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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United States Qualifiers
Men's Epic Matchup 1: Mikko and Khalipa
The first of many athlete comparisons
The 2010 CrossFit Games are up for grabs. The number of athletes who have a legitimate shot at taking the title is very large. This is particularly true in the men’s competition.
In this series, we’re selecting pairs of athletes and teams to compare their strengths and biases. Granted, it’s a fairly arbitrary position, since Mikko Salo and Jason Khalipa are but two of nearly 50 athletes competing together. They are the two most recent champions, though, and we’re proud to launch the series with them.
Jason won the 08’ games by coming out of nowhere and finishing the heavy squat Grace final workout in 2:46, nearly 40 seconds faster than second place Josh Everett. Mikko, as many of you know, performed the three 08 Games events in a single day (obviously not the hill run). Mikko did the heavy squat Grace last. His time was 2:38. Not quite the same, of course, but impressive nonetheless.
Mikko first got our attention by winning the 09 European Regionals with a sub-8min phat Helen (2pood KB and chest-to-bar pullups). Wow!
The 09 Games
Obviously, Mikko won the 09 Games, and Jason’s comeback story is well known. There has been lots of speculation about what would have happened if Jason had managed the run better, or if the run had been on Sunday. Whatever, but Jason’s performance after that first event was stellar, including two firsts and three seconds.
Jason won the couplet with Mikko fourth. Mikko won the chipper with Jason second. They tied on the triplet. Jason snatched 225lbs for second, while Mikko snatched 190 for 11th.
When asked about his collapse during the brutal 7.1 kilometer run up and down the dusty hills of Aromas, Jason said, “You can’t fear injury when you’re doing this kind of stuff, because then you second-guess every- thing you do. And when you second-guess stuff, that’s when you actually get injured. I second-guessed the run. I second-guessed everything I was doing. I had all this pressure, and look what happened: I choked.”
It’s anyone’s guess at this point. Neither Jason nor Mikko has competed formally since last year’s Games, but both men are reporting significant progress in all their key numbers. Both have been getting mobility training and proclaim its efficacy. Jason has been running (and getting coached on his running).
Did we say “epic matchup?”