Canada's Camille Leblanc-Bazinet chatting it up with Pat Sherwood.

2010 CrossFit Games Finals

3, 2, 1 ...

The final preparations are underway at the HDC.

As the athletes and vendors funnel into the Home Depot Center for the 2010 CrossFit Games, they’re greeted by a whole new testing ground for the world’s fittest. The dusty expanse of The Ranch is ancient history that’s fondly remembered as the birthplace of a new sport. But this is the big leagues now, and there’s no turning back.

“This is much more nerve-racking. I can’t believe how big it is. It’s going to be really cool, but I’m nervous,” Europe Regional champion Annie Thorisdottir said of the differences between Aromas and the HDC.

One athlete approached the edge of the tennis court where some of the events will be held and deemed it “one colossal CrossFit box.”

That box will be populated by the top CrossFitters in the world. Mikko Salo, Lindsey Smith, Spencer Hendel, Carey Kepler, Kristan Clever and Lauren Pryor were just a few of the individual competitors seen checking out the venue before the competition opens, and armies of affiliate teams were prowling the grounds and looking for clues as to what the weekend will hold.

The Home Depot Center will surely prove to be a great venue for the Games. Flooring has been rolled out to buffer the tennis court from the flying bumpers, and a whole host of other implements are stashed about the grounds in anticipation of the 93 individual athletes, 29 masters athletes and 69 affiliate teams that will take the stage to put their work capacity to the test.

In the mid-afternoon, the all-star team of judges was briefed by Dave Castro and Adrian (Boz) Bozman. Chuck Carswell, Todd Widman and Kurtis Bowler will be assisting Boz as head judges, and the crew includes HQ trainers such as Lisa Ray, Jesse Ward and Russell Berger. A whole host of other top trainers round out the ranks.

The vendor village took shape in the concourse in the tennis stadium, and the media team laid the final wires for the live broadcast that will bring the 2010 Games to the world. The sound check went down without a hitch, and Rage Against the Machine and System of a Down were heard in the tennis stadium and at the track. Hard-Zoning CrossFitters will also be pleased to know that the barley beverages are being chilled for the beer garden, which will no doubt be packed as temperatures are predicted to climb into the upper 90s.

Wrapping up the day was a preview show shot on location and streamed live. If you missed it, you can watch it in the Games archive. Pat Sherwood, Miranda Oldroyd and Lisa Ray, among others, highlighted upcoming events and forecast potential outcomes.

Stay tuned, we’re only getting started. The 2010 CrossFit Games begin tomorrow.

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4 comments on this entry

1. Ricky Baylor wrote...

LET'S GO TRIBE!!!!!!!!

2. James wrote...

Missed the live preview show as it went out at 2am here, any chance of putting up a link to the archive? This is awesome, I cant wait.

3. PH Medo wrote...

The preview show isn't posted in the archives... can we get that fixed??? (I can't wait until 11am CST for the kickoff of the 2010 CrossFit Games, I need a fix NOW!!!)

4. shirley stephen wrote...

Love you Carey!!

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