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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CrossFit Scouting Report: Middle East, South Korea, and Japan Edition
The Heat from the (Middle-)East
With the 2011 CrossFit Games season only a few months away, preparation for the Games is heating up. If there is anything we have learned from years past, it’s that previously low-profile athletes will come out of nowhere to challenge CrossFit’s elite.
Last week we covered lesser-known athletes from Australia and New Zealand; a region that is known for CrossFit might, churning out top Games athletes including “Commando Steve” Willis, Chad Mackay, Tamaryn Venter, and others. Today, we expose a few athletes from parts of the world where CrossFit has only recently gained hold: the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Japan, and South Korea. With a strong showing at the Asia Regionals, these athletes may make it to the 2011 CrossFit Games. The heat from the (Middle-) East features a female Marine based in Japan with a Jackie time that is five seconds faster than Kristan Clever's, a couple "dark horses" from South Korea, and a few guys based in Israel and UAE who are working to build a civilian CrossFit presence in the Middle East.
Omry Peled and Zack Finer
Omry Peled and Zack Finer train at CrossFit Herzliya in central Israel. CrossFit Herzliya is the only box in the country and it opened its doors just one year ago. Omry, the owner of the box, is proud of building a CrossFit presence in Israel “from scratch” using the CrossFit Journal and the mainsite for professional support. Omry and Zack intend to push for the CrossFit Games, and are training hard to make a strong showing at the 2011 Asia Regionals.
Omry grew up on a mix of gymnastics, martial arts, and later combat training. After five years of following mainstream fitness training (spinning, kickboxing, and pilates) he felt something was missing and happened across CrossFit on the internet. He came to the US to for a CrossFit certification seminar, and has since been coaching himself and others.
Cindy: 23 rounds
5k run: 20:10 min
5k row: 19min
400m run: 65 sec
Max pull-ups (butterfly): 60reps
Back squat: 286lbs
Shoulder press: 154lbs
Clean and Jerk: 185lbs
Zack is a twenty two year old American transplanted in Israel. He discovered CrossFit three years ago and trained at CrossFit Seattle before moving to Israel to finish his schooling. He now is a trainer at CrossFit Herzliya. Finer comes from a background of competitive ski racing, a sport that developed in him a craving for pushing his own body.
Cindy: 19+ 5 pull, 10 push, 10 squat
Craig is a Brit living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Harriman trains at CrossFit Fahrenheit, a box aptly named in a country where the temperature soars over 90 degrees Fahrenheit for six months of the year. Just like CrossFit Herzliya, CrossFit Farenheit is the only CrossFit box in the country. Together, the two boxes represent CrossFit to the entire civilian population of the Middle East.
Harriman has been casually involved in sports and local fitness competitions. Craig has played local community rugby and been actively weightlifting for years before joining CrossFit two years ago. He is now training to make a run for the Asia Regionals.
5k run: 22:00
Clean and Jerk: 275lbs
Donghwan Kim and Yousik Kim
Donghwan Kim and Yousik Kim are a couple of strong athletes emerging from CrossFit SAP in Seoul, South Korea. Although CrossFit is new to South Korea, by all accounts it appears that CrossFit has been thriving in South Korean soil. Affiliates in Asia suspect that South Korea will likely produce several “dark horses” for the 2011 Asia Regional. We have yet to hear the full story from CrossFit Hankook, the other affiliate in Korea, but Donghwan and Yousik are the owner’s favorites at CrossFit SAP.
Height: 5’ 8”
Cindy: 25 rounds
Back squat: 341lbs
Clean and Jerk: 220lbs
Height: 5’ 6”
Clean and Jerk: 275lbs
Christen is a Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan. She began training using the CrossFit method just eight months ago, but she has already shown strength and skill in complex movements including the snatch. Her benchmark stats are impressive, including a Jackie time five seconds faster than 2010 champ Kristan Clever’s. James Light, her trainer at CrossFit Asia, describes her as their “true standout” and he is excited for the CrossFit community to see what she can do in 2011.
Cindy: 22 rounds
5k run: 20:23
400m run: 1:09
500m row: 1:43
Back squat: 295lbs
Clean and Jerk: 155lbs
Shoulder press: 110lbs