Last year’s Europe Regional was a small event that nevertheless produced the 2009 CrossFit Games men’s champion. Still, it didn’t showcase the full talent of the area, and no women represented the continent in Aromas.
In 2010, the Europe Regional was a different story, with almost 60 competitors vying for a total of six spots in the CrossFit Games. This time around, the nation of Iceland was included in the event, meaning top 16 Games competitors Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson and Annie Thorisdottir would be battling for spots. Making things even more interesting, American Blair Morrison joined the fray. After finishing seventh in last year’s Games, Morrison has spent the year studying and training in Europe.
Also of note, the competition took place at the Eleiko Center in Halmstad, Sweden. As you might guess, finding top-end equipment was not an issue.
The competition also hosted a pair of athletes from CrossFit Pori, and affiliate owner and CrossFit Games champion Mikko Salo was on hand to coach in advance of the defence of his title in Los Angeles in July.
If the Europe Regional was under the radar last year, it’s definitely a focal point this year as the 2010 CrossFit Games approach. This is Sevan Matossian’s story of the weekend.
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Additional video: The Complete 2009 CrossFit Games, published December 2009-January 2010.