The Story in Canada East

By Jeremy Podlog

Video Article

Sharing its weekend with four other events around the world—Australia, Central East, Europe and North West—the Canada East Regional proved to be an equally riveting show.

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Michele Letendre rekindled their rivalry, and Letendre found herself on the edge of qualifying for the CrossFit Games again amid ever-growing competition.

Kristine Andali gave Letendre a run for her money as only 1 point separated the women going into the final event of the three-day weekend. In the end, Letendre completed 64 pull-ups first and strung together eight 135-lb. overhead squats quicker than Andali. Letendre took second in the event and Andali took eighth, giving the former second overall with a 5-point cushion. Still, Andali was happy with her performance.

“I’m very proud of myself. Likewise I said before, I’m going up against two of the best women in the world,” she said.

Letendre was elated.

“I feel so good. I don’t know, beyond words. I fought so hard this weekend. … I feel so happy and proud for the effort I put in. It’s a sweet victory for me.”

On the men’s side, Albert-Dominic Larouche was hoping to remain the Canada East Regional champ. While he distanced himself from the pack early, three athletes were within 3 points of each other for the second spot at the Games.

In the end, it was a three-way tie at 56 points, with Paul Tremblay getting the nod due to two event wins.

“I feel unreal. I worked all year for it, obviously, we all do … It’s such a war,” he said.

Video by Jeremy Podlog.

15min 40sec

Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 163 by Justin Judkins, published March 16, 2011.

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