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 1

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In this interview, James Fitzgerald ("OPT") talks about the final event of the games. Interesting to hear the pre-event perspective, now that we know how it came out. Tune back in for parts 2 and 3 coming up.

OPT Final WOD Interview, Part I ...[wmv][mov]

6 Comments

How can you not learn something from this guy?!? Each interview I've seen has given me a deeper glimpse into how much of a true athlete OPT is. Such a profound knowledge of our "sport". A big part of what separates the elite athlete from the rest of the pack is the ability to read into a WOD and have a game plan that is specific to your own body and mind. My approach to the final workout at the games was very similar to what OPT described. I had considered the clean/thruster option, but was unsure of how much gas I had left in the tank. Three WOD's in one day is more than I had done before and it left my quads in shambles. So a full squat clean and jerk at whatever intensity I could muster was my game plan. I was super impressed with every athlete at the games, but I'm in awe with the guys like Pat, OPT, and Speal (among others) who were lifting crazy amounts of weight relative to BW. Good on you guys - totally inspiring!

By Chan on July 10, 2008 9:34 PM

I agree with the post above, everytime I talk to OPT or watch one of his videos I feel that I learn something. OPT takes his training and knowledge of Crossfit very seriously which I totally appreciate and admire. Great job this year at the games!

By khalipa on July 10, 2008 10:16 PM

Who is the dude in the background 3/4ths of the way through drinking a beer?? Nice!

By James F on July 11, 2008 7:36 AM

Hail OPT!

Amazing human being with a wealth of knowledge and life lessons to learn from.

Time to go to Calgary!

By sevan on July 11, 2008 7:39 AM

I've learned a lot from OPT!

James is an amazing trainer and is truly inspirational. I met James about a year ago because I wanted to get into ‘better’ shape and try some different workouts. A year ago I had never heard of CrossFit and I was nowhere close to doing one pull-up. This year I placed 24th at the Games, and I can’t image not being a part of CrossFit. This is all because of James, who has motivated and inspired me to keep getting stronger and faster. Now I can’t wait for next year’s games.

Thanks James!!!

By Shelly on July 11, 2008 8:47 AM

Great start to a great interview. Even more impressive is how James kept a straight face while I was standing behind Tony trying to make James laugh!

James' philosophies and training methods reflected positively on my performance at the Games and I simply don't have the words to thank him for that. But above all that, his friendship and loyalty throughout the years are much more important to me.

By gaucoin on July 11, 2008 12:05 PM