The judges at the Games were extremely professional throughout the weekend. "Just to be clear," Dave Castro told them, "you are not cheerleaders. That's what the crowd is for." In spite of this, they are still CrossFit trainers, and seeing athletes push their limits can excite even the best of them.
Dan Thacker of CrossFit Valley Park, who watched the action from the stands, sent in this picture of Chuck Carswell and Blair Morrison. He wrote, "I was amazed at how well the judges did. I've been a judge for many local competitions and it is such a hard job. They all deserve tremendous recognition. Chuck Carswell showed tremendous enthusiasm with the athletes. You could really see his passion. Anyway, just thought I'd pass this one along. Great job on the event! Can't wait until next year."
HQ trainer Todd Widman judged many of the events throughout the weekend. He had this to say about the competition, and the judging in particular:
"I can sum up my experience at the 2009 Games with one word: Heart.
This was the first CrossFit Games I had the privilege of attending and was humbled to have the opportunity to help out as a judge for the competing athletes. Though not knowing fully what that charge would entail I was certain we would see some extraordinarily talented athletes compete, so in turn I was not shocked at the caliber of athleticism displayed over the three days.
Also, the standards for judging were neither that surprising nor different than any other CrossFit event, a squat is a squat, whether in Aromas or Montana. Once a few specifics were decided upon, i.e. what did and did not equal a repetition for scoring, we were off and running.
What shocked me was the heart each and every athlete displayed, through every workout, all day, every day of the Games. Every one of the athletes endured limitless physical, mental, and emotional hardship all day long, and did so with a positive attitude bordering on selflessness. More emotion was spent by the competitors on cheering for others than themselves. More drive was put forth to better one's times and weights, for that reason alone, than to win when stacked up against another's time or weight.
These were amazing athletes with a ton of heart at the 2009 Games, but are, more notably, remarkable people.
Thank you to the 2009 CrossFit Games competitors for outwardly displaying all that is exceptional about CrossFit."
Although Todd thanks the competitors, and we in turn do the same, we must stop and give thanks to the many volunteers, media personnel, and the outstanding judges that held the high standards that CrossFit demands.