After a disappointing finish in 2017 left them just short of a three-peat win, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom is once again at the top of the CrossFit Games Team podium. The squad consists of Lindy Barber, Richard Froning Jr., Matt Hewett, and Tasia Percevecz.
Led by four-time Individual Games Champion Rich Froning (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), Mayhem Freedom was dominant for most of the weekend and won by a comfortable margin of 112 points. The top five team finishers, along with their respective points totals, are listed below.
- CrossFit Mayhem Freedom (900)
- CrossFit Invictus X (788)
- CrossFit OC3 (776)
- CrossFit Mayhem Independence (706)
- CrossFit 417 (690)
CrossFit Mayhem Freedom also won the Team event at the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2015 and 2016.
Another team from CrossFit Mayhem — CrossFit Mayhem Independence, composed of Jake Cobb, Darren Hunsucker, Elly Kabboord, Kristen Long, Kristin Miller, and Ted Starkweather — was also in the running for a podium spot for much of the weekend. However, a 27th place finish on the final event put them out of contention and into fourth place overall.
In an emotional interview following the final Team event — the “Lunging Worm” — Froning and teammates thanked their supporters and fans. At the end, multi-time Individual and Team Games competitor Lindy Barber confirmed this would be her final year with the Mayhem Freedom team, as she has plans to leave Cookeville following the competition. Barber did not elaborate on any future competition plans or goals.
CrossFit Mayhem’s teams are known for their intense training schedules based out of Froning’s gym and home compound in Cookeville, Tennessee. The fitness community Froning has helped build in that city has attracted numerous top CrossFit athletes including two-time defending Men’s Champion Mat Fraser, who as of this writing looks poised to secure his third Games title in a row.
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