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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The Athletic Backgrounds, CrossFit Experience, and Jobs of the Top CrossFitters
The Games site staff has compiled comprehensive data on the athletic backgrounds, jobs, and length of CrossFit experience of the top five male and female athletes at each of the past four CrossFit Games, from 2007 to 2010. This is not an authoritative database, but rather a working document that we've compiled based upon incomplete and often unclear data. If there's any information in it that we should change, please contact us.
The Google spreadsheet is available here.
Given the limited nature of the data and the early stage of CrossFit's development as a sport, it's too early to draw steady conclusions about fitness and athletic training from this document. Nonetheless, this document may be useful as a tool to evaluate current claims regarding fitness training.
It's not yet clear what sports produce the best CrossFitters. We've seen top performers at the Games come from as backgrounds as different as water polo, triathlons, football, and gymnastics. One pattern that has appeared, though is that individual performers often come from unusually broad and diverse competitive athletic backgrounds. Outside of CrossFit, it's not often you find an athlete such as Breck Berry, who has competed in both distance running and powerlifting, or Moe Kelsey, who has competed in sports as diverse as football, olympic-distance triathlons, and firefighter challenges.
Similar variance is found in the amount of time that top performers have been exposed to CrossFit. The length of CrossFit experience of top fiv e competitors has been as high as five years, and as low as 6 months. The average length of CrossFit experience for the top five male and female athletes has remained relatively constant at just under 2 years of CrossFit exposure. Top CrossFitters have also earned a living through a wide variety of careers, though firefighters, CrossFit trainers, and CrossFit affiliate owners regularly seem to find their way into the top five. 7 of the 40 athletes included (and 6 of the 20 male athletes) are firefighters, while 22 out of 40 work as trainers.