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
Athletes to Watch out for This Weekend
Beyond the Whiteboard handicaps the main event and starts the debate.
Some amazing athletes are competing this weekend at the Home Depot Center. In fact, all the competitors are amazing athletes. But amazing is not enough. Only one man and one woman can be named Fittest on Earth, and that’s what the CrossFit Games will determine this weekend. Here’s a list of some top competitors, and don’t be surprised if one of these guys takes it all (in alphabetical order):
Why these Athletes?
We selected these athletes by a pretty straightforward method: from the CrossFit Games Athlete Profile page, we looked at scores for Fran, Helen, Grace, FGB, and clean and jerk. We noted the top 20 athletes in each of those five workouts. The men and women you see on these lists were in the top 20 in four or five of the workouts we selected. We ran some very complicated algorithms and ended up going with this simple approach. We’ll see how accurate this method was after the standings come in on Sunday.
What about (insert your CrossFit Games favorite)?
There are many reasons why your favorite athlete (and possibly the winner of the CrossFit Games) might not be on this list. Some athlete profiles were missing too many workouts to make any meaningful comparisons (e.g., Rob Orlando and Neal Maddox). Also, remember that these are self-reported scores, and so variations in range of motion and movement standards could definitely account for some differences in scores. How you perform under pressure with a judge’s eyes on you can differ quite a bit from how you do in the comfort of your own box. Maybe the five workouts we selected don’t capture a broad enough range of fitness. For instance, we would have liked to have included the 5K run times, but too few reported a time.
We could go on, but the point is that if something like the CrossFit Games could be accurately predicted, there would be no point in even having the competition. Fortunately for us, the results are as unknown and unknowable as the events, and so all we can do at this point is speculate.
So... Who do you think is gonna take it?