The 2016 CrossFit Games are upon us and the excitement is keeping everyone motivated to do their best. There’s a lot of speculation happening from the workout to be done to the athletes who’ll be in the top five but people are more interested in watching what will happen.
There are hundreds of athletes to watch out for but if you’re new to watching this event, here are the 5 athletes from each division we expect to thrive in this competition.
Ben Smith. The defending champ from the Mid Atlantic region and CrossFit Krypton. A lot of people are saying this is Mat Fraser’s year but he has to take away the title “Fittest Man on Earth” from Smith. This is his 8th straight Games Appearance and he’s poised to make another podium finish!
Scott Panchik, 28, from CrossFit Mentality has always been considered a dark horse. He has made 5 appearances at the Games and has never placed outside of the top 6. Will this be the year he finishes at the podium? He certainly has the tools and the competitive fire to do so!
Noah Ohlsen. Hard to believe this is already Noah’s 3rd straight Games. There has always been hype surrounding this kid from Peak 360 CrossFit, especially after he contested for a top spot in the 2014 Games. Just by volume alone, he definitely puts in the work in his training and we’re looking forward to seeing how that will translate at the Games.
Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson. No one expected him to finish 3rd in last year’s Games. But that’s exactly how he his–silently effective and consistent. He’s not the strongest athlete but he definitely has the capacity! We expect him to have another strong showing this year!
Mathew Fraser. Judging by how he dominated this year’s Regionals (by a mile!), it’s safe that say that Mat’s back with a vengeance and he won’t settle with another 2nd place finish. He has improved on all facets and he’s very, very hungry. The other athletes better watch out! They will all have to be on top of their game to hold this guy off.
Kara Webb. Dominant is a fitting word to describe the Kara “Big Dubb” Webb. She dominated this year’s Pacific Regionals, taking first place in events one, three and four. She had a couple bad breaks and injury issues in the past 2 years at the Games (It’s not difficult to imagine what could’ve happened if she hadn’t lost consciousness after Murph last year). We can be sure though that it won’t happen again this year.
Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir. The rising star from Iceland is known for her consistency when she competes. Sara did an amazing job at Regionals. She held on to first place most of the weekend last year before being taken over by the Fittest Woman on Earth, Katrin Davidsdottir. That was close. Will this increase her drive and determination in this year’s games? We’re about to find out.
Samantha Briggs. “The Engine from England” is always favored to compete for a spot at the podium. She already won the whole thing back in 2013 and she’s still hungry for more. Now that her immigration issues are settled, she’ll be back with a vengeance–more disciplined and faster, just like how she set the fastest record at 16.5.
Annie Thorisdottir. The only woman to win the CrossFit Games twice (in 2011 and 2012). A CrossFit legend! Things weren’t so smooth the past few years, but this year though, she’s rested, recovered and ready to get back on top! Annie is one of the most exciting athletes to watch.
Lauren Fisher. She took first place in event 3 of the Regionals and tenth in the games. The 22 year old athlete from CrossFit Invictus who started CrossFit when she was fourteen and had been surprising us and the world with her strength ever since.
We expect the same top three for the male and the female. As we watch closely, there’s usually one small mistake that can cause a dramatic shift in the rankings. One no rep will be a bigger deal this time around because the elite athletes are expected to be, more or less, on the same level.
The contest will be determined by efficiency, accuracy combined with power and speed. As fellow CrossFitters, we’re all excited to see the best go at it and learn a thing or two as we move forward with our fitness journey.
What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments below.