The 2020 Reebok CrossFit® Games starts will be in two stages this year as part of a hybrid model. The first stage is an 2-day online qualifier (athletes compete remotely in their home countries) to determine the top 5 men and top 5 women who will compete in the second stage. The second stage (the finals), will be an in-person competition in Aromas, California, where the Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth will be crowned.
Earlier today, CrossFit HQ released how to watch stage one with a complete coverage schedule. There will not be a true live stream of the event as the workouts are going to be recorded and sent to CrossFit HQ for review. CrossFit HQ will then be doing a live studio show as the workouts come in. The schedule is as follows:
Note: all times in Pacific Standard Time.
- Preshow — Thursday, September 17th — 3:30pm
- Day 1, Part 1 — Friday, September 18th — 12pm
- Day 1, Part 2 — Friday — September 18th — 6pm
- Day 2, Part 1 — Saturday, September 19th — 12pm
- Day 2, Part 2 — Saturday, September 19th — 3pm
Stage one highlights can be viewed at Games.CrossFit.com, the CrossFit® Games Facebook page, the CrossFit® Games Instagram page, and the CrossFit® Games YouTube channel.
BarBend will have access to the footage of all the workouts. We will provide additional custom video footage highlighting performances throughout the weekend in collaboration with CrossFit®.
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Last week, the list of equipment required for athletes to compete was released and included a standard Olympic barbell, bumper plates, a jump rope, a rowing machine, a pull-up bar, a running route, and more.
According to CrossFit HQ’s announcement:
Recordings of the athletes’ full workouts and additional coverage will be released throughout the weekend.
A key note in the announcement is that even though this a remote online competition in stage one, it will be treated as though it were a live event in that there will be no do-overs:
“Each event can be performed only one time. Once an athlete finishes an event, they may not attempt it again. There are no restarts. The workout must continue to completion once the timer begins.”
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Of course, competing athletes will have their sites set on advancing to the finals. However, there is a lot of prize money to compete for. Sixth through 20th place for both the men’s and women’s divisions will be vying for a pool of $500,000 USD.
$1.3 million will be on the line in the finals, with the Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth each securing $300,000.
We will have a live leaderboard on BarBend.com for stage one. The 2020 Reebok CrossFit® Games finals are currently scheduled for October 19th-25th.
Feature image from CrossFit Games Instagram page: @crossfitgames