The Crossfit Games takes its act to Madison, Wisconsin for the first time, after nine years being based in Carson City, California. With it, Mathew Fraser and Katrin Davidsdottir look to defend their title of Fittest On Earth.
The Men’s Competition
Mat Fraser dominated the events last year, finishing ahead of second placed Ben Smith by an enormous 197 points. Their titanic duel was a talking point of 2015, but Fraser broke away with a series of astonishing performances in which he was not expected to perform as well as he did. Such a dominance led to Sean Woodland famously exclaiming “What can’t this guy do?!” as Fraser won his heat of the Suicide Sprint, and placed 2nd in the event overall.
Do not rule out fourth place finisher Brent Fikowski. The 6 foot 2 Canadian was unlucky not to make podium in his rookie year at the Games. Yet he took first place in four events, and top 3 finishes in three more. Alex Anderson may have finished 11th last year but will be proud of four top 10 finishes in his rookie season.
There are some Games stars who are gunning for a top 10 finish. Disappointment shrouded Noah Ohlsen, whom many expected to compete for the top 5, as he placed 15th, while Josh Bridges (13th), Rob Forte (17th) and Jacob Anderson (29th) are in dire need of a better year to break a developing duopoly between Fraser and Smith.
Naturally, the Icelandic power duo that are Katrin Davidsdottir and Sara Sigmundsdottir will head a queue of ladies looking to snatch the title away from Davidsdottir.
Davidsdottir herself bit back at any viewers who suggested
Tia-Clair Toomey, who pushed Davidsdottir right to the final event of the final day with her talents, will be out and ready to take home a first Crossfit title.
The Australian, 24, is a former Olympian with two second placed finishes to her name. With a background in weightlifting, and having excellent history in the water, this may be her year.
Kara Webb is another Australian with a foot on the podium this year. Last years third place finisher ousted Sigmundsdottir to take the final podium finish, and will look to build further. She will face serious competition in what could end up being a four way battle for the crown. Though she broke the Guinness world record in February for the most pistol squats by a woman.
Fittest Male: Mathew Fraser
Fittest Female: Tia-Clair Toomey