The 2015 East Regional brought Canada East and North East athletes together in a battle for the coveted spots in the CrossFit Games. Heading into the weekend, two athletes were regarded as “sure things” to stand atop the podium at the end of the weekend.
“You never want to say a guy is a sure thing,” said “CrossFit Games Update” host Sean Woodland, “but Mat Fraser’s about as close as you’re gonna get to that.”
Fraser gave defending champion Rich Froning Jr. a run for his money at last year’s Games, and the former weightlifter won this year’s CrossFit Games Open, besting Froning by 13 points.
Perennial CrossFit Games qualifier Michele Letendre was also considered a shoe-in coming off a fourth-place finish at last year’s Games—her best finish to date. With 2014 Canada East Regional winner Camille Leblanc-Bazinet competing in the South Regional in 2015, the top spot was Letendre’s for the taking—and she seized it.
The East will send three rookies—Alex Vigneault, Kari Pearce and Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault—and seven vets—Fraser, Daniel Tyminski, Spencer Hendel, Austin Malleolo, Letendre, Dani Horan and Kelley Jackson—to the individual competition at this year’s CrossFit Games.
Video by Michael Dalton.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 340 by Justin Judkins, published Aug. 2, 2014.