When the final day of the South West Regional began, Matt Hathcock held the last Games spot and suddenly became the man Chris Spealler was chasing. Emily Beers explains.
On Day 3 of the South West Regional, CrossFit fans around the world held their breaths, incessantly refreshed their Internet browsers and anxiously awaited the fate of one of the world’s most beloved CrossFitters: Chris Spealler.
Matt Hathcock, owner of CrossFit Unbroken, held the final golden ticket to the Games heading into the last two events. On Sunday morning, the 26-year-old led Spealler by three points; after Sunday morning’s event, he had Spealler by five. A Games spot was Hathcock’s to lose.
As the Regional’s final heat lined up, 95 percent of the eyes in the building might have been on Spealler, but Shannon Simpson’s eyes were 100 percent devoted to Hathcock. Simpson, Hathcock’s girlfriend, vividly remembers those fateful 17 minutes.