The 2017 CrossFit Invitational: Everything You Need to Know + Our Pick to Win It All
The 2017 CrossFit Invitational: Everything You Need to Know + Our Pick to Win It All
It’s been almost two years since the first ever edition of the CrossFit Games took place. Since then, it became one of the most popular events in all of sports. Nowadays, there are several other competitions taking place around the world with different rulesets and even different types of athletes competing (i.e., weightlifting).
However, the CrossFit Games remains a true test of athletic ability between competitors. There are no time limits or other restrictions; it’s just pure competition.
In order to compete at the 2017 CrossFit Invitational, you’ll need to have competed in previous editions of the event and meet certain requirements set forth by your sport. To qualify, you must have completed at least three rounds of each of the following events:
Deadlifts – 10 reps
Squats – 15 reps
Presses – 5 reps each arm (one arm at a time)
Pullups – 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions per set (each rep maxed out)
You will also need to be able to complete a minimum of six rounds in any of the following events:
Row – 500 Meters
Kettlebell Swings (16 kilograms for men / 8 kilograms for women) – 50 reps
Bike Ergometer (w/ consistent resistance) – 1000 Meters
Pushups – 50 reps
The CrossFit Invitational first took place in 2015 and was won by Graham Holmberg and Sam Briggs. The second edition took place in 2016 and was won by Mathew Fraser and Sara Sigmundsdottir.
Of course, these athletes are still very much in their primes, but there are several other competitors that could easily take the title. To help you pick a winner ahead of time, here are the names you should watch this weekend:
Fourth Place: Bjorgvin Gissli Sigurdarson (2015 CrossFit Games Men’s Champion)
CrossFit is a sport that requires both mental toughness and exceptional physical ability. Not everyone is cut out for this type of competition. When Bjorgvin Gissli won the title in 2015, it seemed like he would be a favorite to win for years to come.
The problem is, he hasn’t been able to back that up. He hasn’t even been able to finish in the top ten.
When you compare his numbers from 2015 to those of the other competitors this year, it’s easy to see why he ranks at the bottom of the field. His weakness is evident in nearly every lift. There are three certain competitors that he should be able to beat in at least one of the events.
Third Place: Sam Dancer (2016 CrossFit Invitational Champion)
You might be surprised to see a previous champion so low on this list, but there’s a good reason for that. Although he won last year, it was by the smallest of margins (and only due to a tie breaker). Plus, he’s shown weaknesses of his own during the past twelve months.
There are two events where he struggles in particular: the deadlift and the row. He’s completed less than 6 reps in each of those categories last year. That puts him well behind this year’s field, all of whom have completed at least 10 reps in each category.
It should be interesting to see how he fares this weekend. If he manages to pull ahead of the pack, he might be a tougher competitor than his numbers would suggest.
Second Place: Stian Elgvin Rommen (2016 European Men’s Champion)
Stian Elgvin Rommen is one of few athletes competing this weekend that have no weaknesses in their game. In fact, he’s completed more than 50 reps in three events (the squat, the deadlift, and the row). In the snatch, he’s completed more than 40.
He’s a threat to win any event he enters this weekend.
Of course, it’s hard enough to complete all five events in the allotted time as it is. It’s even harder when you’re constantly forced to change up your strategy based on your competitors. Still, he should be among the top competitors this weekend.
His odds of winning depend largely on who his main competitors are. If he’s going up against Bjorgvin Gissli again, it’s anyone’s game.
First Place: Tia-Clair Toomey (2016 CrossFit Games Women’s Champion)
Tia-Clair Toomey is the reigning champion of the CrossFit Games, so she has that advantage going into this weekend. However, she’s also competing in four events where she has no weaknesses. She’s completed more than 40 reps in the squat and the deadlift, and more than 50 in the snatch and the row.
Tia-Clair has finished in the top five in every event she’s competed in during this year, so it’s hard to see her not dominating this competition. Unless something crazy happens, like another athlete manages to complete all five events faster than her, she should win this weekend with relative ease.
There are a number of other competitors that you should be aware of this weekend:
The first is Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, the 2013 and 2014 CrossFit Games champion. Her performance has been on a bit of a decline over the past few years. Although she’s still relatively young and in her athletic prime, her numbers don’t look all that impressive.
While she’s certainly a threat to win any event, she might be disadvantaged this weekend if the competition favors speed over strength and endurance.
She will face stiff competition from three-time Reebok CrossFit Games podium finisher Kristin Holte. While her best events appear to be the row and the deadlift, which don’t play as much of a role in this competition, she has been improving each year. She could easily surprise everyone this weekend.
Other women to watch include Australian Tia-Clair Dickson and British athlete Camilla Lomas. While each has shown promise during the year, including podium finishes at the Southern Hot 365, both have had some trouble with endurance challenges. Still, both have a great chance of surprising everyone if they can complete the three longer events.
Regardless of which athletes you’re pulling for this weekend, it’s going to be quite the event! You can only watch and see who walks away with the title.
After the events are over, you walk back to your seat as the crowd begins to disperse. You’re already thinking of who you’ll be rooting for during the final day of competition. You’ve got a few favorites already, and this event just narrowed down the list quite a bit.
While you’re walking back to your seat, you bump into someone on the stairs. A pair of hands quickly reaches out to stop you from falling.
“Whoa there! Sorry about that,” says a deep voice.
When you look up, you see bright blue eyes under a thick mop of sandy blond hair. The owner of said eyes smiles at you.
“I should have been watching were I was going,” he says.
“It’s fine… I’m fine…” you say, stumbling over your words.
Where are you headed off to in such a hurry?”
I was just going to my seat,” you reply.
The man smiles and nods.
“Well, it was nice bumping into you. Sorry again about that,” he says.
He starts to turn around and walk away, before pausing and turning back to face you.
What’s your name?”
“L-Louise,” you say, caught off guard.
“I’m Simon,” he replies with another big smile.
Before you can say anything else, you hear your father calling for you. You turn and see him waving at you from the row where your family is sitting. You wave back and tell him you’ll be there in a moment.
When you turn back around, Simon has already started walking away.
“I have to go,” you say.
“Alright. See you around, Louise,” Simon replies.
You hurry over to your family and take your seat next to your dad. The four of you sit and chat for a while before the event starts. You barely pay any attention to the event as you still find yourself thinking about Simon.
When it’s finally over, you quickly say goodbye to your family and make your way out of the stadium. You walk around the tracks bottom level in search of Simon, but you don’t see him anywhere. You decide to go back up to the main concourse area since it would be easier to see someone there. Still, there is no sign of Simon anywhere. You sigh and lean against a nearby pillar.
Was he just some guy that bumped into you or did he want to talk to you for some other reason?
You wonder if you should have just stayed with him or gone back down to the seats.
You spend the next few hours going back and forth on what you should have or could have done. You finally decide that you’re being silly and just need to go home. Your mind has been dwelling on the whole “meeting someone new” thing for quite some time now and you’ve finally met someone.
Granted, all you’ve done is meet them, but maybe it can lead to something more, right?
Either way, you don’t need to worry about it right now and should try to enjoy the games.
You wave down a taxi and head back to campus.
The next few weeks go by quickly. You don’t see Simon again, but do think about him every now and then. You mostly keep yourself busy with schoolwork, but you also think about the events that are going to be taking place soon.
All the crazy stuff that’s been happening has made you rethink your role as a “hero”. Maybe you should just steer clear of the whole thing and focus on your studies…
All of this is interrupted one night when you receive a message while you’re in your dorm room.
“Hey, it’s Simon. I thought I’d find you here. I was wondering if you were busy right now.”
You read the message and your heart flutters a bit. He found you! This is your chance to hang out with him and see if there’s anything between the two of you.
You immediately write back:
“Not at all. I’m free tonight.
What did you have in mind?”
You send the message and wait for a response. You receive one quickly:
“I was thinking we could go get some coffee or something. There’s a place just down the street from you called The Cafe.
Would ya mind meeting me there in, say, half an hour?”
“Sure,” you write back, trying to contain your excitement.
You get ready as fast as you can, but taking your time so that you don’t come off as too desperate. You decide to wear your favorite jeans, a dark gray v-neck, and brown boots. You put on a bit of makeup and pull your hair into a ponytail.
You look pretty good, if you do say so yourself. Your stomach is doing backflips by the time you head out the door.
You make your way to The Cafe and find a small table in the corner. You sit by the wall and try to keep your cool. You see a guy standing nearby the entrance of the cafe and your heart sinks a bit as you realize it isn’t Simon after all.
The guy notices you staring and heads your way. “Sorry, I thought this was the place for the meeting,” he says, sitting down without invitation. His weathered face and graying hair suggest he’s probably older than your dad. You frown and look away. “That’s OK,” you say. “I’m waiting for someone.” The man does not reply, and the silence makes the whole situation incredibly awkward. You look around the cafe and notice a few people glancing your way. You’re about to get up and find a new spot when you see Simon walk in the door.
“Sorry I’m late,” he says, smiling and holding out his hand to shake yours. You accept, of course, and he sits down across from you. You stare into his beautiful green eyes and nearly swoon.
He notices this and laughs nervously. “I guess you like what you see.”
“I do,” you say without thinking, causing him to blush as well. The two of you stare at each other for a moment before the waiter comes over and breaks the silence.
Can I get you something?”
he asks, looking first at Simon then yourself.
Do you want anything else?”
Simon asks you.
“A coffee would be nice,” you say.
“Two coffees,” Simon replies. “I’ll have a coffee as well.”
The waiter nods and walks away.
“I’m glad you could come,” Simon says. “I wasn’t sure if you would show up or not.”
“I was genuinely interested in the invitation,” you say with a smile. “
So, what is it that you’re studying again?”
“Computer science,” he says. “I’ve nearly finished my degree, to be honest. I just have a few more classes to go.”
“That’s great,” you say. “My roommate is studying biology and pre-med. It might as well be a foreign language the way she goes on about it.”
Is she the one you’re living with?”
“Yeah, Jenny. She’s pretty cool, I think you’d get along with her.”
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