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Rogue Vs AF Tahoe Throwdown

Tahoe Event 11: The Team Chipper

Five Points at Stake in Day One's Final Event

Score After 10 Events:
Again Faster: 17
: 8

Again Faster's surprising win in Event 9 against Rogue's dream team of Salo, Khalipa, and Chan had further cemented their lead. With five points at stake in Day One's final event, Rogue had the chance to determine how it would enter Day Two. They would either be a mere four points behind Again Faster, or a whole fourteen points behind.

Event 11 was a five on five team event, with 3 men and 2 women per team.

Event 11
Row, 20 Calories
20 Two Kettlebell Push Press, (1.5 pood for men, 1 pood for women)
50 double unders
20 box jumps
20 wall ball (14 lbs. for men, 8 for women)
20 bench press (135 lbs. for men, 85 for women)
3 rope ascents

One athlete started the chipper at a time. When he finished the 20 calories on the rower, he would move onto the push presses, while the second athlete would start rowing. This pattern would continue until all five athletes had gone. No athlete could start an exercise if the athlete in front of them had not finished it yet. The outcome would be determined by which team's fifth athlete finished the rope climbs first.

Strategy was difficult for this workout. Putting faster athletes first would prevent a clog-up situation, where a slower athlete in the front would prevent faster athletes from moving on. At the same time, the deciding factor in the workout would be the final athlete, so it didn't make sense for that athlete to be slow, either.

This was no easy chipper. The wall ball target was substantially higher than the normal 10 feet, and the box jumps were very high as well. The bench press was a challenge for several athletes who had little experience with it, and the final three rope climbs, similar to the 2010 CrossFit Games, slowed down everyone who had not yet mastered the foot wrap technique.

Rogue sent forward Graham Holmberg, Rob Orlando, Chris Spealler, Kristan Clever, and Miranda Oldroyd. Again Faster was represented by Eric Magee, Dave Lipson, Heather Bergeron, Michelle Kinney, and Pat Barber.


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2 comments on this entry

1. Ryan Bittle wrote...

Rogue's strategy was less than optimal

2. Matt wrote...

Rogue's strategy has been like that this whole competition. I don't think Again Faster is better, they are just picking their athletes for each WOD better than Rogue is. If Spealler was in Event 10, they would have had a chance.


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