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
Select a 2010 CrossFit Games event
United States Qualifiers
Individual Event 1
Muscle-ups and squat snatches kick off the event.
With a pair of F/A-18s flying over the Home Depot Center, the 2010 Games officially kicked off with a roar moments after opening ceremonies including an address by Coach Greg Glassman. The first individual event was front and center in the tennis stadium and saw athletes faced with a 9-7-5 couplet of muscle-ups and 135-lb. squat snatches.
Shortly before the event started, the athletes in the warm-up area were planning for a workout that had just been explained only moments before.
Kristan Clever, fourth place in 2009, was confident about her chances in a workout featuring two movements right in her wheelhouse.
“I’d be surprised if I did badly in this event,” she said.
The SoCal athlete was also confident that most women would be able to handle a movement that has often tripped up female competitors.
“I think the level has definitely gone up a lot,” she said. “We’ll have a few (women) that will struggle, but most the field will complete the workout.”
Jerome Perryman is one of the biggest, strongest men in the competition, and he was unsure how he felt when asked about the workout.
“Good and bad. I’m bigger. I’m pretty good at muscle-ups, but they’re not my favorite. Because I have only a small concern with muscle-ups, I just want to stay competitive with the workout.”
Once the event started seconds after the fly-over, Canada’s Camille Leblanc-Bazinet crushed a set of nine unbroken muscle-ups on her way to a 7:02 finish that was exactly four minutes faster than that of Lauren Roberts of New Zealand, who was the only other athlete to complete all the reps in the 12-minute limit. Only one man failed to finish the reps in the first heat, which was won by Joey Warren in 5:04.
Several men beat that time in Heat 2, including Ben Smith, whose 4:01 stood only one heat as the top males made short work of the event. Neal Maddox was the first one under four minutes, and his 3:46 was one second faster that Rich Froning Jr.’s 3:47.
The top women were up in the final heat, which was preceded by a moving tribute to Amanda Miller, the 2009 Games competitor who was taken by cancer on died on April 23, 2009.
When Dave Castro said “Go,” Clever annihilated the WOD in 5:08, which was faster than anyone else by 58 seconds. Several top competitors, including Annie Thorisdottir and Alicia Connors, struggled with the muscle-ups, while Carey Kepler was slowed by the snatches.
All in all, the women were challenged by the gymnastic/Oly couplet, with only 11 finishing. Those athletes are not eliminated but will be ranked according to number of reps completed.
Lindsey Smith finished ninth overall with a time of 9:54.
“I would say muscle-ups are one of my worst movements, so to finish it, I’m pretty happy with that,” she said. “For me to have that quantity of muscle-ups behind me feels pretty good.”
The men’s final heat was blazing. It was won by CrossFit legend Chris Spealler in 3:29, which was good enough for first overall by 17 seconds. He traded leads with Jason Khalipa until Khalipa blew up on the last round and was falling down on snatch reps.
Peter Egyed finished sixth overall and gamed the WOD to prevent a disaster at the end.
“I watched the previous heats blow it on the nines, so I wanted to pace myself.”
Defending CrossFit Games champion Mikko Salo finished 15th overall (5:17) and was pleased with his first Games workout since Aromas.
“I’m quite satisfied,” the Finn said. “It wasn’t the best I could do but I’m OK. It was a good start to the Games.”
He added: “I’m feeling confident.”
And indeed, the Games have just started. Day 2 of the individual competition will spread out the field as more weaknesses are exposed, and Spealler and Clever will look to solidify their leads.
Current results after 1 event:
Top Five Males
1. Chris Spealler
2. Neal Maddox
3. Rich Froning Jr.
4. Matt Chan
5. Ben Smith
Top 5 Females
1. Kristan Clever
2. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
3. Christy Phillips
4. Stacie Tovar
5. Julie Foucher