CrossFit Animals

October 26, 2009 11:00 AM

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Games09SpencerHendellSnatch.jpgThree of this year's top competitors had something in common, they rebounded from an unfortunate performance at regionals to qualify via the Last-chance qualifier online video submission.

Entering day two of this years Games Tommy Hackenbruck, Spencer Hendel and Peter Egyed were among the top ten competitors. When the smoke cleared on the final day, they finished second, fifth and sixth, respectively.

"Tommy Hackenbruck is why we have the online qualifiers." Hackenbruck dominated the metcon event at the Northwest Qualifier, but failed to place high enough in other heavily strength-based events to secure a spot. He flipped the script in Aromas and entered day two of competition one point ahead of Mikko Salo.

Both Egyed and Hendel had similar experiences at their regional qualifiers. Peter was on the heels of Chris Spealler and Eric O'Connor going into the second event at the Great Basin regional qualifiers when he ran into trouble. At the Midwest Regional Qualifier Hendel failed to make the top 6 athletes but placed third in the Last Chance event.

Without this alternative to regional competition, some of the top-contenders for the world's fittest would have had to wait another year for their chance to compete.

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13 comments on this entry.

1. Johnnycarbs wrote...

October 26, 2009 12:26 PM

I thought Khalipa finished 5th ?

2. Johnnycarbs wrote...

October 26, 2009 12:31 PM

My Bad , Just read the overall again . . . .

3. Herm wrote...

October 26, 2009 2:38 PM

Tommy, you're the eff'in man. I hope to see you before the games next year. I'm constantly scoping the main site for our chance to redo the Level 2 cert.

4. badnews wrote...

October 26, 2009 4:53 PM

Does anybody know if the person who programmed the last chance qualifier also programmed the games events?

5. MB wrote...

October 26, 2009 5:38 PM

This prompts the question of whether HQ's hands-off approach to letting the affiliates choose workouts for the regionals is really the best policy. If the regionals (and the sectionals next year) are not a true representation of fitness, then the fitest people might not get to compete in the games, and this would undermine the claim that the winner of the games is the world's fittest human. This highlights the tension between finding the truly fittest person and the logistical obstacles to conducting the games. I'm impressed with the way this year's games were conducted, and it will be interesting to see how HQ handles these issues in years to come.

October 26, 2009 7:18 PM

No. The online qualifier workouts were all chosen from other qualifiers.

7. AlexMac wrote...

October 26, 2009 8:27 PM

The link provided isnt correct, the results on this link are not right, they might be from the end of day 1?

Egyed finished 6th and Hendel finished 12th i believe.

8. dan wrote...

October 26, 2009 8:47 PM

that was actually a pretty good looking snatch!

9. pat wrote...

October 26, 2009 9:24 PM

Knowing that the LCQ WOd's were chosen from amongst the other regional WODS, I think a better/different question was were the LCQ WODS chosen from amongst the Regionals by the people/persons that chose the Games WODS?

10. jake howard wrote...

October 26, 2009 9:32 PM

how did the LCQ women finish at the games???

11. Tony Budding replied to comment from pat...

October 26, 2009 10:23 PM

Yes, for the most part.

12. Aaron wrote...

October 27, 2009 9:50 AM

Statistically, the inclination would be to think that last chance folks were overrepresented because the same people/person who chose the games workouts chose from among the regional qualifying events. But I think there is a counter explanation and a little scrutiny would indicate that is difficult to believe.

1. The counter explanation is that the online event was bigger and more competitive than the regionals so of course they were overrepresented. You had the 4-20 competitors from all the regions plus an unlimited number of other folks all competing for the slots. You win that, you are GOOD. I might throw in here that if you did both the regionals and the last chance, that's one more super high pressure competitive experience you have than many of the other folks at the games.

2. Even if my counter explanation isn't good, it is weird that the three events chosen would NOT do a particularly good job of predicting how people would finish in a 1 rep snatch, 1 rep DL, 7k run, and probably not the row/sledge. If the events chosen for the last chance had included a 1RM lift, a monostructural endurance WOD and a long chipper, you would have a much better case that the events chosen favored the TYPE of athlete that would do well with the events at the Games.

Still, it is strange. It might be best to:

1. Have someone else choose the events for the last chance
2. Draw them out of a hat
3. Choose a region out of hat and have them do all those events.

I like the idea that the regions are the proving grounds for training methodology (ie, everyone should rush to copy the protocols of the region that is overrepresented) and that data gets a little corrupted when the same person chooses last chance and the games.

I still think they did well at the games because it is harder to be a last chance qualifier than a regional qualifier.

13. Badnews wrote...

October 27, 2009 3:11 PM


I 100% agree with you that the pool of last chance qualifiers was probably much larger (I don't know how many people submitted) and that this difference was probably crucial in qualifying pure manimals for the games.

I am not even contending that it is in any way less impressive that the online qualifiers placed so highly. I am more impressed by the programmer, someone could look at a pool full of work outs from other regions and say "give me X, Y and Z" workouts and whoever wins those has the requisit skills.

I also don't think this implies that we have to change the regional/sectional format. Just because one person has a sick amount of knowledge about what makes a crossfitter fit doesn't mean everyone else doesn't. Maybe they just gamed it wrong and thought strength or gymnastics or whatever would be biased at the games.