What are the CrossFit Games?

“In implementation, this looks like sport. This is revolutionary. It's as distinctive of the program as are the movements and the charter of functionality and variance. Our workouts are competitive events.

The strength and value of CrossFit lies entirely within our dominance of other athletes. This is a truth divined through competition, not debate.”

Greg Glassman, CrossFit Co-Founder & CEO
3, 2, 1 — GO!

The Games are over and the results are in!

The Top Female CrossFitter for 2008 is Caity Matter of Gahanna, OH, where she trains with Rogue Fitness. Tanya Wagner took second place and Gillian Mounsey took third.

The Top Male CrossFitter for 2008 is Jason Khalipa of CrossFit Unlimited in Milpitas, CA. Josh Everett came in second, with Jeremy Thiel in third.

The Affiliate Cup was won by the team from CrossFit Oakland.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the volunteers, spectators, and competitors for a great weekend!

Athlete Profile: Gillian Mounsey

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Gillian Mounsey ...[wmv][mov]

Age: 30
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 136
Home town:
Queens, NYC
Affiliate: Black Box CrossFit NYC

Occupation: Personal Trainer

Sports History: gymnastics for 20 years, track and field (800m, 100 & 400m hurdles, discus), physical fitness competition, push-up world record holder, distance running, ballroom dance, mixed martial arts.

Fran 3:00
Diane 4:37 (w 185lb DL), 3:37 (w 155lb DL)
Cindy 26 rounds
Mary 11 rounds
Linda 19:11
Grace 3:14
Squat 235
Deadlift 285
Press 120

I have been CrossFitting now for three months with the Black Box. I have been competing in sport since the age of 2 when I started gymnastics.

Now, after 28 years I have found my home as an athlete - how I wish I had happened on CrossFit long ago. This is by far the hardest I have ever worked and the most fun I have ever had in pursuit of skill and athleticism.

I expect the games to be a showcase and celebration of the best and most dedicated CrossFitters. Of course, I expect the level of competition to be exceptional - the intensity to be unparalleled. I am honored just to be in the presence of my CrossFit role models (that I watch endless video hours of all night long). I embrace the opportunity to go head to head with other athletes that hold the CrossFit philosophy of elite fitness and competition as sacred as I do.

As a relative CrossFit newcomer, my weakness is my unfamiliarity with the movements and lack of experience. My personal philosophy is that success lies in the art of practice and I wish I had more time leading up to the games to do so. I do know however that I am a fierce competitor with unbreakable spirit. I play to win and I never ever give up. My strength lies in my ability to focus under any conditions.

I have no idea, nor do I have enough experience to venture a guess as to what the events will be. I'd love to see lots of pull-ups and handstand push-ups (anything upper body), please no wall-ball.

My strategy has been to stick straight to the WOD's as rx'd with some skill work in the areas that I have never done before such as the Olympic lifts. I still do quite a bit of additional running as it is in the nature of my job. Other than that, my level of fitness comes from play. I've never met a monkey bar that I didn't do pull-ups on or a tree that I couldn't climb. So basically, I plan to have a great time, meet great people, be inspired, enjoy every aspect of each event and perform the only way I know how - 110%.


Gillian Mounsey should be the first female human to be cloned and reproduced in mass quantities.

By sleeveless in seattle on June 23, 2008 4:52 PM

Wow. As in, "wowza." That's quite a resume!

I want a Gillian Mounsey CrossFit t-shirt... Front: "CrossFit: The Hardest You'll Ever Work"; Back: "The Most Fun You'll Ever Have."

While I'm at it, can I get a Gillian Mounsey action figure?

By Adam K - CrossFit Podunk on June 23, 2008 5:49 PM


By Miranda and Rebecca 801 on June 23, 2008 6:24 PM

freddy c.

geez freddy are you seeing this? what have you gotten me into? are the women going to kick our ass too? damn!

By ken c on June 23, 2008 6:47 PM

I'm so intimidated. Are any normal crossfitters going to be there? I thought I was decent at crossfit, now I know I have to work a lot harder. Everyone posted here is just beastly. Is there point in getting my ass whooooooooped!?!

3.2.1 GO!

By RW on June 23, 2008 7:23 PM

Gillian lives to conquer!

By Elisama Colon on June 23, 2008 7:25 PM

"Push up world record holder"!!!

That's awesome. What's the record?

By Austin@Unlimited on June 23, 2008 8:19 PM

I'm with Austin. What is the Push-up World Record?

ken c.- Man up!

RW- this years Games will have "Standards of Movements" that all of us will have to adhere by. I am guessing that some of us normal Crossfitters will at least be in the mix (the bottom portion of the mix!) with judges watching all the reps. Keep training hard RW and remember:

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

Teddy R.

By freddy c._one world on June 23, 2008 10:34 PM

freddy c.

that's just great. i make a joke and you hit me with "man up!" nice dig man. nice dig. :)

go gillian! hope you kick freddy's ass.

By ken c on June 24, 2008 5:32 AM

Nice use of the Presidential quote, there, Freddy. I'm gonna have to make a wallpaper out of that one (I make CrossFit wallpapers out of great sayings that emerge from CrossFit, like "World Class Fitness in 100 Words", etc. Keeps me inspired.).

By Adam K - CrossFit Podunk on June 24, 2008 6:15 AM

To those competing against Gillian- you have no idea what you're getting yourself into. She's the nicest person in the world; but when it comes to competition- she'll kick your butt and leave you in awe. You boys better train hard- you have no idea what you're up against!

By vanessa m. on June 24, 2008 7:10 AM

Forget the action figure, there should be a Gillian Transformer...the ripped CrossFit trainer that turms into the elegant Ballroom Dancer!

By Ross M on June 24, 2008 7:16 AM

GILLIAN IS A SUPERHERO!!! Forget the incredible Hulk, it's the Incredible Gillian!! I hope my kids grow up to be strong like her, she's my hero!!!!

By Justina on June 24, 2008 8:23 AM

Strong, Beautiful, what more could you ask for. All you competetors better be careful this women is the real deal, I think you all better bring it. I am thinking of a new superhero allias a combo between Wonderwoman, Bionic Woman, and She-ra.

By Keren D on June 24, 2008 8:58 AM

I see Gillian train. She's the toughest trainer and athlete I've ever seen in my life. I just love her beautiful arms, she's in beautiful shape. Love, T

By Teodoro Chavez on June 24, 2008 9:12 AM

Gillian is truly phenomenal, and even more inspiring in person. You guys have no idea what's in store for you at the Games!

By Staci on June 24, 2008 11:58 AM

WOW!!! How far you have come since the Flushing Y, I miss seeing you and the family. I was just looking at the WOD and who showed up? You. You are the Phenom. Hope to see you soon Gillian.

By kathy jahelka on June 24, 2008 12:12 PM

Best of luck - you represent Queens spectacularly!!!

By Sonia Sifneos on June 24, 2008 12:15 PM

Gillian, Way to go! You are and inspiration. I agree your arms are awesome but I feel without the great balance of your awesome delts back and traps they would look out of place. It's obvious you train for balance and broad fitness. Good luck at the Games.

By joetoledo on June 24, 2008 1:11 PM

Hey Gillie Bean!!! Way to kick some ass! Best of luck to all those competitors that you are going to wreck at the games:)NYC is pulling for You!!!All kidding aside you are a great person who will do great!You are my inspiration:)

By Paulie K on June 24, 2008 4:16 PM

Gillian video impressive. Does she have any competition? Best video on this site so far.

By Chris on June 25, 2008 5:04 AM

Wa wuh we wa! I gotta say...I'm highly impressed. You are going to kick some major a**. If you don't know by now, Gillian is one of the fittest man or woman that I know. Good luck in Cali.


By rwes on June 25, 2008 8:39 AM

Gillian is a true testament of power, beauty and strength. She is an unbelievable athlete and person

By Laurie on June 26, 2008 5:04 AM

This is what women were designed to be - gorgeous, strong and totally committed to self! Gill you are an amazing inspiration to us all.

FYI - For all you fans, her action figure is coming out in the fall:
"G.I. Gill" 19.95

Additional acessories:
workout gear 10.95
ballroom gown 15.95
Wonder Woman outfit 12.95
Can of Whup-Ass 9.95

LP loves you!

By SB on June 26, 2008 6:38 AM

you effin' rule!

By tom sachs on June 26, 2008 9:49 AM

To all the competitors- make no mistake- this woman is here to conquer! She is by far the toughest person i know. Watching her prepare for this event has been an education in dedication and truly inspiring for me!
love ya Gill!

By Rachel on June 26, 2008 4:42 PM

She's okay. She's my trainer. I taught her everything she knows. ( I am 71 1-2) I leave her in the dust. I would be at the competition, but I have to take care of my 6 grandchildren.Go Gillian!!

By arlene on June 27, 2008 9:27 AM

hey G...you are the goods!!! i would wish you luck in the games, but luck has nothing to do with it...you are the picture of a champion!!!

By Anthony G on June 27, 2008 12:08 PM

let the games begin! you go girl!!!!

By j.alsop on June 27, 2008 2:39 PM

The video may be impressive to most, but I trained with her. I know what she can do. I would love to go to the games and just watch the reactions on the peoples faces who see her for the first time. You can't tell by her face how intense she is, makes it look easy.She doesn't know second, if you beat her she'll come right back. Even walking with her, she has to be a step ahead! that competitive. Bring a camera if your attending the compition! I promise, you'll be seeing a lot of her after Julys' games. Go Sunshine!

By sam lumia on June 27, 2008 3:42 PM

Gillian is an extraordinary athlete and person. I feel lucky to know her and to have the opportunity to root for her in the games. She is truly inspiring!! This will be an incredible experience - have a blast, Gillian : )

By nan on June 30, 2008 1:06 PM

California, roll out the red carpet the next crossfit champion is coming.
She is going to crush the competition and she them driven before her.

By Jerry on July 1, 2008 6:48 PM

"brant" or whatever your stupid name is...its people lik you who are losers...who i feel bad for...gillian is a spectacular athlete an not on "roids" why? cause shes strong and can most likley kick ur ass? why can't a woman in society be just as strong if not stronger then those men (yes this is you) who are lazy and undedicated and dnt work as hard as her?
hmmmm take a look at ur strength and life before you say things tht arent true.

By jessica on July 7, 2008 7:22 PM

"brant" or whatever your stupid name is...its people lik you who are losers...who i feel bad for...gillian is a spectacular athlete an not on "roids" why? cause shes strong and can most likley kick ur ass? why can't a woman in society be just as strong if not stronger then those men (yes this is you) who are lazy and undedicated and dnt work as hard as her?
hmmmm take a look at ur strength and life before you say things tht arent true.

By jessica on July 7, 2008 7:24 PM

Gillian- met you at the airport in NY. I was the guy with the puppy, didn't know you were such a badass! Body is amazing! Great talking to you! Will

By Will Lanahan on September 16, 2008 5:05 PM