Any athlete or sports enthusiast knows the unique feeling of walking up to the admission gate of a highly competitive event. Who’s going to win? Will there be an upset? What am I going to get to see firsthand that others will only get to read about or see on TV? Or, in this case, what am I going to learn from this relatively new sporting event?
It’s all about being there, feeling the energy take over you and getting completely immersed in the whole community.
On July 13th, 14th and 15th the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games returned to The Home Depot Center in Carson, California to showcase 46 males and 45 females battling it out in a multi-day, multi-event competition that tested each athlete in gymnastics, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, running, rowing and more. And as a special addition this year, The Games also added tests that included an obstacle course and a triathlon (swim, bike and run), which was held at Camp Pendleton.
The Road to The Games began in February 2012 with a five-week online competition of one workout per week where a total of 69,374 athletes participated. Between April 27th and May 27th the top 60 individuals (both male and female) then competed in The Regionals (17 regions), a three-day test of six judged workouts. A total of 435 athletes were awarded spots at The Games.
Even though The CrossFit Games crown only one man, one woman and one team “The Fittest on Earth”, every year the event grows astronomically larger, and for good reason, they continue to get more and more exciting.
MensFitness.com was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get in on the action and here’s our inside look into the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.
Stay tuned for special interview with Men’s repeat winner Rich Froning Jr. and Women’s repeat winner, Annie Thorisdottir, both of whom went home with winnings of $250,000!