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Winning the Open: Part 1 by Dan Bailey - CrossFit Journal

Winning the Open: Part 1

By Dan Bailey

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

May 17, 2011

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In 2010, former sprinter Dan Bailey won the Ohio Sectional after only a few months of CrossFitting. That performance was even more impressive considering the field included eventual 2010 Games winner Graham Holmberg and other top athletes. However, Bailey failed to place at regionals last year after a bad cramp took him out of contention for the top spots.

This year, Bailey has more CrossFit experience, and he’s going into the Central East Regional hot. Finishing first overall in the Reebok CrossFit Games Open, he notched his win by just one point over Josh Bridges.

Before the Open wrapped, the cameras were at CrossFit Legacy to catch Bailey’s preparation for the final workout. The Ohio resident shows how methodically he approached the Open workouts, and it’s clear ample preparation was key.

“There’s no questions going into Saturday. It’s like, ‘I’m ready. I’m prepared. There’s nothing else I can do. Let’s go do the workout,’” he says.

Unfortunately, Bailey’s 139-rep initial attempt at 11.6 was not enough to hold first place, but he says he’s not giving up that easily.

“To hang onto (the lead) for this long, I don’t want to lose it. Like, it’s just … that kind of internal fire,” he says.

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Additional reading: Catching Up With Dan Bailey.

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15 Comments on “Winning the Open: Part 1”


wrote …

First comment! YES! Nice Video! Love it! hurry up and put part 2 tonight!!


wrote …

Anyone know the name of the song playing during his first attempt on 11.6?


wrote …

Beast! I cant imagine doing that wod three times within 24 hours.
Great job winning the Open and good luck this year.


wrote …

yea...what was that song playing during the WOD? Dan is pretty beastly, BTW.


Patrick Cummings wrote …

Carey, this is one of your best, bud. Looking forward to part two!


wrote …

Assume video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


wrote …

Solid edit and music. Keep it up and the TV goes on craigslist.


wrote …

Dan is the man! Great guy and amazing athlete. Well done sir!


wrote …

Look out!

This is going to be so fun to watch.

Thank you CrossFit!


wrote …

Dan Bailey and Joe Weigel... 2 beasts from Northeast Ohio. Both have huge engines and live within 20 minutes of each other.

Fun fact: Joe actually beat Dan in this first attempt.

Incredible effort by both.


Ryan Powell wrote …

Great work Carey!

DB is a monster


wrote …

The quality/entertainment of these videos has been great. Fantastic job all.

Looking forward to pt. 2.


wrote …

Wonderful work all around! I'm looking forward to part 2.


wrote …

Awesome work Dan, I knew you'd be up there! keep it up man, Good luck!


wrote …

What is this song?

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