So I just got back from Columbus, OH where I got to watch the top athletes from the Central Regional compete to qualify for the Crossfit Games.
These athletes are truly amazing. The amount of hard work and discipline that is required to stand a chance of qualifying for Regionals, let alone the Crossfit Games, is extraordinary.
But while I was sitting there watching the competition, all I could think about was how exciting it will be to see how all these qualifiers match up to each other in Carson in 2 months.
Once I got home, I decided “WHY WAIT? I CAN SEE HOW THEY MATCH UP NOW!”
WORLDWIDE (UNOFFICIAL) SUPER-REGIONAL RESULTS
*Just a note: this is all just for fun. Obviously the CF Games is a completely different test and this won’t perfectly predict that outcome*
To get the final ranking across all regions, I first took the top 5 athletes (Games Qualifiers) from each region and collected their scores in each workout. Then comparing all the scores, they received points based upon the same scoring system used at each individual regional event.
So without further delay, the results are in:
|16th||Rasmus Wisbech Andersen||344|
|24th||Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson||319|
Top 5 Lesson’s Learned from the 2016 CF Regionals
1. Matt Fraser is an ABSOLUTE BEAST!
Matt didn’t just put up scores that were dominant in his own region this year. His performances were tough for anyone to beat across the entire world! We all know that he is hungry and second place this year is not an option is his mind. The data above just goes one step further to prove that he is on track to contend for the top spot.\
2. The CENTRAL REGIONAL is scary fit.
The top four athletes qualifying from the Central Regional (Panchik, Heppner, A. Anderson, Carchedi) all put up scores that landed them within the TOP 7 overall. They are all going to be threats to mix things up in Carson in a couple months. Excited to see how Carchedi does in his rookie debut, especially since he’s training alongside Heppner.
3. The EAST REGIONAL was no cake walk.
Some people watch Matt Fraser dominate the East Region last year and said it was “weak” compared to other regions. Nobody should be talking that way this year. Alex Vigneault grabbed the last qualifying place in the East on tie-breaker, but his scores were good enough to rank 17th out of the Games qualifiers! This may have been the most competitive region besides the Central, so they are not to be underestimated once they hit Carson.
4. Josh Bridges is back with a vengeance.
After not qualifying for the games in 2015, Josh won the California Regional in dominant fashion and put up scores that ranks him 9th worldwide heading into the Games. I expect to see him snag a couple event wins in Carson and he could definitely throw a wrench in the game plans of any of the top athletes throughout the weekend.
5. How much more does Gudmundsson have in the tank?
Last year everyone kept dismissing Bjorgvin at the Games because they thought his performances were a fluke. He finished 3rd in Carson and followed that up by being the top ranked European after the Open and won his Region. Even though his score ranks him 24th overall, he is definitely one to keep your eye on in Carson because he will likely finish much higher then that when it’s all said and done.
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