Athlete Profile: Mike Giardina

June 5, 2009 5:00 PM

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Michael Giardina

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 190
Age: 28
Date of Birth: 07/15/1980
Place of Birth: Tucson, AZ

Date Starting CrossFit: Feb 2007

Current City, State and/or Country: Atlanta, GA

Affiliate: CrossFit Atlanta

Fran: 2:14
Cindy: 28
Linda: N/A
Helen: 7:30
Diane: 2:18
Grace: 2:03
Fight Gone Bad: 388
Filthy Fifty: 21:08

Deadlift: 462
Press: 205
Back Squat: 370
Snatch: 209
Clean and jerk: 260
Max Pull-ups: 61

Favorite WOD: Diane
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Least Favorite WOD: Filthy 50, FGB, and Karen equally
Least Favorite Lift: Snatch

2008 Games Finish: 20th

Last Chance Online Finish: 4th

Qualifier Videos:

12 comments on this entry.

1. Ken wrote...

June 6, 2009 5:23 AM

Profile is incorrect.

Height is 6' with the new hair.

The timer is a bad ass.


2. Roger Adams wrote...

June 6, 2009 5:29 AM

Didn't he already attempt to qualify once at the Dirty South Qualifiers?

3. KLowe wrote...

June 6, 2009 7:33 AM

Mike Geee!
Representin the dirty dirty!

Roger. Yeah he did try to qual in the DS Regional as did I. It is why it was called a "last chance qualifier video". Shows determination and dedication to bust ass twice to get in to Aromas.

Much respect Mike.
Really looking forward to hangin with the DS crew in Aromas!


4. brandon wrote...

June 6, 2009 7:39 AM

Congrats Mike G! It is nice to see that HQ has given people another chance, who may have had one bad workout, to Qualify and show that they belong among the top competitors at the games. Thanks for all you do for me and setting me on the zone pathway and I look forward to competing with and against you next year at the dirty south. Good Luck.

5. Pat Sherwood wrote...

June 6, 2009 12:03 PM

Hell yeah, Mike!!! You are a beast!!

6. gaucoin wrote...

June 7, 2009 8:48 PM

Hmmm, I'm going to have to play the jerk again here but it didn't appear that his chin broke the plane of the pull-up bar for his Jackie WOD. Were the online competitors not supposed to uphold the standards that were created for those events? I'm not knocking his performance at all, I'm just curious as to why this video was chosen if the competitors were supposed to uphold specific standards for specific WODs. I saw another video where the competitor was dropping the barbell on the deadlifts and it seems to me that is a pretty standard no-no for competitive WODs these days...

June 8, 2009 7:11 AM

I'm going to have to disagree with you. The camera angle was poor, which was unfortunate, but I've looked at a LOT of video over the years and we judged this to be adequate (revisit the OPT Helen video if you need another example). I also know Mike well and have seen him train many times. I know that he trains to standard by default. We all need judges when we're going fast, and I wasn't there.

Very few of the videos captured perfect angles, so we had to make judgment calls. Is Mike G really capable of a 6:13 Jackie to perfect standards with a qualified judge? Yes.

On the dropped deadlifts, yes that was a problem. But we weren't there to ask her to do another. And if we were, the additional seconds wouldn't have put her out of qualifying (you only have to count it once because after repeating the rep, she wouldn't repeat the drop).

8. Bethanie wrote...

June 8, 2009 8:47 AM

Mike: you're the f*&king best!!! Too bad your camera person was so shitty...

9. Outlaw wrote...

June 10, 2009 2:08 PM

It's reppin' time!

10. Nick at OTG wrote...

June 11, 2009 4:37 PM

Mikey G!!
Congrats bro! I'm so proud of you..way to get it done..twice!
I wish you the best at the games!

11. RAZZ wrote...

June 22, 2009 5:15 PM

hey bro good luck. I will see you at next years games.....You need to come back up to Dahlonega.

12. John wrote...

June 23, 2009 3:40 AM

Great job Mike, I've been telling my guys about you and we're all rooting for you in the games. Everyones sorta got different chicks they like though, not quite the same thing...