Photo Credit: Jo Cartwright

CrossFit Copenhagen

2011 CrossFit Games

Danish CrossFit Open: Limiting the Competition to the Best

CrossFit Copenhagen Uses Online Video Qualification for a Local Event

On January 29th, CrossFit Copenhagen hosted the 2011 Danish CrossFit Open, an unsanctioned CrossFit competition designed to limit the competitors to the fittest fifteen men and ten women out of Europe. All aspiring participants were asked to videotape and submit their attempt at a set workout of:

3 rounds for time-
15 Hang Squat Cleans (60/40kg)
15 Burpees with lateral jumps over the bar

Below the workout, CrossFit Copenhagen detailed the movement and video standards. Once set, it was up to the athletes to get in their videos.

CrossFitters from throughout Europe vied for the limited spots. The final roster for this ‘local’ competition included athletes from multiple European countries: Denmark, Iceland, Britain, Scotland, and Sweden.  Even Samantha Briggs, the British firefighter who claimed 19th at the 2010 CrossFit Games, crossed the North Sea to compete.

The Danish CrossFit Open drew crowds.  As the weather dipped below freezing outside, nearly three hundred spectators packed into the CrossFit Copenhagen box, filling it to capacity.  Another four hundred people viewed the event online via live streaming. The DCO started at eight in the morning, and the crowds stuck around to watch the fifth event come to a close at six that night.

Sam Briggs “smoked everyone” on the ladies side of the competition, according to the third place finisher and Fit as Fu*k blogger, Sarah Lindasdatter Troelsen Krarup. The numbers support her claim. Briggs took home first in every event.

The men’s side of the competition was less decisive. Frederik Ægidius of CrossFit Butcher’s Lab in Denmark and Elvar Karlsson of CrossFit BC Island in Iceland were the only men to claim first place in the DCO’s events. Anders Galaly, a medical student who trains out of Aarhus CrossFit in Denmark, tracked along behind Elvar and Frederik in most events but came in second place because of his consistency. After the last event, Ægidius came out the victor, and Elvar claimed third.

In many respects, the prequalification process for the Danish CrossFit Open mirrors the format of the lead up to the 2011 CrossFit Games. The CrossFit Games Open screens for the top athletes from each region leading up to Regionals. The main differences are in the extent of the testing; the CrossFit Games Open will ask for six workouts, and will include more transparent judging. CrossFit Copenhagen kept the videos private; the CrossFit Games Open site will feature all of the videos up for the public to see.

The Danish CrossFit Open reveals another option for affiliates wishing to host unsanctioned CrossFit competitions. Want to make a good show of fitness? Limit the competition to a few of the best.

Final Results:


1. Samantha Briggs
2. Anita Tørring
3. Sarah Lindasdatter Troelsen Krarup, Hayley Knowles


1. Frederik Ægidius
2. Anders Galaly
3. Elvar Karlsson
4. Robert Juul Glæsel


4 min AMRAP
- 10 toes-to-bar
- 6 box jump (32″/28″)
1 min rest

4 min AMRAP
- 20 double-unders
- 7 burpees touch bar

For reps:
- Max reps shoulder press 50/35 kg.
- Max reps weighted pull-ups, 10/5 kg.
- Max reps back squat in 3 min., 100/70 kg.
(max rest between exercises: 30sec)

3 rounds for time of:
250 m row
10 ground to overhead anyhow 50/35 kg


10 min. AMRAP of:
10 sandbag shouldering (ground to shoulder) 40/30 kg
1 prowler push 18 meter 30/10 kg
10 KB swings 32/24 kg
1 prowler push

FINAL (#5)
For time:
- 18 thrusters, 50/30 kg.
- 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 15 snatch, 50/30 kg.
- 10 forward rolls
- 12 overhead squat, 60/40 kg.
- 10 pistols
- 9 push Push Press, 60/40 kg.
- 10 Ring dips
- 6 Power clean, 70/50 kg.
- 10 long jumps
- 3 front squat, 70/50 kg.
- 10 burpees (jump over bar)
- 1 full squat clean, 90/60 kg.

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Sam Briggs and Anita Torring. Photo Credit: Jo Cartwright. Photo Credit: Jo Cartwright. Sam Briggs. Photo Credit: Jo Cartwright. Photo Credit: Jo Cartwright. Anders Galaly (2nd), Frederik Ægidius (1st), Elvar Karlsson (3rd). Photo Credit: Jo Cartwright. Anita Torring (2nd), Sam Briggs (1st), Haley Knowles (3rd), and Sarah Lindasdatter(3rd). Photo Credit: Jo Cartwright.
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6 comments on this entry

1. Sarah Lindasdatter Troelsen Krarup wrote...

See the video from the event here:

2. Richard Vanmeerbeek wrote...

First time I hear about that competition, not cool!

3. Casper Salomon wrote...

It was an awesome day.. A big cheer, and heaps of respect to all participating athletes.. Well done..
Casper - Crossfit Butcher's Lab

4. Scott Jenkins wrote...

I did not hear anything about this competition either. If Richard (a CF Games final competitor) was not informed it most definately missed some of the best CF'ers in Europe.

5. Christoffer Bruun Korfitsen wrote...

Then we are hoping to see you next year at CFC! :-)

6. Sarah wrote...

@ Richard et al - we're always posting big European CrossFit competitions on our blog...... :-)


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