How to Watch CrossFit Open Workout 18.5 (Plus 18.5 Vote & Leaderboard)

Well, if you’ve been tuning in every week to the 2018 CrossFit Open live announcements, congratulations, you made it through the stressful highs and lows of anticipation. For those tuning in for the first time to catch the tail end of the madness, welcome.

This week marks the announcement of CrossFit Open Workout 18.5, which will be the final workout for athletes to improve upon their 2018 Open ranking. This week, the live announcement will be streamed from CrossFit Reykjavík in Reykjavík, Iceland. The athletes gearing up to compete at the live announcement are Iceland natives Annie Thorisdottir, Sara Sigmundsdottir, and Katrin Davidsdottir.

[If you’re interested in tuning in to the live announcement, here’s how!]

As of right now in the women’s individual open standings, Thorsidottir sits in 4th, Davidsdottir in 8th, and Sigmundsdottir in 17th, so this week’s head-to-head showdown should be an epic battle.

So far, we have yet to see a repeat workout in this year’s Open, so we’ve been speculating which workout would be repeated to conclude the 2018 Open. Then, earlier today, Dave Castro threw another curve ball to the CrossFit community with his latest Instagram post. In his post’s description he writes, “18point5. You guys get to pick which we suffer through. Tomorrow at 3pm pacific for announcement of workout and ability to vote.”

In the Facebook announcement, Castro stated that at 3pm PST, there will be three previous CrossFit workouts announced that can be voted on by the athletes and fans. The top choice will stand and be used at CrossFit Open Workout 18.5.

For the first time ever, Castro is allowing CrossFit athletes from around the globe to choose their complete destiny in a CrossFit Open workout. This makes any form of calculated speculation to Castro’s next move completely moot.

Current Individual Open Top Ten Athletes

After four 2018 CrossFit Open workouts, the elite athletes have truly begun separating themselves from the rest of the pack. Below are the top ten individual open male and female athletes after the first four workouts.

Top Ten Male Athletes

1. Mathew Fraser
2. Alex Vigneault
3. Willy Georges
4. Patrick Vellner
5. Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire
6. Alexandre Caron
7. Logan Collins
8. Tim Paulson
9. Michael Palomba
9. Streat Horner

Top Ten Female Athletes

1. Cassidy Lance-Mcwherter
2. Kara Saunders
3. Carolyne Prevost
4. Annie Thorisdottir
5. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
6. Brooke Wells
7. Rachel Garibay
8. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
9. Jamie Greene
10. Mckenzie Riley

Feature image from @crossfitgames Instagram page. 

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