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!

OPT Final Event Interview, Part 2

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Last night's interview continues....

OPT Final Event Interview Part II ...[wmv][mov]

3 Comments

Did anyone else notice that OPT seemed so amped up for the clean and jerks that he was literally "licking his chomps" in excitement.

By Adam/TempleOwl on July 11, 2008 4:18 PM

opt, no idea how you weigh 165. you look like a beast. anyways, good interview. I like hearing how you think about workouts. it's great! keep up the good work. inspiring for sure

By RSD 21/m/190#/6'1 on July 11, 2008 8:58 PM

Gillian had 20 years of competitive emotional, psychological, and physical experience before she began training for the Games, and she began training for the Games three months before them. Caity Matter and Tonya Wagner seem to have the same level of competitive experience, if not also the same length (I had little chance to speak with them at length).

This base of experience enabled Gillian to place First after Day 1. The events on Saturday were closely matched to her physical experience: running, pull-ups, burpees (push-ups/gymnastics).

The thrusters and dead-lifts are movements she become competent in very quickly, so performance was consistent there.

The "tale of the tape" came with the C&J's. Gillian can do 30 handstand push-ups, dead-lift 300#, and hang from a bar until the cows come home. While Gillian has worked hard at the jerk, it was still a mental process for her, so speed won out over coordination. The strategy for her in Sunday's event was to clean the bar into a squat and thruster overhead.

The top three women placed appropriately from the perspective of overall general fitness combined with skill-application experience.

Dave Lipson, also from CrossFitNYC, placed 14th having no idea what order of events he was competing in until Friday night. His years of competitive experience combined with Crossfitting only three months being the determining factors.

OPT: Thank you for paving the way for future athletes to excel at our sport. While the Games will be randomly wonderful for everyone to compete in, the Top Crofitters will always be the ones who consistently leverage past experience whih consistent ".com" training, skill practice and recovery.

By Michael Pommerening on July 12, 2008 3:31 PM