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
Women’s Epic Matchup 3: Christy Phillips and Heather Bergeron
Two outstanding athletes back with a vengeance!
Christy Phillips and Heather (Keenan) Bergeron had their first Games experience in 2009, but both have been part of the community since 2007. They have dominated their respective Regionals for the past two years, and are top contenders for this year's podium.
Christy Phillips - CrossFit MPH
Height: 5' 4"
Heather Bergeron - CrossFit New England
Height: 5' 6"
At the ’09 Games, Bergeron ended Day 1 tied for 16th with Tamara Holmes (only 16 competitors went on to Day 2). There was a tie-break system established and after three levels, she was left in 17th place with her competition over. She has been haunted by missing the second day of the games by such a small margin (a mere 10 seconds faster on the couplet would have done it), and is coming to the HDC to win. "I want to walk away from this year without any regret...and I have a lot of regret."
Part of that regret came after learning the Day 2 events, which were very much in her wheelhouse. Proof is that the events in her Regional qualifier this year contained a great deal of similarity, and she won them handily.
Heather and Christy were pretty close through the first three events. Christy was 45sec ahead in the run and 20lbs heavier in the deadlift. Heather came in 5th in the sandbag sprint but 44th in the sledge. Heather was 20sec faster in the couplet. At the end of the day, though, Christy went on and Heather didn't.
Christy did well on Day 2, finishing in 6th overall, one place away from prequalification for this year. She had an epic race with Crystal McReynolds in the first heat of the final chipper.
Christy performed with such domination at last year’s Mid Atlantic qualifier that she took a 1:39 lead into the final event, which had a staggered start to add to the drama. She won the Women's division by nearly two and a half minutes, and set course standards on multiple events. This year was no less impressive, winning four of the five events. She came in fourth on the deadlift, pulling 320lbs, which is 25lbs heavier than the 295lbs in last years deadlift event.
Heather showed her adaptability this year en route to the Games, having to surmount unexpected challenges like shouldering stones (New England Sectional) and navigating prowler pushes and a ski erg (Northeast qualifier).
These athletes are similarly sized. Heather has a few inches and two pounds, but nearly a decade and motherhood differentiate them (Heather is the senior by nine years, with two kids).
One of their biggest differences may come in total volume of training leading into this year’s event. Heather comes from a competitive running and marathon background and this year she’s putting in the occasional double and triple days. Christy on the other hand is trying to emphasize quality over quantity, while still taking the intensity through the roof. She has not been hitting any one thing in particular, but the tide has been rising in all areas for both athletes.
No one knows what the events will look like at the Home Depot Center in July, but these two women are certainly among the favorites going in.