It was the 2021 CrossFit Games competition, a hugely anticipated victory and a tense battle to claim the long-awaited crown. In one division, the favorite becomes the dominant in the history of the sport, and the relative innocent is another new champion.

After a two-year hiatus from Wisconsin Madison, CrossFit Games did not disappoint. Over the five days that ended on Sunday, 600 athletes, including teenagers, teams, masters, individuals and the initial adaptation division, vowed to be the most suitable people on earth.

As promised, the Games were an extensive test of fitness, from the first cardio-heavy event – a mile swim with fins and then a three-kilometer kayak rowing – to CrossFit’s “home run derby” max snatch, more classic downsizing, rope climbs, ski erg -a and sand like four rounds to carry sacks.

As usual, the Games also included a new move, or rather, a twist on a familiar move: instead of hitting a wall, the handrails were self-contained.

After a small set of heavy dead weights, the athletes had to climb into a handcuff and move forward a few inches. Adding more difficulty to the fact that they had to do control tests in the fall, the event winners, Pat Vellner and Annie Thorisdottir, also struggled despite their backgrounds in gymnastics.

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As for the winner, however, there was nothing surprising on the part of the women. Before the last two events took place, Tia-Clair Toomey-Or had enough points to win her fifth Games and, in the process, broke the record for event victories, finishing the weekend with a total of 33 and nine. In 2021 (out of 15 events). The rest of the podium was predictable. Despite strong performances from younger athletes, for example Haley Adams, were dominated by veterans, Laura Horváth was second and Annie Thorisdottir was third.


Catching Thorisdotti’s reaction after nailing it was one of the highlights of the Games.

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This was Thorisdottir’s appearance in the 11th Games, but despite his experience (and the previous two Fittest Earth titles), he wasn’t sure if he would compete again this year after a traumatic experience born in 2020. Despite the doubts, he was extraordinary, amazing himself (as much as Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr) 200-pound catch.

On the men’s side, the horse race wasn’t sure until the final event. Throughout the weekend, Pat Vellner and Brent FikowskiAthletes at the Games for many years exchanged blows with last year’s Rookie Justin Medeiros. Eventually, 22-year-old Medeiros left, won the final training session (his only win of the weekend) and became the youngest men’s champion in Games history.

Casualties and Covid-19 complications

Unfortunately, many other athletes didn’t have a chance to finish the weekend, even before the scheduled cuts on Saturday.

Before the first day, both sports tested positive and the doctors retired. Kara Saunders, one of the fans ’favorites, tested positive earlier in the week, but was allowed to compete on the spot after a negative antigen test. However, he he retired on Friday, saying his health is “100% first”.

And then there were the other retreats. Six individual athletes left for reasons other than COVID, among others Dani Speegle, pulled his ankle out of the rope climb and Brooke Wells Games athlete seven times dislocated elbow for the maximum period of a single repetition.

Looking ahead, Toomey-Or said at a post-Games press conference that he plans to return next year. Given his constant and undoubted dominance, he will almost certainly be hurt by winning an injury or an act of God.


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The first big question is whether Medeiros is on the podium well positioned for his reign, likely to achieve the same dynastic success that Toomey-Orr and Mat Fraser previously had in men. He’s an extraordinary athlete for sure, but it’s worth noting that this year’s silver medal Vellner had to recover from a weak start. In the first test, swimming and kayaking, he finished 35th, and that hole that he couldn’t finish in the top three could even help him heal.

That said, CrossFit is a consistent sport, and Medeiros was very consistent. Of the 15 events, the top 10 finished only three times.

The second big question is what next season’s competition season will be like. Every year, the format has changed, but the new administration seems to be already committed, with Irekia in March and then a series of quarter-final, semi-final and final selection classifications.

Whatever the schedule, this weekend’s Games prove to make the physical season as exciting as ever. Some faces change, others remain the same, but the fight to crown the best in the world will always result in tremendous performances.

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