Mikko Salo, Jason Khalipa, and Tony Budding with family, friends, and some of the CrossFit Media Crew.

2010 CrossFit Games Finals

Reflections on the Games

Tony Budding ponders our sport, less than one week out.

Last night, my family and I had the pleasure of sharing dinner with the past two CrossFit Games champs, Mikko Salo and Jason Khalipa, along with their friends and family and some of our CrossFit Media crew. I was reminded once again how remarkable our community is.

In five days, Jason and Mikko will compete head to head in the arena. Last night, they were friends discussing family, training, other CrossFitters (Mikko thought Speal had a slight edge over Orlando!), and life as affiliate owners. Both have thriving affiliates, and in any given week, they spend more time training others than themselves.

Mikko is naturally quiet and reserved, but extremely good natured. Jason is equally good natured, but much more outgoing. Both feel ready for the Games. Jason is tapering hard, doing no workouts, but staying active by hiking with his wife. Mikko is "relaxing" by doing just one workout a day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Jason wondered when we'd release the next hints about the competition. We aren't. This year, it's all about one step at a time. The individual athletes know that at 6pm on Friday, they'll learn what their first workout is. They'll have an hour to warm-up and prepare mentally and then it's on. At the end of the event, they'll be told when their next workout is.

There are no tricks, and this is not a hazing process. The workouts will be what is presented and the times will be accurate (within the normal variation of any live event). No last minute changes or mind games.

The Games are about the athletes. In a fair playing field, the best athletes find a way to win. Our job running the Games is to set that playing field and get out of the way. The athletes shine through their own efforts and achievements.

We are celebrating the sport of fitness. There is a great thrill in competing. Yes, it is a serious competition, but it's so much more than just a win or a loss. It's really a metaphor for the human struggle. How far can you push? How do you respond when the stakes are elevated? How do you compare to your peers?

The Games are really just a small part of CrossFit. CrossFit the global movement is available to all, no matter what condition they're in. CrossFit is really about helping others achieve their goals. For even the top athletes, their achievements are temporary, whereas the impact we make on others is lasting.

Finally, no one gets to the Games on their own. Let's celebrate the teams of people behind each of these great athletes that supported them in so many ways. Friends, families, coaches, communities are what make this all possible.

I'm proud to be part of this great journey, and I look forward to seeing many of you in just a few days!

-Tony Budding

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7 comments on this entry

1. Apolloswabbie wrote...

"CrossFit is really about helping others achieve their goals. For even the top athletes, their achievements are temporary, whereas the impact we make on others is lasting."

-I love this perspective, Tony, thanks for getting this out there again. Seconds into an examination of the Games, I'm inspired by the athletes, but it would be a shame to lose the inspiration we get from an athlete saying, for example, post workout "My back is fine, these workouts cured it months ago."


2. Jason Ackerman wrote...

Keep up the good work Tony!

3. bingo wrote...

"The Games are really just a small part of Crossfit. Crossfit the global movement is available to all..."

Man, truer words rarely spoken, Tony. 90 or so competitors and a couple hundred support staff in Carson, a couple hundred thousand Crossfitters on the planet.

At the same time, though, what better example of the potential of Crossfit! Thanks, Tony. Can't wait!


4. Grant wrote...

Know this isn't the correct thread to ask this but....can we move close to the athletes' competition or do we have to sit in a designated seat (which might be sort of far away from the event itself?) THANKS.

5. Matt Solomon wrote...

Great post.

Wish I could be there, and not just an e-fan....

6. Eamann O hArtghaile wrote...

great post, just love the feeling I get reading CrossFit articles,doing workouts and watching as others get challenged.
Wish I could be there,[ hint , hint to my kids for next year]
"Glaine ár gcroí, neart ár ngéag agus beart de réir ár mbriathar"/ pure in our hearts,strength in our limbs and true to our word.

7. nick wrote...

I am literally frothing with excitement about the Games. Go Mikko!


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