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Games09HackenbruckSledge.jpgTommy Hackenbruck, pictured here setting the top time in the Row/Sledge event on Saturday (4:36), finished second overall in the 2009 Games.

Tommy participated in the NW Regional Qualifiers and won the final workout by a significant margin. He failed to qualify though, because of the stellar deadlifts and presses put up by his competitors. Undeterred, he entered via the online last chance qualifier. It's a good thing, too, because Tommy was in first place overall going into the last event (by one point over Mikko Salo). Mikko won the final Chipper and the title, but Tommy's performance was good enough to keep him in second.

Tommy's performance landed him a little local fame. Lya Wodraska from the Salt Lake Tribune featured Tommy in a recent story. He had played middle linebacker for the Utes (University of Utah football team), and the article is called Hackenbruck Excels in New Sport.

Congrats Tommy! At only 27, I'm sure we're going to see more of him in the coming years.

16 comments on this entry.

July 21, 2009 7:09 AM

I was excited to find someone my size do so well at the games. It's usually people who weigh as much as I do but have all that muscle packed onto a frame about 4-6 inches shorter. Of course, I didn't play middle linebacker for a division 1 football team, but once I take care of that I'll be just like Tommy!

2. Mark Lee wrote...

July 21, 2009 7:56 AM

Glad to see another great ambassador for the CrossFit community emerge. Congratulations Tommy!

3. Doug wrote...

July 21, 2009 8:43 AM

Way to go Tommy, I wish you and your gym the best, and hope to make it down there sometime soon for a WOD.

4. Jennifer Kellams wrote...

July 21, 2009 8:58 AM

Go Tommy!!!

It was awesome hanging out with you during the competition, inside the barn between events, and watching you go all the way! You're an amazing athlete, humble, a true class act and warrior. So proud and excited for you! Best of luck with your new gym, baby on the way... oh, isn't there a home remodel?? ;-)

6. Wally wrote...

July 21, 2009 10:46 AM


Congratulations! Now as a Florida Gator I'd ask that you call Urban Meyer and Strength Coach Mickey Mariotti and tell him all about Crossfit and Coach Glassman. Not only do I want to see Tebow throw down for Fran or better yet Grace, but I want all future Gators WODing!

Again-Outstanding Effort,

Wally Gator

7. Jeff Leonard wrote...

July 21, 2009 12:05 PM

Great Job, good to hang with you during the comp. Did'nt know you were a Ute. I guess we probably feel the same about BYU. HaHa(I went to Wyoming). Anyway, hope to see you in the future.


July 21, 2009 2:03 PM

Haha, I'm sure you have some feelings about the Utes as well. I've never feared fans like I did in Laramie...brutal. You kicked ass in Aromas man, I thought going in to the competition that you were one of the guys to watch out for and I was right...I'm sure you'll be back stronger next year. It was great meeting you too and I can't say enough about the entire field of competitors, never been around so many great people that truly wanted to see everyone do their best. The lack of ego's in the competition was really refreshing. Wally, I like the comment and I'm not sure if Florida needs CrossFit because when Coach Meyer was at Utah we did some stuff in our 6 am workouts that I don't wish on anyone. It was right up there with 8 wod's in 2 days on the crazy I think he's got the right idea. (he makes tabata bottom to bottom look like a rest time) I gotta run and practice with the sledgehammer :) Working on a bathroom re-model at my gym. Thanks everyone...especially Mikko and Khalipa, because I'll work harder this year than ever after seeing you two on the second day.


9. Wally wrote...

July 21, 2009 2:14 PM


Then whatever you do don't tell Coach Glassman about those Mat Drills. Don't need to see that shit showing up on dot-com and ruining me.


July 21, 2009 3:03 PM

Ya Tommy,
The best part was the meeting and hanging out with the competitors. Can't say enough good about the people I met, everyone was ther to do their best, but also help others as well. Truly what its all about.

11. Daniel Freedman wrote...

July 21, 2009 3:47 PM

Okay, I'll bite. What were the mat drills? And were they for time?

12. Charity wrote...

July 21, 2009 10:30 PM

Tommy- Congratulations! It was great talking with you at the games. Best of luck to you, your wife, the new baby and the new box.

13. GW wrote...

July 21, 2009 11:25 PM

Johny Utah,
Well deserved praise buddy. A true inspiration and warrior. Thanks for setting the bar high at your old stomping grounds, gives me a target to shoot at everyday :) In all seriousness, congratulations on everything, I can't think of anyone that deserves it more, and thanks for letting us all be a part of it during the games. Hopefully next year I'll share it all with you from inside the competitors area.

14. Jerome Perryman wrote...

July 22, 2009 9:41 AM

Yo Tommy!!Great job once again.... Nice to see bigger guys move so well. So, what did we figure on the Ducks vs. Utah game Sept.19th?? 100 Burpees or what??

Hey Jeff Leonard.... did you find out if you were gonna be in Vancouver BC this August for the Police & Fire Games??

15. Tommy Hackenbruck wrote...

July 22, 2009 12:06 PM

GW, I'm pretty sure you'll be there as a competitor next year, just keep workin hard. Jerome, deal, 100 burpees for you when Utah wins, 100 burpees for me if Oregon wins.

Jeff, care to wager any burpees on the Utah Wyo. game this fall? You can get back to me any time. I heard you do pretty well at those firemen games as well, not suprised. Good luck fellas.

16. Jeff Leonard wrote...

July 22, 2009 1:42 PM

Tommy, Wyo v. Utah, 100 burpees. Get um chopping!!!!!! Gunna be an exciting Halloween.

Jerome, not gunna make it this year. Are you heading up there?

You guys shoot me an email anytime