On Episode 187 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed Betsy Finley, who won the 60-Plus Division at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, and Josh Bridges, who finished second overall at the Games. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.
3:40 Betsy Finley, 61, is a professional school administrator who lacks an athletic background, yet she placed first in three out of four events at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games. She explained how her coach said he wanted her to try competing in the Open, so she did. She was sold once she found out there were age divisions. Finley talked about this year’s competition and the programming, and she addressed the criticism that the masters athletes were not given the attention they deserved. She described her overall experience and shared her biggest take-away was from this year’s event.
29:10 Josh Bridges was hurled into the spotlight when he placed second in the Open. He went on to dominate his regional and then placed second overall at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games. Josh gave his opinion and perspective on the programming at the competition and how he strategized for the different events. He described what his experience was like the week of the Games and how he had an advantage with CrossFit Invictus athletes there to support him. Josh explained how he found CrossFit and reflected on the times he would haul his gear around in his car and do WODs at parks or track-and-field venues. He also offered some great advice to any CrossFitter looking to step up his or her fitness.