July 18, 2010

Sunday 100718

Rest Day

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Annie Thorisdottir and Kristan Clever, first and second after Day 2 at the 2010 CrossFit Games.


"Arm Wrestling 101: Rising Strength Part 4" with Devon Larratt, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]


Continued 2010 Games Live coverage.


Hector Berlioz, La Damnation de Faust.


Stephen Crane - The Veteran


"Robert Byrd's Highways to Nowhere" by Brian Bolduc, The Wall Street Journal.

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Posted by lauren at July 18, 2010 5:00 PM
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games WOD #2 "piramid Hellen" and 90 sec Jerk....19:46 jerk 225 pounds

Comment #1 - Posted by: s'more at July 17, 2010 5:02 PM

Was watching the games earlier. Way to go! The athletes are amazing. Inspiring. Excellent job CrossFit. Production and quality first class all the way. I'm proud to be a part of this family.

Comment #2 - Posted by: Anthony at July 17, 2010 5:27 PM

Awesome stuff on the CF GAME STREAM ! Athletes are SICK (in a good way). The commentary gets me sleepy though...maybe cuz I did my WOD at zero dark thirty....mmmm nope...they make me sleepy.

Comment #3 - Posted by: JD at July 17, 2010 5:32 PM

Thanks a lot for webcasting this! It will be a great day when ESPN or another 'sports' channel will carry the games on TV.
But look how long it took them to recognize UFC; if they can't make money at it, they won't air it.
So...we're stuck with boring golf, NFL and horrific stale MLB.
Same reason football (soccer) will never be popular in the USA; not enough commercial breaks for the networks to shove useless products down the public viewers throat.

Comment #4 - Posted by: FTyler at July 17, 2010 5:36 PM

I was watching the live feed and there is a definite difference in what the judges are allowing for pistols. The guy in the white shorts with the red stripe in the last men's heat is getting credit for pistols that the other judges are waving off for the other competitors. Watch the tape. He's not going as low as everyone else.

Comment #5 - Posted by: Todd at July 17, 2010 5:52 PM

Loving watching the games today. Although I think it is promoting laziness in me. Yeah I got a WOD in, but other than that I have nothing but watch all day. It is incredible what some of these athletes can do.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Nick at July 17, 2010 5:55 PM

Today is my b-day and I threw down a double wod day because watching the games has kept me pumped all day. I love the live feed and great job to all the athletes

Comment #7 - Posted by: JSawyers m/5'8"/190 at July 17, 2010 6:07 PM

Love the sandbag workout.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Matt, 21 Fitness - CrossFit Orange at July 17, 2010 6:43 PM

been watchin, great job by pat, josh n kate. is castro being vague on purpose - all part of unknowable!?

Comment #9 - Posted by: ogdog at July 17, 2010 6:57 PM

@ #4 They still air baseball?

Comment #10 - Posted by: patrick l bateman at July 17, 2010 7:12 PM

Today I did the
5 rounds for time

185lb oh walk 40m
30 20lb 10th wallballs
95lb farmer carries 40m

I scaled it to:
155lb oh 40m (shouldve went heavier all unbroken)
Wallballs rx'd
85lb farmers carry 40m (shouldve done rx'd all unbroken)
In 23:20

I don't know what had the neighbors staring at me more. Walking with a barbell overhead or when I was yelling at myself during the wallballs to just pick up the damn ball.

I hate wb's and I think they hate me.
I wanted to scale to 3 rounds. Then I wanted to quit. I'm glad I fought thru it. Next time I'll be sub 20min. It's been a long week I cant wait for vaca.

Quick comment on the games.
What chris spealler did last night was just incredible. An amazing display. He man handled those squat snatches.
WOW!!

Comment #11 - Posted by: Xfitaddict M/CT/27/6'2"/175 at July 17, 2010 7:49 PM

at least he had enough balls to stand up to the neo cons (and the spineless assholes he served with) when they were hell bent on going into iraq... that's enough of a "measure" of the man for me.

Comment #12 - Posted by: johnny d. at July 17, 2010 8:39 PM

Thanks for that poem.

Everyone read "The Veteran"

Comment #13 - Posted by: Cameron at July 17, 2010 8:47 PM

Any ideas as to why Mikko Salo just rolled out as soon as he got done?

Comment #14 - Posted by: SoonerBorn at July 17, 2010 9:15 PM

#4 FTyler's comments are absolutely right.

What a day! This years games are the best yet.

Unmatched athleticism and work ethic.

FINALLY! a group of athlete's my children can look up too. CrossFit impresses me yet again.

Comment #15 - Posted by: cookie-puss at July 17, 2010 9:24 PM

what's #11 johnny d. ranting about???

Comment #16 - Posted by: cookie-puss at July 17, 2010 9:30 PM

Impressed with the athletes, impressed with the organisation of the event. Very crossfit indeed.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Razvan Mircea at July 17, 2010 9:30 PM

I would much rather "not have" the Games commercialized on a large media circuit. I think that it will open a pandoras box of greed and politics...not cool. I can see pay-per view or crappy beer and fast food commericials between watching our beloved brothers and sister displaying their heart on stage.

No espn or pay-per view for me!

Comment #18 - Posted by: Marco at July 17, 2010 9:37 PM

GO KRIS GO!!!!

Comment #19 - Posted by: cookie at July 17, 2010 9:44 PM

Coverage of the games is focused just on front runners during the WODs. We are all watching our people and I would like wider coverage of more of the athletes.

Comment #20 - Posted by: hilary at July 17, 2010 9:48 PM

#13 Mikko walked out after ALL of his events while his fellow athletes made sure that they took care of each other. Spirit of the games?

Comment #21 - Posted by: markyo at July 17, 2010 9:52 PM

What in the world are you going on about Johnny D #11.

Comment #22 - Posted by: Nick at July 17, 2010 10:06 PM

Wow, just watched the games for the first time. Incredible. Had to go buy another hdmi cable so I could stream it into the big screen.

Comment #23 - Posted by: ra at July 17, 2010 10:14 PM

Just watched the games for the first time. Incredible. Had to go out and buy another hdmi cable so I could stream it into the big screen.

Comment #24 - Posted by: ra at July 17, 2010 10:17 PM

My hat's off to the people behind the scenes making this live event available (for free) on the web. Keep up the great work, you guys don't get nearly enough credit for what you do.

Thank you Crossfit!

Comment #25 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at July 17, 2010 10:29 PM

Can someone please explain the WODs at the games, I am in the navy and at Sea right now and the website is kind of buggy from all the restrictions they put on our web browsing

Comment #26 - Posted by: dan at July 17, 2010 11:26 PM

#20
How are you so sure something wasn't wrong?

Comment #27 - Posted by: Kyle Ngo at July 17, 2010 11:56 PM

Thanks for airing the games! We staid up all night, last event at six in the morning in Sweden :)

#13
Mikko is a fantastic person, he certainly has the spirit of the games.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Björn at July 18, 2010 12:27 AM

Oh, sorry, I meant #20.

Anyway, I think he usually want some alone time after a wod/event. Everybody is different.

Comment #29 - Posted by: Björn at July 18, 2010 12:29 AM

HIS IS A NOBEL CALLING.
OUR PROUDEST MOMENT
IS TO SAVE... LIVES.
UNDER THE IMPULSE
OF SUCH THOUGHTS
THE NOBILITY OF THE
OCCUPATION THRILLS US
AND STIMULATES US TO
DEEDS OF DARING,
EVEN OF
SUPREME SACRIFICE


Edward F. Crocker
Chief of Department
FDNY
1899-1911

Comment #30 - Posted by: gfdtrk4 at July 18, 2010 2:33 AM

Test

Comment #31 - Posted by: Dave Shute at July 18, 2010 3:09 AM

#20

This was a sporting competition not a back slapping social event. Europeans approach it differently, Mikko didn't stay to cheers his competitors and 'help them' after his WOD big deal. That's what the crowd is there for, this is an individual event.

Comment #32 - Posted by: Dave at July 18, 2010 3:14 AM

SO Proud of my Ben Smith! Nice 295# Overhead, Young Man!

We're rooting for you and so very proud!

Comment #33 - Posted by: AllisonNYC at July 18, 2010 3:29 AM

Go Annie, Go!

Comment #34 - Posted by: Tom O. at July 18, 2010 4:10 AM

GO MIKKO!!

Comment #35 - Posted by: B at July 18, 2010 5:43 AM

LOVE the live coverage. Hate the venue. Am I the only one who misses Aromas?

Comment #36 - Posted by: bburgultrarunner at July 18, 2010 5:56 AM

Broke my foot yesterday coming down from a rope climb. Rolled it real bad when I landed on the rope knot! So bummed be killing it for 6-7 months was in best shape of my life. Had been a weight lifter for 12+ years!

Comment #37 - Posted by: Keith mchugh at July 18, 2010 7:15 AM

At cottage.

Did 150kb 1.5 pood for time.
10:38

Comment #38 - Posted by: Tooljunky m/28/175 at July 18, 2010 8:06 AM

I have to agree with Dave #31. Mikko is not from America, his genuine humility is proof that he is a stand up guy. He is also a competitor, and slapping spit with fellow competitors before the game is over is just not his way of competing, and quite frankly, I don't care for it myself either.

I think we would do well to remember that this is a guy that has never paraded himself as being better then the rest, but rather a man who enjoys the adventure of discovering his physical capabilities, and pushing himself harder than most of us are willing or able to go.

I also believe Mikko has been going at this with the strategy of not burning himself out too early. He is use to working out multiple times a day. I believe we will see him explode today. But it is still up for grabs. The great thing about the CrossFit Games is that not only do we train for the unknown and unknowable, but those who win in this sport are also unknown and often unknowable. Go figure! :)

Comment #39 - Posted by: -=Gar=- at July 18, 2010 8:23 AM

The documentary of Anníe and Sveinbjörn at the CrossFit Games 2009 is now available for you to purchase and download at www.drengsson.net.

50 min film in HQ, that tells the story of two Icelanders that are new to CrossFit but qualified for the CrossFit Games 2009 where both of them made a huge impact on the whole competition.

The film tells the their whole story, from there first encounter of CrossFit in Iceland to their whole amazing journey to the CrossFit Games 2009.

The resolution of the film 1280*720 with the file size of

Comment #40 - Posted by: Stefán Drengsson at July 18, 2010 9:00 AM

I am disappointed that the Wallstreet Journal would right an article about RCB in the wake of his death, saying that his time spent as a Senator was basically worthless. And I am also disappointed that Crossfit felt the need to post it.
1. The federal grants that Byrd secured for WV have done a lot for the state, but a lot more still needs to be done.
2. Byrd had nothing to do with the taxes that Brian Bolduc cited in his article, those are state taxes that the former Senator had no power to legislate.
3. I also think the comparison between North Carolina and West Virginia is a flawer one. There are dozens of reasons why North Carolina prospered while West Virginia stagnated and several of them have nothing to do with politics or taxes.

Comment #41 - Posted by: Fin 28/m/5'10"/185lb at July 18, 2010 9:37 AM

that should be write. Excuse the brainfart

Comment #42 - Posted by: Fin 28/m/5'10"/185lb at July 18, 2010 9:39 AM

The Games have been outstanding! Very well produced.

Comment #43 - Posted by: Jason at July 18, 2010 10:54 AM

Oh the announcement Castro... I hold you personally responsible for my Ranger School-esque droning in class tomorrow. No sleep for me tonight! How ridiculous is it that this is more exciting for me than the World Cup, Super Bowl, and Western States 100 for me? I certainly do not concur that the Home Depot isn't a great venue. Let's get over ourselves a little bit... if we want "eliteism" fitness, you can pay a guy in Utah $500 a year for what you get for free off of this website for poorer results. I like that we're a community who all understood the pain the Masters were going through while they were doing Fran... and, yes, Pat, it makes me consider how much more I need to break down daily skill sessions into a G-W-G and W-G-W each cycle.

Cheers from Bangkok!
Tim

Cheer from Bangkok!
Tim

Comment #44 - Posted by: Tim/35/M/70/172 at July 18, 2010 11:00 AM

I just got released form the hospital from a five day rhabdo stay after doing the walking lunge, pullups situps workout just over a week ago, i was wondering if there were still only the five crossfit rhabdo cases reported from that article in the cfj? or if thats old news?

Comment #45 - Posted by: christine at July 18, 2010 12:46 PM

Been watching the games here in the UK all weekend. Great effort by the athletes and organizers. Fantastic coverage. Thank you.

Comment #46 - Posted by: AOO at July 18, 2010 12:48 PM

We did jackie today :

100m row

50 45# bar thrusters
30 pull ups

13:27

Comment #47 - Posted by: melanie at July 18, 2010 12:50 PM

7 rounds
3 205 power cleans
4 hand stand ring push ups
time 11:44
m/205/33

Comment #48 - Posted by: Brad Cogburn at July 18, 2010 1:09 PM

Hey! It's Kim "Fit Mom" Malz in the analyst booth at the Crossfit Games! You're doing great sister, way to go!!!

Comment #49 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at July 18, 2010 1:19 PM

Man it's BS, i can't get any coverage of the games. It won't let me open anything...What's going on with that?..

Comment #50 - Posted by: Harry at July 18, 2010 1:50 PM

I agree with the last comment. My trainer is competing and here in oz there is no coverage. Well it's no longer an underground sport too popular I guess.

Comment #51 - Posted by: MrFlakey at July 18, 2010 1:56 PM

Hi I missed some of the crossfit games, is there any facility to watch the games again??

Comment #52 - Posted by: Gareth at July 18, 2010 2:13 PM

Can we get a media player that buffers better for the archived events? please.

I love what they've done so far, just some feedback for next year. Maybe get a Youtube type buffer where you can see the buffer bar growing. Im in a hotel and can't get the live coverage to be a constant stream. It sucks.

But thanks for the free coverage. This is going in the right direction for sure. I can't see how a competition like this can't help but continue to explode!

Comment #53 - Posted by: pat at July 18, 2010 2:18 PM

Enjoying the Games....but a 20 foot rope climb in the last event? A little dangerous without anything to break the fall of any contestant who comes unstuck at the top, IMHO. Given the adrenaline and fatigue, I just hope everyone finishes safely.

Comment #54 - Posted by: J1 at July 18, 2010 2:19 PM

Can we get a better buffering media player, please?? I can barely watch any of this with the internet i have at the hotel.

Comment #55 - Posted by: pat at July 18, 2010 2:50 PM

LOVE the live coverage. Hate the venue. Am I the only one who misses Aromas?

Comment #35 - Posted by: bburgultrarunner at July 18, 2010 5:56 AM

No, you're not the only one who misses Aromas brother.

Comment #56 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at July 18, 2010 2:59 PM

I dislike death. However, there are things I dislike more than death. Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger. Mencius

Comment #57 - Posted by: Pete at July 18, 2010 3:07 PM

"Government spending does not prosperity make."

-Truer political words have never been spoken.

Comment #58 - Posted by: -=Gar=- at July 18, 2010 3:24 PM

I agree that there should be a crash pad of some sort underneath the ropes. It could be very devastating if an athlete was to fall. Athlete safety should be more important at this point.

Comment #59 - Posted by: dt at July 18, 2010 3:27 PM

I first want to say watching the Crossfit Games coverage live was incredible. It certainly made me want to ignore the ‘rest day’ from the main site and get out to the gym for a workout. Great job to all the athletes and personnel who made the event happen.

Next I wanted to respond to the posted article for the day (Brian Bolduc’s “Robert Byrd’s Highway to Nowhere”).

I don’t live in WV (I live in NE). I’m not rushing to Byrd’s defense b/c I don’t know much about him. Furthermore, in no way do I think the government dishing out big sums of cash is an entirely effective way to operate as a nation. I consider myself a reasonable, independent-thinking guy like many of the Crossfit community. My following critiques are just that: critiques. My comments are simply meant to respond to Bolduc’s arguments against the money WV has received due to people such as Robert Byrd.

Early on, Bolduc cites median family income and per capita income stats for WV. These figures should be paired with facts on cost of living to provide context. It could be possible that WV residents have lower nominal median family and per capita incomes with a low cost of living statewide (i.e. they earn less b/c it costs less to live in WV). For instance, the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research reports US per capita income from 2005 to 2009 (http://bber.unm.edu/econ/us-pci.htm). According to them, from 2005 to 2009, per capita income for WV went from $26,686 ranking them 50th to $32,219 ranking them at 44th. At the same time, a state which tends to take comparatively fewer federal dollars per capita such as Utah (see the charts at http://www.census.gov/govs/cffr/) went from $28,617 ranking 46th to $30,875 ranking 49th. Furthermore, if you take the salary of a WV resident and determine a comparable salary needed in a different location you can find something interesting. CNN has a pretty cool cost of living calculator (http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/costofliving/costofliving.html). If you live in Charleston, WV and earn $30,000 per year, the comparable salary in Salt Lake City, Utah would be $32,362 which is close to the Utah’s listed per capita income. Perhaps a more important comparison though would be to nearby Northern VA (i.e. Arlington and Alexandria). With that same $30K in Charleston, a person would need to earn $44,854. That is more than the reported $43,874 per capita income for Virginia in 2009. States such as Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York have large, highly populated cities with workers who command higher wages which nominally modify the listed per capita and median income numbers for those states. Listing per capita income and median household income needs context. In pushing his agenda, Bolduc hoped to skate over this relevant fact.

I respect that Bolduc acknowledges Byrd was never governor of the state which means he sees how Byrd isn’t solely responsible for the efficacy of money spent in the state. He also acknowledges other factors which have affected WV’s growth (such as mining companies developing efficient extraction techniques thereby reducing demand for workers and the subsequent affect of workers lacking attractive skills to lure other businesses as well as college students moving away to already established markets after graduation). This sort of understanding was appreciated.

Bolduc claims NC never funded RTP’s development, but then acknowledges NC provided tax credits for research and development. This is a misleading comment. A government can fund an activity in several ways. For instance, a government can (1) directly give dollars to another entity [e.g. NC gov’t gives ABC $100] or (2) indirectly give dollars to another entity [e.g. NC gov’t says, “ABC, pay us $100 less than usual”]. Either way, ABC has $100 extra dollars. Thus, I argue a tax credit is essentially a payment from the government. The specific activity (i.e. research and development) is an operating expense and the price of operating is considered in the decision to choose a business location. If a business sees an opportunity to lower their operating cost then that opportunity is an incentive. In NC’s case, the tax credit is an incentive and helps pay for (i.e. fund) their operation. Thus to say NC never funded RTP’s development is misleading.

The cited route 50 lane widening appears to be a pretty reasonable example of questionable spending. If the expansion hasn’t brought the intended business growth and development, then WV did not do enough to jump-start that area’s prospects.

However, Bolduc then brings up I-68 and its connection to the Hazelton, WV penitentiary. Bolduc cites Hazelton penitentiary to illustrate how WV relies heavily on federal, state, and local government to support the state’s economy. However, citing the penitentiary is a poor choice of exemplary activity which the locals in the WV economy rely upon. The US has experienced an unfortunately explosive growth in the prison population since the 1980s. From 1980 to 2008, the prison population went from 319,598 to 1,518,559. That is an approximate 375% increase in prison population (prison inmate being a person already having received a sentence typically of 1 year or more [citation: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=tdtp&tid=1]). Since 2000, the prison population has increased between 1% and 3% every year. Growing incarceration strains existing resources and requires new construction. If WV has willing workers, resources and the place to build a necessary facility, then the Hazelton facility shouldn’t be criticized for providing means to earn income for some of WV’s citizens. A better example would have helped his cause.

Moving forward, Bolduc cites a paper from Harvard professors to bolster his argument against federal spending, but seems to confuse himself. First, Bolduc says the professors found that states which lose a chairmanship on certain committees will lose 20% to 30% in earmarks. He then says “Even worse…”. Using the phrase “even worse” means that losing the earmark dollars is a bad thing but what comes next is worse. However, Bolduc is trying to argue AGAINST the earmarked dollars, so why is losing 20% to 30% a bad thing in the first place? Furthermore, Bolduc’s provides an example from one of the professors who starts by saying give a state $10 billion. Private investment pulls back so the state loses $3 to $4 billion dollars. Thus a state only earns $6 to $7 billion. Well that’s called an opportunity cost. Every business decision/action has an opportunity cost, whether it’s the state making the decision or a private company making the decision. The problem isn’t the money earned. The problem is the spending decisions made once you get that money. I think Bolduc recognizes this which is why he says the money is a nice 1-time boost. So, I agree that it is the long-term investment growth which counts. Perhaps Bolduc was trying to argue the government does a poor job at efficiently spending the money. If that is the case then he should say it more explicitly and back up the claim with numbers comparing government and private businesses (that is to say how much does each spend on a typical project [i.e. cost] and what value is gained as a result [i.e. profit] in order to demonstrate who has a track record of efficiency).

Bolduc then turns his attention to other reasons why WV struggles with business development by mentioning a machinery tax used in the state. Bolduc does not specifically say the name of the WV machinery tax. A search to find out what tax he may be referring to was unfruitful, so I cannot make much comment on it. What I can say is Bolduc’s primary purpose is to argue against WV’s tendency to seek and improperly spend federal dollars. While used to argue why WV struggles to win long-term business investment, the state machinery tax Bolduc refers to is not entirely relevant to his central argument against the federal dollars Senator Byrd fought to earn. If anything the state machinery tax, which is passed by the state legislature and state governor, should be used in an argument against a bad state policy decision rather than an indictment against federal dollars acquired through congress.

Finally, Bolduc cites the Fraser Institutes Index of Economic Freedom which ranks West Virginia dead last for US states in “economic freedom”. I don’t know about others, but I had never heard of the Fraser Institute so I went and found the paper with the index (http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/research/display.aspx?id=12978). Personally, “economic freedom” is a pretty abstract concept so any form and methodology for measuring it is up for debate. I tried reading how they came up with the rating of economic freedom they scored for each state, but couldn’t follow it too well. I saw that the paper includes a list of who is using the index that they are aware of. Of the 8 papers cited to use the index, 4 are from the WVU professor economics Russell Sobel whom Bolduc quoted earlier in the article. Nothing wrong with this fact, but it most likely explains Bolduc’s reference to the Fraser Institute’s index. To pick on Utah some more though, the Fraser Institute ranks Utah tied for 9th behind only DE, TX, CO, GA, NC, NV, and NH (7 states total). Clearly assuming “economic freedom” is a good thing for a state’s business prospects, you’d think Utah would be great compared to WV. Yet, as I already pointed out, when you look at the measures Bolduc relied on to put WV down, a different picture is painted. Utah has low per capita income just like WV, but a low amount of federal dollars coming in per capita. Thus, perhaps the economic freedom index doesn’t help Bolduc’s cause as greatly as he might like.

Maybe I put too much thought and time into this, but I was pretty bored today. Haha for what it’s worth, I know my response has plenty of room for critique too. Feel free to let me have it on here.

Comment #60 - Posted by: ykp from NE at July 18, 2010 4:11 PM

Thanks to Rich Froning giving creedence to my theory of 'ofer-training, schmover-training'.

Comment #61 - Posted by: Will Blaker at July 18, 2010 4:30 PM

Great coverage. Streamed all weekend. Camera angles and HD quality top notch. Loved the colour commentary and the analyst panel. Amazing. Thanks HQ!

Comment #62 - Posted by: Ronnieboy at July 18, 2010 4:52 PM

Pound for pound, Chris Spealler IS the fittest man on the planet. If the weights used were based on body weight, as they should be for a "Fitness" competition, No one would be able to touch Chris, NO ONE. :)

Bravo Zulu Chris Spealler! God bless you brother!!!

Comment #63 - Posted by: -=Gar=- at July 18, 2010 4:55 PM

I agree with the earlier comments on athlete safety and Spealler - nobody wants to see somebody die in a friggin' athletic event. Talk about creating bad press for the sport. I'm sure that would get the CF Games on ESPN, but in the wrong way. And Spealler is the fittest man on the planet - the weights should be proportioned to body weight and the scoring should be reset after the cuts.

Comment #64 - Posted by: tony at July 18, 2010 5:05 PM

Kevin
M/51/5'11"/169

Made up "Amanda" today. Results posted there.

Just finished watching the finals. Great coverage!

Special congratulations to the Masters athletes.

Comment #65 - Posted by: Kevin C. at July 18, 2010 5:09 PM

Graham won! Gratz 2010 crossfit.

Comment #66 - Posted by: B at July 18, 2010 5:10 PM

If weights are based on bodyweight to favor Spealer then the number of pull ups/push ups/burpees etc should be based on arm length and all squats should be based on femur length.

Comment #67 - Posted by: Fittest at July 18, 2010 5:17 PM

I agree that pound for pound Speal is without equal, but if you could only take one guy with you, and your life was at stake, and you didn't know what you'd encounter, I'd want to take the person that was the *absolute* bestest at the mostest, not the guy that, *pound for pound*, was the best.

I think the winner will (correctly, IMHO) exemplify the *bestest at the mostest*.

Dave T.

Comment #68 - Posted by: Dave T. at July 18, 2010 5:21 PM

Spealer is the MAN

Comment #69 - Posted by: MACK at July 18, 2010 5:23 PM

If I was picking team mates for the Raid Gauloises, Chris Spealler would be my first choice. If I were picking team mates for a SWAT team, Chris Spealler would again be my first choice. I can teach climbing skills, mountaineering & survival skills, shooting skills to just about anyone. What I can not not teach a man is how to have the heart of a lion. Sorry, but Chris Spealler is #1.

Comment #70 - Posted by: -=Gar=- at July 18, 2010 5:39 PM

Did we lose the site with live feed...was hoping to catch archived video. I missed the finals and I'm still in the dark. Am I the only guy who is having trouble with results link?

Comment #71 - Posted by: mnf at July 18, 2010 5:48 PM

Congrats Graham, amazing absolutely amazing

Comment #72 - Posted by: Matt at July 18, 2010 5:59 PM

Yep, what =Gar= said...

Congratulations Speal, AWESOME!

Comment #73 - Posted by: james.patrick [M/48/66/135] at July 18, 2010 8:55 PM

The games were incredible. I would like to see it broken down by age group though. 20's, 30's, 40's and Masters.

Comment #74 - Posted by: Laurie at July 19, 2010 8:51 AM

WHY THE HELL can we not find the final events online? we watched nearly all of the weekend, but it stopped updating...PLEASE HELP. We're dying here, we need to watch the final. Was it posted somewhere else or is there any other way to watch it?

Comment #75 - Posted by: Jack, Josh, & Jeff at July 19, 2010 11:08 AM

ahhh rest day= day at the lake with little cousins one skiing and tubing.... only day of the week i rest, sunday

Comment #76 - Posted by: Taylor Furst at July 19, 2010 12:07 PM

Ditto to comment #75. PLEASE SOMEONE BROADCAST THE FINALS!!! I was soooo looking forward to watching the finals. I had to work all Sunday. Two ladies from my crossfit gym finished in the top 10. I just can't believe they have stopped at 2pm and I will not be able to watch them. I'm in disbelieve. Whats going on.

Comment #77 - Posted by: teri at July 19, 2010 2:03 PM

Cancel my last comment - I just checked for the nth time. HALLELUJAH - THE FINALS HATH BEEN POSTED :)!!!!

Comment #78 - Posted by: teri at July 19, 2010 2:10 PM

1.) I love Crossfit, I'm a level 1 certified guy, a 3 tour vet of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Army, and the games were wicked awesome this year.
2.) WHO EVER POSTED THE SENATOR BYRD HIGHWAY TO NOWHERE LINK IS A FLOUNDERING ASSHOLE!

'Nuff Said,
Jared E. Towner
from Washington, West "By God" Virginia

Comment #79 - Posted by: Jared Towner at July 19, 2010 6:36 PM

1.) I love Crossfit, I'm a level 1 certified guy, a 3 tour vet of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Army, and the games were wicked awesome this year.
2.) WHO EVER POSTED THE SENATOR BYRD HIGHWAY TO NOWHERE LINK IS A FLOUNDERING ASSHOLE!

'Nuff Said,
Jared E. Towner
from Washington, West "By God" Virginia

Comment #80 - Posted by: Jared Towner at July 19, 2010 6:37 PM
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