Rich Froning Shares Second Place Thoughts Following 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games

We’d say spoiler alert, but it’s no secret that Wasatch CrossFit upset CrossFit Mayhem at this year’s Reebok CrossFit Games. This loss knocked CrossFit Mayhem out of contention for a three-peat, and it was the first year since 2010 Froning didn’t win the Games as an Individual or member of a Team. And by now, you’ve probably seen a fair amount of posts about Rich Froning’s face on the podium following CrossFit Mayhem’s second place finish.

We’ve seen everything from satire articles, comparison pictures, and so on. But never once does a lack of smile mean Froning was being a poor sport towards Wasatch CrossFit. At the end of the day, Froning is a top-level competitor, and losing is never easy.

Earlier today, Froning shared an Instagram post that addresses all of the criticism he’s gotten, and to clear the air on his 2017 Games thoughts.

Froning leads off the post by thanking those who volunteer to make the CrossFit Games a possibility, “First of all thank you to all those who volunteered their time and worked long hours to make the CrossFit Games possible. Thank you to the best fans in all of sports for being with us all weekend and pushing us along.”

Next, Froning goes right into congratulating Wasatch on their first place finish, “Congratulations to all competitors in all categories who competed, it’s an honor to compete along side you! Congratulations especially to Wasatch CrossFit (@adrianconway_ @[email protected] @tensparkles @[email protected]) for winning the Affiliate Cup, you guys are all true champions and it was great to compete against you guys and get to know you better all weekend. Proud of my team and the effort they put in, definitely not the outcome we wanted but it wasn’t because they didn’t put in the work or push hard enough.”

Froning continues on to thank his family, wife, and all of his sponsors, but ends with, “For those saying I am a poor sport for not smiling on the podium, I will not apologize for who I am. I’m a competitor to my core, I do not like to lose, and I do not hide my emotions well. There’s one thing you can be sure of, we’ll be ready next year.”

Froning makes a strong point. Everyone points fingers and wants to claim he’s being a poor sport, but no one enjoys losing. In our view, it doesn’t mean Froning lacks respect for his competition. And we don’t know about you, but we’re already excited for next year’s Games.

Feature image from @richfroning Instagram page, photo taken by @flsportsguy.


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.