As speed demons on skates carve up the ice in Sochi, Emily Beers explains the differences between short- and long-track speed-skating events.
One of the most famous medals of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games was Steven Bradbury’s iconic gold in the 1,000-m event on the short track.
During his semifinal, Bradbury hung out behind the other skaters because he knew he wasn’t as fast. When three other competitors… Continue Reading
There have been four competitions at CrossFit 707 in Benicia, Calif. Rosemary Matossian has participated in all of them.
The 69-year-old started CrossFit two years ago, following the lead of her son—CrossFit HQ video journalist Sevan Matossian.
“So in the beginning I only went twice a week, sometimes less. I had to force myself to go. And then a couple months ago, I started going three times a week,” she tells her son as… Continue Reading
CrossFit competition is evolving and growing fiercer every year. Emily Beers talks to coach Brian Bucholtz and athlete Kara Webb about how the CrossFit Competitor’s Course helped them finish 12th at the CrossFit Games in 2013.
Dick Fosbury revolutionized the sport of high jump in the 1960s, becoming the first man to jump backward over the bar, a method that soon became known as “the Fosbury flop.” Fosbury won gold at the… Continue Reading
It takes dozens upon dozens of staff and volunteers to pull off a CrossFit Games Regional competition. At this year’s Europe Regional, the demands were even greater as the final event was broadcast live to a host of countries on Eurosport.
All told, there were seven cameras tied to an on-site television truck, plus several other cameras working independently.
“It’s outrageous,” Games commentator Rory McKernan… Continue Reading
On Saturday, Oct. 26, Team World entered the CrossFit Invitational in Berlin as the underdog, but the group pulled off an upset that surprised everyone—except its members.
“We want to win, otherwise we wouldn’t have come this far, right?” asked Team World member Kara Webb.
This video presents highlights of the 75-minute competition, including interviews, sounds from the coaches’ microphones, and special behind-the-scenes footage.
As… Continue Reading
Former WADA head Dick Pound rejects claims sports have purged themselves of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
The Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commended Major League Baseball in August for cracking down on doping in the wake of suspensions handed out to some of the sport’s best-known players.
“The MLB has approached the matter in a professional manner throughout, and we look forward to maintaining our close… Continue Reading
Gauntlet events showcase how CrossFit Kids encourages lifelong fitness through fun rather than cutthroat competition.
Shea-Lynn Gioia is 12. She traveled eight hours to compete in her first CrossFit event.
Shea, her parents, and her coach made the trip to CrossFit Firepower, a hub for CrossFit Kids seminars in Milton, Ont. Shea is joining 30 other kids aged 12-18 for one of the first CrossFit Kids Gauntlet competitions held outside… Continue Reading
Chris Cooper examines belts, squat suits and knee wraps for CrossFit athletes.
This year at the CrossFit Games, athletes will bolster their courage with meditation, concentration, HTFU and sometimes prayer.
Some will also brace their backs with leather, their wrists with reinforced nylon or their asses with polyester briefs.
But should they?
Supportive gear—belts, wraps and physio tape—might help an athlete lift more weight, do more reps and… Continue Reading