Like many things in 2020, the CrossFit Games changed in unprecedented ways. For the first time in history, the competition was not held in person, with athletes competing side-by-side.
Instead they were done social distance style, with athletes competing in boxes all around the world. 60 athletes in 16 countries to be exact…all trying to earn the right to compete in person in Northern California for Stage 2.
Judges were sent out to measure distances and weigh equipment, keeping it fair for everyone. Workouts were recorded and also witnessed in person by said judges.
Competing remotely brought on a new format as well. There would be two stages- the first stage would determine the top 10 (5 men and 5 women) who would then go on to compete in the second stage – in person at The Ranch in Aromas, California.
DAY 1 – September 18
21 chest-to-bar pull-ups
W 85 lb. M 115 lb.
Establish a 1-rep-max front squat
15 strict deficit handstand push-ups
W 205 lb., 2-in. deficit
M 315 lb., 3.5-in. Deficit
Row 1,000 meters
DAY 2 – September 19
15 overhead squats
15 bar-facing burpees
W 125 lb. M 185 lb.
Max freestanding handstand hold
W 185 lb. M 275 lb.
After those grueling workouts the chalk settled and it was time to determine who would continue on to Stage 2 of the CrossFit Games 2020. The following athletes made the cut.
STAGE 1 TOP 5 WOMEN
1 TIA-CLAIR TOOMEY TOTAL POINTS: 615
2 BROOKE WELLS TOTAL POINTS: 580
3 HALEY ADAMS TOTAL POINTS: 497
4 KATRIN DAVIDSDOTTIR TOTAL POINTS: 490
5 KARI PEARCE TOTAL POINTS: 451
STAGE 1 TOP 5 MEN
1 MATTHEW FRASER TOTAL POINTS: 656
2 NOAH OHLSEN TOTAL POINTS: 488
3 JUSTIN MEDEIROS TOTAL POINTS: 480
4 SAMUEL KWANT TOTAL POINTS: 449
5 JEFFREY ADLER TOTAL POINTS: 420
These 10 men and women will compete in the final showdown of the Games at The Ranch!