2010 CrossFit Games Finals

Men's Epic Matchup 4: Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsen and Blair Morrison

Old country vs. new country.

Two athletes from opposite sides of the world have recently found themselves in head-to-head competition for domination of the European Region. Blair Morrison of San Jose (studying abroad) has a history of CrossFit-esque training by way of team sports in the US. Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsen has developed a freakish work capacity by participating mainly in Bootcamp style beat down sessions and using what was available in his environment to train.

For the past year, the shoe has been on the other foot. Morrison has been traveling Europe in conjunction with his studies, training indoors whenever possible, with little-to-no access to a CrossFit box. Meanwhile, Iceland Sven has been dialing in his lifting and technical skills for a full year, ever since he was knocked from contention in the 2009 finals by his inability to perform muscle-ups.

They are similar athletes in age, stature and physical abilities. Both have put on weight since last year and are coming in slightly stronger in terms of lifting strength.

Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsen
Age: 28
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 191lbs

Blair Morrison
Age: 27
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 186lbs

Sven and Morrison had the opportunity to go head-to-head already this season at the European Regional. Sven beat Morrison in one event out of five total (AMRAP Overhead Anyhow) and trailed by only one second on the run. Morrison took the rest of the events handily, although his smallest margin of victory over Sven on day two was 19 seconds, in the overhead carry event. At the end of the event only five points separated Morrison’s first place with Sven’s close second.

Rewind to the 2009 CrossFit Games and the two started the event off very close. In the 7k hill run, Morrison finished fourth while Sveinbjörnsen came in eighth. Follow that up with a tie in the deadlift event (435lbs pulled by each) and both headed into the third event pretty even. The Sandbag Sprint was Sveinbjörnsen’s time to shine, besting all competitors up the 170m hill with a blistering time of 1:01 flat, a full 10 seconds ahead of Morrison. The rest of the weekend played out back and forth in a similar fashion until the final chipper, where Sven DNF’d for a lack of reps on the muscle-up portion of the event. When the dust settled, Morrison finished the weekend in seventh, with Sven in 15th.

Additional reading on Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsen:

Pressure (‘09 Games)
"In conjunction with the venue itself, the stakes surrounding the Games continue to grow as well..."

Chatting About The Snatch Event (‘09 Games)
"CrossFit is the pursuit of power, plain and simple. In practice we utilize movements that are best suited to that end and focus on the sound mechanics that lead to optimal force production..."

Iceland Sven Attacks the Sandbag Sprint (’09 Games)
"Heat number 10 of the sandbag sprint provided an epic show for the spectators with the top three times of the day..."

The Icelanders Learn the GHD (’09 Games)
"Iceland Sven and Iceland Annie had never done a GHD situp before the 09 Games..."

Spirit of the Games (’09 Games)
"Annie Thorisdottir and Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson from Iceland have only been doing CrossFit for a few months, but they came to Aromas to win."

Chatting with the Euros (’10 European Regional, CrossFit Journal)
"While CrossFit is a growing phenomenon in Europe, many familiar faces from Games past rose to the top of the heap at this year’s Europe Regional..."

Additional reading on Blair Morrison:

The Scandanavian CF Challenge (CrossFit Journal)
"Blair Morrison wins the Eleiko Scandinavian CrossFit Challenge but finds he isn’t the only victor..."

Rise of the Euro (’10 European Regional, CrossFit Journal)
"American Blair Morrison won the Europe Regional but reports that the Old Country is full of unbelievable athletes who are sure to be in the mix at the 2010 CrossFit Games..."

The Couplet Wrecks Shop (’09 Games)
"The Couplet at the end of day one was a pivotal event..."

Post 7K Run Interviews (’09 Games)
"The 7k run at the Games was a brutal mental and physical challenge..."

Well Rounded Athletes ('09 Games)
"The top athletes at the 2009 Games were remarkably consistent in their placings, even on Day 1 when they were competing against 70+ other athletes..."

Additional European Regional reading:

Day 1 Recap: European Regional
"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..."

Event recap: European Regional
"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..."

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Blair On Event 3 At The Europe Regionals

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Blair And Svein On Event 4 At The Europe Regionals

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Svein Interview At European Regionals Day 1

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3 comments on this entry

1. Aush wrote...

B Morrison is my HERO!

2. Elvar wrote...

S Sveinbjörnsson is my HERO!

3. Tsing Wan Lau wrote...

Thanks. This webcast stuff is awesome!

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