Is Sam Dancer the strongest individual CrossFit Games athlete?

Sources say: Probably? We’ve always known Dancer — who got second at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games as part of CrossFit Conjugate and competed in 2016 as an Individual — is one of the stronger athletes in functional fitness. In 2014, he deadlifted over 650 pounds in Carson, and in 2016, he was the only individual male competitor to clear the deadlift ladder in Aromas.

In addition to some impressive squat and pulling videos, Dancer recently posted a hang clean video at a whopping 405 pounds. Not bad for a guy who’s coming back from a fractured fibula (which he broke during the trail run event at the 2016 Games — immediately before he dominated the deadlift ladder).

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It’s not the first time we’ve seen Dancer hit 400+ pounds on this particular lift, but it is the first time we’ve seen him do it after his 2015 knee surgery and 2016 fibula break. Seems like his legs are back to being pretty strong.

Cleary, Dancer is keeping up his strength in the off-season, and we’re excited to see what sort of shape he’s in come 2017. We’re assuming he’ll make another run at the Reebok CrossFit Games as an individual, though we don’t yet have confirmation on that.

Featured image: @samdancing on Instagram

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