2010 CrossFit Games Finals

Individual Event Announcements

All events announced!

We're only going to announce the next element of the competition at one time. Everyone will learn what the event is about an hour before it kicks off. Shortly after the event is completed, the athletes (and the public) will learn when their next event is. We're not going to say how many events there are, nor how they are spread out throughout the weekend. We will say that there will be some cuts of athletes and teams throughout the weekend.

This is your reference for the events. As they are announced, this post will be updated to reflect the changes.

Dave Castro announced that all individual workouts will take place in the stadium from Event 3 on.

UPDATE

Athletes will move from one event to the other with no break. Each event will be scored separately.

Event 6c

3 rounds of:
5 burpee wall jumps
3 20-foot rope climbs (men)/2 20-foot rope climbs (women)
12-minute cap

Event 6b
Three rounds for time of:
30 toes-to-bar
21 ground to overhead (95/65)
7-minute cap

Event 6a

3 rounds for time of:
30 push-ups with hand release
Over the wall
21 overhead squats (95/65 lb.)
7-minute cap

Event 5

7 rounds for time of:
3 cleans (205/135 lb.)
4 ring handstand push-ups (men)/4 handstand push-ups (women)
12-minute cap

Event 4

For time:
Move (600/370 lb.) of sandbags down the stairs, across the stadium floor, up the wall, up the stairs.

Event 3

As many rounds as possible in 7 minutes of:
7 deadlifts (315/205 lb.)
Sprint across court
14 pistols
21 double-unders
Sprint back

Event 2a
For time (22 min cap):
Run 1,200 meters
63 kettlebell swings (1.5/1 pood)
36 pull-ups
Run 800 meters
42 kettlebell swings (1.5/1 pood)
24 pull-ups
Run 400 meters
21 kettlebell swings (1.5/1 pood)
12 pull-ups

Event 2b
Within 90 seconds of completing Event 2a: 1 rep max Shoulder-to-Overhead

Event 1
9-7-5 reps for time of (12 min cap):
Muscle-ups
Squat snatches (135/95 lb.)

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260 comments on this entry

1. mcat@innovate wrote...

Ready to get this rolling......

2. andrew breyer wrote...

this one's gonna be short! I'd be surprised to see the times spread more than 3 or 4 minutes apart. If you've made it to this level, you better darn well be able to snatch a decent weight and get yourself over rings 21 times fast.

3. Luke Mullen wrote...

Opening Ceremonies without playing the National Anthem? USA (location) and Finnish (current world champion)

4. Luke Mullen wrote...

Oooops ... I can not claim credit for them getting around to doing the National Anthem & a flyover approx 3-minutes after my comment.

5. Tim Carr wrote...

What about the Unicycles?

6. Ben B wrote...

@Tim - theyre not finished tightening them yet, clearly!

7. darren wrote...

Excuse me HQ. What time do affiliate teams need to be at the stadium tomorrow morning?
And tear it up tonight, Chad from Oz

8. Latham wrote...

The only missing from these year's Games is vuvuzela.

9. micke wrote...

The live streaming is great! Go Mikko!

10. Jeremy wrote...

Where is Tanya Wagner?

11. brian wrote...

Tanya was in the team competition

12. grambo wrote...

Honestly coverage is AWESOME. HUGE improvement from prior year posting videos after. Wow, camera pans, good colour, this is really impressive.

13. Loren wrote...

I thought we were supposed to know when our next WOD was shortly after we complete a workout. When is the next Affiliate WOD?

14. Bryce wrote...

Speal's technical mastery in all of his movement is something else. His size doesn't allow him any slop. He can't muscle weight around and must be efficient in everything he does.

What a way to start the Games!!

15. joe wrote...

Makes watching the games impossible?

Just tune in random times and hope to catch a good wod i guess.

16. Derrick wrote...

The last heat was the most epic thing I've ever seen.

17. kevin wrote...

pat barb woulda loved this!

18. Sliver wrote...

Where do we find the results? I know they say it during the broadcast, but its over for the day and I can't remember the site.

19. AlLan wrote...

#18. goto scores2010.crossfit.com for results

Is anyone having any luck with the archives for today's show? I'm still looking for the pre-game show.

20. jodywankenobi wrote...

come on with the freakin archive footage of the singles i have to see speal dog do his thang,

im begging!!!!

21. brian wrote...

#18 sliver - results are at top right corner in orange box "view athlete profiles and games scores'

22. Anthony Bainbridge wrote...

Very happy to see gymnastics play a role early into the event!

GO SPEAL GO!!

23. Adam from Japan wrote...

Is anyone else having trouble with not getting sound?

24. Justin wrote...

The third event (the second part of the second event) for the Individuals is going to end in some flukes. Nobody knows how much they can lift overhead after a run, and they won't get but one or MAYBE two attempts. Some people are going to vastly underperform and some are going to go too heavy and end up with nothing. I would have liked to see four or five minutes to get the lift at the least, to reduce the luck factor.

Also, I'm glad Josh Everett is on the panel now. He actually knows what he's talking about. "The recovery between the events is purely aerobic" and his reasoning on why some would/wouldn't do a Behind-the-Neck Jerk was spot on. I don't think anyone else commentating knew that.

25. Justin wrote...

Also I am really hoping to see some non-CrossFit events, especially those that we can compare to other sport athletes. High jump, hurdles, 100m dash, some kind of throwing event, 225 bench test, strongman events, anything involving pushing/pulling a prowler, etc. There's lots of talk about being able to do the unknown/unknowable, but so far everything done is something CrossFit regularly calls for.

I think my strategy for the Shoulder-to-Overhead would be to not go past my Anaerobic Threshold on Helen, and then to jog over and Jerk 135 (or 140) to get on the board. Put on 80% of my max and jerk that really quick, and then wait until 80s and try to jerk whatever I thought I could (probably 90% of my max).

26. Naylor wrote...

Rich Froning = darkhorse in this event. That heat #2 finish was about the most intense thing I've seen in a while can't wait to see a Froning Speal Orlando showdown here in the second round. Massive props to Spealler that first round was insane

27. xi xia wrote...

Just woke up and fired up the Games. This is awesome...

observations:

1) Dave's voice is done after today. Who will be his voice box after today?

2) For all of us following this on the internet, can we get a public chat window setup on the live feed screen? That would be fun to hear what other people are seeing/thinking as they watch this. CrossFit, thanks for adding the clock to the screen yesterday!

3) I haven't checked but I'm guessing most of these baller's Helen times average out around 7:30. The total work is 2 Helens., not easy at all, but some of these announcers are hyping it up way more than necessary.

My guess is the better athletes will dial back their pace about 10-15% on their best Helen time (8:15-8:45 range) to get through both, starting sprinting only on the last "round" of this workout. Then proceed to get some weight overhead.

4) Josh E's commentary is great. It's precise

28. Crossfitom wrote...

Go spealler !!

29. Anon wrote...

Annie finished 30s ahead of anyone else. She should have stopped and waited at the finish line for 25s to get her breath... I wonder if Spealler/Mikko/OPT (or whoever is in the lead for the men) will do that..

30. Richard wrote...

Where is Brett Marshall?

31. Jon wrote...

@Justin #24: I have to agree with you, this is turning into a competition of who is best at Crossfit. Would be really interesting to test true GPP with something really random that is rarely (or never) tested in mainsite WODs like cycling or some field events. I guess it would provide a "unfair" advantage to athletes with experience in those sports but hey, it would truly test GPP.

32. Kent wrote...

Jon, this is not "turning into" a competition of who is best at Crossfit, it already is and has been. If it was not organized in this manner there would be too great a chance that someone would win who did not claim Crossfit as their programming foundation. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy doing Crossfit workouts, I enjoy watching the Games, but as someone who has personal experience training both D1 athletes, NFL players, as well as a few Olympic athletes, the idea that this test proves the "fittest" people on the planet is not just arguable it is borderline laughable. But, what is most worrisome to me is the addition of the $25K prize money. What will it be in 2 years? 5 years? Whatever it is, you can kiss the "spirit" of the games goodbye.

33. Tom wrote...

is it just my connection or is this stream (including the archives) slow to the point of being unwatchable? ( 1 to 2 secs of video followed by 10-15 sec of buffering). Tried choosing the slower connection stream (wi fi and 3g) but no diff.

Last night is was working fine.

34. Mike Ware wrote...

GO MATT CHAN!!

35. James Hughes wrote...

Sin City Crossfit in the house!

36. Steve wrote...

Tom #33, it is not the stream. I am getting it fine with no buffering delays at all. I am on Comcast in Utah.

Go Chris and Eric!

37. Marc wrote...

So let me get this straight... you don't have to fully open your hips on the top of the box jump (team competition) and you can drop the deadlift once you stand up with it (individual event 3 as answered by Castro). How can CF preach these movements at the certs and then throw out the standards at the Games. Utter and complete BS. Nice.

38. Jonas wrote...

I was so hoping they'd get rid of double-unders. Seriously, it's a useless skill that only ever comes in handy in CF competition. Something else could be used instead if they want to get the same kind of metabolic effect. I guess the surprises have been saved for later... hopefully there are some!

39. EU wrote...

Have just watch the announcement of WOD 3, cool WOD :-) . But is it just us or does Dave seem a little bit upset ??

40. Jeff wrote...

Totally agree that Double Unders are a pointless "fitness" skill. Should've been Burpees and that WoD would've been great. I'm good at Double Unders (144 in a row is PR) and I don't think they should be there, its a poor competition "filler" that doesn't really gas you and wouldn't it of been a shame if Mikko lost last year because he didn't know what a double under was, when he was CLEARLY the best last year?

@EU Yes Dave seems mad, putting on an event of this magnitude and being the only person who knows the WoDs ahead of time and the only one who answers all the questions on the WoDs has to be VERY stressful, plus I think he is known to be a bit of a hot head.

41. Kent wrote...

Is anyone else completely unexcited about event #3? I am not saying it will be easy but, I can't say that I am happy I waited around all afternoon to find out what it was. Oh, and BTW, there has not been a pure strength event yet. The Overhead one rep max thing was hardly "pure strength" being that it came immediately at the end of a 20 min met con. I am a little guy so bw stuff is much more in my favor but I respect the hell out of the strong men. If I was a conspiracy theorist this is where I would say something like "Castro is choosing events that favor his buddy Chris." But, I am not,......so I won't. LOL

42. caitlinfinnegan wrote...

Go Mikko & Annie!!

43. nick wrote...

Hey Kent.

maybe you should get back to training all your NFLand Olympic athletes, you're clearly way too big time for this.

or maybe you're just full of it. Care to name the athletes and your role in training and coaching them?

you'd think that perhaps the organisers know that there isn't a pure strength event yet. But as one of only 10 physical skills, why should there be one? Has there been a pure balance or agility event yet?

44. cody wrote...

Castro is programming to favor Spealler?! How preposterous!

(nudge nudge, wink wink...)

45. Nick wrote...

Everybody just needs to relax. Crossfit is the sport of fitness, so to compare it to anything else is ridiculous. I am an avid crossfitter, have been for two years, and love what it has done for me. But, i also know that having a 2 minute Grace and 7:55 Helen doesn't make me ready for the NFL. Its cool, its fun, and it gets people in shape, and makes ordinary people feel like rock stars for one weekend a year. Respect that, and move on.

Arguing about the "programming" and all that crap is pointless. Ur incessant whining is falling on deaf ears, since Castro does whatever the F he wants, so save your breath, take the Games for what they are, and be inspired by these competitors to better yourself

46. Nick wrote...

The events may seem to be favoring a smaller athlete at this point, but Spealler is going to struggle with the Deads on this WOD, as he has said he struggles with bigger weights at high reps (its three times his body weight, approximately). This WOD may not be sexy, but I can assure you that the pistols are going to be a difference maker

47. SANTI wrote...

Event 1, Ouch!
Event 2A Ouch!
Event 2B Ouch!
Event 3 Ouch!

Muscle ups, Snatches, pull ups, run, KBs, shoulder to over heads, Pistols , double unders and deadlifts, :) I can see a curve ball coming. I love event 3 It doesn't advantage anyone it is balance, I can see most of the people struggle at the Pistols. :) This is why When Cindy or Mary comes I always pick Mary.

I love this.

SANTI

48. Jon wrote...

Yeh workout 3 is a little disappointing but it's good for the crowd. I would have liked to see them use the stadium a little more as an "implement" (i.e: stair running). Should be interesting to see how this event pans out though.

49. Royce wrote...

Why do they keep changing up the commentators?? Just keep the same 2 guys....Getting annoying...Anyone else notice the crowd isn't as big as I thought it would be??

50. the nick from 43 wrote...

Royce, they've been commentating for a while now dude. People need a break.

51. the nick from 43 wrote...

betting that court is pretty hot on the feet.

I think event 3 is a good one - very fair for big vs small athletes

52. Kent wrote...

Nick,
My apologies. This is why I generally don't post on the internet, because my tone gets lost in the post. I could not agree more with your #45 post. It was (is) exactly on target.

With regards to my comments on the event selection. I was not whining. I have never met Dave Castro and my comments were meant to be tongue in cheek. I should have been more clear.

With regards to my comments (and yours) on the "pure strength event". Again your right. What I failed to say was I believe there will be something which targets a 1 rep max while rested and that it could have a big impact on the standings.

Again, thank you for calling me out. Upon looking at my original post I can understand why you did.

53. Latham wrote...

I think this is the best programming out of the 4 years, so far. The fitness aspect of strength is smoothly blended into the events, as it should be.

When testing strength in conjunction with other factors like this, the mental aspect is so critical: Speal has tremendous mental game, which allows him to jerk within 20 lbs of Rob Orlando (!!) while tired, and out squat-snatch Jason Khalipa at a high percentage of 1RM.

54. nick wrote...

Kent,

classy reply. big respect

let's all love each other!

55. Nick from 45 wrote...

Kent- I wasn't referring to your post in re: to whining. I wholeheartedly agree with you evaluation of Crossfit. I was more referring to people who complain about double unders. I feel the same way about turkish get ups, but hey, if its in the WOD, you gotta do it. I agree with you and the other Nick (43) that a one-rep rested max should be an element, and it may be tonite or tomorrow, we will just have to wait and see... Also, you have never met Dave Castro, and I suggest you don't make it a goal to do so...remember the Black Box Summit? Prime example of who he is

56. Kent wrote...

This is confusing.

To Nick: thanks.

To Nick from 45: All I know about the Black Box Summit is what I have read on the internet and I try not to make too many assumptions about a person's character on that alone. From what you know, is Wolf's descriptions of the event accurate? I keep hoping the videos that Wolf refers to will come out someday. Not to put Crossfit HQ in a bad light but, so that if HQ has negative issues they can be addressed.

57. John mc evoy wrote...

It would be nice if the cameras followed more of the athletes. It seems that the coverage is just on the person who is winning each heat.
I want to see more of everyone!!!!

58. Kent wrote...

Over the years I have been critical of female athletes at the high school and college level "for having too much fun" and not being concerned with a poor performance. With that said, it is kind of refreshing to see these women seemingly having fun the entire time they are competing, even though it hurts like hell.

Oh, and by the by, the two athletes who seem to have the most fun, Kristan and Annie, just killed that workout.

59. Eric wrote...

Looks like a good sized crowd. The sunny side of the stadium is always shown and most of the crowd is in the shade.

60. Nick from 45 wrote...

Kent-In all honesty, my information source is the same as yours. I do know that a lot of well-respected HQ trainers suspiciously "resigned" afterwards. I should heed your advice about not judging persons based on internet information. I suppose I just find it hard to believe that Robb Wolf would make all that up, and have the other persons who were verbally attacked make that up and corroborate his story, and quit his job at HQ, which I am assuming was semi-lucrative. I think that HQ has developed a dangerous mentality that will eventually drive persons away from its organization rather than pull people in. The community as you mentioned earlier is driven by the persons who do Crossfit, not HQ. HQ is a business (a very lucrative one-see revenue for Level 1 Certs) that is modeled on having a hand in a lot of cookie jars. No matter what HQ does, the "spirit" of Crossfit will survive any poor decision making by HQ

61. Latham wrote...

Could anybody tell why the judge was calling Jerome Perryman's pistols as no rep? It looked like he was getting deep enough.

62. Jason wrote...

Wow, Mikko Salo really struggled on those DUs. He had no problems whatsoever with the deadlifts and pistols, but man... sucks if this turns out to be crucial in the end.

63. Aubrey wrote...

Love the live broadcast! BUT, there is coverage on a few athletes and we barely see or hear about the rest...Do we need to see Spealer run around the track or can we see the other athlete's on the bars, etc etc

64. Latham wrote...

Agreed, we didn't see anyone but Spealler and Froning on that last event (very little Mikko, and no Khalipa or Orlando at all).

65. Kent wrote...

Yeah, since Mikko is one of my two favorites, I too hope that doesn't become the deciding factor. But, that was the workout so......that's the workout.

So.....let's speculate, boys........what's the next workout?

66. John H wrote...

why are Josh Everett hands taped?

67. Latham wrote...

John H,

He is ready for the unknown and unknowable - always.

68. Mikael wrote...

Funny that they instantly address Everett's taped hands as soon as people comment on it here :)

Great coverage!

69. steven wrote...

oh yeah. this just got real!

70. Ash wrote...

Final WOD of day 2 - Move sandbags (600 pounds) from one side of stadium to other. Jump up wall, toss bags, run across, toss bags run up stairs with bags

71. steven wrote...

hmm, wonder if the "lanes" will be wide enough in case sand bags start spilling over and mixing up with another athlete's.

maybe should have color coded them or something

72. Karen wrote...

how do they score if you don't complete all in 20 minutes?

73. Kent wrote...

Karen- I would assume they go off of how many sandbags you get to the landing.

74. nick wrote...

Remember Miko moving all that furniture?.... Moving sandbags... he is my pick

75. Justin wrote...

I feel like such a dork for watching all of this, but I want to say that the most recent (Sandbag) event is awesome. I've been suggesting an event like this for 3 years. I doubt that had any effect on HQ choosing this, but I like it a lot.

I also think it's curious that Rich basically suggested this event. I wonder if the events got leaked at all. (Not saying that Rich was cheating -- I'm rooting for him and the other Dirty South athletes)

76. steven wrote...

hmm....some of those bigger bags aren't going to make it over the wall

77. Kent wrote...

Just guessing of course but, even though Kristan is a machine, her height is going to hurt her. Annie rocks it and makes up alot of points.

78. tom wrote...

now this is entertaining

79. Kent wrote...

All I can think about is all the hay bales and feed/seed bags I hauled as a kid. Too funny!

80. Vitaly wrote...

@Steven: I agree, colour coding would've been a good idea. Really tough for spectators to tell what's going on, and also makes it possible for judges (and competitors) to lose track of which sandbag belongs to which competitor.

81. Kent wrote...

Shouldn't have saved the two heaviest for last. Damn, my hindsight is good.

82. Kent wrote...

Predictions for the men?

I have a feeling that they will try and move all 600# at once, some of them will get in a hurry, not realize how unstable a wheel barrow is, and dump it.

I am rooting for Salo and Orlando but, I have no idea who actually wins.

Can you say "wildcard?"

83. nick wrote...

Kent,

I was just thinking that Mikko, as a fireman, realy ought to go well in this one

84. nick wrote...

and SPeaaler, as a little guy, may have a problem with the wall.

Matt cvhan and Froning look super strong

85. Kent wrote...

I don't think it will matter much for the shorter men but, for the shorter women, this is brutal.......

86. nick wrote...

the programming is completely different to last year. First 3 events were very standard fitness things last year - run, DL and then a sandbag run before anything 'crossfit' came in.

this year, masses of technical stuff from the beginning.

87. Justin wrote...

The guy's side is going to be really interesting. For the women, height seems to be a really decisive factor. I'm not sure that will hold. I think just being physically strong will help a lot. So will experience with sandbags. I think Rob Orlando is probably the favorite here. I think the Dirty South should keep doing well though since Spencer and Brandon are built well for this, and it sounds like Froning was requesting this one.

One of the things I'm noticing on the girls side (aside from strategy being crucial) is that this is so new that people are spending so much time thinking that I don't think they're pushing as hard as they were on the other workouts. I think that reminding yourself to push to your Anaerobic Threshold is important on this one.

88. steven wrote...

why do they keep saying tie? rebecca (i think, the one in white) clearly finished first.

89. benxiamen wrote...

Blair Morrison is tall and has plenty of experience with sandbags accord to some of the clips.

That being said...GO MIKKO

90. Kent wrote...

That was obviously not a dead heat. I wonder how they reconcile that.

91. Nick wrote...

Annie in 1st!

92. CB wrote...

Yeah, I agree with Kent. Heather and Rebecca definitely didn't finish in a tie. It was quite evident.

93. Kent wrote...

I'm not hating on Speal but, do you think he can handle a 600# wheel barrow?

94. Justin wrote...

Some of the smaller guys are strong on lifts because they are really technically proficient and they have very developed nervous systems. That's not going to be the case as much with the sandbags. After watching Moe Kelsey, it looks like just being big and jacked is going to be pretty helpful.

95. nick wrote...

Kent,

hard to say, but I wasn't sure he'd get through the squat snatches or 315lb DLs either and he did pretty well

96. Kent wrote...

Nick,
Yeah, I should know better then to doubt him by now.

BTW, did anyone think Kristan was acting like she was injured at the end of the event?

97. Nick G wrote...

This workout is mental. End of the day, everybody is expecting a 1RM, and they announce this farm boy WOD. U really can't strategize here. You have one task: Move the bags across the stadium.

98. nick wrote...

really proud of Chad Mackay, who part owns my affiliate in Sydney. Strong across the board

99. Royce wrote...

His wheel barrow broke.... Didn't Dave C. specifically say that if your wheel barrow breaks that you have to carry the bags the rest of the way???

100. Kent wrote...

Yes, Royce he dd.

101. Bryce wrote...

Talk about great effort. Way to go, Spealler!

102. Nick wrote...

Royce/Kent: Dave C. also said when he was briefing the D/Pistol/DU wod that the athletes had to alternate legs each rep, yet multiple athletes did 7 on one leg, then 7 on the other, or 3 on one, 3 on the other. I found that not holding them to that standard was a little more egregious than the wheelbarrow. If your told to alternate legs, do it. But he can't control his wheel barrow breaking. Hopefully its not like Jeopardy and and Dave C. opens up tomorrow by saying "During the break, we spoke to the judges, and your WOD doesn't count since you broke your wheelbarrow..."

103. Jay wrote...

Production team: Amazing, amazing work bringing the games to those of us who aren't there! Quality is super good!

Sandbag move.....awesome! I kept hoping and hoping for some sort of real world random task and I got it. CrossFit talks constantly about unknown/unknowable, functional movements, being prepared for real life, etc. and up to this point they really never tested how CrossFit would actually work for real world random tasks but tonight we finally got to see it. I would like to see more and more of this type of fitness testing as this is what the actual point of being fit is. No one cares that you've got a sub 3 min Fran if you can't do real life stuff like put sand on your beach, carry shingles up a ladder, climb up scaffolding, etc. Tonight however we got to see how good CrossFit performance translates to good real life performance. Awesome work to the programmers who picked that workout!!

104. Vitaly wrote...

So what's the deal with Mikko walking off like that after his event? Seemed like a bit of a bad sport, very unlike the Mikko we've seen.

105. Nick wrote...

Yea.. i want to know what happened with Mikko... im guessing injury.. but maybe hes getting pissed that he can't beat rich... idk.. hope mikko gets in top 3.. I dont think he can win it unless rich does awful on atleast 2 wods 2moro

106. Nick wrote...

Vitaly- I was wondering the same thing. My guess is that he knows that he has to be back in like 9 hours, so he wanted to maximize rest. But it was out of character for the Finnish Flash...

107. Chuck's Cowboy Hat wrote...

Mikko had to take a leak, I am certain of it!?

108. Kent wrote...

Nick,
I saw guys doing multiples on one leg but I thought it was because they were getting no rep called. If not, you',re right, thats much worse. However, that barrow would not have broken if he hadn't dumped it once (twice?) already.

Vitaly
With regards to Mikko, I like him so I am biased but, I don't think he was mad. Why would he be? Because he got third? I really think he wanted to start recovery as soon as possible. Either way, it wasn't like he is allowed to help other people with their bags. He didn't make a scene, he didn't pose, he just left. I don't see the big deal.

109. Nick G wrote...

@Nick 105- I hope Mikko comes back strong tomorrow. If I remember correctly, he went from 5th to 1st in the last WOD to win the games. Anything can happen. Froning is looking he has no weaknesses, so tomorrow should be exciting. They have already tested so many different fitness traits, and a wide variety of time domains. I wonder if anything will change tomorrow after possibly a 1RM of something. Looking back to last year, the final WOD of Saturday was that nasty wall ball/squat snatch couplet, then Sunday morning was a max rep snatch. My guess is tomorrow will be a 1RM of either Clean and Jerk or Deadlift, then a triplet, then a chipper.

110. Royce wrote...

@Nick 102. I agree with you on that point. I remember hearing Dave say the same thing about alternating the legs on the Pistols but that was not adhered to one bit....Obviously he can't have control over his wheelbarrow breaking. Bad luck but part of unknown and knowable. If there were additional athletes that had their wheelbarrow break we probably would have seen him carry the bags the rest of the way instead of borrowing Mikko's wheelbarrow....

111. j wrote...

cant speak on the broken wheelbarrow incident, but i remember before the heats began on the pistol wod that the commentators mentioned that there had been a change to the standards and that alternating pistols was allowed

112. Nick G wrote...

@Kent: I agree with you re: Mikko. If you can walk after a WOD, then start recovering. Get in the ice bath, each some fruit and protein, and hit the sack. Cheering on your competition is great, and is an awesome part of Crossfit, but it is a competition, and people shouldn't fault Mikko for looking out for his own health and wellness. I am sure that when it is all said and done tomorrow, Mikko will be telling everybody good job.

113. Nick G wrote...

@J-111- Thanks for clearing that up. I was only checking in periodically, and missed the change.

114. Jon wrote...

This event was awesome (although I do sympathize with the shorter athletes :p). I have to 2nd what Jay (103) said: this is a much closer test to the unknown/unknowable that is preached. Almost all of the games should be composed of events that you can't do in your garage gym IMO, I think that would truly test GPP. Oh well, good to see something imaginative, let's hope it continues tomorrow.

I also wonder what happened to Mikko? He doesn't seem like the type of guy that would barge out of the place because he's pissed; but who knows?

115. Justin wrote...

Brandon (the guy whose wheelbarrel broke) finished in last. It doesn't matter whether he would have been DQ'd or not. I feel sorry for him and Matt Chan.

There's plenty of good reasons Mikko just left. One possible reason that I'm fine with is tha he's there to try to win and he's just doing his workout and then go recover.

116. Vitaly wrote...

@Kent: Don't get me wrong, I like Mikko as well so I was kinda confused as to why he left. If he was leaving to start his recovery as early as possible, fair enough. But I guess one of the things I love about CrossFit is the positive attitude of all the competitors, the fact that they hang around and cheer on their opponents, that kinda thing.

117. the aussie nick wrote...

could it be he needed to go for a cr*p? he certainly seemed to get out of there in a hurry. My thought is that it was that or he felt a tweak and needed to ice it as soon as possible

118. Catherine from VERVE wrote...

Go THE MATT CHAN!!!!!!!! Friggin' awesome!!!

119. pete wrote...

Mikko Salo should be a role model for every aspiring crossfit games competitor. Always polite and incredibly humble. His finish last year was really refreshing to watch. The complete opposite to what we are used to seeing from someone like Jeremy Thiel (as an example). His testosterone fuelled finish on the 155 squat clean and jerk in 2008 made me wince. And in 2009, screaming at the bar when clearly trying to snatch more than he could handle, made me embarrased to be associated with crossfit.

120. Robert S wrote...

I agree with pete, Mikko Salo is such an incredible athlete but does not brag about how much he works out or how hard he tries. He shows us styrait up in the WODs.

Should be more european and asians in these games, but all things considered we will priobably see two scandinavians winning this year - Mikko and Annie!

121. Chris wrote...

I don't think Mikko will win this year. To bad DU showed up, seems to be one of his major weaknesses. However, since this is crossfit DU is a part of the game so I really think Mikko should try to work on his DUs for next year. Anyone up for a fund raiser and buy him a Buddy Lee? ;D

122. Scott Williams wrote...

where is Steve Willis that finishes fourth last year?? The Aussie Commando....

123. V wrote...

Steve Willis had knee surgery late last year and has had some wear and tear issues with it since then so isn't competing this year unfortunately.

124. Gaines wrote...

This coverage is awesome. I have enjoyed this whole weekend and am looking forward to watching this last day.

BUT, I have to ask. Is it just me, or am I reading too much into what I have seen on previous interviews and what I am seeing this weekend? Is Dave Castro the wrong person to have representing Crossfit? He seems to be extremely cocky, a hot head, condescending, and full of himself. I could be wrong, and hope that I am. But please tell me that this guy isnt the public face of crossfit.

125. Kent brockman wrote...

Gaines: please Google "black box summit".

126. Gaines wrote...

Kent, I just read some of that. Amazing. Of course you never know what it true and what is not, if you werent there. But, considering what I have been observing on my own, to now read about that, kind of seals the deal for me. I LOVE Crossfit. I am a former college football player and track athlete, that let myself go for a while. Crossfit has changed my life and I will always love it. But having a guy like this as the "face" of CF, wont benefit them.

Although, many of us felt the same about Dana White with relation to the UFC. And although he is still a douche, he has built the UFC into an empire.

So, is Castro the Dana White of Crossfit? ha!

127. Vitaly wrote...

Anyone else having issues with the live feed? Had no problems all of yesterday, but now I can't seem to get an HD feed and it keeps pausing constantly.

128. huffmaster wrote...

@Vitaly - I'm getting HD but getting the pauses every few minutes.

@Gaines - I agree about Castro, he is the "Dana White" of Crossfit. I think as the sport grows that may go away. I'm enjoying the commentary in between events from Everret and Sherwood. Either of those guys could take over for Castro as far as I'm concerned.

These women in this first heat are SICK. They got pumped, I'm doing handstand push-ups in front of the computer.

129. Jon wrote...

I feel for Spealler again, this workout sounds like it'll be tough for him. Looked at the stats and these C&Js are 50# from him PR (if the stats were correct). Let's hope he makes up for it in the rings HSPUs. From looking at a WOD video of Rob Orlando on the mainsite a little while ago I think he'll do well here.

130. Kody King wrote...

They way they are scoring this year is a statistical nightmare... kind of like last year.

131. Jim wrote...

Can not open the link to Overall Standing for the Men & Women on the Results page. Any other location to view the Overall Standing? Thanks

132. Jon wrote...

@Jim, I can screencap it and e-mail it to you if you want

133. Jim wrote...

Please. kentjim@yahoo.com.
Thank you

134. Jon wrote...

The rankings will look funky because some of the rounds are ongoing but I'm sure you'll figure it out ;).

Also, Camille, man she's killing anything bodyweight related. I bet she'll be a serious contender next year with some strength/power work.

135. Ben wrote...

I'm falling in love with Camille, the prettiest woman in Crossfit!

The way they are doing the scoring still makes no sense. Why make the post-cut workouts worth less than the pre-cut workouts? They should be worth more if anything.

136. Nick wrote...

Ben... your right... i remember last year there was a huge discussion on this while the games were going on... I do not know why they did not change it this year... it should be weighted evenly... someone gets last now only gets 24 points.. half of what it would be 2 workouts before..

137. Jon wrote...

The rankings will look funky because some of the rounds are ongoing but I'm sure you'll figure it out ;). Just sent them

Also, Camille, man she's killing anything bodyweight related. I bet she'll be a serious contender next year with some strength/power work. I think Clever will take this one as well though.

138. huffmaster wrote...

OMG Camille, the accent with that gorgeous face and attitude, I'm DEFINITELY a fan.

139. huffmaster wrote...

Rob Orlando not finishing the WOD?!?!?! Didn't see that coming.

140. Kody King wrote...

I few months ago I submitted an article to the Crossfit Journal on how the scoring system implemented last year was a mistake. I did have hopes that it would be published, but I was quite certain that it wouldn’t. Why did I submit it? I had hoped that Dave Castro would read it. I imagined Tony Budding, Dave Castro, and other HQ lackeys mulling over my article trying to figure out what to do what it.

The title of my article “If the Run Had Been On Sunday”. You may recognize that quote because Budding (or an unnamed HQ lackey) used it in the Epic Match Up Games Site article where he compared Khalipa to Mikko. He followed it by writing “whatever”; being very dismissive with the fact that HQ’s scoring methods skewed the results of the 2010 Games. The exact quote was “There has been lots of speculation about what would have happened if Jason had managed the run better, or if the run had been on Sunday. Whatever...”

141. Kody King wrote...

I wrote my article in the hopes that they would not choose to score the games this way again. Tony Budding sent me a very dismissive email, and then responded to my article by writing the Games Site Article “Scoring Crossfit Competitions” where he actually writes: “it’s essential to recognize that any reasonable system is legitimate because there is nothing wrong with arbitrary rules”. The definition of arbitrary: Based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.

It seem like that is exactly how Castro and Budding want to score it. Not based on reason, not based on any system, but based on their personal whim.

142. Kody King wrote...

I don’t understand why they would choose to do it again.
Here is how it should have been/ should be scored:

Each time they make a cut, they should reassign places to each of the remaining competitor’s for all of the previous events. So that when they make the 24 cut, each athlete is compared to the other 23 competitors left and each athlete is reassigned a new score 1-24 for ALL of the previous events. The highest score an athlete from this cut could receive for ANY of the previous events would be 24. Then when they make the 16 cut, the remaining 16 are reassigned scores 1 through 16 for ALL of the previous events.

The way they CONTINUE to ruin the scoring is an embarrassment to the effort and athleticism of the competitors they are disrespecting.

143. Jon wrote...

Out of curiosity Kody, what type of system(s) did you propose?

144. Jon wrote...

Sorry I didn't see your other post. I like your proposition, a way of normalizing the field after the cuts. Could it disregard some of the previous progress made by the girls/guys in the pre-cut rounds though? Haven't thought the math through enough cuz I'm trying to watch the live stream :P

145. Jon wrote...

WOW! Spealler....really impressed!!!

146. Kody King wrote...

The following is an excerp from an article submitted to the CFJournal. It covers problems with our current scoring systems and in it I offer the following solutions. I am going to have to post it in two installments because of length:

"1. We go back to our roots. We use creativity and appropriate planning in order to still use an “every second counts” format. I personally love the creativity that can be put into this one.

“What about AMRAPS?”, you quickly ask. Let’s consider Cindy. For WOD 1, we could have the athletes perform a “For Time” WOD in order to establish an initial time. WOD 2 could be 10 minutes of Cindy. Each round of Cindy could subtract 15 seconds from the athlete’s overall time. There are 30 reps in each round of Cindy so each rep could be worth 0.5 seconds. So for each rep of Cindy we would subtract half of a second from an athletes total time.

“What about max loads and/or max reps?”, could be you next question. Let’s consider the 2009 Deadlift event. Each of the athletes received a time for the 7K run. The competitors could then subtract 30 seconds from their total time for each bar they lift. Reaching the final bar could remove a total of ten minutes from an athlete’s total time.

The South Central Sectional used a version of this format in an event where they had competitiors row 1K then do a max rep of deadlifts at a certain weight. The men were able to subtract 7 seconds from their row for every deadlift rep they completed and the women got to subtract 10 seconds per rep.

This type of format takes careful planning in order to weight each of the events appropriately. If the events were carefully selected, and enough modalities are tested, the results would be flawless. The winner would be undeniable."

147. Kody King wrote...

2. We use a combination of finishing place and standard deviation, while having each event weighted exactly the same.

This could be accomplished by making the maximum score for each event 100.

Fifty percent of that score would be achieved by normalizing the standard deviations so that the first place finisher receives 50 points and the last place finisher receives 0 points. Everyone in between would receive a normalized version of where they placed relative to these two competitors and relative to the average score for the event. This sounds complicated, but the SC Regional just used standard deviation as their only method of scoring. Using standard deviation allows us to factor in an athletes margin of victory over his/her competitors. Normalizing it to values between 0 and 50 would weight each event equally.

The other fifty percent of the score would be a normalized version of the competitors rank. If a competitor finishes first out of a field of twenty five, he would then recieve a raw score of 25. That number would then be plugged in for "y" in the formula ((y/25) x 50). So, half of his score would be ((25/25) x 50) which equals 50. There are 25 total competitors, so each of the competitors places would also be divided by twenty five so that the tenth place competitor would receive for half of his score ((16/25) x 50). Half of the last place competitors score would be ((1/25) x 50).
This process would award competitors in two ways. First, by using a normalized standard deviation, it awards “WODKILLAs” for how far ahead of the field of athletes they are on a WOD. Second, it also awards competitors using place order, so that athletes who “edge out” their competitors in the heat of battle are rewarded for that effort.

This method also assures that each of the events is weighted equally over the course of a competition."

The problem with the second solution is that people may see it as too complicated, I see it as a way to reward great athletes for performing well.

148. Jason wrote...

DOGTOWN REPRESENT! GO VAL!

149. Cody wrote...

It's interesting seeing a new sport, or at least a hybrid event comprised of various different disciplines, in its fledgling years. I think that HQ probably gets numerous 'this is how it should work' emails, and while I hope that they earnestly listen to the concerns of the community, I assume that they're more apt to do whatever they want. It seems that Dave Castro has already cast out some prominent people who questioned him but on the other hand I don't envy the pressure he's under. Nor do I envy all the 'help' he's surely getting!

Kody, I think your scoring system sounds legit, hopefully they take your idea into consideration. This is after all supposed to be community driven!

I imagine Dr Naismith got lots of advice when basketball was invented too! :)

150. Kody King wrote...

All I am saying is that there are a bunch of different ways to score these events that make sense and are mathematically fair. It seems very arrogant to dismiss them and continue to employ a system that is so flawed.

151. Kent wrote...

Fair or unfair....it would make things alot more interesting if they reset the scoring after this next cut. For example, the 12th seed starts with 12 points, 11th seed starts with 11 etc. (Just as Kody proposed) Otherwise, you are going to have around nine guys make the cut but, still have no chance at making the podium.

Thoughts?

152. William wrote...

Pat Sherwood's commentary sucks.. he's like master of the obvious. He needs to talk more about individuals stats, back grounds etc.

Josh Everett on the other hand is doing great with tips and strategic commentary.

153. Jeff wrote...

Kody-
Your idea for the scoring system is very similar to using standard deviation from the mean in order to give all the athletes non-population-based scores. I agree that a standard deviation system would be the best way to score the games. However, I ran the stats from the 2009 games using a standard deviation system and the places were all basically the same. Only a couple of differences came up, but they were in the competitors in the late-teen rankings.

Although I agree that the scoring system should be changed, the best still show themselves through the competition, not through the scoring system.

154. Kody King wrote...

Thats not exactly how I proposed it. Each individual event should have a reassigned ranking so that the athletes are awarded a 1-16 rank for EACH of their efforts on EACH event. That way their final score is a cumulative total of their rank on all of their efforts.

It keeps one event from being worth more than another, it also really supports the "Hopper" theory proposed in "Crossfit's Second Fitness Standard".

155. Vanessa wrote...

Great job with the streaming video. Not too many technical gaffs. I do like Pat Sherwood's coverage - I think his role is to do the introductions and basic info for newbies. Miranda is great! More of her! Thank you, thank you for the live coverage, it is so much better than waiting for video last year!

156. lisa makofka wrote...

WTF is wrong with Mikko is he a poor sport or what. Now two events where he basically takes off right after he finishes. Is he pissed that he isn't getting any air time or what is his problem. He is not representing the crossfit community like a true crossfit athlete. Go Rich and Spealer!!!

And HUGE props to fellow Canadian Camillie you rock girl!!!

157. Kody King wrote...

Standard deviation was a large part of what I proposed in post 147. I too have run the 2009 data using standard deviation here is where the problem lies: using standard deviation alone still allows some events to be worth more than others. And there is not a way to evaluate DNFs with this system.

My article was called "If The Run Had Been on Sunday" for a reason, here is another excerpt from my article:

Khalipa finished 72nd on the 7K Run, and he could because there were 74 competitors. What if there had only been 16 competitors? What if the Run had been on day two? Can you imagine that? His point total would have been 50 instead of 106, and he would have won the 2009 games by 28 place points. The difference between Miko and Tommy, 1st and 2nd, was only 4 place points

I have to write it again if only so that I can read it again: If the run had been on Sunday Khalipa would have been in 1st place by 28 points.

158. Kent wrote...

Speaking of the hopper. What happened to that? It was kind of a fun way to choose events.

159. Nick wrote...

Just a food for thought... i just checked to see where the standings would be if they were reranked according to the final 24 (ranked compared to each other) ... results are very similar to what they have now... rich #1 with 25 points... holmberg #2 with 34 points.. mikko #3 with 50 points... chan #4 with 51 points... and spealler and austin with 55 points

160. SANTI wrote...

Lisa,

my 2 cents, The reason I think Mikko is taking off is because of rest or recovery time, the more recovery time they get the better, it will be smart to just take off after the event rest with some ice, recovery time is becoming a factor on all this events, some of the Athlethes that do really good in the main site might not do good here because of the recovery period they have. example was the RHSPU WOD, you saw how a lot of them struggled.

SANTI

161. Matt wrote...

Kody, assume they scored your way. What if there is less than a 16 point spread between 1st place and 16th place when they cut down to only 16 competitors? If they followed your method and reassigned points by position, the 16th place athlete now has more points to try to make up. As the the pool of athletes become more elite, it will become harder to make up those points. I think the current method (your placement in an event = your points...lowest score wins) is very fair.

162. Joe wrote...

Mikko angry he's not getting enough airtime? How would he know? He's been working his butt off for three days straight not watching the broadcast.

This is a competition. I know all you people get so excited over people cheering others on, but this is a competition. I want to see winners win. If he needs to go recover so that he does better in the next workout, so be it.

This isn't the paralympics or women's college basketball.

163. Kent wrote...

Lisa,
Let me preface this by again stating I am rooting for Mikko. I don't know why. I just am.

#1-What about Mikko's history makes you think he is worried about airtime?

#2-What is the definition of a "true crossfit athlete?" Is their link on the mainsite where people can go to find out how they are supposed to behave?

164. Matt wrote...

Also, when you reset the points, the points no longer reflect your capacity across the whole competition, it now reflects you capacitity of whatever workouts are introduced after the cut.

165. Matt wrote...

I know it seems like you couldn't have more than a 16 point spread but how many people have equal scores. Think DL event in 2009.

166. Kody King wrote...

Nick from 159
I did that last night., and the rank did not change much just as you showed, but the margins between the total points for each competitor is shortened. This allows the competitors a proportional opportunity to make up ground in later events. Rather than deciding who the winner is at the 16 cut.

As it stands, If there is only one more individual event this is a possible scenario:
Rich Fronning could take a nap during the event, Holmberg could finish first, and Fronning would still win the 2010 games.

If there are two events left, this could happen:
Fronning could go home, stream the games from his office computer (or WiFi it by the hotel pool), and still finish top 5.

Pretty ridiculous if you ask me

Don't want to discredit Fronning's games performance because he is a freaking beast, I am just trying to point out the flaws in the system. (Like the Monday morning QB Cody so passive aggressively accused me of being)

167. William wrote...

I like these commentators they are actually giving stats on competitors... getting close to professional commentary and much more entertaining.

Pat Sherwood can go back to making zone chronicles videos.

168. Kent wrote...

I'm just spitballing here but, how about this scenario.........

Declare how many events there will be...lets say 8. Use the first 5 to cover a wide variety of domains. And then start cutting any who mathematically have no chance at the podium after the 5th, 6th, and 7th events. And then lets get really crazy. The last event is a chipper where each point you currently have is worth say 30 seconds. Stagger the starting times accordingly, and the first person to finish the chipper is the winner.

I know theremay be some logistical challenges and the numbers I proposed may have to be adjusted but it seems like it could be a fun way to finish.

169. Cody wrote...

What? I'm not accusing you of anything Kody. Like I said:

"I think your scoring system sounds legit, hopefully they take your idea into consideration. This is after all supposed to be community driven!"

So settle down...

170. Matt wrote...

Another interesting thing to look at. If the points were reset in the womens event going into Event 4, Kristan Clever would be in 21st place instead of 2nd place at the end of event 4.

171. Kody King wrote...

Matt.
I am not sure you have read any of my posts correctly.
I will address each of your concerns

In 161 you proposed a ridiculous scenario where the top 16 athletes finish 1 through 16 on every event no matter what the field size. I feel that issue is pretty self explanatory.

You also propose a mathematic impossibility where the actual difference between the numbers 1 and 16 is less than the difference between 1 and 16.

In 164 you talk about reseting the competitors score but it not reflecting their capacity across the whole competition. Again, I believe you have misread my posts. If you reset EACH event's ranking for EACH individual event., then the scores represent the athletes cumulative capacity in an additive fashion.

In 165 you refer to the 2009 DL event. My next post will be another excerpt from my article where I describe the remedy to this situation.

The 2009 DL event was poorly designed because it capped competitors performances.

172. Kody King wrote...

It was assumed, which I believe is never to be done (especially when considering Crossfit athlete’s potentials), that “no one” would be able to pull the 505 bar on the Deadlift event. When 16 men pulled the 505 bar, the 2009 Games results were doomed. Now if we were to throw these men out of the results and only consider the other bars, we would end up with a beautiful Bell distribution.

The problem with our distribution started when a “cap” was put on how much these men could lift. I could assume the “no one” will do a sub 3:00 Fran an hour after they run a 7K. What if I were to put a cap on “how fast “ an athlete could do their Fran an hour after that 7K? What if I capped the time at 3:00? What would happen is this: I would be surprised when 16 athletes tied for 1st place on Fran.

The resulting graph/curve for the Deadlift results proves , statistically, that this event was not a good test in order to solve the question “Who is the World’s Fittest Man?”. In no way am I saying that a deadlift is not a good test of a type of strength, or that using it in a gambit of exersises was not a good test of fitness. What I am saying is this, the men who pulled 505 needed another way to differentiate themselves from each other.

In the same way, the groups of men who pulled the same weight needed a way to differentiate themselves from each other. This NEEDED to have happened in order to fairly judge an “every place counts” format.

The event could have been run in the same way save these two additions:

The men who reach and lift 505 then have 10 minutes to establish a 1 Rep Max.
Athletes who “max out” during the event then have 30 seconds to “rep out” 50% of that max.

In these two additions, there is no cap on weight pulled and the athletes that max out at the same weight have an extra way to be set apart from each other.

And Cody i said that in Jest...
No offense was taken...

173. Matt wrote...

There is nothing mathmatically impossible about 2nd and 3rd place or 10th and 11th place having the same score.

174. Kody King wrote...

Matt.
I havent run the women's data, so i don't know the accuracy of your 170 claim.

Consider this though: what if the wheel/bag event had been the first one? Statistics would predict that her score from that event would be in the late 30 rank .

That type of score on the first event before cuts would be very similar to what happened to Khalipa last year, and a 21 might be appropriate.

175. Matt wrote...

The likely hood of a less than 16 point spread is definetly improbable but not impossible. Interesting comments though.

176. Kody King wrote...

Matt,
Read your 173 post back to yourself.

What are you saying that I am missing?

If someone finishes 2nd then they finish ahead of 3rd.

If someone finishes 10th that means they did not finish 11th, because 11th is not as good as 10th. (or as good as 2nd or 3rd for that matter)

177. Kat wrote...

So looking at the results thus far... three more events...
If Rich Froning Jr gets last in all three WODs only the top 8 men still have a chance at the title.
And if Kristen Clever gets last in all three WODs only the top 9 women still have a chance at the title.

Here's to hoping Chris Spealler can bust out three 1st place finishes and crossing fingers that it's enough!

178. Sean wrote...

I would love to just see three "Girls" in a row. That's all they have time to explain in 3 thirty second briefings, right?

179. Chris wrote...

Will Mikko have à disadvantage because his native language isn't english?

180. Kody King wrote...

Love the Team WOD. Looks Fun.

Read some of my posts again. I sound too much like a jerk.
I love Crossfit and our community( just celbrated two year Crossfit anniversary). I want it to continue to thrive.

If we are going to say Fittest on the Planet, I think we should leave NO room for error in how we score the games.

Iv'e been passionate about the scoring since mid July 2009, I guess i was hoping it would be different this year.

Excited to see how it plays out.

Top 16 deserve to be top 16.

Sad to see Breck Berry and Candice Ruiz miss the last cut. Way to represent South Central!

181. TD wrote...

A few thoughts on the commentary:

The main announcer is killing me with the constant "Uhhs". I think we were all taught in junior high school not to speak that way.

Also, what is with the over use of the word "athlete"?? The main announcer is particularly guilty of this, but it permeates throughout the team.

Finally, Karianne is just plain bad. Ask simple, short questions, and let the "athletes" speak!!!

182. Nick wrote...

TD... why complain already? we finally get a free broadcast of the games and we are already complaining about how its presented? This is 100x better than last year watching twitter for updates.

183. TD wrote...

Nick:

I see your point -- maybe I'm looking the gift horse in the mouth here. But, really, especially as to my first and third points, these are so basic and so easily fixed. The "athlete" thing probably is a pet peeve.

184. Kody King wrote...

Think the announcers are doing an excellent job. This year's media is incredible. They hit some of my pet peeves every once in a while, but they have a huge job on their hands. There is not a ton of material they can use for filler. It is still only the fourth year for these games.

185. NH wrote...

Those who are saying Mikko is pissed because he isn't winning or getting camera time whatever. Mikko said on interview just couple days before Games that he was bit bothered by the fact that everyone came to see him doing workouts and that he doesn't really like all the attention he is getting. That might be the reason why he is leaving immedietly after the WoDs . We have no idea what is happening between the wods but there was definetly change MIkkos attitude after the DU workout.

186. Kent wrote...

Did he just say Mikko dominated last year? Didn't he win by one point?

187. Cody wrote...

I have to keep reminding myself that the commentators are crossfitters, not professional broadcasters. I think they're generally doing a good job, but there is definitely some kinks to work out. My favorite quote so far:

"These larger competitors are going to lift this heavy weight as easily as the smaller athletes might lift a lighter weight"

Good effort all around though, I'm sure if I was thrown into a broadcasting position with zero experience I'd be F'd!

188. Tommy wrote...

Josh Everett commentary kicks ass! I hope we will see him again next year!

189. Chris wrote...

I think the 2 first workouts of the 3 last (well, you get what I mean) will favor Chris Spealler very much. Im still hoping for Mikko on the podium though!

190. Eric wrote...

I'm really, really hoping tht no one falls 20' given that the rope climb is the last event, the athletes are exhausted, and there are clearly no safety precautions being taken.

191. Dude wrote...

Anyone else worried someone is going to be mega-fatigued, then fall off these ropes and get messed up?

192. tom wrote...

crash pads please

193. Justin McCallon wrote...

Kody King -- I agree with you. Some of the people from HQ seem to get the right idea on a things, but miss the deeper points. I wrote a post out in the "Community" area of the Message Board where I outlined a scoring system similar to what you did. I'm not a statistician or anything but I think both of our systems are a lot better than the way they have it set up. Your point about reassigning ranks 1-24 is good, too, and I didn't mention that.

194. benx wrote...

Agreed. This has gone into dangerous territory.

In other news...Is Dave Castro making up for screwing Speal in 2008?

195. Chris wrote...

I think that atleast one athlete will fall from those ropes.

Anyone else find this last wod extremely anticlimactic? Im not sure that I think that this is a legimate test of worlds fittest. I would like a 1 RM event and a longer endurance event. But maybe thats too much like last year and therefore not crossfit. CFG 2010 turned out to be metcon-mania. Im kind of disappointed. :/

196. John wrote...

I agree. Spealler Games 2010. Will it be Orlando Games 2011 next year? Amrap 3 min of 600# deadlifts anyone?

197. andy wrote...

how are they actually scoring the last event? reps? time? I'm confused.

198. Ash wrote...

@197

Time i believe

199. andy wrote...

@ 198

if it's time, is it time of the last completed round? if so, how do they get credit for the incomplete rounds?

200. Big Guy wrote...

Yeah, I'm disappointed there wasn't at least one pure strength event. I'm 6'2", 225, and I get blown away in metcons by the 5'6"-5'10" 155-180 lb guys in my gym. But when it comes time to deadlift or squat......

201. Ash wrote...

Big Guy

I believe there is more to come.

can someone explain Wall Burpees to me?

202. aussie nick wrote...

I agree Chris.

for those saying this hurts Spealler, they are crazy. more gymnastics stuff this year than ever before

203. Robert wrote...

The small amount of rest between the 3 last events is very poorly choosen. The athletes don't even perform, they are completely exhausted, really what is the point ? You don't even see a competition between the athletes. it is just about the one who won't fall from the rope at the end. I am quite disapointed by the rest period of these last 3 events.

204. Tyler Smith wrote...

Wow Moe. 6c... incredible

205. SANTI wrote...

Robert,

I bet whoever finish the last 3 events with the best time will win the competition, It is like doing Eva. I go for Spealler on this one. Although Rich Fronning might be able to surprise, my money is on Spealler, hopefully he is recover, He will do good,

SANTI

206. Chris wrote...

Robert

I found it more disturbing that the exact amount of rest is determined by how fast Dave Castro/Boz can announce the workout. It may only differ 5 sec or so, but fair is fair, right?

207. Robert wrote...

Chris,

I totally agree with you. They should at least timed an exact amount of rest between each event.

208. Bug Guy wrote...

Someone could simply time the rest periods with a stopwatch and see whether everyone received the same rest period.

209. Tom R. wrote...

Agree with Robert 203. This isn't a workout. It's a death march. These fine athletes who have prepared hard to compete shouldn't be subjected to such an exhibition.

210. Bryce wrote...

The programming seems pretty varied to me, heavy weight with low reps (power cleans), light weight with high reps (ohs), high skill (muscles ups, pistols, squat snatch), big motor WOD (sandbags), running (short and long), short rest periods, different objects (walls and ropes), etc.

Every sectional and regional went with a strength bias programming. How unoriginal would it be if the Games programmed another max clean and jerk or max deadlift? Are gymnastic moves any less of a test of fitness?

I believe the Crossfit theoretical hierarchy of development starts with nutrition, then metabolic conditioning, then gymnastics, weightlifting, and finally sport.

This all looks like Crossfit to me.

211. Chris wrote...

Any thoughts about the female winner? I think that he final 3 wods will favor Annie. What do you guys think?

212. Cody wrote...

Exhibition is a good description. This is ridiculous.

213. SANTI wrote...

Chris,

I go for clever. This 3 events are her workouts.

SANTI

214. Eric wrote...

I wonder if anyone bothered to try this workout before implementing it in the Games, because no one is coming close to completing 3 rounds.

That said, I appreciate that they're constantly trying new events at the Games. Just because they may have stumbled a bit on this event doesn't mean they should stop experimenting.

215. Nick wrote...

I think this last event (3) is great... It is pushing these guys to the brink... They can hardly move after this

216. Bryce wrote...

30 second rest periods and fairness? Some would argue going in the last heat and being able to therefore game the WOD is unfair. I guess you just can't please some people no matter what you do or try.

Look for Pat Burke, former Marine, to smoke the rope climb, which is all about getting a good brake with your feet.

217. Jason wrote...

I totally LOVE the pushup standard. I am going to incorporate that in my WODs all the time now. Very good.

218. Dave H wrote...

I think that the point of the first 2 WODs (event 6a,6b) is that no one will finish them, thus everyone gets the "30 seconds" or as fast as Dave can talk as said above for rest. The time domain for 6c is much more reasonable for completion.

219. Dave H wrote...

Interesting to see WODs programmed with the understanding that "the fittest" in the world will not complete the rep scheme within the time domain. I wonder if we'll see the mainsite or affiliates start to program this way? How about as much of Helen as possible in 6 mins, or as much of Fran as possible in 1 min followed by something else? Constantly varied for sure, I've never seen time domain applied in this way!

220. Big Guy wrote...

Bryce- Given the creativity shown with the metcons, strength wouldn't have to be limited to a deadlift, snatch, or clean max. Keg lifting is brutal, its something 99% of Xfitters have never done, and a max keg to overhead would have been fun to watch. One arm rolling thunder deadlift. Max weight pull up. Stone lifting. Take your pick.

221. Jon wrote...

Wow, what a disregard for safety. Imagine if someone falls from the top due to exhaustion?? Purely stupid, let's hope it doesn't happen (knock on wood or whatever the hell else you knock on).

Would have made more sense to put that rope climb at the start IMO.

222. Mike wrote...

Pat Burke the only person in the competition climbing the rope with his legs

223. chris wrote...

anyone understand the scores? how are they deriving the numbers per event to place the athletes?

224. Kris Shamloo wrote...

How hard would it have been to have some gymnastics pads underneath the rope? You go through the time and effort to assemble a fantastic 20 foot rope scaffold but you don't incorporate any simple effective safety mechanisms?

Safety should not be an intrusive presence in the games but it surely should not be flippantly ignored.

225. Rich wrote...

For the announcers, Julie Faucher is from Hyperfit USA in Ann Arbor Michigan

226. Jeff wrote...

A better last event "gauntlet" would've been:

2k Row
Rest 1min
5minutes to establish - 1RM OHS
No Rest

Burpee Box Jumps, T2B Couplet

227. Ash wrote...

I don't understand why they don't reset the scoring after cutting each group of competitors.
You have NO chance if you qualify 16th.
Also would like to see more heavy lifts and Long Distance Running/Rowing.

228. Dude wrote...

Definitely some kinks, but hey, Crossfit still rules. The Games online have been awesome. I'm totally jacked to continue and amplify my training.

One final suggestion. The Home Depot Center is b.a., but one of the great revolutionary aspects of CrossFit was the rejection of comfy globo gyms (and, comparitively in stadiums, chairbacks, concession stands, press boxes and luxury suites).

The Games may have outgrown "The Ranch," but I loved the backwoods, hard-core nature of the place.

Regardless, CrossFit...you rule. CrossFitters, you rule more. Keep kickin' ass....

229. Jon wrote...

@Chris (225): Yes it's scored for each event (look at the live scoring and you'll see what I mean).

@Kris: Yeh I know, Mats aren't like rocket science. Christy Phillips just bailed hard, lucky she didn't get a concussion .

230. In case you missed it wrote...

Many of you are wondering why the scoring is the way it is, and why they dont have gymnastic pads under the rope. Well, just pray hard enough and maybe Dave "God" Castro will hear your prayers. Oh wait, nevermind, he doesnt care about what you or anyone else thinks. oh well.

231. fox wrote...

Other than Castro, these Games rule. CFHQ please get Everett, Sherwood or someone with actual experience and a decent personality to do this next year. This guy thinks he is so awesome but could not finished any of these WODs as rx'd.

232. caitlnifinnegan wrote...

Wow--I know that Kristen Cleaver just won everything, but it's Annie whom I want to be when I grow up (maybe because we're the same height). She's AWESOME!!!

233. Mike wrote...

pretty spectacular fall by froning...

if he wasn't going to be so dead from all these workouts I imagine that wouldn't feel good in the morning

234. tom wrote...

spealler is the most impressive athlete this weekend even if he doesn't win the competition

235. timmy wrote...

why did the judge make froning go back over the wall un the first event after he finished the OHS? thats was wrong

236. dude wrote...

timmy (238)

I thought he had to go back over to finish. He was the only guy to finish that WOD before the cap, so that's why it may have looked weird.

237. Mike wrote...

@timmy

going back over the wall completed each round, so to legitimately complete the workout he had to make the final traversal

238. Kyle B wrote...

Great Games this year!!! 3 things though that need to be worked on for next year. 1. Scoring System! 2. Eliminations with reset of scores. 3. Programming. For the 4th games there will obviously still be mistakes that will be worked on. Data will be collected from this year and changes will be made (hopefully). IMO we definitely found the best CrossFitter for the year. Did we find the Fittest person in the World?? I'm not so sure....

239. Cody wrote...

Atta boy Graham. Always nice to see a relative unknown kick ass.

240. Bryce wrote...

Okay, the Games are an imperfect event, no doubt. Scoring, the events, the briefings, etc will always have kinks because the Games vary so much each year. Every year looks different from the previous but that is what separates Crossfit from other events and sports. It's easier to plan a soccer game once a year because the sport and its characteristics won't change from year to year.

Not to be a HQ apologist, but I think they deserve credit for expanding the size and scope of the Games season to make it as inclusive as possible. They didn't have to add an open to all sectional round, but they did.

It's a young sport, learning is involved, and I'm sure it will change and progress next year.

241. grambo wrote...

Step backwards in programming from prior year, no max strength/power (jerk in an exhausted state is not a display of strength or power), no pure endurance test. Should have a 10km run and a max squat/deadlift and max clean or snatch (with IWF rules).

242. kris wrote...

i thought it was awesome!!! the scoring, the wods, all of it!!! sure you could find something to complain about, but why complain...enjoy it for what it is. dont be that guy that always finds something to gripe about

243. Sam wrote...

grambo-

I guess we should have had a "pure" accuracy event, a "pure" balance event, a "pure" stamina event, a "pure" speed event, a "pure" flexibility event (touch your toes) and so on. Give me a break.

This was awesome this year. Don't watch it next year if you didn't like it.

244. Ben wrote...

I thought the programming was great, the coverage was incredible, above and beyond anything i expected. But the scoring system.... Sucks! As has been mentioned time and time again both this year and last.

If Crossfit wants the Crossfit Games to get huge, they have to come up with a scoring system that doesn't make onlookers scratch their heads, wondering at the illogical system. Simply making the post-cut events worth at least as much as the pre-cut events will fix it. No scoring system is perfect, but a lot of them don't completely suck. Why go with one that sucks two years in a row?

245. scott wrote...

i too thought there should of been a max lift and a long distance run too. have both extremes and work in with a good mix. The wods were good though. i also thought the commentators have to step up a notch next year. At least the main guy. Regardless the coverage was very well done. especially the video.

246. AG wrote...

Great games! Thanks for the stream.

Progenex wrote the wrong name Kristan's big check? LOLworthy. Those big checks were corny!

247. Paul C wrote...

Great CrossFit programming, solidly in the fitness pathway where CrossFit sets itself apart.

Congrats to the winners, all the athletes, judges, staff, and organizers for a successful event.

248. Shana wrote...

Congrats to Val! Way to Go GIRL! WOOT DOGTOWN!

249. AB wrote...

Thanks for the live streaming and the commentators. It wasn't perfect, but these guys aren't pros. Overall, great job. I was glued to it all weekend. I was doing push ups, squats, and sit ups while watching. So motivated to get WOD tomorrow!

Even though this was much bigger than years past, it's ultimately not a mainstream sport (at least not yet) so it isn't going to have professional, mainstream commentators. The only criticism I have is that they should have been better at knowing the athletes. They often couldn't identify the different athletes and often mispronounced their names. This would have been a very simple thing to fix. HQ has known for a while who was going to be competing and a little studying would have solved the problem. These athletes worked really hard to get there and should be acknowledged by name.

On a related note, Dave Castro, please pronounce people's names correctly. Again, these guys worked hard to get there. The least you can do is pronounce their names correctly. In the grand scheme of things, there aren't that many athletes and you can simply ask them ahead of time how to say their names.

Finally, yes, Speal is amazing, but at the end of the day he was bested. Every time someone says, "not to take anything away from Froning and Holmberg, but...," they are, in fact, taking away something from two amazing athletes that beat him by a pretty good margin. Yes, people complain about the scoring system and I'm sure someone is out there devising a scoring method that would have placed Speal on top, but this was the scoring system and it's been used in years past. Notice that, for the most part, the athletes in the later heats performed better than the ones in the earlier heats, even when going in blind.

As for weight classes, Crossfit is all about functional fitness, right? Real life doesn't dole out obstacles by weight class. If you want to compete in a fitness competition that takes that into account, there are plenty out there. There is even a blended CF/USAW soon with weight classes. I'm sure Speal will take it if he signs up. He didn't sign up for an event that divides by weight class and he knew that going in. He accepted the challenge and performed like a rock star, but not better than Froning and Holmberg. No one tells the heavier athletes they have to do less p/u or muscle ups. There isn't a different standard on the squat or KB swings because you have long legs or arms. Part of what's so great about CF is seeing those smaller athletes rock out a solid lift or the larger athletes string together some muscle ups. Plus, almost all the workouts that involved something heavy were mitigated by a movement that generally favored the smaller athletes.

As for the endurance component. Some people wanted to see a long run and think this wasn't a true test for the fittest. I say the entire weekend is one big endurance event.

250. aussie nick wrote...

very well said AB and I agree with you across the board.

to be honest, I think the programming suited the lighter guys this year - there were masses of bodyweight/gymnastics requirements which should favour little guys and very little pure weight stuff that favours the bigger guys.

For me, the depth in standard of the women was a little disappointing. Kristan Clever absolutely dominated, with really...only Annie on the same planet as her. She won some events by massive margins and won events which seemed to favour very different body types.

She is clearly an exceptional athlete but I can't imagine a scenario in the male event where such dominance would occur.

very happy for her though, as she seems to be an excellent person as well as an absolute beast

251. Mike wrote...

Anyone else surprised by how poorly Khalipa did? After that great comeback last year I figured he would do well this year and instead he got owned. Probably a result of everyone telling him what he should do differently to prepare.

252. tom wrote...

i agree with everything AB submitted....i just have one caveat to that. after reading the article posted today (21 july) on the main site, i think this sport has the perfect opportunity to become mainstream enough to be included on sportcenter.

i think the addition of weight classes could be a good idea, but i also think there needs to be more than just one big event during the year. golf has 4 majors as well as numerous tournaments throughout the year as does tennis. i think other events could spring up as this sport gains popularity. perhaps throw in a european open or an aussie event throughout the year. it would definitely up the ratings as well as give the atheletes more times to actually compete and keep their skills up.

i'm torn between the scoring systems, however. it would be cool to see a "standard" that was held accross the board year in and out, however i think changing it up is what adds the the flavor of crossfit.

my caveat to AB mentioned earlier has to do with commentating. in addition to everything AB said as far as commentators researching the athletes, they need to practice a little censorship on the air if they expect this sport to reach levels of mainstream that we see in other sports. i would hope that in years to come we don't have sportcenter analysts covering these great games, but instead the athletes and affiliates that know that sport the best..

it was an awesome games and i cant wait to see how they keep evolving into something even greater with more coverage.

253. Heath wrote...

Jason did not do bad at all! He did place top 16 and that is great considering who else was out there.

The online coverage was great. How can anyone complain. There was a TON of work put in to do what they did and they did a damn good job.

My only gripe was the camera guys picking a favorite person and watching them for the entire work out. The biggest example of this that I saw was the 7 min AMRAP with the DL's and pistols/DU WOD during the last heat with a lot of the big names and they pretty much stuck the camera on the guy waring all white and Rich F. I don't think I got to see Rob or Kelipa do a single rep.

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