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Winning the Open: Part 3 by Dan Bailey - CrossFit Journal

Winning the Open: Part 3

By Dan Bailey

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

May 19, 2011

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Dan Bailey finished first overall in the Reebok CrossFit Games Open, edging out Josh Bridges by just one point. Watch the story of his success and how he confronted Workout 11.6 three times in just two days in hopes of securing the win.

After an initial attempt earned him 139 reps and a second attempt a day later earned him 144, Bailey is forced to retry 11.6 just three hours after his second attempt if he wants to take the top spot in the men’s competition.

Bailey wrestles with the decision to retry the workout a final time, but he is driven by the memory of last year’s regional, where he placed fifth and missed competing at the CrossFit Games by just two places.

“I didn’t win because I wasn’t as good as the competition—that’s just the truth of it,” he says. “Kind of made me hungry for this year.”

“I’m real competitive—I want to win,” Bailey says.

On his third attempt in 24 hours, Bailey finally takes home the overall title with a hard-earned 148 reps on 11.6.

Post-workout he is hurting but thankful to his faith, his family and his friends for getting him there.

“I’m never doing that one again,” says Bailey, who is excited to move on to the Central East Regional in mid-June.

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Additional reading: Catching Up With Dan Bailey.

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11 Comments on “Winning the Open: Part 3”


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YES! LOVE IT! Go Bailey! I hope you make it to the games!



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Inspirational! Best of luck.


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What an effort -- I can't imagine doing that workout twice in 3 hours, and I only got about 2/3s of the reps that Dan did. His coach also seems like a thoughtful, insightful guy and I really liked his comment that we are "rear-drive engines" when Dan mentioned that his quads were fatigued. That's a great way to communicate an important fundamental point.


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Thanks for your testimony. Solid work and nice job. I'll be praying for you. Like what you said about finding your worth in Christ and not yourself. I've done that so many times also when things get tough and start thanking God for His blessings.

Your bro in Christ,


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Really was blessed that you were so straight up about your faith in Jesus Christ. You, Spealler, Graham, and Froning have a great God-given opportunity to bring glory to his name. I pray and know that the Lord will continue to bless you as you are obedient to his call for your life. . What an inspiration you are and will be to many. Keep it up Dan.



Gerard Mcauliffe wrote …

Inspirational performance Dan, congratulations on your victory and best of luck in the Regionals. I'm looking forward to seeing you go head to head with Mikko in July!


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Hugely motivational. Best of luck!!


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Impressive and inspirational! Dan is an incredible athlete and seems like an awesome person too. Nice work by Carey as well - loved the editing and music.


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Very impressive Dan!

On another note, I can't believe nobody's commented on that little girl (3-4?) doing her version of CrossFit. She was literally running circles around Dan! So dang adorable she nearly stole the show. I can just imagine what kind of firebreather she'll be in another 10 years or so.


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Great video!

Does anyone know the name of the song that they play while he's doing the workout?



wrote …

Excellent video to watch. I'm impressed and motivated. Good job Dan.


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