Affiliate Cup: Northwest Takes It

July 12, 2009 2:33 PM

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The final WOD of the Affiliate Cup was a harsh chipper packed with difficult movements.

The workout:

75 squat cleans (100/155 lb.)
150 toes to bar
150 box jumps (20/24 inches)
75 thrusters (95/135 lb.)
35 muscle-ups
150 burpees
150 double-unders
300 walking lunges with 35 lb. plate overhead

CrossFit Calgary was added to the event after a scoring error was discovered, making the final workout a six-horse race.

With the sun blazing down on the Stadium, the six teams tackled the WOD with the knowledge that Northwest CrossFit's strong performance on Friday meant the team only had to finish the WOD to win the title.

No one cared about that from the word "go." Bragging rights were on the line even if the title wasn't.

The final results saw CrossFit Invictus from San Diego winning the event in a time of 31:16.1. CrossFit Calgary finished seven seconds behind, and CrossFit NorCal wrapped up their day just under two minutes later. Northwest CrossFit was fourth.

"It was pretty tough," said Sage Burgener of CrossFit Invictus. "I don't know how we did it. We read each other really well. The boys had to do all the muscle-ups. I got one but I don't really count that... Katie (Mac) and I had to come back on the burpees because they were dying from that."

The overall Affiliate Cup winner wasn't a surprise: Northwest CrossFit. CrossFit Central was second and CrossFit NorCal was third.

At press time, Dave Castro was briefing the individual competitors on the final WOD to decide the CrossFit Games champions.

49 comments on this entry.

1. Kat wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:41 PM

Congrats CF Calgary! Way to represent Canada so well. Can't wait to hear all the stories!

2. EF Hutton wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:42 PM

A 6-horse race where the winner is already determined? Methinks a better scoring system is in order for next year.

3. Beth wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:47 PM

Woo-hoo CrossFit Central!! You guys are awesome!! Congrats to all of the teams...what incredible athletes!

4. Emilie wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:49 PM

WooHoo NW Crossfit. Congrats Lindz & Paul and the rest of the gang.

5. Feather River wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:51 PM

I agree - something is fishy if over the course of only 4 events that one team could have a lead SO HUGE that all that team has to do is FINISH on Sunday?

TdF is RARELY like that and that event takes THREE WEEKS!!!!!

HQ dropped the ball again on this one.

6. Lehti wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:51 PM

Any news on what the final WOD is?

7. Cori wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:52 PM

NICE WORK NWCrossfit!! You guys rocked the games! :-)

8. Aaron A. wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:53 PM

Congrats to CrossFit Central! Way to represent y'all! Congrats to all the other teams as well. Outstanding athletes all around.

9. Beth wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:56 PM

I believe the final WOD is the same as what the teams just did...PLUS pullups and DB press. Don't know weights, reps or rounds.

10. Beth wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:59 PM

From Potomac CrossFit Twitter:

Final womens event getting ready to go! 15 squat cleans, 100 lbs 30 t2B 10 muscleup 30 box jump 30 db pp, 25 lbs 3 double under, .....

Continued.... 15 thrusters, 965 lbs 30 pullups 30 burpeez Walking lunge, 25 lbs4 minutes ago from TwitterFon

11. Lehti replied to comment from Beth...

July 12, 2009 3:02 PM

1) Thank you. If you get info on reps, that would be greatly appreciated.

2) Also, does anyone know how good Tommy Hackenbruck is with DU's? If he does not fly through them, my bet is Mikko will take the crown (assuming that the wod has pretty much the same moves as the Affiliate Cup).

3) When does the final Mens wod start?

12. Lehti replied to comment from Beth...

July 12, 2009 3:04 PM

Thank you Beth, I missed your second post :)

13. irishrhino wrote...

July 12, 2009 3:08 PM

Crossfit Rockford will be a force to be reckoned with at next year's games!!!! Congrats to all who competed.

15. SAC wrote...

July 12, 2009 3:10 PM

Way to go CFC... Top International Team and pushing right to the end....

We are all very proud of you... Rob, Brett, Geoff, Stacey, Laura and Michelle.

Now you can Rest!!!

16. Kieran wrote...

July 12, 2009 3:23 PM


First read was that this was the individual WOD. Nearly had a coronary!!

17. tomh wrote...

July 12, 2009 3:35 PM

Based upon the women's final event, I'm going to conclude that it's not a "chipper".

18. Sean B-H wrote...

July 12, 2009 3:50 PM

Way to go CrossFit Calgary!!!!

19. Yvette wrote...

July 12, 2009 3:58 PM

Wicked performance, CrossFit Calgary!

20. z wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:08 PM

is there a maximum time for the final WOD?

July 12, 2009 4:15 PM

Feather River - The TdF is rarely like that because (a) it IS 3-weeks long and (b) the teams collaborate formally (post-stage planning) and informally (on the road with deals between riders and now with cell phones from team cars.)

22. chris wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:15 PM

does annies DNF now mean she will be out of the competition even though she was sure to be 2nd or 3rd?

23. lee replied to comment from chris...

July 12, 2009 4:17 PM

what do you think chris?

24. J wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:19 PM women standings

25. Mads replied to comment from Lehti...

July 12, 2009 4:23 PM

2) Tommy is good with the DU's, finished 2nd at the Last Chance Online qualifier.
With a Jackie time in: 6:13

Dont know how Mikko is with DU's and MU, but hope he takes it, since he been the most stable of the two of them.

26. Cameron replied to comment from chris...

July 12, 2009 4:24 PM


Given this: "Northwest CrossFit's strong performance on Friday meant the team only had to finish the WOD to win the title"

It's a fairly straightforward to infer that any DNF in any one event prevents someone from finishing ahead of a competitor that actually finished all of the workouts, regardless of placing in other events.

27. Mads wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:28 PM

Here is a link to the Deadlift/Doubleunder wod;

28. Cameron wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:32 PM

As I listen to (read?) all of the complaining about the scoring system and how competitors build insurmountable leads, the possibility of a DNF seems to be a great potential equalizer.

As best as I can tell, the winner is the person who completes all workouts with the lowest score.

For instance, with the women, had #1 and #2 DNF'd, Charity Vale would've been able to pull off the comeback despite Wagner having a 20+ point lead.

Looking at the standings, the DNF played a surprisingly (at least to me) significant role for both men's and women's competitions--particularly in Saturday's couplet.

29. Phypers wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:45 PM

Congratulations Crossfit Calgary, you all have made us so proud!!

30. s wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:48 PM

I give all props to the top finishers, they truly deserved it. However the point scoring is flawed. After they eliminate the groups or people at the bottom the scoring become unbalanced. Being last on the 1st wod is extremely different the being last on the 3rd wod or the last wod. It is what is but it's flawed

31. z wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:53 PM

is there a maximum time in the final WOD? or is quitting the only way to DNF?

32. Michael wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:57 PM

Who knew Crossfit had so many babies? For everyone complaining how about we wait to hear what people who ACTUALLY competed in the games have to say?

33. Dominic wrote...

July 12, 2009 5:12 PM

Anyone know why OPT dropped out?

34. dave replied to comment from Feather River...

July 12, 2009 5:15 PM

35. Chris replied to comment from Michael...

July 12, 2009 5:15 PM

36. dave replied to comment from Feather River...

July 12, 2009 5:39 PM

37. dave replied to comment from Feather River...

July 12, 2009 5:40 PM

38. Wayne wrote...

July 12, 2009 5:55 PM

39. Wayne wrote...

July 12, 2009 6:00 PM

And, here's the how they would have stood using MB's method (see Field is narrowed thread) of simply reranking the finalists 1-6 based on the first three workouts:

With this method, NorCal and Central would have had a legitimate shot at the win, needing to make up only 2 points on Northwest. But the winners of the final workout (Invictus and Calgary) needed to make up 4 points. It ends up being a remarkably close race.

40. Scott Schactler wrote...

July 12, 2009 7:01 PM

Way to take it strong NW Crossfit! you guys are really special. AND Strong! :p

41. harv replied to comment from Kat...

July 12, 2009 7:23 PM

Had a great time this weekend. I thought all the teams were friendly except for NorCal. Calgary was definitely the friendliest.

July 12, 2009 8:33 PM


Great job to all the Affiliates that made it to Sunday. It was fun watching everyone compete and get after it.

I very proud of the CFSD team and how they did. They did the best they could have done and then some.


43. Skinny D wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:54 PM

Way to ROCK it Invictus. Strong finish and props to you on crushing the final WOD!!! So proud of the entire Invictus team!!! Wish I could have been there to see it.

Crongrats to all the teams and can't wait to see it next year!

44. competitor wrote...

July 12, 2009 9:24 PM

To al those who are complaining about the scoring just think of speal last year. The reason to reward performances early on is to make it not all about the last event. Sure that last chipper was a bitch but it didnt detract from the fact that all the teams left it all out there. So stop whining about shit you didn't even partake in. HQ did the best that they could to ensure the best games that they had... and had you been there you would have agreed. The fittest men women and affiliate WON.

45. gaucoin wrote...

July 13, 2009 12:48 AM

Thanks to everyone cheering for CrossFit Calgary, the support from our fans and families was incredible. What an amazing weekend, I'm so proud of all out athletes and how well we represented. Way to go to all the competitors, volunteers, organizers, spectators, etc!!

46. Greg Tutunjian wrote...

July 13, 2009 9:17 AM

New to CrossFit, and I'm still buzzed at how supportive competitors, spectators and officials were during The Games. I didn't study the scoring system, but I paid attention to the support system, and you (all) rocked bigtime in my book. (Thanks to the Twitter and Radio excerpts for relating a lot of that information. Competitor descriptions, too.) That's a major appeal to this form of training.



47. Cody-Mac wrote...

July 13, 2009 9:53 AM

Scoring system is no good... the individual times were not even taken into account, that makes no sense. The fact that Invictus dominated the final WOD and crushed both Northwest and Central by almost FIVE whole minutes didn't even play into the final overall scores. Way to go HQ

48. Tim wrote...

July 14, 2009 7:36 AM

Who even cared to watch the final event when the results were set. And to go from 97 teams to 5? Terrible event planning. HQ really blew this one.

49. gaucoin replied to comment from Tim...

July 16, 2009 1:18 PM

A lot of people cared to watch, Tim, that's who. All the teams knew that only the top 5 would advance and that's why the level of competition was so high.

There is just too much bitching on the CF sites these days and it's really a drag. People need to realize this is not a perfect world and owning a computer does not give you the right to complain about anything and everything. If you don't like it then physically do something about it instead of hiding behind the cloak of anonymity the internet provides to cowards everywhere. The 2009 Games were an amazing event that will stay close to my heart forever and anyone who pisses on them needs pull their head out of their ass.