Join Sevan Matossian as he captures athletes, judges, spectators and staff at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, providing a look at what goes on before, during and after the events.
In Part 4, the second day of competition begins with two vendors working out in the stadium before the crowds have gathered. To them, CrossFit brings more than revenue.
“I love it—it’s been life-changing for me anyway,” says Chuck Rumbley of Hi-Temp. “As you can see, I’m out here in the stadium in the morning doing burpees on concrete.”
Meanwhile, the athletes prepare for their first workout of the day: the Triplet Sprint. Despite being only 21, three-year Games veteran Ben Smith says, “I don’t feel like the young guy, really.”
Even fellow competitor Matt Chan is impressed.
“I think Ben Smith is going to be the future of CrossFit for a while,” Chan says. “He’s got it all. He can run. He can lift.”
At the fourth event, Patrick Burke, another Games veteran, is smiling before competing. He says he’s changed since his first Games in 2008.
“I got older,” he says. “Stronger. Wiser. I’m smiling, telling myself jokes before I go and work out and then just chillin’, just chillin’ and having fun.”
Sevan also catches up with Rich Froning Jr., who shares his strategy for the workout.
Due to the injury he suffered the first day, Mikko Salo is sidelined for the weekend.
“I decided I want to do this again,” says the 2009 champ. “I’ll be back.”
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Additional reading: Individual and Team Event 4 Announced, published July 29, 2011.