Dave Castro Announces Max Snatch Event for 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games

Dave Castro has been dropping a slue of announcements for the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games, but his newest announcement may take the cake for most shocking.

Late last night, Castro shared a video on his Instagram page featuring Camille Leblanc-Bazinet hitting a snatch. Oh yeah, it’s safe to say, the barbell is back. Castro announced that one of the individual competitors’ events will be a 1-RM snatch.

This event comes as the fourth announcement from Castro for this year’s Games. Check out the list of events below we’ve seen thus far.

  • First announcement on July 5th: Run, Swim, Run
  • Second announcement on July 13th: Bikes
  • Third announcement on July 17th: Obstacle Course 
  • Fourth announcement on July 20th: 1-RM Snatch 

We’ve seen events like this in the past. The 2015 CrossFit Regionals Event Five included a 1-RM snatch, which quickly followed event four (a handstand walk). The transition between events four and five only allowed athletes a minute and 40 seconds to get to their respective snatch platforms. Will this event look similar to the quick ordering we’ve seen in the past, or will it be different in formatting?

Castro has yet to release the exact specs of the event, but we can make speculations knowing how this specific event was run in the past.

In 2015, athletes were allowed a 20-second time window to attempt their max, or set snatch weight. Within this window, an athlete could attempt their snatch as many times as they needed to complete the lift. If they completed the lift in 20-seconds, then they’d earn another 20-second window for their next selected weight. Athletes were allowed 80-seconds of rest in-between each snatch attempt window.

Check out the video below from CrossFit’s YouTube channel that described the 2015 max snatch event that followed event four.

We’re hoping the formatting will be different for this year’s Games, and that there will be a bigger emphasis on the max snatch event.

Feature image screenshot from @thedavecastro Instagram page, video by @dctflo2 Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

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