The CrossFit Sanctionals™ will wrap up with the CrossFit French Throwdown in Paris, France, which takes place between June 28th and June 30th.
The French Throwdown is the final competition ahead of the 2019 CrossFit Games this upcoming August. The French Throwdown is set to take place at the Vélodrome National and will feature athletes from all over the world looking to earn their invitation to the Games. The French Throwdown has been around for seven years, and just in France alone there are are 500 affiliates that get to come together and compete.
The online qualifiers wrapped up in April and this Sanctionals event is serving as the finals.
How to Watch the French Throwdown
Last year, the French Throwdown was streamed live on their Facebook page, and although there hasn’t been an official announcement regarding streaming services for this year, we’re going to guess you can follow all of the action live on their Facebook page.
For context, this season they have an official page titled Crossfit French Throwdown 2019 Live.
The CrossFit French Throwdown is the final CrossFit Sanctionals event for this season. With a competitive race to the final, here are a few athletes and teams to keep on your radar when you tune in to watch the action in France.
Elite Men, Mitchel Stevenson (USA)
Mitchel Stevenson is a four-time CrossFit Regional athlete and competed at the 2018 CrossFit Games. Stevenson finished 32nd overall at last year’s Games, and this year ranks 99th overall worldwide in the Open. Expect to see Stevenson hungrier than ever in France. From the looks of his training leading up to the French Throwdown, he’s prepared for anything.
Elite Women, Alison Scudds (USA)
Alison Scudds finished in fifth place at the Brazil CrossFit Championship and will be looking to make a splash in France and earn her official individual invite to the Games.
Scudds is a three-time CrossFit Regional athlete and finished 61st overall in the 2019 CrossFit Open. She was listed as an alternate for Team Central Beasts, who have already earned their official team invite to the 2019 CrossFit Games.
Elite Teams, Invictus Boston (USA)
Invictus Boston were East Regional champions in 2017 and 2018 and will be a team to watch for in France. Invictus Boston has competed at several CrossFit Sanctional™ events this year, including most recently at the Granite Games. They finished in second place earlier this year at the The Reykjavik CrossFit Championship.
Elite Teams, Mayhem Independence (USA)
All eyes will be on Mayhem Independence after news broke this week surrounding team captain Elly Kabboord testing positive for the banned substance, Clenbuterol, at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship in Iceland. The team is still listed on the French Throwdown leaderboard so viewers will be eager to see what the roster looks like come Friday.
After the French Throwdown wraps up, we can official say, “let the official Games begin!”
Feature image from @cfmille Instagram page.