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Swede on Kuwait

By Emily Beers

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

November 11, 2014

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CrossFit Games athlete Marlene Andersson explains how she’s grown to love her adopted Middle Eastern country.

It was 93 F at the StubHub Center.

The heat of the midsummer sun made the Triple 3—3-km row, 300 double-unders, 3-mile run—much tougher than it should have been. Needless to say, men were shirtless for the most part, while women wore little more than booty shorts and a sports bra. Except one.

Marlene Andersson, an expat Swede… Continue Reading

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Coach.

By Maureen O’Hagan

In Coaching, CrossFit Games

October 01, 2014

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Maureen O’Hagan examines the dearth of females in the upper ranks of CrossFit coaches.

Pop quiz: Name three people who coach CrossFit Games athletes.

If you follow the Sport of Fitness at all, you’ll have no trouble. Bergeron. Martin. Chapman. Hyland. And so on.

Now for Part 2: Name three top female coaches—that is, women who coach Games athletes.

We posed this question to nearly a dozen longtime CrossFitters, and here’s what they came up with:

Eva Claire Synkowski, said… Continue Reading

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Amazing Grace

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

August 20, 2014

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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

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Emotions in Motion

By Emily Beers

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

August 11, 2014

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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.

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On the Shoulders of Giants

By Mike Warkentin

In Affiliation, CrossFit Games

August 07, 2014

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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

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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

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CrossFit Radio Episode 339

By Justin Judkins

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Radio

July 19, 2014

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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

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Only Three

By Sevan Matossian, Hayley Parlen, Matt Krautstrunk and Gary Roberts

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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.

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