Thanks for joining us for our next installment on the history of the annual CrossFit Games. If you’re just now joining us, part one talked about how these games came to be, the year it all got started, the winners, and the WODs they had to accomplish. Read more about the history of the CrossFit Games by clicking here.
In today’s post, we are going to see what happened at the following few events and discuss the sport’s rapid explosion. However, if you’re in need of a new fitness challenge right now, know that CrossFit Invoke can help you! Keep reading to the end to learn how.
More Historical Facts About the Annual CrossFit Games
The Year Was 2008, and Every Second Counted!
After the first Games in 2007, the attendance exploded for 2008. The attending competitors grew from 70 to over 300 who competed in 4 grueling events. Even more, over 800 fans attended. This showed just how popular the sport was becoming, not only in California, but the rest of the region as well. There was even a documentary made about the Games. It’s called “Every Second Counts” and you can find it here.
Who were the winners of the 2008 CrossFit Games? Jason Khalipa of Santa Clara, CA, took the men’s crown, and Caity Matter of Ohio was crowned the women’s champ. CrossFit Oakland was named the Affiliate Cup champ based on their team’s combined individual efforts.
Here are the events that took place:
- Three rounds, 21-15- and 9 reps, for time of: Thrusters: 95 lbs. for males, 65 lbs. for females
- Time Limit of 12 minutes
- Five rounds for time of: 5 Deadlifts, 275 lbs. for males, 185 lbs. for females
- 10 Burpees
- Time Limit of 12 minutes
The Hill Run
The hill run consisted of a steep, off-trail run approximately 750 meters in length that spanned over rough terrain with a 20-minute time limit.
- For time: 30 squat Clean & Jerk, 155 lbs. for males, 100 lbs, for females
2009 CrossFit Games Goes Global
The next year saw even more growth as the CrossFit Games went global. The sport was so big and so many athletes wanted to compete that regional events were set up. These qualifying rounds were set up in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Iceland, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Mikko Salo of Finland won the men’s event, and Tanya Wagner from Souderton, Pennsylvania took home the women’s crown. Northwest CrossFit from the state of Washington took home the Affiliate Cup Championship.
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