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
Final Results: Individual Competition
Fittest on earth have been found.
The 2010 CrossFit Games finished with a flurry of events and a test of the athletes’ abilities to adapt to any task they might face.
With the competitors sequestered away beneath the stands since 1 p.m., Dave Castro brought them out heat by heat and gave them a series of tasks to perform. Each athlete had less than a minute to prepare for the three individual tasks.
3 rounds of:
21 overhead squats (65/95 lb.)
Wall rope climb between each element
3 rounds of:
21 ground-to-overhead (95/65 lb.)
3 rounds of:
5 burpee wall jumps
20-foot rope climbs (3/2)
No women completed any of the events in the first heat, but Lindsey Smith completed more of Event 6c than any other competitor in Heat 1.
“It was extremely tiring coming one after another … .” an exhausted Smith said of the final event series. “I wanted rope climbs, so I got what I wanted, I guess.”
No male or female competitors finished all three of the workouts, though Patrick Burke was the first to complete Event 6c under the time cap. As a former Marine, Burke used a foot lock to save his upper body during the rope climb. Burke didn’t have a much trouble with the climbs until Round 3, but he managed to recover after a failed attempt to finish the event in 10:41. Tommy Hackenbruck and Peter Egyed also finished the final event (6c).
In the final women’s heat, not even Games veteran Kristan Clever could finish Event 6a, though she made it further than any other competitor, which all but assured her of an overall win.
She continued her push to the title in Event 6b, which featured yet another race between the SoCal athlete and Iceland’s Annie Thorisdottir. Valerie MacKenzie Voboril was also very close to Clever’s time.
Event 6c saw Thorisdottir pull away from Clever. The tall redhead was the first female athlete to finish the last workout, using impressive climbing skills to beat Clever by a large margin. Julie Foucher and Valerie MacKenzie Voboril also finished their tasks.
Clever’s lead, however, was insurmountable, and the powerful SoCal athlete claimed the overall title. Thorisdottir was second, and Valerie MacKenzie Voboril was third.
If anyone was going to finish the first part of the final, it was going to be someone from the top 6 men. Not even Chris Spealler could best the workout, but he did win it.
With the overall title on the line, the athletes raced through the rest of the movements to a showdown on the rope climb. As expected, Spealler was almost two minutes faster than the best time of the day, leaving the others to find their places in the overall standings.
Graham Holmberg was slower on the rope climbs but chipped away, while overall leader Rich Froning Jr. chose to do most of his rope climbs with no legs at all.
Spealler and Holmberg were the only final-heat men to finish the workout, and Holmberg’s effort was enough to overtake Froning’s lead.
Holmberg, from New Albany, Ohio, won the CrossFit Games by only three points. Froning Jr. was second, and Spealler finally made the podium in his fourth CrossFit Games.
"It's just been a heck of a weekend ... ," Holmberg said. "There's just so mnay good guys out here, and that showed in how tight a race it was."
Holmberg isn't sure how he'll spend the $25,000, but he recently got engaged, so a little extra cash won't hurt at all.
Final results after six events:
Top 10 Men
1. Graham Holmberg (48)
2. Rich Froning Jr. (51)
3. Chris Spealler (69)
4. Matt Chan (73)
5. Mikko Salo (77)
6. Austin Malleolo (84)
7. Pat Burke (91)
8. Ben Smith (93)
9. Tommy Hackenbruck (111)
10. Peter Egyed (117)
Top 10 Women
1. Kristan Clever (31)
2. Annie Thorisdottir (43)
3. Valerie MacKenzie Voboril (51)
4. Jessica Pamanian (72)
5. Julie Foucher (72)
6. Christy Phillips (75)
7. Rebecca Voigt (77)
8. Heather Bergeron (84)
9. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (94)
10. Michelle Kinney (99)