In Complete 2009 Games, Videos

December 30, 2009

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This is the 18th installment of the complete 2009 CrossFit Games videos, and the seventh part of the women’s competition. Here is complete coverage of the women’s triplet event.

Event 7 came with a little controversy for the women: Were non-kipping handstand push-ups on parallettes fair? A few competitors couldn’t do them in practice, and the rule was each competitor had to complete at least one full rep to stay in the competition. In the end, the top women could rep them out without problem and rivaled the scores of some of the top men. Four women were eliminated after not getting a full rep.

Max rounds and reps in 8 minutes of:
4 handstand push-ups (on parallettes, no kipping allowed)
8 kettlebell swings (24 kg)
12 GHD situps

Kristan Clever and Charity Vale were neck and neck for most of the second heat. Kristan pulled ahead for the top score of 153 (6 rounds + 5 KB swings). Charity was second overall with 148 (6 rounds + 4 HSPU). Jolie Gentry won the first heat and took third overall with 103 (4 rounds + 3 KB swings).

There are interviews with: Lauren Pryor, Jeff Tucker, Jeremy Thiel, Josh Wagner, Tanya Wagner. Additional Commentary by: Tony Budding, Dave Castro, Adrian Bozman.

27min 51sec
HD file size: 807 MB
SD wmv file size: 373 MB
SD mov file size: 280 MB

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10 Comments on “Part 18: Triplet - Women’s 09 Games”


wrote …

Not a huge deal but the HD version errors out at 27:21 with 30seconds to go.

I have been loving these videos. They have been exciting and inspirational to watch. Much thanks to everyone putting these video series out for us to watch!


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ppl from iceland are gonna rock it next year!


wrote …

What an incredible performance by Jolie. 103 reps vs. 52 for the next closest. Damn.


Jesse Gray wrote …

Did the athletes really need to be DQ'd as soon as they kipped? Couldn't you just not count it as a rep? That's like saying in the snatch event that if you had the bar touch your shoulder on the way up and then pressed it out you would be done and the previous highest weight you lifted was your score. I guess it's moot, you can either do them or you can't. Also, putting the out of contention asterisk next to the DNFers seems pointless as well considering that with only a 16 (or 12 if they don't let the bottom 4 compete in the chipper) point swing possible only the top three have a shot at winning not counting injury/drop outs. I did the math earlier and for the top 16 at the beginning of the day, the bottom 9 were already mathematically eliminated from winning provided no one in the top DQs. Oh well, another great video at least!


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For all the people screaming about lack of quality control in Crossfit these days, this video doesn't do Crossfit any favors. How can you have someone competing at the Crossfit games, the best of the best in the Crossfit world, not know what a GHD situp is? Don't get me wrong, the workouts are impressive, but that one part really stuck out to me.


replied to comment from Nicholas Carcerano


How is the Icelanders not having experience with a GHD sit up any different than the many athletes who had never pounded a stake into the ground with a sledge hammer? Furthermore, GHD sit up is specific English term that describes a pretty simple movement. Neither of them had any trouble with it.

The Crossfit Games aren't meant to test the best of the best in the Crossfit world. They are meant to be able to test the fittest of the fittest in the whole world. The claim is that the winners of the games are the fittest man and woman on the planet. For this to be true it would have to be possible that a person who has never done Crossfit per say could through his or her own training methods come and still dominate. They might not know all the vocab or have done every single movement that Crossfitters do, but through some broad/intense training of their own would still be prepared to do those movements, even if they hadn't done them before.


replied to comment from Joe England

I'll quibble with you on this one - Crossfit games are used to determine the fittest person in the world - by Crossfit's (or more precisely, Coach's) standard. I'm sure if you asked a decathelete, marathoner, or MMA fighter their definition of fitness, it would be different than what is presented at the games.

The point I was trying to make is that if you are teaching Crossfit, you should be pretty familiar with all the exercises that are listed in the WOD's. There are video clips of them on the website, which is free. I don't teach crossfit, I don't work out of a box, I go by the website, and I know what most of the excercises listed in the WOD's are - not all, but most. If I don't know, I look it up. If you are running a box, (and maybe the people of Iceland aren't, I don't know), and you not only don't know the excercises by name, but know how to do them, I think that's a problem.


Dane Thomas wrote …

It doesn't seem to have been clear to the round one athletes (or judges) that none of the work after the first kipped HSPU counted. If it was clear to them, why bother doing it? Lots of energy invested for no return whatsoever.


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Completely agree with Jesse Gray - why should you be given a DNF for kipping a handstand pushup, any more than you would for not getting the right height on the kettlebell swing?

Unless there's a rational argument for paralette pushups being 'better' than regular ones, then having the fixed parallettes seems a bit ridiculous too - since they clearly favour a certain height of athlete. It seems like Castro might have realised this on the day, but he seems to get confrontational when someone questions him. :(


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I have issues with some of the judging overall, but one really stands out for me in this video. At 20:20 Tanya Wagner appears to do a kipping HSPU. Her leg is straight, but clearly comes down and then back up to complete the rep. But you can clearly here her judge say "2" to indicate a successful rep.

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