled in Central East and all finished within a couple points of each other.

Internationally, Chris Hogan won Australia, while Dan Rogers took Canada. Blair Morrison found a way to beat Iceland Sven in Europe. Neil Sholtz, Andrew Ubbelohlde, and Geoff Tudisco won Africa, Asia, and South America.

The women are just as incredible. Carey Kepler and Kristan Clever tied for third last year, with Lindsey Smith right behind them in fifth. All three have been training hard and will be tough to beat. Returning athletes Heather Keenan Bergeron, Christy Phillips, Rebecca Voigt and Iceland Annie won their Regionals solidly (Northeast, Central East, Southwest and Europe). Candice Ruiz and Michelle Kinney took South Central and Southeast. Jasmine Deaver and Ashleigh Moe topped North Central and Northwest.

In Canada, newcomer Alicia Connors edged out Lauren Pryor who qualified for her third consecutive Games. Rebecca Eastwell took Australia, while Sam Ryder, Nicole Wallace and Nelly Rodriguez won Africa, Asia and South America, respectively.

In terms of the team competition, Northwest CrossFit is back to defend their title. There was an epic battle in the Southwest for qualifying. San Francisco CrossFit finished on top and is surely one of the favorites going into the Games. But CrossFit Oakland had a great showing in second, with CrossFit Invictus, CrossFit SoCal, and TJs Gym/CrossFit San Rafael in a three-way tie for third. Returning finalists CrossFit Calgary and CrossFit Central won their Regionals. CrossFit Apex has 09 overall winner Tanya Wagner and husband Josh (40th in 09 and 46th in 08) on the team, and they won Central East handily. CrossFit Omaha, CrossFit New England, CrossFit Delray Beach and CrossFit Fort Vancouver also won their Regionas (North Central, Northeast, Southeast, and Northwest) and will definitely be contenders.

CrossFit Auckland won Australia. Iceland's Bootcamp, South America's CrossFit Cayman and Africa's CrossFit Rebel South Africa round out the international winners.

We'll be getting down and dirty with as many of these folks as possible, plus the rest of the field and more. There will be a new athlete profile section with tons of stats. We have our video crews touring the country. And, we'll be highlighting the most interesting matchups in each competition in our Epic Matchups series. Get insights into their strengths and weaknesses, plus training and nutrition strategies. There will be lots of opportunities to speculate about who has what chances for the podium.

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4 comments on this entry

1. kris kepler wrote...

nice photo of Jess and Jenn who qualified as competitors this year!

2. Nando Moreira wrote...

Hi guys!
I read this article, has a mistake, Nelly Rodriguez was the winner in Central ans South America!... You must to change that, for this and next article!

3. Steve C wrote...

Great article even better picture. It is going to be an exciting year at the games. It is very exciting to be able to watch this sport in its infancy. it is only going to gain more popularity from here.

4. Tony T-1000 wrote...

Alicia Connors EDGED OUT Lauren Pryor in Canada??!! Huh? A quick check of the results will dispel that notion. ACon = dark horse. Watch out ladies.


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