Crossfit Games Recap From Coach Tia
The Nobull CrossFit Games have come and gone, and the Fittest on Earth have been crowned.
This was my 5th time going to watch the Games live, and of all the years I have been, this was
by far the most emotional, for many reasons. After a year of uncertainty, and athletes not being
able to compete live or in front of fans, you could see how grateful they all were. For many this
was there first time in front of a Live crowd in almost two years, and things were starting to feel
more normal for everyone. But even with this, Covid is still among us, and a few athletes had to
withdraw due to testing positive for Covid when they checked in to the games. Kari Pearce and
Bethany Shadburne had to withdraw, two of the top female athletes in the sport. Kari after a
podium finish last year was coming back looking stronger than ever, and Bethany, after winning
the West Coast Classic, looked the best she ever had. This was obviously heartbreaking for
them, and I would’ve loved to see them shine on the competition floor, and there training
partner, Danielle Brandon, paid the price for this, having to test every morning of the week, had
her own warm-up area separated from all the other athletes, had her own lane on the
competition floor, and couldn’t interact with any of her competitors. She fought hard all
weekend, and think this may have fueled her fire. She took an event win in the Handstand walk
obstacle course, sprinting on her hands, making it look effortless, and ended up 11th overall. It
was nice to see her able to celebrate with everyone at the end of the weekend.
Annie Thorisdottir, the CrossFit Sweetheart, put on an impressive performance, with having a
baby last year, she comes back, and surprises herself with a 3rd place finish! You couldn’t help
with getting emotional watching her, she put her whole heart out there and competed to the best
of her abilities. The Snatch was probably my favorite, watching her so surprised with her lifts
and just having a great time! When she finished the last even and dropped to floor in tears,
knowing she had clinched the podium position, you got goosebumps. This Mom didn’t know if
she was going to be able to compete at this level anymore, and when she interviewed after, she
said “We owe it to ourselves to try” and she didn’t want to leave any regrets, and she’ll have
quite the story to tell her daughter one day! In my opinion, after Tia, Annie is the best female
athlete in CrossFit, with 6 podium finishes, 2 1st place finishes, and been doing it since the very
beginning, it’s so impressive and shows you, each year you can continue to grow and get better.
Another top moment for me, was watching Scott Panchik win Spirit of the Games, before the
week started, Scott announced his retirement from CrossFit and that this would be his final
week. He is one of the sports legends and has been around for 10 years. And previous to this
year he had only had 1 event win, and this year he added two more to his name! He has been
one of the most consistent male athletes in the sport, and although he’s never stepped on the
podium, he represents what the sport is all about. He always is smiling, cheering on his fellow
competitors, owns his own gym, and has passed the torch down to his younger brothers Saxon
and Spencer. The last event when he took his last steps onto the competition floor, you could
see the emotion on his face, and he got a standing ovation. After a tough week of fighting
through a knee injury, he didn’t let that stop him, and fought through every event, and placed
This year was also the first year with Adaptive Divisions in the games. Which I was able to catch
the final day on Thursday. These athletes are so inspiring, and show, that there is no limit to
what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.
Tia Toomey became the most dominant Athlete of all time, with the most event wins ever by an
individual and now 5 titles to her name, she showed she is unstoppable and that she is on a
different level then her fellow competitors.
Justin Medeiros became the first male athlete to win since 2015, and although I was cheering
for one of our Canadian boys to win, Justin showed that he had very few weaknesses, although
only 1 event win, he only had 2 events outside the top 10 and showed that consistency is key.
He put on an impressive performance all weekend long.
Mayhem Freedom, also proved to be the most Dominant team, with very few errors and 8 event
wins. One of my favorite moments of the weekend, was watching Andrea and Rich come from
behind in the Thruster Wall Walk workout, and do their last set unbroken to pass the team in
front, to get the event win. There is something special about Rich Froning, after years of
watching him, he just knows what he needs to do to win, he paces everything perfectly, and
when he tells you to go unbroken you do it. I was lucky enough to meet some Mayhem people,
including Andrea Nisler, and they were all very humble and kind, and are a great representative
of what CrossFit and community is all about.
We also had many Canadians representing, with 2 podium finishes in the men’s side, Pat
Vellner (2) and Brent Fikowski (3), as well as Alex Vigneault in 8th. Emily Rolfe placed 15th
overall on the Women’s side, and many more athletes. It was fun representing and cheering on
the Canadians all weekend long! As well as flying home with Pat in the seat beside me!
Out of all the 5 times I have been, this was by far the most special.
Finally getting to travel again, being somewhere familiar, and spending the week watching what I love, there is nothing like it. Although Covid made for it stressful at times, it was all worth it. I always come back, more
motivated, ready to get better, but as well I am more grateful. The games, yes, we are watching phenomenal athletes, but the Community aspect is my favourite part, you’re surrounded by like minded people, and you all share this special bond, even though we are all strangers, we are all friends at the same time. The energy that you feel from these people is incredible and there is nothing like it. If you are tempted to go and have thought about, I suggest doing it in the future. I hope you all got inspired like I did and use this as motivation for yourselves. Yes we may not all be that top 0.01% haha but we can still use it to better ourselves and never give up towards what we want to accomplish in life, to quote Annie one more time, “We owe it to ourselves.”
The 2022 season starts now!
WARMUP: 3 rounds (Start with empty barbell, and add weight each round)
5 hang power cleans
3 push jerks
clean n jerk build and prep
WOD: LEADERBOARD "GRACE"
RX 30 clean and jerks (135/95)
-Classic Crossfit WOD. Try to do this RX if you are close and can handle 155/105 clean and jerks for smaller sets.
FG1 Modify as needed
4 rounds for quality movement
8 single leg RDLs
8 ring rows
12 alternating v-ups
12 bent over reverse flies