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Behind the Scenes: Part 1 by Sevan Matossian - CrossFit Journal

Behind the Scenes: Part 1

By Sevan Matossian

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

August 05, 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 1, Matossian chronicles the first event of the weekend: the beach workout.

Early Friday morning, HQ Director of Training Dave Castro arrives at the Santa Monica Pier for the first workout of this year’s Games. The athletes assemble and provide their impressions of the event ahead of them.

“The challenge is gonna be, ‘Are you gonna panic while you’re out there or are you just gonna do what you’re supposed to do?’ You trained all year for this thing, man, the last thing you want to do is have your head get in a weird space,” flowmaster and judge Chuck Carswell says.

Before the event begins, Joshua Bridges questions his chances of winning.

“This is out of my comfort zone, so we’ll see how it goes,” he says. “I hate running and swimming, so it should be pretty fun.”

After finishing the challenge in third place with a big smile on her face, original Nasty Girl Annie Sakamoto says, “To me, this is the epic way to kick the whole thing off: at the beach, in the saltwater. I couldn’t ask for more.”

59min 27sec

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Additional reading: Individual Event 1 Results, published July 29, 2011.

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22 Comments on “Behind the Scenes: Part 1”


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How is Joshua Bridges out of his comfort zone? Isn't he a Navy Seal? Getting wet and sandy is part of the trident lifestyle.


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Keep up the great work Stevan!!!


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Keep them coming! Was waiting for these videos, last year's ├ęditions were awesome and this is a good start.


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Totally agree with you Jose. I was all, "WTF dude!" There is humble, and then just plain "really man?!"


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Sevan Rules.


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2nd that Mike, Sevan is the man. I hope that there's one of these for every workout; that would just be flipping amazing.


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Jose & Isaac:

I believe Sevan and Josh were being sarcastic.


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I thought Josh was a Marine...maybe both?? Either way, sand-running-water...probably within his comfort zone.


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Sevan .. good work, look forward to future installments. A small suggestion for next year, can we get more from the NON CrossFit webrities? Would be nice to hear stories of the others also. They are all great athletes and are on an even playing field. Overall though, love this series and it doesn't prevent me from watching.


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Great stuff as usual Sevan. Looking forward to the rest.


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Would really want to hear from Mikko Salo, I mean a competitor for the number one spot and not even a word since the games. And also, SEVAN = Great footage


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I laughed my butt of twice during this. 1, when sevan said, "Why don't you just pick it up?" Good man Sevan, way to look at it with common sense. 2, When Camille was "running" from the camera. Great stuff, keep it up!


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Once more your videos are excellent Sevan. Love your style, keep it up!


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Excellent stuff, Sevan!


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Poor Mikko!


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Poor Mikko. But he finished the workout, which probably a majority of us would not do. Shows great heart. Hopefully Mikko will come back and kill it next year.


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Weird that we haven't heard from Mikko. Unfortunately, can't see that he will come back and win next year. He's getting older and training for the games takes a lot of time and effort. Well, hope I'm wrong, GO Mikko!


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Great video, Sevan. Looking forward to the next couple parts! Would also like to see Mikko!


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Hell Yeah! I made the vidoeo digging out the Kuboda at 5am! Drove through the night from Phoenix and was pumped to helped Rogue with setup on zero sleep!

Great video Sevan.


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Great it when Sevan gets the banter going with people from previous meetings. Jessica P "how's my complexion?"


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HA. She said "naked peach"....


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best line so far - Sevan talking about Mikko:

"...he looked white and skinny. As white as Tony and as skinny as Dave."


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