It was a battle of nations as the top athletes from Canada West and North West gathered at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, for the 2015 West Regional.
Competing on the third and final weekend of regional action, athletes were more than ready to get started.
“I’m feeling like I waited long enough,” says Emily Abbott, a 2014 Games athlete out of Calgary, Canada, “and I need to get a damn workout in, so let’s just go.”
And go she did, winning Events 1 and 2. Abbott was just one of two women across all eight regionals to earn 200 points on Day 1—the other was Kara Webb at the Pacific Regional the week before. Abbott held onto the lead for the next two days and safely locked up the gold.
On the men’s side, it wasn’t as clear. Lucas Parker, Brent Fikowski, Cole Sager, Tyson Takasaki, Joe Scali and Kevin Simons kept shifting on the leaderboard throughout the weekend, with Cody Anderson also in the mix.
At the end of three days, Canadians took three of five spots on the men’s side, while Americans took the lion’s share on the women’s. The West will send four rookies—Scali, Carleen Mathews, Jessica Core and Alex Parker—and six veterans—Parker, Sager, Simons, Takasaki, Abbott and Regan Huckaby—to the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games.
Video by Jordan Gravatt.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 384 by Justin Judkins, published June 6, 2015.