Behind the Scenes: Part 3

By Sevan Matossian

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

August 16, 2011

Video Article

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 3, Matossian catches up with the athletes before the final workout on Friday, July 29: Rope/Clean.

“I can’t wait for that rope climb,” says Rich Froning Jr., who famously struggled with climbs in 2010.

Games vet Christy Phillips is happy the climbs come early in the competition this time around.

“You can … showcase your rope-climbing abilities compared to last year when you’re tired and caught off guard—when I was tired and caught off guard,” she says.

The winner of the event for the women, Annie Thorisdottir shares her strategy after the workout. She discusses almost losing her lead when she stopped to chalk her hands.

“Chalk is the thing that I use when I want to get a rest but I shouldn’t get a rest. It’s kind of like an excuse for a rest,” she says. “Through that workout I shouldn’t have taken any rest.”

Froning redeems his performance from last year by winning the workout on the men’s side.

“Now I’m having a blast,” he says.

With record Games attendance, the audience definitely plays an important role in athlete performance during challenging events like the Rope/Clean.

“They’re such an adrenaline rush. There’s so much love coming out of the crowd. It’s a big help for sure,” Annie Sakamoto says.

35min 09sec

HD file size: 1.25 GB
SD wmv file size: 436 MB
SD mov file size: 368 MB

Please note: These files are larger than normal Journal videos. For smoother viewing, please download the entire file to your hard drive before watching it (right-click and choose Save Link As...).

Additional reading: Individual Event 3 Results, published July 29, 2011.

Free Download


6 Comments on “Behind the Scenes: Part 3”


wrote …

I would guess that Sevan prefers full frame...


wrote …

Love watching this stuff!! Thank you.


wrote …

I'm guessing we're getting 3 parts per day of the games?

If so, that's awesome!


wrote …

Sevan, you asked Annie the question. I was wondering what does a elite crossfiter's hands look like. By the way, great freaken work!! This stuff is off the hook; the questions, picture quality, emotion, etc...


wrote …

Funny that the guy at the begining thinks it's odd for Chris and Rich to hang out. They are both strong Christians, my bet is they were praying together.

Amen !


wrote …

awesome footage and editing!! by far the best perspective of the games!!

keep them coming

Leave a comment

Comments (You may use HTML tags for style)