Intensity and Speal

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In CrossFit Games

May 25, 2012

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CrossFit legend Chris Spealler stole the show at the South West Regional as he qualified for his sixth Games. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

If only one word could describe the South West Regional, it would be “intense.”

Spectator numbers peaked at more than 2,000 to watch 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games competitors Patrick Burke, Matt Chan, Zach Forrest and Chris Spealler battle for only three Games spots from May 4 to 6.

The individual men’s competition was indeed riveting, with fan favorite Spealler falling out of contention for a Games spot on Day 2. Around the world, CrossFit fans tweeted about what it would be like if Spealler missed qualifying for the CrossFit Games for the first time.

But “Speal,” already known for doing the seemingly impossible on a regular basis, scored a snatch PR in Event 5 to stay in the hunt. Still behind and facing a rare summer free of a trip to California, Spealler left it all on the floor in the final event to come from behind and grab the third and final spot at the Reebok CrossFit Games.

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3 Comments on “Intensity and Speal”


wrote …

What is there left to say about Chris Spealler that has not already been said? The man is a beast and should never be counted out of any competition. Congrats Chris on making it to the games.


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I knew he would make it into the games.
So inspiring!!!! and lets not forget he's not just a beast but an overall great and nice guy.
I had an opportunity to meet with him and he took the time to talk while he was busy working and jotting notes down in a level 2 cert.


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Intensity ≡ Power ≡ Spealler

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