Mikko Salo Interview

October 5, 2009 7:00 AM

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CrossFit_MikkoAtWorkFinland.jpgAnyone who witnessed the performance of Finnish national Mikko Salo at this years CrossFit Games may be surprised to discover that he was reluctant to compete at all.

We sent Sevan and Carey to Ireland and Finland to find out more about the world's fittest man. In an interview conducted at his first Level One Certification, Mikko returns to the location of his qualifier at Crossfit Elite 400 in Northern Ireland and recounts his journey to becoming the champ.

"I am not so competitive of a person," He says, still slightly out of breath from the 2:16 Fran that he completed moments ago,"but he (my coach) told me that we could manage here and get to the games, and then I decided to come... it was a good decision." His conclusion is supported by an amazing performance at this years games.

He doesn't even pause when he is asked about his weaknesses entering the qualifier, "The double unders, firstly, I know my metcon condition is good and my power levels are good, but I have some big issues. Like snatch and double unders." These shortcomings hardly hindered his progress towards the podium in Aromas. He snatched 190 pounds and recorded the fastest time of the day in the chipper event.

Although he is happy with his performance at the Games he is not one to rest on his laurels. "I have been training hard, next year I want to be a better CrossFitter."

Mikko Salo Interview ... [wmv] [mov]

8 comments on this entry.

1. kris kepler wrote...

October 5, 2009 12:09 PM

A very humble champion right there.

2. Will Blaker wrote...

October 5, 2009 4:19 PM

The 6 champs thus far represent the best of us, in AND out of the boxes. Thanks for not only what you do, but who you all are.

3. Tom Seryak wrote...

October 5, 2009 6:12 PM

I wish I had a weak 190lb snatch!?!? I agree, the presenters at the Cert know Crossfit so well that it brings a "newness" to topics that you have already read about.

4. gaucoin wrote...

October 5, 2009 8:26 PM

How could you not love this guy? Mikko is the man.

5. Heavy Evy wrote...

October 6, 2009 9:08 PM

That dude definately has an x factor to him. Crazy how fast his thrusters were in the last posted video. Freaky athelete.

6. John Cintron wrote...

October 7, 2009 8:05 AM

I saw the video I didn't see Mikko doing thrusters did this get added in? What is amazing about miko is that he looks like I gymnast and has some incrdible power behind a pretty small frame I think he was close to 3x bodyweight deadlift.You can't tell how much bodyfat he has as I have never seen him shirtless his GPP is amazing.I think he will only get better with more crossfit instructers helping him.

7. John Cintron wrote...

October 7, 2009 11:34 AM

Found out on main page. Not even breathing hard.Damm

8. Luila Barber wrote...

October 7, 2009 2:00 PM

What a great representation of what Crossfit is all about.