James FitzGerald

Height 5'10"
Weight 168 lbs
Age 34

Date of Birth Jan 24/1974
Place of Birth Wabush, Newfoundland
Started CrossFit July 2005

Lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Affiliate CrossFit Calgary

Fran: 2:17
Cindy: 32 rounds
Linda: 13:06 @ 165# and squat cleans
Helen: 6:59
Diane: 2:35
Grace: 2:43
Fight Gone Bad: 397
Filthy Fifty: 15:34

Deadlift: 459
Press: 165
Back Squat: 365
Snatch: 192
Clean and Jerk: 239
Max Pull-ups: 55

Favorite WOD: Anything that challenges all components of fitness
Favorite Lift: Anything with a barbell
Least Favorite WOD: Anything that does not challenge me mentally
Least Favorite Lift: Anything with DB's

2007 Games Finish: 1st
2008 Games Finish: 12th

24 comments on this entry.

June 3, 2009 7:04 PM


2. Alfie wrote...

June 3, 2009 7:06 PM

Good to know that OPT is competing again.

3. Brian wrote...

June 3, 2009 7:36 PM

He grew an inch since last year :P

4. Julius Magnusson wrote...

June 3, 2009 8:05 PM

Wait... OPT is competing?

5. Tom W wrote...

June 3, 2009 8:27 PM

Yes! Can't wait to watch him compete.

It's only fair that a previous winner should get an auto bid to the Games. There should be some sort of rule where where a winner is exempted into the Games for five years following their win.

June 3, 2009 8:32 PM


I heard about this rumor.

June 3, 2009 8:33 PM

I actually feel that the people responsible for putting on a qualifier should get an auto invite to the games.

This would include the Bainbridges as well.

8. Kat wrote...

June 3, 2009 8:37 PM

WHOOP!! Congrats James! Glad to see your performance in 2007 got you in. You deserve it and thanks for putting on such an amazing qualifier for your fellow Western Canadian CrossFitters. People should be very afraid of Canada West this year!

9. Peter wrote...

June 3, 2009 8:39 PM

It is only right that OPT should be competing!

This dude is the essence of the Games, he was the first winner!


June 3, 2009 9:09 PM

James, it was an honour to meet you and compete in the Western Canada Qualifiers at your facility this year. Just watched Every Second Counts last night. GOOD LUCK in the games this year, we'll be watching for you!

11. SD_Mikey wrote...

June 3, 2009 9:54 PM

I haven't read all of the posts on the site so this thought may be a repeat. I think that all past CrossFit games winners should be allowed to compete forever. Just like the Masters in golf, once you win, your in. It should be up to the CF Games winner to decide if they are still fit enough to compete at the Games or to call it quits.

12. Blair Lowe wrote...

June 4, 2009 1:28 AM

Good to hear, it wouldn't be a rematch without him.

13. Russell Pettypiece wrote...

June 4, 2009 3:20 AM

Glad your competing....loved all your spots on "Every Second Counts"

14. Anthony Bainbridge wrote...

June 4, 2009 3:21 AM

Good luck James - we will be cheering for ya!

15. Mike DelaTorre wrote...

June 4, 2009 4:00 AM

I was hoping this would happen. Good luck James!!

16. Josh Lewis wrote...

June 4, 2009 4:02 AM

Ohh no....watch out....
The big dawgs are coming into town...whooff whooff

17. Mike Feliciani wrote...

June 4, 2009 7:23 AM

Chuck Norris fears OPT.

18. shane mcgrotty wrote...

June 4, 2009 9:13 AM

I agree with previous comments.
Any previous winner should be invited back.
A real champion knows when they have it in them to come back, and proven athletes don't need to be tested again.

19. Ryan Smith wrote...

June 4, 2009 9:37 AM

This is great news! OPT is one of the fixtures of the crossfit community. Judging from the number of comments in only a few hours, I think a whole lot of people are excited to see him return. I mean, let's be honest, the line up for the games wouldn't be be complete without him.

20. The Hulk wrote...

June 4, 2009 12:50 PM

Good luck James! I agree that previous winners of the games should be allowed in automatically.
As always Calgary will be very hard to beat, James, DJ, Mike.....
It will be a lot of fun to follow the games this year....
I hope Brett joins the gang next year!!

21. Shane S wrote...

June 4, 2009 1:37 PM

Based on everything I've seen of him, OPT is a class act. I'm glad he'll be competing at the games.

22. Adam wrote...

June 4, 2009 2:10 PM

So if OPT didn't tryout for the individuals, and they posted his athlete bio, does this mean he will be competing with a team in the Affiliate Cup??...

23. Dan replied to comment from Adam...

June 4, 2009 3:03 PM

I'm guessing he gets automatic entry due to him winning it in 2007.

Great to see that he is competing, such an outstanding athlete, I'm looking forward to it!

24. Roch Proteau wrote...

June 4, 2009 8:06 PM

Happy to see that you will represent for Canada.