It’s that time again, where the fittest athletes in the world come together to challenge the limits of the modern human. The CrossFit games are a four day, high intensity sports event designed to push even the most talented athletes.
The games have more commonly been held in California, but this year the CrossFit community sets its sights on the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, pulling the athletes out of their comfort zones once more. With over 80 athletes taking part in the individuals, and over 40 teams, we take a look at a few of the names to keep your eyes fixed on this year. So kick back, knock up a protein shake and watch the CrossFit world make history once more.
Fittest Woman in the World in both 2011 and 2012, “Iceland Annie” as she’s more affectionately known is the co-owner of the infamous Crossfit Reykjavik. After withdrawing from the 2015 games due to heatstroke and illness, Annie looks like she’s back with a vengeance after placing 3rd in the regionals this year. Could it be her time to reclaim the thrown?
The son of Canadian Olympic figure skaters Don Fraser and Candace Jones, Mat Fraser shook the world of CrossFit up debuting 2nd place at the 2014 games, and has never placed outside of 1st place in the regionals. Having earned the title of Fittest Man in The World in 2016, can the new guy defend his title against the tough competition?
Little brother of Crossfit Veteran and 2015 Games winner Ben Smith, Alec Smith earned his place at this year’s games, and is looking to take the world by storm as one of the rookies thrust into the limelight. Can he unseat his brother’s spot in the top ranks?
Underdog Josh Bridges placed 1st in the California Regionals this year, putting himself firmly in the running to take the title this year. A former Navy Seal, Bridges is a Games Veteran, having placed 7th, 4th and 13th in his last three years. After such a strong performance in the regionals, could it be his year to take the limelight?
Proving that Europe is where the talent is in the women’s competition, Katrin Davidsdottir is the two time reigning champ of the CrossFit Games. Following in the footsteps of fellow Icelander Annie Thorisdottir, Katrin is the only female athlete to win the competition back to back two years in a row. Could it be a world record for Katrin?
2015 Worlds fittest man and co-owner of CrossFit Krypton is Virginia, Ben Smith came second to Mat Fraser in last year’s games, but could it be his year to reclaim the throne? With his little brother making his debut this year, is the pressure on for the former champ?
British hero Sam Briggs was the 2013 Worlds Fittest Woman, and placed just outside a podium finish in 4th place in both 2015 and 2016. After initially announcing her retirement from the Games, she placed 2nd in the regionals and announced she would officially be competing in the 2017 games. Could it be England’s time to place a champ on the podium?