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.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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