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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Who to Look Out For in 2011
With the 2011 CrossFit Games season only a few months away, preparation for the Games is heating up. Those who competed last year have had time to recover from the challenge of the Home Depot Center. These top athletes, including Kristan Clever, Graham Holmberg, Rich Froning Jr., and Annie Thorsidotter, have been training hard for 2011 for months now. If there's anything we've learned from years past, it's that previously low-profile athletes will come out of nowhere to challenge CrossFit's elite.
Many athletes have been testing their capacity at local, unsanctioned CrossFit competitions. These competitions are good indicators of up and coming athletes to look out for in 2011. We combed the world for local CrossFit throwdowns, and these winners stood out. Perhaps one of them will be the Jason Khalipa or Mikko Salo of 2011.
Tyminski won the Beast of the East competition on November 6, beating top Games competitors Austin Malleolo and James Hobart. After serving in the Army, Tyminski overcame an addiction to heroin, and developed a passion for CrossFit. He missed qualifying for the Games in 2010, coming in 7th at the Northeast Regionals. With his win at the Beast of the East, the CrossFit Lindy owner may have stepped his performance up to the elite level.
The Mid-Atlantic Hopper Challenge’s workouts are so unknown, not even its organizers know what the events will be ahead of time. The third edition of the Hopper Challenge took place on November 6th, 2010. Shawn Butler was the men’s champion, defeating the challenge’s previous winner, Chris Woods, and veteran CrossFit Games competitor Jeff Tincher. Butler took 27th in the Central East Regional last year, but came into the Hopper Challenge prepared to dominate. He performed consistently across all 5 events, finishing eighth or better in each workout.
Paul first came into the community’s spotlight with his epic reinterpretation of King Kong that included 8 snatches at 225 as one of its many components. After dominating the first three events, close grip handstand push-ups knocked him out of qualifying at the South Central Regionals. Paul came back to win the Texas Throwdown on August 14th, 2010 with a combined time of 11:02 across three events. He won by a significant margin, finishing 53 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. Unfortunately, Paul recently had surgery to repair a few injuries incurred playing running back for eight years in the National Football League. He will not being competing in CrossFit in 2011.
Lisa Thiel won the Texas Throwdown on August 6, beating 2010 Games competitor Jessica Sharratt, who came in second. The wife of previous Games competitor Jeremy Thiel, Lisa has been training with CrossFit for years but is an erratic competitor. She placed 27th at the 2007 Games, and 11th at the 2010 South Central Regional but did not qualify for the 2010 Games. After winning the Texas Throwdown, Thiel may be on track to succeed in 2011 CrossFit competition.
Rookie Kelly Steadman finished closely behind top CrossFitter Heather Bergeron at the Beast of the East. In the five-event competition, Bergeron finished with a total point score of 16 to Steadman's 19. Steadman is new to CrossFit competition and a relative unknown in the community. Trainer Ben Bergeron of CrossFit New England described Steadman as“the most humble Firebreather [he] has had the pleasure of training with.” Steadman has yet to describe whether she will make a run at the 2011 CrossFit Games.
Jennifer Navarro has returned, claiming second place behind top CrossFitter Christy Phillips at the Mid-Atlantic Hopper Challenge on November 6th. The challenge demonstrated the exceptional athleticism of these two women, for no other competitor was able to come close to their final scores. Navarro showed great potential at the VA/DC/WV Sectional last year; pulling far ahead of the competition on the first day and claiming fourth place overall. With that performance, Navarro qualified for the 2010 Central East Regionals but for reasons unknown to us, she did not compete. If Navarro decides to compete in 2011, she will be a force in the Mid-Atlantic region.