The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Spirit of the Games: Chris Spealler
Never-say-die attitude paves the way for four-time CrossFit Games veteran.
Chris Spealler is amongst a very small cohort of men who have competed at all four CrossFit Games. His consistency, drive and attitude have kept him in the game far longer than most, and he continues to surprise and excite us with his enthusiasm and results.
By the time the curtains finally closed on this year’s event, Spealler took the third spot overall, cementing his position on the podium with a first place finish on the wall burpee/rope climb couplet. After it was all said and done, he walked away with two titles: 3rd place finisher as well as the Spirit of the Games award.
We had a minute to catch up with the Utah native for a few thoughts on this year’s event.
You've competed in all four of the CrossFit Games. Why do you keep coming back and what is it about the Games that you love so much?
I keep coming back because I continue to see improvements in my own training. I also still want to meet the goal of winning the Games. Even if I do, and I see my training improving I'll still show up to put it to use.
I love the fact that I can take the gifts I have been given and put them to use. It's a rare thing for people to be able to do this especially on a platform like the Games where you can share it with so many others. It's my way of giving back what I have been given. The camaraderie that is amongst the competitors is unmatched to any other event I have been to, which makes it a great experience as well.
How did the events compare this year to last year's Games?
Personally, I loved the workouts this year. Last year I felt like there were lots of single modality exercises. I'm not a fan of this because I don't think it shows the athleticism and simplicity of CrossFit workouts (couplets, triplets, etc.). They were way tougher technically, but I think may have been slightly easier physically. I don't know this for sure since I didn't make it to day 2 last year. I think this is smart though because you don't have to smash people into the ground to find who is the most fit. In fact, good programming will allow people to work harder for more workouts or events. I really did love every workout this year, it was just CrossFit. And when coupled well, it provides the fairest competition possible, I thought CrossFit did an amazing job of this in 2010.
What did you think of the new venue?
I do miss the Ranch and the simplicity there. It was and is a special place. But as a competitor I think the Home Depot center was awesome. Ample room for warming up and locker rooms for cleaning up and cooling down are super nice for us as athletes. It helps us get recovered and ready for the next event. I loved the events under the lights, with the stands surrounding us on all sides. Such a cool venue, and some of the most memorable experiences of my athletic career. I didn't feel any added pressure. The crowd was amazing and incredibly motivating. After one deadlift with torn hands you hear the crowd, get in the mix, and forget about it. I think it drives us more as athletes.
Look back to the first event on Friday, under the lights, what was running through your head when you walked out in front of that roaring crowd?
My workout, my pace, don't quit.
I know that I can keep up with anyone if it's coupled right. The snatch was heavy and all the big boys in the back throw it around like it's nothing. I had to ignore all the competitors around me and focus on what I needed to do. I really only heard the crowd when I would go back to the bar for the snatches. The last set was great to have them behind me.
Do you intend on competing next year? If so, how long do you think you'll continue to compete at this level?
As of now, absolutely. I still want to win the Games. Weather that will happen or not I don't know. I believe it's possible if I make some improvements and the workouts are programmed well like this year. I will compete as long as my abilities are improving or at a level that is one that can match anyone else's out there. As long as I have the gift physically, I'm going to give it back.