Reebok CrossFit Games 2018
Same same but ... same! :-) The Reebok CrossFit Games 2018 did not only repeat a bunch of WODs we have seen before. Also, there were no suprises on the podium - the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth from 2017 delivered once again!
The Fittest Man on Earth
The men division has been boring as hell for years now. After Froning's long-term domination (with only a small break of Ben Smith in 2015), Mat Fraser (USA) has been outclassing the field from The Open till The Games final since 2016. Winning over the 2nd Fittest, Patrick Vellner (Canada) with a 220 points lead, the category was settled quite early. With 2 event wins and no WOD finished outside the Top 10 with exception of the Rowing Marathon (which he still finished in a good 11th spot), Fraser has proven why he is about to take over Rich Fronings all time record of 4 consecutive titles.
The Fittest Woman on Earth
Also the women's champion is no new face. Tia-Clair Toomey (Australia) is the 3rd woman after Thorisdottir and Davisdottir to defend her title as The Fittest Woman on Earth. If you think about it: Finishing 2nd in her rookie year 2015 already, after only 6 months (!) into CrossFit - how could anyone in this world have more talent than her? In combination with the hard and smart she is putting in, I think the Aussie with participations in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games will be more than hard to beat for the upcomming years.
Similar to Fraser, Toomey showed a well-rounded performance over the whole weekend finishing 17 out of 18 WODs in the Top 10. Most impressive: An event win for the CrossFit Total with the highest Backsquat and highest Deadlift (about 185 kg) in the field. Most specialized female Powerlifter in this world couldn´t compete with that small former gymnast. Indeed: The Fittest Woman you could possible find out there!
Every Games bring out their shooting stars. For 2018, it is clearly the rookie Laura Horvath, a former rock climber and gymnast from Hungary. With only 21 years, Horvath was wearing the white shirt for several events with confidence and eventually finishing in a phenominal 2nd place. The future of CrossFit is golden!
The tragic figures
We have to name two competitors here: The one that got the most attention is clearly Sara Sigmunsdottir who has been considered as a candidate for the title for many years now. Being in the shape of her life, the Islandic athlete had to withdraw at day 2 due to a stress fracture on her rip.
Second name: Emily Bridgers who had to withdraw after dislocating her ankle at the obstacle course. This is especially tragic since she will be retiering from competitive CrossFit after 2018 and was not planning to end her 4th and last Games like this. Emily takes it with a smile - as always!
This brings my @crossfitgames career to an abrupt end, which is sad, but I’m okay! I wasn’t planning on being a spectator this weekend, but I will try to make the most of it. Thank you so much to all the fans and everyone who has supported me over the years. It’s been an amazing ride!
The most cruel event
For sure the Rowing Marathon! Brave step of the organizer to bring up an event that is not spectator or TV friendly at all but fits the purpose of testing fitness in every aspect - after all, the mission of the CrossFit Games. Finishing up the most brutal Day 1 in the Games history with 3 hours on the rowing machine ... well, that´s why the 80 athletes on the floor out there are the greatest on earth.
The CrossFit Games 2018 showed even more maturity and professionalism of the Sports of Fitness than the years before. The strength numbers, the gymnastic skills, the endurance and last but not least the physical apperance of the Games athletes made it to a new level another time. Watching the best of the best the whole weekend, I guess we are all damn motivated to move on with our own training now. After The Games is before The Games. The Open are only a few months away.