Everything You Want To Know About Crossfit Games 2020
The 2020 CrossFit Games were held on October 23–25, 2020, at the CrossFit Ranch in Aromas, California, and were the 14th CrossFit Games. The men's and women's events were won by Mathew Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey, respectively. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, significant modifications to the Games season were required, including the delay and relocation of the Games.
Only 30 men and women were invited to participate in an online-only first round, with the top five men and women qualifying for the final stage, which would be held in person.
There were no events for teams, masters, or teenagers. After the 2019 Games, when only internet viewing was available, the Games were re-broadcast live on CBS Sports. Fraser and Toomey both had their most dominating performances in the Games' history, winning 10 of the 12 events in the final stage of the competition, while Toomey won 9.
They also established a number of other records in their respective events, including winning margins, consecutive event victories, and total event wins. Fraser won his fifth Games championship in a row, breaking Rich Froning's record of four, while Toomey won her fourth, setting a new record for the women's category.
The CrossFit Games, now in their 14th season, are the ultimate test of fitness, encompassing more than six months with contests on five continents. Athletes who qualify for the CrossFit Games battle against hundreds of thousands of other athletes from across the world for one of just a few places available each year.
Athletes compete in the CrossFit Games after completing more than a dozen exercises in only a few days. Handstand push-ups, open water ocean swims, moving strange items weighing up to 500 pounds, and hours of trail jogging are among the physical challenges. This year's competitors are listed below.
The 2020 CrossFit Games were divided into two phases due to travel limitations and the COVID-19 pandemic: an online component from Sept. 18-19, showcasing the 30 fittest men and women from across the world, and a live in-person event from Oct. 23-25, including the five remaining competitors. The final five will compete for a $300,000 first-place prize and the title of Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth over three days of rigorous activities.
The road to the 2020 Olympic Games has not been easy; after months of adjustments and postponements of event dates, we have finally arrived at the season's high point. This is all you need to know heading into this weekend if you haven't been able to keep up with all the changes.
Following a series of cutbacks to athlete rosters and categories, CFHQ revealed that the final leaderboard would consist of 30 athletes in each of the Elite Male and Female divisions. The athletes were chosen from the Open (Top 20) as well as 10 sanctioned competitions. This year's Games will be split into two parts, the first of which will be conducted online. The top 5 athletes will then compete in phase 2 at Dave Castro's Ranch in Aromas, California, 4-5 weeks later.
Athletes are assigned three-hour time slots during which they must complete a series of events. The time periods are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 15:00 p.m.
These timings are related to each athlete's time zone; in reality, 15 nations will be represented, thus keeping the scores secret until all of the competitors have finished the exercises is critical. In addition, each athlete is given a judge who will weigh and measure all of the equipment used as well as the distance the athlete will run on Event 3.
We are disappointed that the majority of our original games-qualifying athletes have lost their games tickets for this year as a result of the cutbacks, but we are certain that they will return in 2021, hungry as ever. Gabriela Migala, one of our most promising young athletes, is still scheduled to participate this weekend.
Hardcore Crossfitters may recall her from the 2018 Meridian Regionals, when she made her elite division debut at the age of 19 by winning the opening event, Triple Three. Despite the crowded leaderboard, she put up an outstanding performance and just lost out on a Games ticket by one place.
Gabriella would not have been making her first trip to the Games, as she had previously placed third in the Teen category in 2016 and has been Poland's reigning national champion since then.
Regardless, she persevered in pursuing her Games goal and qualified for the 2019 Games. The cut method was introduced for the first time in 2019 at the Games, and with competitors being eliminated after each exercise, there was no room for mistakes.
Even fan favorites who have dominated the sport for years were unable to get to the final day of competition. Gabriella was out of luck since the first event included legless rope climbs, which she refers to as one of her "worst weaknesses." She didn't make it beyond the first round of elimination.
With a renewed will to succeed, the Polish athlete has been working on her gymnastics abilities in order to bring them up to par with her outstanding weightlifting statistics and aerobic ability.
She qualified for the Games shortly after via the Open Top 20 and then added a Sanctional victory for good measure. Gabriella has her sights set on this weekend to prove herself.
The 2020 qualifying tournaments began in October 2019 with the Open, which was pushed ahead from prior Opens, which were held in February/March. Patrick Vellner and Sara Sigmundsdottir won the Open.
Sanctioned activities started in November 2019, and they went on as planned until March 2020, when the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to be postponed, then canceled, resulting in social distance requirements, prohibitions on big gatherings, and travel restrictions for foreign competitors.
The Games were originally scheduled to take place in Madison, Wisconsin from July 29 to August 2, but they were postponed several times, and because spectators were not permitted at many venues during the pandemic, the final stage was moved to the CrossFit Ranch in Aromas, where the Games were first held from 2007 to 2009.
Originally, 332 athletes would have competed at the Games, including 239 previously invited national champions, but owing to the pandemic, only the top 20 men and women from the Open and 10 Sanctional winners from the Sanction events were admitted. Due to the pandemic, significant modifications to the structure and size were required, including the elimination of the teams, masters, and teen competitions.
There were two phases to the Games. 60 invited athletes (30 men and 30 women) from across the globe battled online in their own homes or local gyms during the first stage, which took place from September 18–19.
At the conclusion of the first stage, the athletes' rankings were established; those ranked 6 to 20 earned prize money, while the top five men and women advanced to the second stage for the final events in Aromas, where they competed in person.
Because of the lower number of participants, most events did not have a time limit, but a "full effort" rule was implemented, in which athletes who were deemed to not be putting their whole effort received 0 points. The scoring system in the second stage was also modified owing to fewer participants, with 100 points given to the winner of each event and 75, 55, 35, 15/0 for the second to fifth places.
With the news of the departure of the guy who had been monopolizing the top position in the men's category for so many years, it is obvious that the competition at the 2021 Games will be fiercer than ever. Here are five competitors that have a chance to win the CrossFit Games in 2021.
At the 2020 CrossFit Games, Samuel Kwant came in second place. He was unable to perform to his full capacity due to back and knee injuries in prior visits, but knee surgery in 2018 allowed him to return stronger than before.
Patrick Vellner, Noah Ohlsen, and Brent Fikoswki are just a few of the athletes who have placed second in previous years but failed to replicate their success the following year.
Justin Medeiros is a young man from Brazil. Last year, the 21-year-old rookie put up a strong showing. He will finish third on the podium of the CrossFit Games 2020 after finishing neck and neck with Fraser in the first event of the Finals. Despite the fact that he lacks the experience of some of his immediate rivals, his determination and self-assurance are obvious advantages that will propel him to the top.
Patrick Vellner is a writer and a musician. For years, Vellner has been a podium favorite. When you consider his track record, it makes sense: three Olympic podiums, a victory at the 2020 Open, and the title of winner of two sanctioned tournaments in 2020.
Although his results in the previous two games have fallen short of expectations, Vellner's goals for 2021 are clear: "We are all wondering who will inherit the kingdom," he remarked, "and I am certainly going to strive for the top position."
Noah Ohlsen is one of the rare athletes who has been able to maintain a consistent level of performance throughout time. Since 2014, he has regularly hovered between 8th and second place, with the exception of 2016, when he finished 15th at the Games. There has also been a development throughout the course of his numerous appearances: he came in second place in 2019.