Nobody seen that coming… yet nobody can argue! Ben Smith and Katrin Davidsdottir are the Fittest on Earth in 2015.
Reebok CrossFit Games Champions.
One could probably argue that someone predicted Rich Froning’s Team, CrossFit Mayhem would win the Team Affiliate Cup. Rich has been on the podium every time he competed at the Games, no surprise his Team was going to be tough to beat. And they were!
Congrat’s to Rich and Team Mayhem for winning the Team Competition.
Where to start… do we go with the Teen Phenom, 15 year old Sydney Sullivan dominating the Games winning 6 of the 7 Events, taking 4th in the 7th. Or what about Shawn Ramirez winning his 2nd Straight Title in the 40-44 yr old division. Or Matt Fraser falling apart on the rope climb or the HSPU’s or Former 2014 Games Champion Camille being absent from the entire week or better yet, Former 2x Champion Annie not finishing the Murph and eventually withdrawing completely. We can also mention how ESPN decided to change the viewing channel on Saturday, luckily they had a replay scheduled for those DVR’ing 🙂 … we can’t forget the YouTube Live Stream not being available in the USA… #WTH
One thing for sure, there wasn’t a shortage of drama in Carson, California.
Sticking with the positive, as exciting as the Teens // Masters were, the Hero WODS as well as the Snatch Ladder and Clean + Jerk Ladder, the final day with the “Individuals” was un-believable. Pedal to the Medal 1 and 2!
Matt Fraser (2014 Games Runner-up) made it extremely intense by slowly getting behind during the HSPU’s (Pedal to the Metal-2) then finishing off the Rower and Assault Bike like it was day one… meanwhile Ben Smith was fighting 406 lbs of KB’s in the lead! Being most of the analyst’s clear-cut favorite to win it all, Fraser was all in but it just didn’t work out. We can assume some will say his rope climb fatigue was the culprit, others may say he choked on the HSPU’s. Hopefully that doesn’t happen because it simply wasn’t the case.
7x Games Veteran Ben Smith had more left on the last day and earned the status, Fittest On Earth.
Congrat’s to all the Individual Competitor’s and the Champion Ben Smith.
On the Female side, the possibilities of winning were similar. Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir was in the lead (2 events to go) with Kara Webb, Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir, Tia-Clair Toomey along with Former Champion Sam Briggs all in the hunt. The excitement heated up when Katrin bailed on Peg Board (Pedal to the Medal-1) as did the leader, Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir both choosing to save their energy for the final event. In the end, Katrin had what it took to jump into the lead and hold off the rest by muscling through the final 8 KB Deadlifts and earning the Status, Fittest On Earth.
Congrat’s to all the Individual Competitor’s and the Champion Katrin Davidsdottir.
Shout out to Iceland.
When it comes to a competition sport like CrossFit, your attitude is going to be the main contributor of the outcome. Certainly preparation has a lot to do with your performance, but when the going gets tough, your attitude, what your thinking, how you handle adversity, how you deal with distractions, how you stay composed, staying in the moment, all comes down to your attitude. As the pressure mounted, Ben and Katrin demonstrated exactly that, a winning attitude. They adapted quicker and made decisions better than all the rest.
Over the next few days, stories will be told regarding what everyone thought about the Peg Board, the 2 mile Paddle, Murph perhaps even the Legless Rope Climb Standards or even the “NO REP” complaints.
From the athletes, there won’t be any excuses…
This was an impressive display of Strength, Power, Speed, Coordination, Balance, Agility, Accuracy, Cardio, Stamina and Flexibility. Work Capacity was tested and the “unknown” was delivered. We got to witness Sprints, Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Rowing, Rope Climbing, the Assault Bike, Dumbbell’s, Kettle Bells, Parallettes, and most won’t forget the Peg Board or the Paddle Board. Was it perfect. Some will say yes, some will say no.
Some will say the programming was too tough, the weather was too hot, etc… At the end of the day, no matter what the events would’ve consisted of, how beautiful or nasty the weather was, someone would have a complaint and some will agree, some won’t.
I say, well done Greg Glassman, @theDaveCastro and your team at CrossFit Headquarters.
Shout out to all the Sponsors. Reebok, Rogue, Progenex, ESPN, CrossFit Inc.
Photos Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.