The Sweet 16

July 22, 2009 6:00 PM

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KhalipaWedding.jpgThirty-two men and women made it to Day 2 of the CrossFit Games. Mike Warkentin of the CrossFit Journal takes a closer look at these elite athletes and how they got to Aromas.

The CrossFit Games champions have been crowned, and you'll be hearing a lot about Tanya Wagner and Mikko Salo over the next year.

A host of other elite athletes turned in similarly outstanding performances at the Games, perhaps setting themselves up for a run at the title next year. What follows is a closer look at the top 16 male and female competitors who distinguished themselves at The Ranch.

Find out what sport many of the male competitors played in college.

Which two female athletes are related?

Who's father was an NFL middle linebacker?

Who celebrated a top 10 finish and a marriage less than a week apart?

Which qualifiers produced the most top athletes?

What happened to some of last year's top competitors?

Discover Tanya Wagner's first CrossFit workout.

Read the entire free 7-page article in the CrossFit Journal.

10 comments on this entry.

1. Kim Malz~FitMom wrote...

July 22, 2009 6:18 PM

All the best to Jason and his beautiful bride!

2. stan wrote...

July 22, 2009 7:50 PM

I liked the analysis of which athlete characteristics correlated with performance in particular events. However, I was curious about how predictive height and weight were of performance overall. So, being OCD and a geek I plotted the weight-to-height (lbs/in) ratio of all male athlete against ranking. There was a pretty strong positive correlation, such that higher placing individuals tended to weigh more relative to their body weight than lower placing individuals. The weight-to-height ratio of the top half of men was greater than the bottom half - this difference wasn't statistically significant, but it was pretty close (p = .08).

Oh, and in case someone cares, the average weight-to-height ratio of the top half of athletes was appx. 2.6. So, for me being 6'1", my "ideal" weight would be a muscular 190 lbs by this analysis.

If you're interested in more details, I'd be happy to discuss!

3. stan replied to comment from stan...

July 22, 2009 7:54 PM

Correction - should have read: "There was a pretty strong positive correlation, such that higher placing individuals tended to weigh more relative to their *HEIGHT* than lower placing individuals."

4. Leo S wrote...

July 23, 2009 8:33 AM

Jason - congratulations to you & your wife. Best of luck and happiness!

5. Wesley replied to comment from stan...

July 23, 2009 4:52 PM

I found your comment very interesting.. Given your study, what would be the ideal weight of a male 5'7 to have succeeded in the 09 CrossFit games????

6. stan replied to comment from Wesley...

July 23, 2009 6:05 PM

Wes, you would take your height in inches and multiply it by 2.6. This gives the target weight. In your case, 67 in * 2.6 = 175lbs. Of course, the top crossfitters are very lean, so 175lbs would only be ideal if it were lean, muscular poundage...

7. Ian J. wrote...

July 24, 2009 11:59 AM

Dr. Doran- Don't you need to be careful to describe what population you're drawing inferences about? The sample used in this case is severely left censored, consisting of only the top 16 athletes in the Games for each gender. From that type of sample, I would expect to get the statistically insignificant results you find.

8. Nick wrote...

July 24, 2009 1:50 PM

Great article, HOWEVER, one GIANT ommission is that Jerome Perryman was a U of O Duck in his college days. Come on, how you going to leave off a D-1 athlete and put people played "high school" ball? Talk about glory days, who cares what sports people played in high school?

9. Nick wrote...

July 24, 2009 1:58 PM

I need to retract my last statement...I realized that it was the top 16 they profiled, not all competitors. Must have been my unwavering loyalty to the Ducks that affected my ability to reason (and read)

10. Harold Doran replied to comment from Ian J....

August 7, 2009 11:03 AM

Ian, yes, you are absolutely correct. These data come from a highly selective sample of elite athletes. So, analyses based on these data don't necessarily generalize to the population at large. You make a good point.

Now, with that said since I did the radio program I have been contacted by other statisticians who have analyzed data from logsitall and another data source. Interestingly enough, they have come to similar conclusions about some WODs.

For instance, Fran in my data and in the data I have seen analyzed by others seems not to correlate with age, height or weight at all. That is interesting, no?

But, as I've said before and I'll continue to say, crossfitters are an amazing breed and trying to figure out from data what makes a good crossfitter is tough. There are a lot of variables and I am in love with people who have tons of heart!

Of course, I am a scientist, and as crossfitters we believe in the scientific approach to fitness, so data are useful. And, as a crossfit community, we should continue to think about good and appropriate uses of data.

Take care,
Harold