Here’s some quick stats from The Naked Exerciser on the CrossFit Regionals. He used the website CrossFit Regionals Showdown that compares all Regionals athletes together. The last two stats from Naked Exerciser blew my mind:
- 73,153 men input a score for 13.1, 753 men started Regionals Event 1, 673 started Event 7, and 47 qualified. 0.0006% of all Open men’s competitors qualified for the Games.
- 46,516 women input a score for 13.1, 643 women started Regionals Event 1, 512 started Event 7, and 45 will be sent to the Games (44 qualifiers and 1 invitation). 0.0096% of all Open women’s competitors qualified for the Games.
Those percentages really put a scope on how big CrossFit has become and how truly “elite” these guys and gals are. I don’t care that probably hundreds of people signed up for the Open and didn’t even fully participate; this is still a legit feat to get to Regionals and the Games! When you see some OG’s like Chris Speal, Nate Schrader, Spencer Hendel, and Pat Barber not make it to the Games, plus others who went team like Tommy Hackenbruck, Jeremy Thiel, Carey Kepler, etc., then you KNOW it’s gotten crazy competitive. Do I think these athletes have gotten worse? No way. I bet they could beat their 2007-2009 selves hands down. They are stronger, faster, and more agile. But within a field of 120,000 people, there are simply going to be more outstanding athletes.
One thing that the Naked Exerciser didn’t point out is how absolutely dominant Rich Froning is. He beat all other Regional competitors by 51 points. (second place was Jason Khalipa) Just imagine a huge arena with 753 male athletes competing at “Regionals.” Rich beats 752 men in 3 of the workouts. He gets 2nd in another and 4th in another. His worst performance would have been 12th. I’d like to believe anything can happen at the Games, but Rich Froning Jr. is simply dominating.
Arguably more impressive than Froning? Team Hacks Pack UTE. Out of 485 teams, they placed first in 5 workouts, 2nd in one, and 5th in the other. They led the second place team in the world (CF Fort Vancouver) by 62 points!
Like I said, anything can happen at the Games. It’s harder to tell with the women right now, but who knows what Castro has in store for everyone.
What are your thoughts on the Regionals performances?