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Rich Froning overcomes all adversity and pressure to stand atop the CrossFit Games podium for the fourth consecutive year.
He looked determined, almost angry.
It was seconds before Sunday’s Midline March at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games—the first individual event of the final day. Three-time champ Rich Froning awaited the buzzer.
Between these athletes and the finish line were 3 rounds of 25 GHD sit-ups, a 50-foot handstand walk and 50 feet of… Continue Reading
Emily Beers finds the tests of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games are more mental than physical.
When I qualified to the CrossFit Games, I was ecstatic. Overjoyed. Just happy to be there. My original performance goal was humble at best: not to come dead last. And I accomplished that by finishing 37th.
But the problem with being competitive is you never enjoy being near the bottom—even when your competition happens to be the entire world.
A look below the top of the podium at the CrossFit Games.
Rich Froning was high-fiving volunteers on the evening of July 26.
It had been one of the longer days of competition, with athletes starting just after noon with the Muscle-Up Biathlon and ending around 9 p.m. with the Push Pull. Froning had spent the afternoon and evening digging out of a hole created by a poor performance a day prior, when the fittest man on… Continue Reading
CrossFit Media video producer Torin Simpson spent five days on James Hobart’s couch in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, to get a feel for what drives the second-place finisher at the North East Regional.
“I learned that there’s a lot more to James Hobart than the competitor you will see at the CrossFit Games,” Simpson says. “In fact, competition is perhaps the least important aspect of his life.”
Family is among the most important.
“I’m very close to… Continue Reading
On Episode 339 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit Games competitors Emily Bridgers and Jerry Hill. This episode was webcast on July 16, 2014.
1:40 Winning the South East Regional gave Emily Bridgers a confidence boost going into the CrossFit Games. She talked about competing at the regional and she said she’ll use her experience in the 2013 Affiliate Cup competition to help her as… Continue Reading
In 2014, the only competitors going to the CrossFit Games are those who qualify at regionals—no special invitations, no past-champ rule, no wild cards.
In the Central East Region, that means only the top three go to the Games, and the region is arguably the toughest one for male athletes. Among the competitors are two past champs, several top-10 Games finishers and a whole line of tough athletes hungry for a ticket to Carson, California.
In this… Continue Reading
On Episode 338 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit Games competitor and Level 1 Seminar Staff member James Hobart. This episode was webcast on July 9, 2014.
3:18 James Hobart talked about his training since finishing second at the North East Regional and described how he’ll prepare in the final weeks before the CrossFit Games. Hobart, who was on the CrossFit New England team that won the Affiliate… Continue Reading
In the fourth and final week of regional competition, NorCal athletes took the floor at the San Jose University Event Center.
In a region that’s home to three of the top 10 male athletes from last year’s CrossFit Games, squeezing into a qualifying spot would not be an easy task. Neal Maddox proved he was ready to go back to the Games by setting a record in Event 1 with a 295-lb. hang snatch.
“I just… Continue Reading