Three 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.