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!

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The CrossFit Games 2009 Affiliate Cup Challenge

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Pictured: CrossFit Oakland's winning affiliate team at the 2008 Games.

The CrossFit Games 2009 Affiliate Cup Challenge will start early on Friday, July 10th, 2009. There will be 1-3 team workouts (format to be announced later). The top 5 teams from these days events will then move forward to the Affiliate Cup Finals on Sunday morning, July 12th (prior to the Men's and Women's Top CrossFitter Finals). The winning team on Sunday will then be the 2009 CrossFit Games Top Affiliate.

An Affiliate Team can consist of a minimum of four to a maximum of six. The team needs to have a minimum of two men and two women. You must actively train at the affiliate facility to be part of a team.

All the workouts will be conducted as team workouts with teams of four. Two men and two women will be competing at one time as a team. This will allow team captains or coaches to substitute members prior to an event based on team members' individual strengths and weaknesses.

Workouts and the scoring system for Friday will be announced the week of the event. The workout for Sunday's finals will be announced Saturday night.

Athletes who qualify for the men's and women's individual competition may also be included on an affiliate team. Just understand they will have three days of multiple grueling workouts, and will be competing against others who are only in one event.

We recommend having tryouts and competitions within your affiliate to determine your team of four to six athletes. But that is just a recommendation. All teams are welcome no matter the ability or level of competitor. Scaling will be available on Friday, though it will disqualify you for Sunday.

Registration for teams will be open from June 1-12, 2009, or when all spots fill up (the number of spots for affiliate teams is undetermined at this time). The team registration fee will be $200.

There will be a cash prize and the winner will also get to keep the Affiliate Cup in their gym for the year.

CrossFit Games 2007 Top Affiliate - CrossFit Santa Cruz
CrossFit Games 2008 Top Affiliate - CrossFit Oakland

Announcing the 2009 CrossFit Games

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The official dates for the 2009 CrossFit Games will be July 11-12, 2009.

The exact format of the Games will not be announced until July. It is likely to be quite different from the 2008 format.

The 2009 Games will not be open enrollment. There will be no scaling. You must qualify to enter. Adequate performance in the 2008 Games will count. There will be a series of qualifying events around the country (world) in May, 2009.

More details to follow here over the coming months.

The Final, Final Results

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Inquiries have been researched, scoresheets have been reviewed, fat-fingered typos have been fixed, and the results re-calculated.

Below in PDF are the men's, women's, and team corrected final standings.

Thanks to all of the eagle-eyed reviewers helping us get this right, and thanks to you all for your patience. We didn't say *which* Wednesday we'd have the results retabluated, did we?

Men's Corrected Results (PDF)

Women's Corrected Results (PDF)

Corrected Team Standings (PDF)

The Announcing of the Final Event


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As most of you know, the choice of Sunday's event wasn't announced until Saturday after the first three events were completed.

Here's your chance to see the announcement, which includes the description of the standards. As some of the Khalipa-naysayers will discover, the "squat clean to thruster" technique was briefed to all the competitors as an allowable method of completing the work.

Check the reactions to the choice, too. More than a few groans (and several cheers) met the announcement.

Sunday's Event Announcement ...[wmv][mov]

Corrected Results, Men and Women

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Based on the queries for corrections submitted, we've reviewed the official scoresheets and made the appropriate corrections - final versions are in the PDFs.

Special "Spirit of CrossFit" kudos to Geoff Aucoin, who dropped himself out of a top-20 finish and into the DNF pack by admitting that he and his spotter mis-counted the reps on his final workout, resulting in a time based on 27 reps, not 30.

The outstanding integrity in coming forward, while small comfort for his drop in standings, elevates him to the top of the heap in my book.

UPDATE 13 JUL: Folks, looks like some technical difficulties with the results files, so I'm pulling them back to compare to an original file and the official timesheets. Will get them back up after some data validation. Sorry for the delay, and the angst.

Corrections to the Results? Send Them In!

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Competitors (and friends): Please take a look at the results PDF. If you find mistakes in the scores for the Games, please submit corrections to saturday@crossfitgames.com by Wednesday and we will verify those corrections using the original score sheets and get an update posted by Wednesday night.

Sunday's Workout and Schedule

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The final workout for the CrossFit Games will be as follows:

155 pound Squat Clean and Jerk, 30 reps (100 pounds for women)

The barbell goes from ground to overhead, passing through a front squat in which the crease of the hip passes below the height of the kneecap. The finish position is with the arms, hips and knees fully extended, arms overhead, with at least a portion of the ear visible in front of the arm. Dropping the barbell is acceptable.

The heat schedules are in the attached PDFs. See everyone tomorrow for a great finish to a great event! Again, parking will be tight so please carpool if you can. Come out to cheer on our amazing athletes.

Women's Heats

Men's Heats

Important: News and Announcements

Quick newsflashes, reminders, and announcements dispatched live from the Games will be added under the Newsflashes link at right. Please check there often for the latest updates. These will not appear on the front page of the Games blog.

Master Schedule


At last....the master schedule of competitors, heats, and time slots for the games.

CrossFit Games Master Schedule

You will need to use the zoom feature of your PDF reader to view the document. It will be available in consumable form at the Games site tomorrow. Don't forget: registration begins at 6am; plan on arriving early.

Volunteer Reporting

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Volunteer check-in begins at 6am on Saturday morning; please arrive as early as possible to get your assignment, point of contact, and t-shirt.

Rules Clarification: Deadlift

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For the Games deadlift, any stance is acceptable AS LONG AS YOUR HANDS ARE OUTSIDE YOUR KNEES.

Addendum to the Games Burpee Standards

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A point wasn't made clear in yesterday's standards video regarding full opening of the hips during the jump in the burpees. Please watch the video to understand this rules clarification.

Dutch Demos Burpees ...[wmv][mov]



Please review all of the information in this post. Be sure to download a copy of this PDF, which contains rules, explains what the Games workouts will be, and provides schedule information. This is your key to understanding the weekend.

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Video 1: CrossFit Games 2008 Movement Standards ...[wmv][mov]

Video 2: Additional Explanation on the Games Format ...[wmv][mov]

After reviewing the PDF and watching the videos, ALL COMPETITORS SHOULD PLEASE send the required email to saturday@crossfitgames.com no later than 8 am, Pacific Time, on Friday July 4th. Competitor emails after that time will not be reviewed.

Competitor emails should contain exactly and only the following information, in exactly and only this format. Non-conforming emails will not be used.

Your Name
Your Gender (M or F)
Affiliate Team (if any)
1.Preferred first event
2.Preferred second event
3.Preferred third event
Prescribed weights or scaling requests for Thrusters and Deadlifts

If we don't hear from you, you will be assigned an ordering as the schedule requires. You may include multiple athletes per email or send separate emails. But only this information and this format will be recognized. No requests after 8am PDT July 4th will be recognized.

For competitor questions other than scheduling, please email registration@crossfitgames.com

Important Message for all CrossFit Games Participants!


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The official format for the Games will be announced and posted here to the CrossFit Games site, on Wednesday, July 2nd at 6pm PDT. All scoring, workouts, exercises, and standards will be explained in detail. You will be expected to be familiar with this when you arrive on Saturday for the competition.

There will be multiple events, and you will have until Friday, July 4th at 8am PDT to request your preferred sequence for doing these events. An email address will be listed for you to send that preference. The preferences will be honored as much as possible, and on a first come first served basis. We make no guarantees, though, that you will get your preferred ordering.

The official time slots and ordering will be announced Friday, July 4th at 4pm PDT. There will also be detailed information on Saturday morning when you register telling you exactly where to be and when throughout the weekend.

And, in case you were wondering, the format is significantly different from last year. It will, though, reward athletes with tremendous work capacity in broad time and modal domains.