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
Affiliate Cup Event 1
The results from the first event at the Home Depot Center.
The first workout of the 2010 CrossFit Games found teams confronted with an event that balanced strength and size against speed and body-weight ability.
Four-person teams had to complete two rounds of 70 thrusters (155/105 lb.), 50 chest-to-bar pull-ups and a 100-meter buddy carry.
Bigger athletes tend to do better on heavy thrusters but worse on pull-ups, and they tend to be better at carrying than being carried. That’s right in line with the CrossFit tradition of punishing the specialist, and teams had to be truly balanced to succeed in the workout.
After only a few heats it was clear that many teams would have a lot of trouble getting the work done under the time cap. And of course the heat played a role.
“We’re used to humidity in Chicago, but this is a different kind of heat,” said Nathan Lamb of Windy City CrossFit. “The sun just saps you.”
Lamb’s team failed to finish, and when asked about the worst part of the event, he answered with certainty: “Thrusters.”
After the first heats, CrossFit Invictus had the top time (9:57), with the top regional teams still to come in the final heat. That group included CrossFit New England, CrossFit Omaha and CrossFit Apex, with the latter featuring 2009 individual champion Tanya Wagner.
The final heat was a thrilling race right to the line, with CrossFit New England beating CrossFit Central by four seconds (9:43 unofficial) to post the best time of the day. CrossFit Invictus was third in 9:57, rounding out the group up teams who finished under 10 minutes.
The first Masters event runs next as the affiliate teams await their next challenge.