Games veteran Matt Chan cedes control of his programming to someone else and has his best CrossFit Games finish in five years of competition. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.
If Matt Chan’s second-place finish at this year’s CrossFit Games was a surprise, it shouldn’t have been.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time,” said Chan, who has competed in the Games since 2008. “If I snuck up on people, (I) shouldn’t have I’ve been in the top 10.”
Indeed, Chan finished eighth in 2008, 18th in 2009, fourth in 2010 and 10th in 2011. Chan has consistently been a contender, but he wasn’t able to make the podium until 2012.
What might be surprising is that Chan gave up on programming for himself in 2012 and employed a coach, Joe Alexander, to get him to the next level.