On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, through Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, the top five men and top five woman from Stage One of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games will compete across Northern California in the Finals. Previously, CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro hinted that this year’s Games events would have a callback to the inaugural CrossFit Games from 2007.
The mystery as to what the events would be for this unique Finals has started to unravel. The final event’s name has been released, but not what it will consist of. And on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, Castro announced two changes to this year’s Games on Instagram. First, there will be no time caps, for the most part, with the expectation that every athlete will finish every event. Another change is the introduction of what Castro calls the “full effort” rule. If the judges decide that an athlete is not giving their best effort, then they will be awarded zero points instead of the minimum 15 points that they would get for finishing in fifth place.
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Head Judge @apbozman addresses the athletes during @crossfitgames orientation Wednesday afternoon. Boz, who is accustomed to delivering these briefings to much larger groups, seems pleasantly surprised by the lack of wacky questions. As he runs down the competition rules, he calls the athlete’s attention to a notable change from past years: for the most part, there will be no time caps this weekend. “The expectation is that everyone finishes all events,” Boz says. Equally notable is the introduction of a “full effort” rule. If athletes are judged to not be giving their best effort, they can be awarded 0 points instead of collecting the 15 points they would otherwise earn by finishing fifth. @tiaclair1 🇦🇺 is unmoved by both changes. The lack of time caps is interesting, she says, “But we’re all prepared for this test so I don’t know if it will be an issue. Half the time I don’t even know what the time cap is anyway.” She has a similar attitude toward the new full effort rule. “We’re all such fierce natural competitors, I can’t really see anyone letting up, even if they’re going to come fifth.” – ✍🏽 / 📷: @christinedca
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Event One — 2007 Reload
- 1,500 meter row
Then five rounds of:
- 10 bar muscle-ups
- 7 shoulder-to-overheads
Women: 145 pounds / Men: 235 pounds
Event Two — Corn Sack Sprint
- 320-meter hill sprint with a corn sack.
Women: 30 pounds (13 kilograms) / Men: 50 pounds (22 kilograms)
Time cap: Eight minutes
Event Three — CrossFit Total
For total load:
This was the event that Dave Castro alluded to on his Instagram page. The CrossFit Total event was performed in 2007 at the first-ever CrossFit Games. Athletes will have to work up to their heavies back squat, shoulder press, and then deadlift.
The CrossFit Total event was done at the 2018 CrossFit Games as well. Tia-Clair Toomey and Brooke Wells took first and second, respectively, in the women’s division — only five points separated them.
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Event Four — Handstand Sprint
100-yard handstand walk
Event Five — Ranch Loop
Run course through varying terrain
Event Six — Toes-to-bar/Lunge
30-20-10 reps for time:
Women: 24 kilograms (52 pounds) per kettlebell / Men: 32 kilograms (70 pounds) per kettlebell
To put the lunge distance of 60 yards in perspective, each competitor will have lunged — with weight — more than half the distance of a football field by the end of the event.
Event Seven — Snatch Speed Triple
Three rounds, each for time:
- One snatch at each bar
Quarterfinal — Five athletes, one minute cap:
- Women: 145, 150, 155 pounds
- Men: 225, 235, 245 pounds
Semifinal — Four athletes, two minute cap:
- Women: 160, 165, 170 pounds
- Men: 245, 255, 265 pounds
Final — Three athletes, three minute cap:
- Women: 175, 180, 185 pounds
- Men: 265, 275, 285 pounds
Each round, the worst-performing athlete does not advance to the next round.
Event Eight — Bike Repeater
- 440-meter bike sprint
- One legless rope climb
The rope climb will be 15 feet.
Event Nine — Happy Star
- 200- to 300-meter hill run (of varying distances)
- 5-7-9-11 reps of Burpees
- 5-7-9-11 reps of Thrusters
Women: 95-105-110-115-pounds for thrusters / Men: 135-145-155-165-pounds for thrusters
Event 10 — Swim ‘N’ Stuff
- Air bike calories (10 for the women, 15 for the men)
- 50-meter swim
- 10 GHD Sit-ups
- 10 ball slams (40-pounds for the women, 60-pounds for the men)
The athletes will begin a new round every four minutes, with rounds two and four performed in reverse. The athlete with the fastest cumulative time wins.
Event 11 — Sprint Sled Sprint
- 100-yard sprint
- 100-yard sled push
- 100-yard sprint
Women: 80 pound sled / Men: 105 pound sled
Final Event — Atalanta
- One-mile run
- 100 handstand push-ups
- 200 pistol squats
- 300 pull-ups
- One-mile run
Men wear a 20-pound vest and women wear a 14-pound vest. All of the exercises must be completed unpartitioned.
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The men and women listed below rose to the top of a competitive, 60-athlete deep roster (30 men and 30 women). They demonstrated the skill, grit, and strength to stand out. Now, they’ll face an even tougher test as the top five men and top five women battle it out for the title of Fittest on Earth®. Here is the full roster competing in the CrossFit Games Finals:
2020 CrossFit Games Finalists — Men
Mathew Fraser finished well ahead of the field — 168 points ahead of Ohlsen in Stage One. Fraser will be attempting to win his record-setting fifth consecutive CrossFit Games title. If Fraser lands in the top three, it would be his seventh consecutive year finishing on the podium at the Games.
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2020 CrossFit Games Finalists —Women
Tia-Clair Toomey will seek to continue her Stage One dominance in the Finals and claim a fourth Gam consecutive Games title. She was 35 points ahead of the second-place Brooke Wells and 118 points ahead of the third-place Haley Adams.
On to the Finals
Every competitor will head into the Finals with zero points. The winner of each division will win the prize of $300,000 and the title of Fittest on Earth®.
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