CrossFit Games Day One Report

July 11, 2009 10:56 PM

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Update: New Video Highlights of Day One events from CrossFit by Overload

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The contest to decide the Word's Fittest Man and Woman began three seconds after the American national anthem ended.

"Three, two, one... Go!" said Games Director Dave Castro.

Moments earlier, Coach Greg Glassman had opened the Games with a brief speech to a loud and enthusiastic crowd gathered in the sunshine at The Ranch.

The athletes, all carrying computer chips, sprinted over the timing pads and across the Stadium to open the run down the road and up and around The Hill. When asked afterwards if The Hill was as steep as he thought it would be, James (OPT) Fitzgerald--who was covered in dirt and grass--was blunt: "It's worse."

After opening the competition with an endurance event, Games organizers chose a deadlift ladder for WOD 2.

Sixteen men managed to pull their way through a series of bars loaded from 315 to 505, creating a log-jam tie for first, while 21 females broke the 300 lb. mark.

WOD 3 was a sandbag sprint with sandbags on shoulders--one 35 lb. bag for women, two for men. Athletes tore out of the Stadium and up the hill only to find a grind of a climb on the way up the viciously steep slope. For some the sprint turned into a walk.

The fourth event was a "blue-collar workout" that featured 500-meter rows bracketing a sledgehammer stake drive. Tommy Hackenbruck crushed the WOD in a top time of 4:36 and attributes his success to his old job: up until three months ago he worked construction and used a hammer six days a week for three years.

Saturday's final WOD was savage: three rounds of 30 wall-ball shots and 30 squat snatches. Early in the first round of the first men's heat, it was clear the workout would be a challenge that would send many athletes home from the games with a solid kick in the ass.

The regional qualifiers produced CrossFit's top athletes, and the Day 1 WODs distilled them further. Only 32 athletes will return to compete on Day 2, where one man and one woman will be crowned the 2009 CrossFit Games champions.

74 comments on this entry.

July 11, 2009 11:03 PM

Great job to all the competitors!

2. Josh wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:06 PM

what's the Sunday WOD'S? Can not find them anywhere. Of course, they are probably hiding in plain site.

3. Ed wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:08 PM

Go Tommy! Keep on kickin' a$$!!!!

4. J.C. Nessa wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:10 PM

Congrats to all the competitors, both men and women. There is a reason why these elite athletes are all here and it is a true testament to their fitness level. Good to see some new faces out there. Keep it up!

5. Tom V wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:12 PM

Good work to all competitors, every one of you should be proud of your efforts!

I liked all the WODS and am very, very excited to see tomorrows WODS/results!


6. Greg wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:12 PM

What's the scoring going to be on Sunday? In competitions where competitiors are cut down it would make sense to increase the value of points, if the points are added from previous events.

It didt seem to be the case when the field was cut today but 75 to 16 surely something must be in place??

7. Pete wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:15 PM

True, I'm a Kiwi/English half breed but I've gotta say....

"Come on Steve!!!!"

8. Binnings wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:39 PM

What's the name of the Iceland chick who's whooping ass? and where are the sunday WOD's?

9. fernado wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:56 PM

i THINK thar all CF games is terrieble, bc Dutch was my little hero and I know he is the fittest little/big man out there. He actually tested positive for EQ and TEST. Well what do I know anyway. Remember recovery is a hard process. Sucks 3 weeks out you have to quit.

10. BK wrote...

July 12, 2009 12:04 AM

Russell Burber?(think thats his mane) cannonballing down the hill like a runaway train on the first and second was absolutely nuts. It was so out of control ....but never lost it . Just so far in front of the field on the downhill it was ridiculous!
Chris Spealler threading the neadle on the Sandbag spint between Kallipa and another competitor three quarters of the way up the hill. Ther guy is from another planet!

Aussie supporters of Steve Willis rest assured, I will be cheering the big fella home tomorrow. He is looking very freaking solid!
Go you good thing!!

11. JENunez wrote...

July 12, 2009 12:08 AM

why does it keep saying that the couplet is "Sunday's" final WOD?? it is Saturday right?

12. Drew D wrote...

July 12, 2009 12:13 AM

Despite Khalipa winning last year he seems to be an underdog this year or at least unpopular. I think he has a solid chance of winning again, especially after destroying the last event.

Go Khalipa, OPT, Salo!

13. Darren Coughlan wrote...

July 12, 2009 12:16 AM

Steve is a massive chance...Massive.

And congrats to Chris Hogan on a big showing!

14. M Cleeton wrote...

July 12, 2009 12:24 AM

Nice work Moe!! I'm inspired to see a 'dark horse' come out of nowhere to make the final 16, especially when I live in nowhere.

Way to represent the NW Moe! Hit it hard Sunday!

15. MJ_SDG wrote...

July 12, 2009 12:45 AM

If the scoring system remains the same, points accumulating to what was earned on Saturday, then it is anyone's game on the men's side.

But for the women it looks like only seven women have a chance at the title with only one more having even a chance at top three. In other words, even if the current ninth place athlete placed first and Wagner placed 16th in each event on Sunday it still wouldn't give the ninth place athlete a low enough cumulative point total to surpass her.

This is a good reason to find out if there will be any changes to the scoring for Sunday...

16. ian b wrote...

July 12, 2009 12:51 AM

rip it a new one steve!!
go the commando!

17. Red wrote...

July 12, 2009 1:45 AM

Mikko for king!!

Annie for queen!!!

18. grambo replied to comment from Josh...

July 12, 2009 2:00 AM

From a comment from a CrossFit Calgary member at the games (copy paste from OPT's blog):

Tomorrow's WOD's are:

1) 1 RM Snatch - 10 min time limit

2) AMRAP in 8 min: 4HSPU, 8KB Swings (2pood/1.5 pood), 12 GHD's

3) Chipper form hell - 1 round for time - TBD

Team WOD - No updates here but the team is focused and ready to go hard.

19. Matt Swift wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:14 AM

Rock the house Steve, bring it home bro!

20. marc wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:31 AM

Whoooo Commando Steve! Definately not the Biggest Loser... LOL

P.S Sorry for the ridiculously unfunny pun
P.P.S Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!

21. Rookie wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:35 AM

Steve - Go hard mate. Awesome effort today. Rest up tonight and smash it tomorrow

22. kent wrote...

July 12, 2009 2:59 AM

bring it home to NC Sara & Spencer. You got this

23. Vic, CrossFit Osan wrote...

July 12, 2009 3:20 AM

Those of us who were at the European Qualifiers knew that Mikko was going to excel, we call him the Cyborg, we honestly dont think he is human and we believe that him Josh Everett and Speal were all dropped off here on earth years ago to live amongst us. Great Job Europe, i cant wait for Day 2, here is a little advice, The Cyborg never gets tired!!

24. b wrote...

July 12, 2009 3:29 AM

what is wrong with the scoring link? its not working. who the fuck is in the top 16? these updates totally suck.

25. Graham replied to comment from b...

July 12, 2009 3:34 AM

The link is working. Just scroll down the page to see results.

26. Ralph wrote...

July 12, 2009 3:35 AM

Awesome job by all, great events.

Some debate on placing or time and I think placing was fine for everything, but not the sandbag run.

If you take places 19, 20, and 21 and their finish in the sandbag run was literally only a few seconds slower than basically everyone else, but ended up pushing them way back.

It just seems a bit skewed when a 1 minute event (1st to last was only 40 seconds difference) can quite literally make all the difference in the world.

A single slip is the difference between watching Sunday and or competing Sunday.

Nothing against the top 16, just would have been nice to see the Sandbag event as long as it was weighted in points, maybe a 2 to 3 minute event.

Other than that, what an amazing event which will only get better each year.

27. Charlie DeWeese wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:09 AM

is there a link to the results?

July 12, 2009 4:14 AM

At the top of the Games page it says live scoring. Click on Mens or Womens to see results after day 1. When the page appears may have to scroll down to see the results.

29. Mike M wrote...

July 12, 2009 4:43 AM

Those of us that saw Blair Morrison destroy the field at the Mid-Atlantic knew he would do well in Aromas, yet he's still not getting any real CF love. Keep up the good work Blair you will come out on top!

30. George wrote...

July 12, 2009 5:28 AM

Has anyone tested positive for PED?

31. nick at OTG wrote...

July 12, 2009 6:00 AM

Looking at the scoring, how could anyone who didn't compete in the last round be ahead of those that did. If you're still competing, then you're obviously going to accrue more points, which would slide you down the list.
Unfair to those that made the final WOD, to be ranked lower than those that didn't.
Anyone have any insight as to why this is?

32. OmarOmar wrote...

July 12, 2009 6:02 AM

Here's a short video from BootCamp - Iceland, where Sveinbjorn and Annie train:
And here's some pictures from within the gym:

They've been training CrossFit techniques at CrossFit Sport in Iceland for two months following the local Games.

33. Jeff Chester wrote...

July 12, 2009 6:05 AM

Canada West kickin butt! Much Canuck love comin down to you from the great white north. Kill it today!!!!!

34. Leon R replied to comment from Graham...

July 12, 2009 6:17 AM

I know you simply stated a fact but i've just spat my coffee out at this. Just the thought of b staring at a blank screen without scrolling down I guess!

35. peter wrote...

July 12, 2009 6:38 AM

anybody have any information on how the drug testing is panning out? is there a list of who has been eliminated from competition, or is it listed anywhere on the site?

36. Kim Malz~FitMom wrote...

July 12, 2009 7:08 AM

CrossFit Games 2009 was a great ride! The organization was superb, HQ staff friendly and helpful, and the competitors personable.

I had a ball getting to know many of them while hanging in "the barn"!

37. ALEX wrote...

July 12, 2009 7:42 AM

The `` cyborg''of European qualifiers still a lot of war, Mikko Salo incredible, everything you see is whether in the OPT end of today, sure to be there until the end, well the Australian willis, great warrior, counting the days to compete, I hope to be there next year! train, train, train ....!!!


38. Josh wrote...

July 12, 2009 7:48 AM

Does anyone know how they differentiated athletes who were tied after the 4th WOD? I.e. three pairs of men were tried, 64 pts, 95 pts, 100 pts... that should have allowed 19 men to advance to Sunday. With the women H. Keenan was tied with Holmes for 117 pts... why isn't she allowed to compete Sunday when she has the same # of points as Holmes? Just curious.

39. Michael wrote...

July 12, 2009 7:54 AM

Scoring rules were posted prior to games clearly stating rules about tied athletes- if in event of tie on points then athlete with lowest individual placing in any of the events completed goes through. H

40. anthony cook wrote...

July 12, 2009 7:57 AM

Josh - it went to best overall performance in individual events to whittle it down to the field of 32.

41. TC wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:01 AM

Spealler keeps getting savaged by the big weights every year. Its enough (for me at least) to make one argue for a bodyweight based score for lifting. Even for metcon level lifting, 75 lbs is half or more than half of his bodyweight. He won that bastard of a run, and put in a solid performance overall, but this is definitely a competition where beef has the advantage.

42. Terry wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:07 AM

Joe Please stop commenting

43. AJ P. wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:07 AM

GO TOMMY GO! Awesome work, keep it up today.

44. DE wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:13 AM

TC...I agree it is tough for a Spealler to win something like this. But, he has an advantage on the runs, just like the other guys have an advantage with the weights. Carrying 225 over 7.1km is a little more difficult than carrying 135. And those big guys should have had even more fatigue following it.

The only thing I think we should have seen is some gymnastic type stuff on Day 1. It really seemed to be heavy after the first WOD, and I think that is where some of the smaller guys probably struggled. Although, in my opinion, WOD 5 had nothing to do with weight and everything to do with just fighting through the pain to get down into that squat. (at least that was my experience in doing it)

45. Josh wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:14 AM

Found it... Thanks.

"6. After the fifth event, the 16 men and 16 women with the lowest total points will be invited to compete on Sunday. If by chance there is a tie for 16th place, the athlete with the best single placement in any of the five events will be awarded the invite."

Still doesn't provide clarification for the men that were tied at 64, 95 and 100... it specifically states if tie for 16th place then... Was it posted somewhere else? To make it more clear it should have stated, "If by chance there is a tie for any place..."

Kind of sucks for the tied person b/c cutting off the tied person somewhat waters down the whole "fittest person" concept; fitness should be tied to an overall performance, not an individual event domination. If, for instance 2 people were tied for 16th and one scored 1 on the one event and then 7 on each of the remaining 4 events and the 2nd person scored five on one event and 6 on the remaining 4 events (both have score of 29) the tie breaker goes to the person that scored a 1 one on one event. Again this is ironic because the more consistent performer is cut off from being in the top 16.

Just a thought, not trying to spark a debate. Can someone confirm if I'm correct in saying that that is a part of what crossfit preaches: overall fitness and mastery of numerous sports, not individual sport dominance?

46. Tracy wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:22 AM

Does anyone know what happened to Caity Matter? I don't see any results for her past event 3, so she wasn't eliminated. Just curious where she was the champ last year.

47. Matthew Bahosh wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:23 AM

Someone should do a report on the condition of the athletes after the events from yesterday and what they are doing to help to continue through todays WOD's.

48. Roland replied to comment from nick at OTG...

July 12, 2009 8:24 AM

Nick, I think that the live scoring pages were done in a bit of a hurry. There were a lot of changes on the data displayed over the hours the lists were up. Thank you, IT guys, for reacting on the lack of information coming from Aromas ;)

@TC, if that is so, then please take my height (190cm and reach of 250cm) into account with ALL the workouts. I guess at some stage we shall see a workout where the athlete has to do a certain work in a certain time - obviously after taking all the measurements, etc. Rather keep it simple.

49. Ron replied to comment from Tracy...

July 12, 2009 8:34 AM

Caity did not compete in the fourth event and as a result was dropped going into the fifth workout.

50. Tracy wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:38 AM

Joe, that would explain Caity not competing in event 5 but she doesn't have any score for event 4. The other athletes that were eliminated with the second cut all have times for the row/sledge event.

51. Tracy replied to comment from Ron...

July 12, 2009 8:39 AM

I'm just wondering why she didn't compete. Is she injured or did she decide to call it a day?

52. Duke Nukem wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:41 AM

Things I'd like to see:

1) Update on drug testing. Who tested positive? How many athletes just didn't show up (and you can speculate whether it's because they would have tested positive or if they just couldn't make it for other reasons).

2) Video postings. It shouldn't be much trouble to have some video taken of this thing and posted as downloadable video since there was no live streaming video. Is Cfit trying to keep all video in-house to try and make money on it, or just waiting till the event is over and all the video is "official" and "approved", etc...

3) Interviews with the athletes and what they think about the games. Do they think the events were fair for all the athletes? What did they think about zero gymnastic events or AMRAP style workouts in Day 1? How did they feel after each workout? What did they think was the hardest? What did they think about the workouts like hammer/row, sandbag (very little to separate 1st to 50th, yet weighted the same as 45min run), etc...

53. Lessons Learned - CTFD wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:44 AM

Many armchair logisticians/IT managers out in the internets: Any voting/scoring system can be shown to have flaws (yes, some are more "fairer than others").

And suprisingly, a relatively new large scale event can have IT glitches ("why can't I have the results emailed to me in real time in pdf/cvs/xml etc?!" "Why don't the athletes have wifi and webcams attached to their heads?"). Criticism is easy, solutions are better, drive on - carpe diem crossfit.

54. Alex wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:45 AM

Congrats to everyone. You guys and girls are an inspiration to crossfitters everywhere

55. dan wrote...

July 12, 2009 8:48 AM

how does the scoring for sunday work? do you still add your ranking in each event to your total rankings?

if there are 52 points betwen OPTbro and tommy and there are only 16 ppl, even if OPTbro got 1st in all of them and tommy was 16th in all of them

OPTbro +3
tommy +48

that means OPTbro still can't jump 52 points past tommy no matter what? what's going on

July 12, 2009 8:49 AM

There were some interviews on CF Radio yesterday at various times throughout the day. There is also a video on the main page today of the first event. Not much but it is better than nothing.

57. Duke Nukem wrote...

July 12, 2009 9:00 AM

Hammering looks funny. I bet that was good for some laughs. Especially if you have someone that just doesn't "get it" or isn't coordinated, probably looks like someone trying to throw a baseball that's never tried before.

58. Shane S replied to comment from dan...

July 12, 2009 9:06 AM

Good point Dan. It was stated earlier that the same scoring system will continue on Sunday with the scores being added to Saturday's. Not everyone can win today. Even if OPT bro crushes every event today, it is mathematically impossible for him to win the Games since someone is guaranteed to have a lower score than him.

59. Latham wrote...

July 12, 2009 9:16 AM

Awesome highlights video!

60. dan replied to comment from Shane S...

July 12, 2009 9:17 AM

that doesn't make any sense. am i missing something here? lets say tommy gets last in every event (very unlikely) and ends up with a score of 106. what's the point of having 16 competitors compete if about 1/3 of them probably has no chance of winning. i'm pretty sure they're gonna change the scoring slightly

very, very slim chance of winning
khalipa, 100, would have to place x+y+z leonard, 100, ditto

impossible to win:
thiel, 103, even if he got 1st in all 3 events, would only tie with tommy if he got last in every event
wickham, 108
OPTbro, 110

61. MB wrote...

July 12, 2009 9:27 AM

I've been thinking about the Games scoring regarding the second day of individual competition. I think the current scoring system makes the second day's workouts much less significant than the first day's workouts. The top male is 52 points ahead of the last male. This is almost insurmountable because of the fact that there are only 16 competitors in the second day. So an athlete completely bombs the workout, the worst that can happen is that the leader of that workout gains 16 points on him. This is in stark contrast to yesterday where the leader would have gained more than 70 points as a result. The cuts make later workouts less significant.

This problem can be resolved easily by changing the way day 2 is scored. I propose that all the workouts be re-ranked with only the top 16 atheletes in the ranking. This way the workouts on day 2 will be on equal footing with the workouts on day 1. And the scores will only reflect the top 16 athletes' performance relative to each other. This will cause quite a change in the ranking after day 1, but will be a better base from which to give day two's wokrouts equal weight. The new ranking would look like this:

Points Name
30 Mikko Salo
33 Tommy Hackenbruck
35 Jason Khalipa
35 Moe Kelsey
38 Peter Egyed
39 Spencer Hendel
39 DJ Wickham
40 Sveinbjorn Sveinbjornsson
43 Blair Morrison
43 Steve Willis
44 Jeff Leonard
44 James FitzGerald
47 Michael FitzGerald
49 David Millar
48 Patrick Burke
52 Jeremy Thiel

This brings the point difference to only 22. It heats up everyone's chances on day two while still acknowledging the importance of day one. Anyone have thoughts about this?

62. dan wrote...

July 12, 2009 9:28 AM

i didn't think of that

it still seems a little bit iffy though ...
i doubt any of these athletes will fail to finish

but we'll see what the chipper is

63. Shane S wrote...

July 12, 2009 9:34 AM

Well you can't DNF on a 1RM snatch, and I don't expect anyone will DNF on the basic metcon. Maybe on the chipper.
It specifically says on the post from July 6: "There will be multiple events on Sunday, and the same scoring by rank will continue and be added to Saturday's totals. At the end of Sunday's events, the man and woman with the fewest total points from all events on both days will be crowned Champions."
I don't see what the point of limiting it to 16 competitors if some of the competitors have no chance of winning.

64. Russell Pettypiece wrote...

July 12, 2009 9:36 AM

nice work by OPT and brOPT...2 canadians in the final day

65. Alex replied to comment from b...

July 12, 2009 9:37 AM

1s time using a computer I guess. Ease of the PCP and use the results link at the top of the page

66. dan replied to comment from MB...

July 12, 2009 9:37 AM

that sounds like a good idea

but even if they don't change the current scoring system, its still a fair test for fitness. it just makes the finish less exciting and more predictable

67. Ben wrote...

July 12, 2009 9:38 AM

Peter E the west valley of AZ is cheering you on homeboy.

68. df wrote...

July 12, 2009 9:50 AM

There's been an error. The world's "Fittest Man" will be determined on July 26, 2009.

69. MattR replied to comment from MB...

July 12, 2009 9:51 AM

I was going to propose the same thing but was too lazy to recalculate everyone's points. The method you propose puts equal weight to each event. By using the current scoring method, the earlier events are more heavily weighted.

July 12, 2009 9:52 AM

Russell, don't forget about Lauren Pryor too!

71. df wrote...

July 12, 2009 10:11 AM

Joe, So much for the whole notion of "CF Community". You are one angry, ignorant and mean MF'er. And no that is not a compliment. Please shut up.

72. Matt replied to comment from MB...

July 12, 2009 10:24 AM

I really like this idea. I would add that the same adjustment be made after each cut, not just the final 16.

July 12, 2009 11:33 AM

There were some interviews on CF Radio yesterday at various times throughout the day. There is also a video on the main page today of the first event. Not much but it is better than nothing.

74. Andy K. wrote...

July 12, 2009 12:49 PM

Great vid.--but we could easily do w/o the horrid foul language in the beginning and the crotch grab at the end ...