After two weeks of competition in which multiple CrossFit Games veterans failed to qualify, SoCal athletes took the floor at one of the most hotly contested regionals.
Favored to win Event 1—a 1-rep-max hang snatch—Games runner-up Lindsey Valenzuela faltered with 185 lb. overhead, surprising fans.
“I didn’t like that I missed the 185,” Valenzuela said after the event, “but that’s the way weightlifting works that’s why it’s kind of a fun sport.”
After two years of familiar names topping the Latin America Regional Leaderboard, a new man, woman and team will represent the region at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games.
This year’s regional was held in Santiago, Chile, and preparation for the event in the rapidly growing region was not without obstacles, according to Competition Director Cristobal Mardone.
“It’s not been easy, but we are gonna make it, and you are gonna see how we have fun… Continue Reading
In October 2012, Donnie Savella suffered an injury that eventually led to paralysis of his legs. He set a goal to get back into competitive shape by 2015. This year, he competed in the CrossFit Games Open, one year ahead of schedule.
“One day I was fit, I was working out, and the next day I was in total paralysis. The reality of being in paralysis was frightening for me,” Savella says.
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The Africa Regional has come a long way since 2009, when it was held outside on a grass field. In 2014, it was held at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“We had a pretty small rig ... even smaller than the warm-up rig we have this year,” said Africa Regional Director Jobst Olschewski. “In (2009), we had to basically provide all of the equipment locally and bring it over to the venue.”
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CrossFit feels slightly different in Asia, according to Adrian Bozman.
“The spirit here is ridiculous. People are just so fired up,” said Bozman, head judge at the Asia Regional in Korea. “It kinda reminds me of the early days at The Ranch.”
He added: “It’s very community minded, and it’s awesome.”
Candice Ford, formerly Candice Howe, was the regional’s 2011 champion. Even she was distracted by the excitement of seeing old friends.
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Gabriel Stockton floated around from job to job. He was overweight and, after a bout with drugs, ended up in a mental hospital for a week.
“When you’re doing drugs there’s like this fantasy that’s going on,” he explains.
“The stuff that’s coming out of your mouth, the stuff that you’re seeing it’s unreal,” he adds.
Eventually, Stockton cleaned up and found CrossFit Ogden.
“I saw like a revival,” he says. “I could be part of something that’s going to be… Continue Reading
The North Central Regional was certainly filled with surprises.
After Day 1, Games veteran Alex Nettey sat atop the Leaderboard in a spot many had reserved for Kyle Kasperbauer, who finished third at the CrossFit Games in 2012. On their heels was rookie Jacob Heppner.
“I’d like to make it, but I’m not gonna place money on myself,” Heppner said with a smile at the end of Day 1.
During this year’s South East Regional, Noah Ohlsen found himself in a familiar spot: first place at the end of Day 1. But in 2013, he slipped in the days that followed to end his weekend in seventh place overall.
“I’m not gonna let that happen this year,” the 23-year-old said as the first day of competition ended in 2014.