While athletes and CrossFit fans alike may still be feeling the Asia CrossFit Championship and Italian Showdown post-high from the weekend, get ready because another fitness competition is about to take off.
On May 3rd, the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship will kick off in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city. This event is one of the 16 CrossFit Sanctionals and the first place male and female winners will earn an invitation to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin this summer.
Besides earning a spot at the 2019 Games, there will also be cash and product prizes awarded to the first, second, and third-place finishers for men, women, and teams.
There are 29 men, 24 women, and 15 teams competing at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship. To see a full-list of names at the event scroll to the bottom of Reykjavik CrossFit Championship’s website.
CrossFit announced the Top 20 men and women in the 2019 Open on Thursday, which grants 40 elite athletes invitations to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. The athletes have until Monday, May 6 at 5 p.m. PT to accept or decline their invitation to the Games. Out of all of the 24 men and 29 women competing at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship this week, there are five men and six women that have already qualified for the Games.
There are several athletes to get excited about watching compete in Iceland, but Icelandic native and five-time CrossFit Games competitor, Björgvin K. Guðmundsson, is certainly one to be on the look out for. Last year Guðmundsson finished in fifth place at the Games and he has already qualified for the 2019 CrossFit Games. A couple of other top male competitors to keep an eye out for are Alec Smith and Tim Paulson, who both come to Iceland with impressive experience in the CrossFit Games.
On the women’s side, Haley Adams is an individual athlete to watch. Adams is just 18 years old and has already earned the title as Fittest Teen on Earth (16-17 years-old) and has competed at the CrossFit Games for the last three years as a teenager. Now, she’s among the most elite competitors on the floor. Adams found out she qualified for the 2019 Games on Thursday and posted it to her Instagram story. She is currently ranked 32 on the 2019 Open Leaderboard.
To keep up with all the action in Iceland over the next few days, the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship will be live streaming the event on their site.