The 2010 CrossFit Games
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July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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Pat Malleolo Gets Ready for the Open
Austin's Dad Competes in Masters
His son Austin is a prominent athlete in the CrossFit community, but Pat Malleolo is not yet a famous name. That may change in a few months. Pat will be participating in the Open this year as a Masters competitor in the 50 to 54 age division.
Pat competed in the Masters competition in 2010, the inaugural year of Masters CrossFit competition. The 2010 Masters athletes all competed in the same three workouts across the world. The top 15 athletes across the three workouts qualified to compete in the CrossFit Games Masters competition at the Home Depot Center.
Two of the three workouts went well for Pat. He achieved 18 rounds on chest-to-bar Cindy (as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of 5 chest-to-bar pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats), a top ten finish for that workout. Combined with a 180 lb. thruster on the Max Thruster event, Pat only needed a 43rd place finish or better on the remaining event to qualify for the next level of competition.
Double-under Helen, though in Austin's words, "tripped up" his father. The workout was 3 rounds for time, 50 double-unders, 21 swings with a 1.5 pood kettlebell, and 12 pull-ups. Pat's lack of double-under ability cost him a DNF, and pushed him out of qualification to compete at the Home Depot Center.
Though he didn't make it to the next level of competition, Pat described the experience as "exciting and humbling." He gained confidence from having competed with the top athletes in the world, and left motivated to train harder and perform better the next time.
Pat still bought a plane ticket to LA to support his son in the individual competition. He's never had a prouder moment than watching Austin compete. The other competitors also made a strong impression on Pat. While the competition was very intense, it was accompanied by a level of mutual respect and professionalism that he had not seen in any other sport.
Fitting CrossFit into his life can sometimes be difficult for Pat. Along with his wife, he owns and operates an employee benefits consulting firm, Malleolo Associates, and takes his 12 year old son to sporting events and appointments. When things are going well, he is able to train 4 to 5 times per week.
You'll be able to track Pat Malleolo, and other CrossFit athletes, on the new Open website, which goes live in March.