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!

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]


I had a great time at the Games but I gotta tell ya. I was just watching a video on youtube from the women's fourth place finisher drop her last deadlift on rounds 2,3,4 and 5. And neither her judge nor Adrian made her repeat the rep, and I was being hounded during my WOD and I hadn't even dropped it once.

I mean I can understand a missed rep but to allow a competitor to drop the bar 4 times and nothing is done about it.

By Anonymous on July 13, 2008 8:46 PM

even in this video the rules was that everything has to be locked out. i noticed a lot of competitors were not locking out before they put the bar down.

and a lot of the reps were still counted. hopefully next games there should be examples of acceptable reps and non acceptable reps so it is clearer for everyone.

By James Cebedo on July 13, 2008 8:59 PM

Damn James, let it go will you. I'm sorry your favorite competitor didn't win--Khalipa did, and soundly at that. Move on, it's getting old.

By AnonyMouse on July 14, 2008 12:32 AM

Comment #1
I can't believe Im entertaining your comment, but here goes...

Why not worry about improving yourself and you own crossfit game instead of putting down other competitors after the fact, and anonymously at that. Yes, from the video she did drop the bar, and its unfortunate that it happened. I work out with her almost daily and can tell you that she is a rep and form nazi and has the utmost integrity both when competing and in life. What happened was a heat of the moment thing, and went unnoticed by both her and her judges. Does this mean that we should call her out and whine...NO! I can also tell you that a large group of us watched her thruster/pullup wod where her judge made her repeat some 20 odd reps between both the thrusters and pullups, some legit calls by her judge, the vast majority not. This easily added close to 2 minutes to her time. Too bad that one wasn't on film huh? She never went to the officials and complained when she could have and would probably have made top 3. Funny how life works itself out....

By pete. CFO on July 14, 2008 6:58 PM


I was the guy running the Thruster Pull up event, and I watched near every rep of your friends. While I am in no way impugning your girls integrity, I take great offense that you would impugn mine or my judge. That judge made your girl do the extra reps because she wasn't hitting her chest. Period, I could see it from where I was and so could half of the crowd. You talk to the anonymous poster about judging and complaining and ironically enough you do the same. I can not speak to what happened over at the other workout stations, but I accepted nothing less than the standards from my judges and when they messed up, I got knee deep in their backsides, either for or against the athletes.

By john brown on July 14, 2008 7:52 PM

By the way, I agree with you Pete, if someone isn't big enough to attach their name to what they say then they are a coward, and could learn a lesson from the likes of Libby, she left all that she had out there and every saw her heart.

By john brown on July 14, 2008 7:53 PM

John -

I apologize if it came off as saying that any of the judges integrity was in question or if I sounded as if I was judging or complaining, not my intent at all. In fact, I think the judges did a great job over the weekend. I was trying to make the point that in the end its all a wash. Its impossible to deny that some judges are more lenient than others, even under the same guidelines. Really, people should just be concerned with their own performances and not knock others, or the judges. I should have been more careful with my words. From what a large group of us saw, she sure was locked out on every thruster, and yes some of those pulls her chest didn't hit. Where she differed from anonymous is that she didn't go and complain. I was trying to use it as an example, not (as it came off) to bash her judge. Everyone was out there trying their best to stick to the rules, judges and competitors alike, and I'm just appalled at the fact the people keep undermining the spirit of the games with negative comments. Hope that makes more sense...

By pete. CFO on July 14, 2008 8:30 PM

I've been out of the loop on vacation & missed the comments from the last few days. Gaucoin is the man. I've had the pleasure of training & working with Geoff. His integrity
isn't surprising. His result should stand.

By Rob Corson on July 14, 2008 8:39 PM

Patrick I know you were not "bashing" any of the judges. As you know I had no problem with the judge calling me on my pullups. Some should have counted while others were questionable which was a wash in my opinion. We spoke about the issues with the thrusters after and we had no hard feelings between us. I fought hard to make up for the deficit without complaint. I have addressed the issue of the deadlift and I am waiting for that to be posted. The judges did a great job given their circumstances. It had to be hard judging the athletes at their most intense moments. I was especially impressed with a judge who was a blond female who went above and beyond giving huge amounts of support to every athlete she timed. She showed so much heart and shared the pain of the athlete never letting anyone give up. Sorry I don't know your name but it was a pleasure watching you :)

By Tamara CFO on July 14, 2008 9:27 PM

I whole-heartedly agree Anonymous,

How dare the competitor and the organizers try to pull one over on all the good people such as yourself. That competitor should clearly be moved to last place, or where ever you finished, and you should immediately be put in to 4th. Additionally any and all judges involved should have their Crossfit certifications stripped from them and be made to teach step classes at 24 Fitness.

And just to make sure this no longer happens again, all further Crossfit games should be canceled. And for that matter all athletic competitions in general should be banned that involve mistake prone human beings as judges and competitors.

I applaud your bravery and courage to come forward and bring order to chaos. Personally I think we need more people with your intestinal fortitude to step up and be and an anonymous critic of others on the Internet.

Thank you again…and congratulations on your well deserved NEW 4th place finish!



By Reality-Anonymous#1 fan on July 14, 2008 9:36 PM

All is understood, and I stand with you in that people should worry about what they bring to the table. About a year ago, when I first moved to Colorado, I was video taped doing 15 bodyweight overhead squats. It was on a whim, thought I could do it and I could. Some people posted some very nice things, supportive... but one guy could only say, I didn't see the crease of the hip go below the knee on every rep... I used a butt ball to show me going to proper depth as I am (just like the games) militant that, when someone is going to be looking at something on video, there isn't a question about form. There were two things going through my mind when I read the post; first, where was this A holes squats, and second, why do we, as a people who thrive on our own accomplishments, feel that we have to discredit other's hard work. You are right, in every no good comment posted by someone who caught something on video because they weren't there or maybe more importantly, weren't competing, a little of the spirit of the games is lost. We cannot stifle those voices, but we can always offer the challenge, "where are your times jackass?" The scoreboard, shouldn't lie

By john brown on July 14, 2008 9:42 PM

I feel a need to chime in on this one, I'm sorry. Now I whole-heartedly agree with the fact that being "anonymous" is cowardly, and nitpicking someone's form over a youtube video with something as specific as how low were the knees should be kept to your damn self, this particular situation gives me a slight moment of pause. We're not discussing an inch here, or a certain angle there. He does bring up a clearly stated rule that cost some of my teammates a whole lot of time to go back there and re-do a whole deadlift rep. And in a competition "where every second counts", this is a valid concern. I'm not fully convinced that 'Anonymous's' goal is to solely bash the good performers, we all know there are plenty of those morons out there. But in the interest of keeping things honest and fair, this would be a blatant concern in a cometition. And mentioning things like, "where's your reps", although I understand the frusteration that would promote such a comment, does not validate the argument that it shouldn't be raised. I have not seen the video, and I've no desire to. The question for me isn't whether or not she's a great competitor. I've seen her multiple times, and she almost has no equal. But in high-level competition, form should be adhered to, regardless of the intensity. I know the Olympics is on a whole different level, but this summer you'll see how those athletes can show that the highest form of athletic ability can be performed with form being adhered to 100%. That's just my 2 cents...

But if I wasn't clear, Tamara, you're one of my heroes girl. No disrespect whatsoever. This is not mentioned in regard to your workout, but only in regard to critics of form in general.

By Will on July 15, 2008 12:46 AM

I would just like to state that I DID do squat clean thrusters, and I hope Dave WAS watching. Take that, Castro!

-Jacob "BullFrog" Tsypkin

By BullFrog on July 15, 2008 11:55 PM