The 2009 CrossFit Games were an incredible leap forward from 2008. Many of this year’s U.S. regional qualifiers were larger than the ʼ08 Games themselves, and attendance at The Ranch increased from about 1,300 last year to 4,500 this time around.
The future of the event is even brighter, and Coach Greg Glassman talks about what’s next in this video shot on July 25, 2009, at CrossFit Watertown in Oakville, Conn.
For the 2010 Games, Coach Glassman is planning sectional events as precursors to regional qualifiers that will produce 150 total athletes for the competition in Aromas. The event will be streamed live over the Internet for free via a feed from the on-site JumboTron, and the Games will feature a master’s division in addition to the Affiliate Cup and individual categories.
CrossFit’s founder also addresses reality-TV deals, sponsorship and commercialization. In short, Coach is going to do what he’s always done: use the Internet to keep CrossFit true to its grassroots origins.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Salo, Wagner Win 2009 CrossFit Games by Mike Warkentin, published July 14, 2009.