Check Out the 2021 Dubai CrossFit Championship Roster

The Dubai CrossFit Championship is scheduled for Dec. 16-18, 2021.

The 2021 Dubai CrossFit® Championship (DCC) is a three-day CrossFit-sanctioned event scheduled for Dec. 16-18, 2021, in Dubai, UAE. The competition will take place at an off-site location to be determined on Dec. 16, 2021, and continue at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium on Dec. 17-18, 2021.

The 2021 DCC will feature some of the most elite names in the sport, including 2021 CrossFit Games runner-up Laura Horvath, Guilherme Malheiros, 2013 Fittest Woman on Earth® Sam Briggs, Willy Georges, and Kristin Holte, all of whom have confirmed their invitations. The DCC will also feature the return of Ricky Garard, who finished serving a four-year doping suspension on Oct. 3, 2021.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Dubai CrossFit® Championship (@dxbfitnesschamp)

[Related: Rogue Fitness Announces “The Wheel Challenge”]

2021 Dubai CrossFit Championship Roster

Forty athletes — 20 male and 20 female — will compete at the 2021 DCC for the $249,000 finals cash prize in addition to the $84,000 paid out for individual events. The total prize pool is $333,000.

Men’s Roster

  • Lazar Đukić
  • Jeffrey Adler
  • André Houdet
  • Henrik Haapalainen
  • Ricky Garard
  • Roman Khrennikov
  • Shalan Mahmood
  • Elliot Simmonds
  • Uldis Upenieks (WD)
  • Willy Georges
  • Tola Morakinyo
  • Fabian Beneito
  • Sam Stewart
  • Giorgos Karavis
  • Alex Kotoulas
  • Luka Đukić
  • Moritz Fiebig
  • Bronislaw Olenkowicz
  • Mohamed El Omda
  • Simon Mantyla

The 2021 DCC will feature the smallest competitive field ever in its history. The 2020 DCC was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Dubai CrossFit® Championship (@dxbfitnesschamp)

[Related: Mat Fraser and The Buttery Bros Go Full Bodybuilder For a Back and Biceps Gym Day]

Women’s Roster

Previous Winners of the Dubai CrossFit Championship

The inaugural DCC was held in 2012 and won by Australians Grant Goes and Eva Clark. The 2019 DCC was won by Brent Fikowski and Sara Sigmundsdottir. Sigmundsdottir also won in 2016.

In 2018, five-time Fittest Man on Earth® Mat Fraser stood atop the podium for the men, and Briggs was the best of the women. It was the second time Fraser had won this contest. He first won gold in 2016.

[Related: Learn How CrossFitter Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr Stretches For Squat Training]

In 2017 Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson and two-time Fittest Woman on Earth® Annie Thorisdottir claimed the gold for the third time. Her previous wins came in 2015 — the year that Noah Ohlsen was the fittest among the men — and 2013. 2013 was also the year Thorisdottir’s now-husband Frederik Aegidius claimed the crown. In 2014, Tanner Shuck won the event alongside Jamie Greene.

The Return of Ricky Garard

One of the first officially confirmed athletes for the 2021 DCC is Ricky Garard. In 2017, Garard won the bronze medal at the CrossFit Games, but it was later stripped following a failed drug test — he tested positive for banned substances testolone and endurobol. He was issued a subsequent four-year ban from CrossFit competitions. That ban was fully served on Oct. 3, 2021.

CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro issued a statement on his Instagram page on Sept. 17, 2021, welcoming Garard back and wishing him luck. 

Garard performed a drug test for CrossFit in March 2021 and the results were negative. The 2021 DCC will be Garard’s first appearance back in elite CrossFit competition.

Featured image: @dxbfitnesschamp on Instagram