The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games took place in nearby Carson, California this past July, but the event to determine the “Fittest on Earth” was only available to those in attendance, fans viewing online webcasts, and through a collection of YouTube videos that have made their way online. This week, the largest edition of the annual competition will have another opportunity to bring “The Sport of Fitness” to mainstream audiences on ESPN2.
The CrossFit Games include high-intensity fitness competitions for both men and women. The workouts – announced immediately before they commence – are designed to test a competitor’s strength, speed, agility and endurance through a combination of Olympic lifts, jumping rope, climbing ropes, lengthy runs and more.
While the results of the competition are no secret by now to CrossFitters around the world, having the Southern California-based competition air on national cable television is a testament to the growth of CrossFit not only around the region or country, but around the world.
Continuing its momentum as one of the country’s fastest growing sports, CrossFit has seemingly usurped television positions previously held by body building and World’s Strongest Man competitions on ESPN2, the undisputed “Worldwide Leader in Sports.” Partnering with ESPN seemingly puts CrossFit one step closer to being legitimized as an actual sport, rather than a fitness program that is often wrongly compared to P90x and Insanity.
The Los Angeles area was well-represented throughout the competition, especially in the Women’s division, where three of the top 10 finishers came from Valley CrossFit, including 2010 Games champion Kristan Clever and Lindsay Valenzuela, whose CrossFit Open 12.2 snatch workout video went viral within the CrossFit community earlier in the competition season.
While 2011 champions Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir were expected to perform well at the Games, the event was not without its surprises. Memorable performances by fan favorites Matt Chan, Julie Foucher, and one of the faces of CrossFit, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet were just some of the many that made this year’s games worth watching. For Los Angeles-area CrossFit fans, a number of familiar faces were unfortunately missing from this year’s event due to a qualifying system that left top athletes out of the Games, including Valley CrossFit’s Katie Hogan and CrossFit Mean Streets’ Andrea Ager.
The upcoming television schedule is as follows on ESPN2 (Eastern time):
Tuesday, September 11
10:00 p.m. – Camp Pendleton Endurance Test
11:00 p.m. – Camp Pendleton Women’s O-Course
11:30 p.m. – Women’s Ball Toss and Track Triplet
Thursday, September 13
8:00 p.m. – Camp Pendleton Men’s O-Course
8:30 p.m. – Men’s Ball Toss and Track Triplet
Tuesday, September 18
10:00 p.m. – Women’s Ball Toss and Track Triplet
10:30 p.m. – Women’s MedBall-Handstand Pushup
11:00 p.m. – Women’s Sprint & Rope-Sled
11:30 p.m. – Women’s Clean Ladder
Wednesday, September 19
8:00 p.m. – Men’s Ball Toss and Track Triplet
8:30 p.m. – Men’s MedBall-Handstand Pushup
9:00 p.m. – Men’s Sprint & Rope-Sled
9:30 p.m. – Men’s Clean Ladder
Tuesday, September 25
8:00 p.m. – Women’s Sprint & Rope-Sled
8:30 p.m. – Women’s Clean Ladder
9:00 p.m. – Women’s Chipper
9:30 p.m. – Women’s Double Banger
10:00 p.m. – Women’s Elizabeth, Isabel, Fran
11:00 p.m. – Men’s Sprint & Rope-Sled
Wednesday, September 26
8:00 p.m. – Men’s Sprint & Rope-Sled
8:30 p.m. – Men’s Clean Ladder
9:00 p.m. – Men’s Chipper
9:30 p.m. – Men’s Double Banger
10:00 p.m. – Men’s Elizabeth, Isabel, Fran
For those curious about what the fast-growing sport of CrossFit has to offer, there could be no better opportunity than the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.