CrossFit Cliffnotes – December 2019

Here’s the latest in the CrossFit world:

  • Our second Crossfit Open of 2019 has officially come to an end and Crossfit HQ has until December 16th to finalize the video review process for national champions and top 20 worldwide athletes.  (Unofficially) Here’s what you may have missed:
    • Sara Sigmundsdottir and Patrick Vellner took the top spots. Sigmundsdottir is the only woman to have won the Open 3 times. Vellner finally beat Mat Fraser at something. 
    • 111 penalties were given out during the 2020 Open, that’s 100 more than were given during the 2019 Open (Note: The review process changed to a weekly video review of the top 40 athletes from a process that only reviewed two of five workouts from the top 40 athletes after the 2019 Open had concluded). 
    • Our Comeback Kids: Kara Saunders crushed the 2020 Open finishing 12th on the Leaderboard. Ben Smith won’t need a wild card this year as he finished 22nd and will get an invite through the Open backfill system. Dan Bailey still has work to do finishing 683rd and Josh Bridges did not compete due to an elbow injury.
    • Crossfit Manayunk continued to kick butt on the Affiliate Leaderboard!! Using the “Top 10” filter, CFMY finished 2,022 out of approximately 11,850 Affiliates Worldwide.
    • Our fearless leader Papa D (Coach David Lee) qualified for the Age Group Online Qualifier finishing 106th in the 40-44 age group. Dave will be working extra hard in the gym putting in multiple workouts a day to train for the qualifier in March. Be sure to cheer him on if you seem him grinding! 
  • The 2020 Sanctionals Season has already begun with the 1st Sanctional, The Filthy 150 Sanctional having taken place in Dublin, Ireland on November 22nd. Here’s a list of the upcoming Sanctionals for the rest of year:
    • Pandaland Crossfit Challenge:  Dec 7th to 8th, Chengdu China
    • The Southfit Crossfit Challenge: Dec 6th to 8th, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Dubai Crossfit Championship: Dec 11th to 14th, Dubai, UAE 
      • This Sanctional is starting to seem like it will be one of the most exciting of the season with one of the biggest prize purses and the biggest names competing against one another. Some athletes already confirmed to compete: Sara Sigmundsdottir, Katrin Davidsdottir, Samantha Briggs, Jamie Greene, Patrick Vellner, Brent Fikowski, Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson
      • Mat Fraser won pretty much everything there last year taking home $100,000 but is yet to be confirmed if he will be returning. 
  • Some “Fun” Stuff: Not only is Roman Khrennikov a top athlete, he’s also an amazing break-dancer! Watch his skills here. Dan Bailey hit a 30lb post surgery snatch PR at 264lb during the Filthy 150 Sanctional. Sean Sweeney posted an Instagram picture of his wardrobe malfunction at Wodapalooza last season that exposed his non-regretful butt tattoo of Yosemite Sam. Games announcer, Sean Woodland, stated on his podcast, Talking Elite Fitness, that he is going to be a Dad! Rich Froning has started his own bison farm, Froning Farms. The Crossfit Games are back on Instagram.