In Complete 2009 Games, Videos

December 19, 2009

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This is the seventh installment of the Complete 2009 CrossFit Games videos. Here is complete coverage of the Triplet Event.

Event 7 was an eight-minute CrossFit sprint. After six events, the top six men were in a tight race. Moe Kelsey trailed first-place Tommy Hackenbruck by only two points. Mikko Salo was eight behind Tommy.

Max rounds and reps in 8 Minutes of:
4 Handstand pushups (on parallettes, no kipping allowed)
8 KB swings (2 pood)
12 GHD situps

Pat Burke ended up with the top score of 7 rounds + 4 HSPU. Jason Khalipa and Mikko Salo tied for second with 6 rounds + 4 KB swings.

There are interviews with: Greg Glassman, Jeff Tucker, Tommy Hackenbruck, Patrick Burke, James Fitzgerald, Mikko Salo

30min 22sec
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11 Comments on “Part 7: Triplet - Men’s 09 Games”

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This out of all the events looked like it was the most brutal. After 6 crushing workouts and directly following a max snatch effort, this event just seemed like it would break a normal human. AMAZING to see how they attacked it.

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pat burke's swing is more efficient with slightly bent arms at midswing so that more of the power can be redirected vertically rather than out and foward and also allowing him to press it out at the top to without having backwards momentum on the kb

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Jesse Gray wrote …

It seemed like the judge for Jason and Mikko was a little bit of a form Nazi. A bunch of the reps he didn't count seemed to be pretty legit to me.

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Chuck was consistent (consistently great) the whole weekend with his judging. Mikko's KB wasn't standing straight up at the top of the movement so Chuck didn't count it and Mikko was okay with that.

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Ron Wilhelm wrote …

Pat's form in the swing is not surprising considering he competed in the Tactical Strength Challenge in April before the Games and did 96 32kg kettlebell snatches to place 5th in the event and first overall in the Elite division.

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Dammit, why can't we have a winter games as well?! I WANT MORE GAMES!

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Jesse, as Geoff indicated, the full ROM briefed to all of the athletes and judges was that the KB must be completely vertical at the top of the swing (among other criteria). I can tell you from first hand experience that Chuck did an amazing job throughout the entire weekend, not only consistantly upholding the standards during the WODs, but also by ensuring that other, less experienced judges (myself included) were completely clear on what was expected of the athletes and how to best assert ourselves to ensure that the athletes had the best possible experience.

- Alex

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Jesse Gray wrote …

I get what the standards were and they did not say the kettlebell had to be straight up, just that the bell had to be directly over the athlete's center of gravity or "split him in two" which it was even though the handle wasn't straight down. I was a judge at the SoCal regionals, I am a Rugby Referee and volunteer as a judge for USAW so I'm not totally unfamiliar with judging standards. Clearly, his judging did not affect Mikko's ability to win the games and I agree that he was consistent, if not correct in his standards. Just on a side note, I would have to say that if Crossfit wants the games to be taken more seriously, they should probably invest in some kind of program for training judges and tracking their judging ability from event to event. At last year's Socal Regional I saw one clear instance where a competitor was knocked out of a chance to make the games by some seriously bad judging. Overall, judges may be good trainers and know what range of motion is supposed to look like but calling an athletic event takes practice. In the video, you can see other areas of inconsistency with the judge, most of the time he counts down reps but a couple times he counts up. It's not a huge deal but it is inconsistent and could throw a competitor off. With rugby or weightlifting, you can't just show show up at a meet or match a day before, go over what the standards are be a good ref/judge. It doesn't work that way, regardless of how much experience or how good you are at playing a sport, you start out as an assistant, then get experience doing less competitive or junior matches and work your way up to being good enough to decide the fate of top athletes. Getting really consistent judges would add a lot of credibility to the games.

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From the information I have (which is only from the videos and clearly limited), I must agree with Jesse. It's possible that there was more explanation given to the athletes than what was shown in the video. But in the video they did not say the kettlebell had to stand straight up, they said it had to bisect the body when at the top of the movement. I take that as more of a criteria about range of motion at the shoulder. I really scrutinized Jason Khalipa, Mikko Salo, and Patrick Burke in this video and could not tell any difference between their range of motion in the ones that Khalipa and Salo had to repeat. Also, it's clear some of the other athletes misunderstood the standard. Jeremy Thiel even said "tell me what I'm doing wrong" in the middle of the event.

I don't think that Khalipa's judge was necessarily a "nazi." It's possible other judges were too lenient. At any rate, there was evident inconsistency.

Clearly this discrepancy didn't change the results of the games, or probably even placing amoung the final 16. And I don't hear Khalipa or Salo complaining about it. But if you take each years games as a learning opportunity to make the next years games better, I think standards should be more clear cut. When you use a criteria like "bisecting at vertical" you're depending on judgement. Saying the hip has to be fully open and the arms must pass behind the ears and be straight would yield the same result but with more concrete visual cues.

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Typo in the video @13:11 - it says "Patrick Burke, MBS CorssFit". You'd think the one thing the video producers would know how to spell would be CrossFit. :)

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replied to comment from Jesse Gray

It was made clear to the athletes and judges the KB had to be straight up (no drooping from arm pulling). This was discussed in other videos and just not edited into this one. Chuck (the judge for Miko) was bang on.

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