The 17.1 Reebok CrossFit Games Open Announcement Will Be Held In Canada AND France

The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Open begins in less than two weeks, and the 17.1 announcement is going to be a double header: it will take place on the same day in Montreal, Canada and Paris, France.

The CrossFit Games website has released the following statement:

Starting Thursday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. PT, the workouts for the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Open will be announced live each week from locations around the world. Shortly after Director of the Games Dave Castro announces the week’s challenge, select athletes will compete in the workout and set the scores to beat.

Over on Instagram, the CrossFit Games has started releasing line-ups for workout announcements for 17.1 and 17.2. The first 17.1 showdown, sponsored by Paleoethics, is pitting third-place finisher at the 2016 Games Patrick Vellner against Brent Fikowski, who came right behind Vellner in fourth place. Their event will take place in Reebok CrossFit Yul in Montreal, the largest city in the French-speaking province of Quebec, Canada.

The second 17.1 workout will be a throwdown between Kristin Holte, who finished twelfth in last year’s Games, and the 2013 CrossFit Games Champion Samantha Briggs, at Reebok CrossFit Louvre in Paris, France.

Next comes 17.2 on March 2, which will be a head-to-head between 2016’s fifth-place finisher Kari Pearce and 2016’s eighth-place finisher Kristi Eramo at Rogue Fitness in Columbus, Ohio.

Tickets for the 17.2 announcement can be purchased here, and everyone who buys one is able to enter a lottery to compete with Pearce and Eramo themselves.

Naturally, the announcement that the first workout will be taking place in Canada launched all manner of memes — this one, reposted by the CrossFit Games, is probably our favorite.

For more breaking news about the Open and the Regionals, keep your eye on BarBend’s newsfeed.

Featured image via @crossfitgames on Instagram.


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