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
Men’s Epic Matchup 5: Peter Egyed and Chris Hogan
The 2010 Australian champ and last year's 6th place finisher
Peter Egyed and Chris Hogan are similar athletes on paper but hail from opposite sides of the world. Last year they faced off at The Ranch in Aromas, where Egyed finished sixth overall. This year they were both dominant forces at regionals: Hogan finished 1st overall in Australia, and Egyed was first in the Southwest. Both athletes have a subdued demeanor and seem to sneak onto the podium like ninjas without raising too many eyebrows on the way. Neither athlete had to hit a sectional this year because of their participation in last year’s Games.
Both are 24 years old, and Hogan is an inch shorter and 8 lb. lighter. Their Fran times are virtually identical in our side-by-side comparison, with Egyed claiming a one-second advantage on paper. On the strength side, their numbers see-saw: Egyed has a significant advantage on the max deadlift (540 to Hogan's 472) and back squat (395 to 352), but Hogan makes up some ground with snatch. He has a 20-lb. advantage on the world’s fastest lift, while Egyed can move 3 lb. more in the clean and jerk (267 to Hogan's 264).
Both athletes started CrossFitting in January ’07. While the athletes are on the radar now, they had to display amazing tenacity to earn their stripes.
Last year, Hogan showed up at the Australian Regional as a dark horse and ended up one of two athletes representing his country in California. Hogan’s performance at the regional event- fourth, first and 11th-earned him the right to join Commando Steve Willis in Aromas.
Despite competing in two previous CrossFit Games, Egyed failed to qualify at the Great Basin Regional last year. He was in third place after the first workout at the Great Basin Regional, behind Chris Spealler and Eric O'Connor. In WOD 2 he finished 27th with a time of 17:34, which moved him from third to 13th overall. Speal had the best time of the day at 5:02. Peter got stuck on the handstand push-ups and was out of the running, though he came back to finish 11th overall. A few weeks later, the Last Chance Online Qualifier was announced. Peter entered and had the best time overall for the three workouts (19:31), which sent him back to Aromas.
After winning the Last Chance Qualifier, he proceeded to work his way into the Top 16 at the 2009 Games by placing 15th on the run and tying for first in WOD 2 by deadlifting all 20 bars. His best in any other single event was fifth, but his even pace landed him sixth overall.
At this year’s regionals, both Egyed and Hogan were dominant forces. Egyed displayed broad competencies at the Southwest Regional, finishing seventh, second, fourth and second to take first overall. Hogan dominated the 2010 Australian regional, going third in the first event and finishing first in the remaining four.
In three years, Egyed has always been a force at the Games: he was 21st in 2008, 10th in 2007 and sixth in 2009. By winning the Southwest Regional, Egyed will be among the elite few to participate in all four years of the CrossFit Games. Hogan is not stranger to competition, either. His AFL football team, the Oakleigh Armatures, has won the Premiership title in 2005, 2007 and 2008, and it was the runner-up in 2009. This is all in addition to a lifelong pursuit of fitness: Australian Rules Football (AFL) from age five to present, cricket, surf lifesaving/swimming and tennis.
Hogan has taken a slightly different approach towards this years Games from last year. "with focus on strength, both max lifts and strength endurance, this is a weakness of mine because i'm still relatively inexperienced," he explains. "I'm 24 at the moment i probably did my first ever dead lift just before my 22nd birthday. So the programing was aimed to try and add a couple of kilos to all my lifts across the board as well as using heavier wieghts in my met-cons. which suits me because i like the heavy lifting, its a great challenge. with my football back ground the aerobic ( running, rowing, jumping, skipping) has always been a strength not that they all couldn't get better."
’09 Games Results: 15, 1, 44, 9, 5, 12, 13, 8 ’07 Games: 10th ’08 Games: 21st
Additional Reading Event Recap: Southwest Regional “Heading into the Southwest Regional anyone and everyone with a passing interest in CrossFit had an opinion on who would advance and how in the world this field could be narrowed to only four qualifiers…”
Event Recap: Australian Regional “We were inspired and amazed by the athletes who competed at Australian Regional this past weekend…”