CrossFit Games 2018

5 unstoppable days of excitement, sweat, screams and probably tears are starting. The 2018 Games are here, and we are in Madison to tell you all the details.

First day of Games: Wednesday, August 1

Event 1: CRIT

10 timed cycling laps
(1,200 meters per lap)

Much of the difficulty of this event lay in the volume of participants in the race. Unlike other events, in this case all athletes in the same category started at once. That is to say, first the 40 girls competed and at the end of the race the 40 boys competed.

We have been able to see how they collided with each other and more than one athlete has ended up on the ground, with no more importance than the impediment that this means to follow in the lead in the race.

Several athletes have also had technical problems with their bikes. We have seen that Patrik Vellner had to ask for a change on the bike. And one of the female athletes, Michele Fumagali has reached the finish line pushing her bike while running while pushing it because of a fall a few meters from the finish line. In fact, after this event the athlete had to withdraw from the competition.

We have also seen, for example Stephany Chung It seemed that he was not able to get to grips with the bike's gears and we saw how inefficiently he pedaled. Probably due to inexperience in this area rather than a technical failure of the bike.

Men's individual results

  1. Adrian Mundwiller (18:32)
  2. James Newbury (18:35)
  3. Lukas Hogberg (18:36)
  4. Mat Fraser (18:36)
  5. Alexandre Caron (18:36)

Women's individual results

  1. Kristin Holte (20:00)
  2. Laura Horvath (20:01)
  3. Katrin Davidsdottir (20:01)
  4. Bethany Shadburne 20:01)
  5. Tia Clair Toomey (20:02)

The results were very close, and it was the tenths of seconds that determined the points collected by each athlete.

Event 2: 30 MUSCLE-UPS

30 muscle-ups per time

At the North Park Rogue has displayed its biggest rack to date. Athletes raced in batches of 20 to complete the ring muscle ups as fast as possible under a blazing sun and a stadium full of cheering spectators.

Men's individual results

  1. Logan Collins (1:46)
  2. Zeke Grove (1:52)
  3. Mat Fraser (2:00)
  4. Cody Anderson (2:01)
  5. Cole Sager (2:01)

Women's individual results

  1. Kristin Eramo (2:32)
  2. Tia Clair Toomey (2:33)
  3. Laura Hovath (3:96)
  4. Cassidy Lance-Mcwherter (3:07)
  5. Camile Le Blanc (3:08)


1-rep max back squat
1-rep max shoulder press
1-repetition maximum dead weight

The athlete has 3 attempts within a 4 minute window for each of the movements. It was an event in which the athlete had to intuit what his competitors were doing around him to decide whether to risk more or less in his maximum weightlifting attempts.

Men's individual results

  1. Royce Dunne (569 kg)
  2. Patrick Vellner (567 kg)
  3. Lukas Esslinger (565 kg)
  4. Scott Panchik (560 kg)
  5. Nicholas Urankar (558 kg)
  6. Willy Georges (558 kg)
  7. Jared Enderton (558 kg)

Women's individual results

  1. Tia Clair Toomey (397 kg)
  2. Brooke Wells (395 kg)
  3. Amanda Barnhart (392 kg)
  4. Alexandra Pichelli (390 kg)
  5. Ehea Schuerch (388 kg)
  6. Whitney Gelin (388 kg)

Alexandre Caron was injured in one of the squat lifts. After completing the event he had to withdraw from the competition.


Row 42,195 meters

Maximum time 4 hours

All 40 athletes are rowing on the track at the same time, the boys on one side of the track and the girls on the other half. As a curiosity, the race started on time and after one minute of rowing the athletes were asked to stop. Dave Castro joked

Undoubtedly this test has been designed by Dave Castro as a mental challenge for athletes. They have no distractions, no music, no series or anything that can entertain them during the marathon. This test is something they have to face with their mental fortitude.

Men's individual results

  1. Lukas Esslinger (2:43:50)
  2. Lukas Hogberg (2:44:33)
  3. Cole Sager (2:46:55)
  4. Brent Fikowski (2:47:03)
  5. Patrick Vellner (2:47:13)

Women's individual results

  1. Margaux Alvarez (3:oo:42)
  2. Whitney Gelin (3:01:53)
  3. Annie Thorisdottir (3:02:46)
  4. Laura Horvath (3:03:37)
  5. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (3:05:19)


Boys singles

  1. Mathew Fraserthe reigning champion of the 2017 CrossFit Games. (298 points)
  2. Lukas Högberg (296 points)
  3. Cole Sager (268 points)
  4. Lukas Esslinger (258 points)
  5. Adrian Mundwiller (256 points)

It's funny that when we think of the day's winners we think of athletes winning events. Mat Fraser has not won any of the 4 events of the day and is the leader so far. Consistency at the top is what keeps him at number one as an overall position.

Individual girls

  1. Laura Horvath (338 points)
  2. Tia Clair Toomey (326 points)
  3. Annie Thorisdottir (276 points)
  4. Kara Saunders (248 points)
  5. Kristi Eramo (230)


Gabi Castro (teen): 15º.

Our youngest athlete has suffered a small incident in his right wrist during the cleans. We are waiting for an official confirmation of the extent of his injury. We hope it is nothing serious and that he will be able to return to competition.

Elia Navarro (master): 7th

Crossfit North Redondela (teams): 29th

Second day of Games: Thursday, August 2

For the first time at the CrossFit Games, we have a rest day for all teens, individual, masters and team athletes. With the exception of the youngest teens division (14-15) and the oldest masters division (50-60+).

It has been a day for the individual athletes to recover from what has been the hardest first day of Games in history. Especially for the average of 3 hours that the competitors were paddling. We have taken the opportunity to show you the atmosphere of the vendor village.

Third day of Games: Friday, August 3rd


Rescue Randy drag - drag the scale dummy of a human being
2 rope climbs
Obstacle course run - obstacle course run
2 rope climbs
Rescue Randy drag

With the 20-lb (10 kg) weighted vest for men, 14-lb (6 kg) for women. Randy weighed 84 kg for boys and 75 kg for girls.

The athletes started in the North Park dragging "Randy" to rescue him. They had to make two rope climbs with the second rope being slightly thicker than the first. This is the first time Rogue has built such a powerful rack. They then ran to the obstacle area where many got stuck on a balance rope. Past the obstacles they had to run back to North Park and repeat the rope climbs and dummy rescue.

Men's individual results

  1. Cole Sager (8:35)
  2. Mathew Fraser (8:49)
  3. Lukas Högberg (8:51)
  4. Patrick Vellner (8:54)
  5. James Newbury (9:11)

Women's individual results

  1. Laura Horvath (9:29)
  2. Kristin Holte (10:04)
  3. Katrin Tanka Davidsdottir (10:08)
  4. Jamie Greene(10:25)
  5. Bethany Shadburne (10:29)

Emily Bridges had to finish the competition early due to an accident during the steeplechase. The athlete was forced to abandon with great sadness because this year would be her last participation as an individual athlete. Emily confesses that it was not as she had planned but that she was happy.

On the other hand, and without further complication, it appears that Patrik Vellner has also been treated by the medical service because he has had a fall during the race that has injured his chest/shoulder. In spite of everything the athlete continues to compete apparently without further difficulties.

Another athlete who suffered an apparently major fall but seems to have had no further consequences was Mat Fraser. Again at the same obstacle, in the net he fell almost at the same time as Vellner.


3 rounds of clean and jerk ladders that progressively increase in weight.

Men 113-115-120-122-124 kg
    127-131-136-138-140 kg
    142-147-151-154-156 kg

Women 70-72-74-77-79 kg
   81-83-86-88-90 kg
   92-95-97-99-102 kg

The first round of clean and jerk was a race between athletes. One place was differentiated from another by the tenths of seconds that an athlete stepped on the finish line. The stadium was on its feet in all the last rounds and every time an athlete fell behind.

Men's individual results

  1. Nicholas Urankar
  2. Jared Enderton
  3. Tim Paulson
  4. Scott Panchik
  5. Ben Smith

Women's individual results

  1. Amanda Barnhart
  2. Tia Clair Toomey
  3. Kara Saunders
  4. Annie Thorisdottir
  5. Cassidy Lance-Mcwherter


5-8-13 reps of:
Handstand push-ups -pine push-ups
Double kettlebell deadlifts - deadlifts with kettlebells
Then, OH lunge 89 ft. - to finish, stride for 27 meters

For boys: deficit 35 cm - kettlebell deadlift 92kg each - kettlebell overhead 24kg each

For girls: deficit 20 cm - kettlebell deadlift 56kg each - kettlebell overhead 15kg each

For many, this event is quite familiar. It is the wod of the final of the CrossFit Games 2017, and many have had the opportunity to test whether they have outperformed. 

On the men's side, only 4 athletes have been able to finish the wod before the time cap.

Men's individual results

  1. Mathew Fraser (4:54)
  2. Noah Olsen (5:22)
  3. Logan Collins (5:48)
  4. Patrick Vellner (5:51)
  5. Brent Fikowski (CAP)
  6. Dean Linder-Leighton (CAP)

Women's individual results

  1. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (3:31)
  2. Kari Pearce (3:40)
  3. Annie Thorisdottir (3:48)
  4. Tia Clair-Toomey (3:50)
  5. Kara Saunders (3:54)


Boys singles

  1. Mathew Fraser (564). The American athlete has not taken off the leader's jersey since it was given to him on the first day.
  2. Lukas Högberg (516)
  3. Patrick Vellner (474)
  4. Brent Fikowski (462)
  5. Cole Sager (418)

Individual girls

  1. Tia Clair Toomey (580)
  2. Laura Horvath (522)
  3. Annie Thorisdottir (516)
  4. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (482)
  5. Kara Saunders (474)


Gabi Castro (teen): 9th

It seems that Gabi's wrist discomfort has not been an impediment for today and he has even been able to improve his position in relation to the first day.

Elia Navarro (master): 10th

Crossfit North Redondela (teams): 35º (teams): 35º (teams): 35º (teams): 35º (teams): 35º

Fourth day of Games: Saturday, August 4


Swimming 500 m
Paddle 1000 m
Race 2000 m
Maximum time 40 minutes

Normally the Games usually open with a water event. This year Castro has changed the order and moved the swimming event to Saturday.

Men's individual results

  1. Dean Linder Leighton (26:37)
  2. Brent Fikowski (26:52)
  3. James Newbury (26:52)
  4. Mathew Fraser (27:24)
  5. Khan Porter (27:30)

Women's individual results

  1. Tia Clair Toomey (25:35)
  2. Kristi Eramo (25:40)
  3. Chyna Cho (27:29)
  4. Mekenzie Riley (27:44)
  5. Amanda Barnhart (27:52)

It should be noted that the girls performed exactly the same number of meters for swimming, paddle boarding and running, obtaining faster times than the boys..

Event 9: CHAOS

35 / 30-cal. SkiErg
30 / 25 burpees to bar
45 / 40 single-arm OHS, 22 / 15 kg
40 / 45 single-leg squats (pistols)
25 box jump-overs, 106 /91 cm tall 
110-ft. tumbler pull, 181/136 kg

For the first time in the history of the Games, the athletes have taken to the competition track without knowing the wod. They have been discovering at each moment the exercise and the repetitions they had to do. Undoubtedly, a test in which the athletes had to demonstrate that they are prepared for the unknown.

The athletes competed separately, first the girls and then the boys, but within each division there was only a single heat. The excitement was served trying to be aware of everyone at the same time competing in the outdoor stadium.

Men's individual results

  1. Patrick Vellner (9:19)
  2. Sazon Panchik (9:37)
  3. Alex Anderson (9:38)
  4. Lukas Högberg (9:40)
  5. Cole Sager (9:41)

Women's individual results

  1. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (8:19)
  2. Kristin Holte (8:42)
  3. Tia Clair Toomey (8:52)
  4. Brooke Wells (9:10)
  5. Amanda Barnhart (9:14)

Event 10: BICOUPLET 2

Snatches 61kg/38Kg
Bar muscle-ups

Maximum time 6 minutes

Men's individual results

  1. Willy Georges (3:03)
  2. Mathew Fraser (3:10)
  3. Cody Anderson (3:11)
  4. Noah Olsen (3:13)
  5. Oatrick Vellner (3:16)

Women's individual results

  1. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (3:02)
  2. Kara Saunders (3:17)
  3. Kari Pearce (3:18)
  4. Cassidy Lance-Mcwherter (3:19)
  5. Laura Horvath (3:24)

Sara Sigmundsdottir retires from competition

Event number 10 started with Sara's line empty. Without warning, all the spectators were wondering what had happened. CrossFit announced that Sigmundsdottir had to withdraw from the competition due to health problems, but we did not know the nature of her injury.

The Icelandic athlete has provided more details about her decision on her own instagram. She explained that during the first day of competition she noticed a discomfort in one of her ribs. That the pain has accompanied her during these days but she has tried not to let it be an impediment to continue in the competition. After the chaos event, the athlete's situation worsened a lot and despite the painkillers she was not even able to move without pain. That is why, together with her coach and medical team, she decided to withdraw from the competition even though, as she said, she felt more prepared than ever.

The athlete was in 10th position when she dropped out of the competition.

Event 11: BICOUPLET 1

Snatches 38 kg / 25 kg.
Chest-to-bar pull-ups

Maximum time 6 minutes

This event starts with a one-minute clock break at the end of bicouplet 2.

Men's individual results

  1. Rasmus Andersen (4:03)
  2. Willy Georges (4:05)
  3. Ben Smith (4:05)
  4. Mat Fraser (4:10)
  5. Scott Panchik (4:11)

Women's individual results

  1. Kara Saunders (3:39)
  2. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (3:40)
  3. Kari Pearce (3:44)
  4. Tia Clair-Toomey (3:47)
  5. Brooke Wells (3:49)


Boys singles

  1. Mathew Fraser (890)
  2. Patrick Vellner (752)
  3. Lukas Högberg (704)
  4. Brent Fikowski (682)
  5. Björnvin Karl Gudmundsson (656)

Individual girls

  1. Tia Clair-Toomey (928)
  2. Laura Horvath (814)
  3. Kara Saunders (804)
  4. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (764)
  5. Annie Thorisdottir (718)


Gabi Castro (teen): 10th

Elia Navarro (master): 6th

The Spanish masters athlete seems to have had good events this fourth day of Games as she has moved up several positions from the previous day, getting closer to the top 5.

Crossfit North Redondela (teams): 38º (teams): 38º (teams): 38º (teams): 38º (teams): 38

During the previous day of competition, one of the members, Sara Alicia, had elbow problems. In the snatch powerlifting event, she missed a lift and sprained her elbow. Nevertheless, the team fought through all of today's events.

Fifth day of Games: Sunday, August 5, the finals


5 rounds of:
300-m run
20 / 15-cal Assault Bike
13 meters of sled pull

Maximum time 18 minutes.

Men's individual results

  1. Lukas Högberg (13:36)
  2. Brent Fikowski (13:55)
  3. Tim Paulson (14:01)
  4. Mat Fraser (14:06)
  5. Frederik Aegidius (14:13)

Women's individual results

  1. Laura Horvath (15:12)
  2. Ehea Schuerch (15:31)
  3. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (15:31)
  4. Chyna Cho (15:35)
  5. Amanda Barnhart (15:43)


50 double-unders with a heavy rope
Walk hand in hand overcoming various obstacles:
Pylon slalom
Gymnastics parallel bars

Maximum time 4 minutes

Men's individual results

  1. Cody Anderson (1:29)
  2. Alec Smith (1:38)
  3. Mat Fraser (1:44)
  4. Ben Smith (1:49)
  5. Logan Collins (2:03)

Women's individual results

  1. Brooke Wells (1:57)
  2. Courtney Haley (1:59)
  3. Brista Mayfield (2:01)
  4. Tennil Beuernlein (2:01)
  5. Katrin Davidsdottir (2:05)

Event 14: AENEAS

5 / 4 pegboard climbs 
40 thrusters, 38 / 35 kg

10 meters loading the yoke with 192 kg/156 kg 

10 meters loading the yoke with 252 kg/183 kg

10 meters loading the yoke with 301 kg/201 kg

Men's individual results

  1. Mat Fraser (3:56)
  2. Cole Sager (4:07)
  3. Noah Olsen (4:25)
  4. Brent Fikowski (4:42)
  5. Frederik Aegidius (4:47)

Women's individual results

  1. Laura Horvath (3:49)
  2. Tia Clair Toomey (3:55)
  3. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (4:05)
  4. Ehea Schuerch (4:33)
  5. Kara Saunders (4:43)


Boys singles

  1. Mathew Fraser (1162)
  2. Patrick Vellner (942)
  3. Lukas Högberg (886)
  4. Brent Fikowski (886)
  5. Björnvin Karl Gudmundsson (834)

Individual girls

  1. Tia Clair-Toomey (1154)
  2. Laura Horvath (1090)
  3. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (1020)
  4. Kara Saunders (1006)
  5. Annie Thorisdottir (866)


Gabi Castro (teen): 11th

Elia Navarro (master): 6th

Crossfit North Redondela (teams): 37th

Other honorary titles during the Games

After 5 intense days that conclude the Games, the fittest newcomers on the planet are announced and other titles are awarded.

At the awards ceremony, the individual male and female athletes who have achieved first place in each of the 14 events they have completed during the Games are called one by one.

Most improved/Mayor mejora

Lukas Högberg has earned this title, which rewards his effort and score improvement.

The athlete was not able to participate in the 2017 Games because by a couple of points he missed out on the top 5 places at the Madrid Regionals.

Although he was already a recognized Games athlete and had competed in the Games for 3 years in a row, it seems that the 4th year off served to improve the focus of his training.

His places in the past editions were 32, 30 and 14. This year he climbed the box to collect third place.

Rookie of the year/Rookie of the year

Before they announced who was going to receive this award, we all knew that it belonged to Laura Horvaththe first Hungarian athlete in the Games and only 21 years old.

During the European Regionals we could see her great physical condition and how she was at the level of great athletes like Annie Thorisdottir and Sara Sigmundsdottir.

The athlete not only wore the leader's jersey in the first events of the Games, but also managed to finish in the top 10 in 12 of the 14 events she faced during the competition.

Spirit of the Games Award/El espíritu de los Games

In this edition, for the first time in the history of the Games, the viewers were given the opportunity to choose the winner of this award. They voted and the answer was the equipment CrossFit Code. This is the first time this award has been given to a team instead of an individual athlete.

According to the organization itself, they were an example of the true spirit of the Games. CrossFit is not easy but with the support of the community you can go much further than you thought, and they are the best representation.

Código CrossFit received the invitation to participate in the Games only 2 weeks before the event. The reason was that one of the members of the team that had qualified was disqualified after the results of the doping tests. With little time to get organized, they did not hesitate and made the dream they had fought for come true.

In spite of all the inconveniences, they were always attentive and kind not only to the rest of the participants, but also to the judges and all the staff they dealt with.

Many of us could see how the team showed their togetherness in the water event. One of the team members panicked during the swim course. The rest of the team didn't break down, they stood by the athlete's side the whole time, tucking her in to keep her calm and help her complete the race. When they reached land, together they celebrated their success as a team and without further thought went for the paddle and got back into the water to continue the race.

This is a clear example of what the Games are all about. In this situation the team were not the leaders of the event by any means, but they could celebrate that together they had made it.

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