After six workouts in seven weeks, we have come to the end of the first-ever online competition in the sport of fitness: the Open. It has been great to see so many athletes from around Europe come out to compete. This year, more than 1,300 European athletes officially took part in the Open — and as we all know, plenty more followed along in their boxes.
Now that it’s over, here’s a look at how our athletes faired in the worldwide and region rankings. One thing is certain … we have an awesome competition coming up in June!
The Men’s Division ended up being dominated by Finns, with 2009 CrossFit Games winner and superstar Mikko Salo taking first. Mikko Salo is followed closely by another two Finns, Tuomas Vainio (2nd) and Mikko Aronpää “The Other Mikko“(3rd). Next, we have Frederick Aegidius (4th) of Butcher’s Garage in Denmark and Dafydd Dennis (5th) of Wales, a paramedic who received honors for rescuing a man from a burning car while off duty.
Although only a few countries are represented in the top five men, a good mixture from all over Europe qualified for Regionals. The diversity of the competitors will make the next stage of the Games season even more exciting!
European women have led the worldwide competition. Annie Thorisdottir took 1st in the Open alongside 2010 Games champ Kristan Clever. Samantha Briggs followed directly behind them in the worldwide rankings, taking 3rd overall and 2nd in Europe. It has been phenomenal to see our region, the size of a single American region, produce two of the three most dominant female athletes in the Open! Hats off to Annie and Sam.
Annie Thorisdottir will not be competing for one of the three spots to the Games—she is pre-qualified given her top five finish at the 2010 CrossFit Games. Sam Briggs will have to compete for one of the three spots to Carson, but if she keeps performing like she has in the Open she will surly progress to the final stage of the Games season.
Behind Annie and Sam are many other great athletes who are waiting to make their mark in the sport of fitness. We have numerous impressive ladies from Iceland — is there something in the water? Ingunn Ludviksdottir, Thuridur Erla Helgadottir, Helga Torfadottir, Frida Ammendrup, and Hjordis Oskarsdottir hold 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 10th places. That means that six of the top ten spots in Europe are held by Icelanders!
The rest of the women come from different countries across the continent. The winner of Open Workout 11.2, Martina Barbaro of Milan, Italy, holds 4th; Danish athlete and Fit as Fu*k blogger Sarah Lindasdatter Troelsen Krarup holds 7th; and Swedish athlete Jenny Jacobsen holds 9th.
Of course, the roster for the 2011 Europe Regional includes another 51 fit women from around Europe, who will be vying for the three spots to the Games.
There will surely be some changes to the relative strength of each of the teams as their top athletes decide between individual and team competition. How they will change is anyone’s guess. One thing is for certain – it will be a hard-fought battle to make it to the Games this year.
Last year, there were few European teams — this year we have 23! It appears the community is broadening its base and more CrossFit box members are joining in on CrossFit competition.
The highest placed team from Europe is Annie Thorisdottir’s box CrossFit BC Island (1st), followed by CrossFit Butcher’s Garage (2nd) from Denmark, CrossFit Sport (3rd) and CrossFit Reykjavik (4th) from Iceland, and Mikko Salo’s CrossFit Pori (5th) from Finland.
Some people say this is the most fun category, both to watch and to compete in. Each box will bring their best, and it’ll be interesting to see how they match up in live competition!
Bring on Regionals
On June 3-5, we will learn which men, women, and teams will advance to the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif. The Europe Regional will take place at the Reebok Stadium, the home arena for the Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League
This year’s regionals will surely be awesome!
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