The All Star Wrapup

July 14, 2009 6:00 PM

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_SDY3803 (2).jpgCrossFit Journal staff writer Mike Warkentin wrote an in-depth article about the fierce competition at the 2009 CrossFit Games in Aromas, CA. In the article, Mike runs through the various grueling WODs that the athletes went through. We also learn about the fittest man and woman-Mikko Salo and Tanya Wagner.

You can read the full article in the CrossFit Journal.

14 comments on this entry.

July 14, 2009 10:39 PM

I'm aware this is a long shot, but this is an FYI to anyone who found a digital sony camera, point & shoot, at the games. I left it in the back near medical where the ice bath was. I train at Crossfit One World with Freddy Camacho, and can be reached by posting on One World's blog.

I inquired about a lost and found, however no one seemed to know whether or not there was one at the games.

Thank you very much

2. Mike M wrote...

July 15, 2009 5:17 AM

Before I open this issue up I want to say that I thought the games programming was fantastic. However I am more than a little disappointed in the programming simply for the fact that we were led to believe it was going to be something it wasn't by Greg Glassman. In a video interview Glassman stated "None of the competitors will have done any of the workouts, and perhaps more significantly none of the athletes will have ever competed in several of the movements."

Other than the sledge event, all of the movements were Crossfit standard. We had months of buildup and speculation for nothing really out of the ordinary. It was a huge letdown in my opinion.

July 15, 2009 6:03 AM

Will - there was, in fact, a Lost and Found. I didn't look in the box, so I have no clue if a camera was in there. Have you tried contacting Dave Castro or Tony Budding? :)

4. sevan wrote...

July 15, 2009 11:45 PM

Hi Mike,

A "huge let down" .....

Like when you realize one of your parents has Alzheimer's ?

or is it more like when you find out your best buddy and CF workout partner is shagging your wife ... twice a day for the past year?

or is it more like when you pop 4 viagra and "she" cancels your dinner date ?

or is the "huge let down" you are talking about, more like when you find out your track that you have been doing your 8 minute Helen on for the past 3 years is only 300 meters long.

or is it more like when you goto a supermarket and they are out of cookie dough ice-cream?

Which huge let down are you talking about?

5. Mike M replied to comment from sevan ...

July 16, 2009 4:45 AM

Seven -

It would be more like the 8 minute Helen example. Of course if you could remove your head from Glassman's @$$ it might be a little easier for you to understand some people's complaints on some Crossfit related issues. But please, keep deflecting the issues in your normal sarcastic manner.

I'm sure you'll continue to be a blind zealot to the master. Keep up the fair work.

6. Ralph replied to comment from Mike M...

July 16, 2009 6:54 AM

I think both you guys have shown how much CrossFit means to you.

I totally understand how people can be upset with something like a 1 minute workout that can skew scores big time or a 145lb snatch or people not being able to do handstand push ups or the drunk guy that was kept bumping into you at the games.

Nobody is perfect (other than Miko and Tanya) and we all learn from the past.

We now know how to be better even if it is hard to swallow at times, we're not perfect nor is anyone else.

We all have to admit that CrossFit or that style no matter where you are in the world, ROCKS!

Just like anything that is new, it will have to trudge through the mud to get to where it wants to be as well as get accepted.

7. sevan wrote...

July 16, 2009 8:28 AM

Hey Mike,

Glassman doesn't really like my head up his ass. I think it is the girth of my nose that causes him discomfort. I usually just drop to one knee and avert my eyes.

Deflect the issues ? Maybe it is you who is deflecting the issue.

Maybe the real issue is that the games were amazing and awe inspiring and you are "deflecting" - by - complaining and talking about "huge let downs" and then when confronted about your behavior you attack... me.

"Keep up the fair work." nice touch :)

You are the one that came on a public forum and gave your opinion. I listened and tried to put your statement in perspective, contextualize it, and give it relativity. You didn't like that huh ? Why didn't you like that ?

I think what you ment to say was - "the games were great and amazing and I enjoyed being front and center and it was a privilege to rub elbows with Tanya and Mikko. Next year I hope there are more events that none of the athletes have ever participated in."

You sound luke the guy who just won 40 million in the lotto and is complaining that you have to pay $18,000,000 in taxes.

Hi Ralph -

When my wife says she'll be home at 6pm and instead she gets home at 8pm, I am not the person that slaps her and yells at her when she comes in the front door. I don't tell her that I am "hugely disappointed".

I instead have dinner ready, give her a hug, and ask her how her day is. I don't complain and project my whiny bullshit and insecurities, and expectations onto her. That is how I show my love and passion and "how much SHE (CrossFit) means to me"

BTW - i am not married.

8. GW wrote...

July 16, 2009 10:12 AM

Ralph, you obviously have no idea who Sevan is or what kind of dedication and sacrifice he has made to Crossfit if you challenge "what Crossfit means to him." Please, do a little research, then come back and think about retracting that comment. It may not mean much to Sevan, but that comment actually offends me.

Mike, I'm going to bite my tongue and save most of what I am thinking, but I would like to comment. As a participant in the Affiliate Cup, and a friend and training partner of Tommy Hackenbruck, I was very close and involved with all of the workouts last weekend. While my understanding of your complaint is limited, I do kinda/sorta get where you're coming from. However, I don't think anyone has seen a sand bag hill sprint in a comp. The snatch/wallball couplet is not a workout that I have seen, and the spike drive speaks for itself. I don't believe that ANYONE saw a 7.1k hill run coming, the dead lift progression was bad ass, and I would be willing to bet that NO ONE in the finals had ever had a wod as grueling as the final chipper. Let alone that the finalists had to go through eight workouts in two days. What more could you ask for?? All domains were tested, no weakness left unexposed. Coach, or anyone else for that matter, cannot just create new movements out of thin air. It is the structure of the workouts using existing movements that was the challenge.

Thank you for all that you do for the community. Your videos continue to provide inspiration as well as awareness to thousands of new Crossfitters daily. We all owe you a debt of gratitude for your work.

P.S. I watched everysecond counts a couple times a week leading up to the games. A little extra motivation for me!!


9. Mike M replied to comment from sevan ...

July 16, 2009 10:29 AM

Sevan -

How am I deflecting issues? My opening sentence states that I thought the programming of this years games was FANTASTIC!
I loved everything about this years games and would not change a single WOD. I even hope next year follows a similar format. Please test all 10 domains of fitness before declaring a champion. I'm 100% on board with that.

I haven't even complained about the scoring because I thought that was spot on as well.

My disappointment was the build up to seeing new unknown movements that didn't materialize.

BTW - Your little analogy makes you seem like a whiny bitch, because the reason your wife was 2hours late was probably due to her banging a co-worker. Your just to spineless to question her on it.

It's unwavering unquestioning people like you who give Crossfit a bad name and it's perceived cult like status. It's ok to question authority or raise debate every now and then especially if you want Crossfit to grow. No one's going to take away your card.

10. sevan wrote...

July 16, 2009 10:40 AM


I see your point.

11. sevan wrote...

July 16, 2009 10:43 AM

and I enjoyed the discussion.

12. Mike M replied to comment from GW...

July 16, 2009 10:46 AM

GW -

I understand where your coming from, but at the end of the day the 7.1k hill run is still a run. We run 5k and 10ks all the time in Crossfit. Canada east did one in their Regional and the Aussies had a big sand dune run. The DL progress is still just DLs, and I do similar chippers all the time since I follow the SEALfit WODs.

Again, I'm not bashing the programming of the games. I was just expecting something completely from left field and other than the sledge event I didn't see it.

13. Ralph replied to comment from GW...

July 17, 2009 8:27 AM

My comments were meant to say that they both actually do really like CrossFit, not that their responses showed that they didn't like it.

I was trying to say that no matter finish 1st or last, no matter if you agree or not that everyone (almost) on here loves CrossFit because of everything that it represents.

The back and forth banter is because of how passionate everyone is so even though there are arguments, the love is there....

does that make more sense...

14. Nick wrote...

July 17, 2009 12:55 PM

Just out of curiousity, did Mike M compete in the Crossfit Games? I am only asking because it seems by the language he uses that he trained for the "unknown," yet got the "known." If he did, then I think it is a benefit to you, Mike M, because Crossfit teaches variety, whether that be in movements, reps, duration, skills, you get the picture. By constantly varying your workout, you benefit. But hey, everybody on this page knows that. Preaching to the choir....

With regards to the sledgehammer-totally functional fitness. It was interesting to watch how taxing it was on most people to be that fatigued and do something that, from a distance, seems so benign. Great test of accuracy and core strength.

Sevan-you should moonlight as a comedian,seriously, cracking me up (but don't stop doing videos)