August 2, 2018
Dave Castro Announces Events at Athlete Ceremony
By CrossFit
Castro reveals event details after parade of nations.
Castro reveals event details after parade of nations.

Director of the CrossFit Games Dave Castro made a few big announcements at tonight’s Athlete Ceremony in the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. After 553 athletes walked across the floor waving their countries’ flags, Castro took the stage.

Athlete Ceremony

His first announcement told the details of one of Saturday’s events.

“Typically, we do our swim events early on in the week,” he said. “This year, we did a row on Day 1. … We’re doing the swim event for everybody on Saturday.”

Castro then reintroduced the team rescue sled from the 2015 Games to the teams.

The 2018 swim events are as follows:

Madison Triplus (Individuals)

For time:

Swim 500 meters

Paddle 1,000 meters

Run 2,000 meters

Athletes will begin on the Lake Monona shoreline, enter the water and swim a 500-meter course, concluding back on land. They will then grab a paddleboard and paddle a 1,000-meter course. Finally, the athletes will exit the water and run 2,000 meters to the AEC, where they will cross the finish line.

Time cap: 40 minutes

Team Triplus

For time:

Swim 500 meters

Sled paddle 500 meters

Run 2,000 meters

Teams will begin on the Lake Monona shoreline and enter the water to swim a 500-meter course, concluding back on land. Once all four members are back, they will grab a sled and paddle the 500-meter course. Finally, the teams will exit the water, grab their ropes and run 2,000 meters to the AEC where they will cross the finish line.

Order: All at once

Time cap: 40 minutes

Next, Castro announced additional Saturday events for the teams and individuals.

Athlete Ceremony
Reigning Games champion Mat Fraser

Bicouplet Relay (Teams)

For time, as a relay:

F1 completes 21-15-9 reps of:

  55-lb. snatches

  Chest-to-bar pull-ups

Then, M1 completes 21-15-9 reps of:

  85-lb. snatches

  Chest-to-bar pull-ups

Then, F2 completes 12-9-6 reps of:

  85-lb. snatches

  Bar muscle-ups

Then, M2 completes 12-9-6 reps of:

  135-lb. snatches

  Bar muscle-ups

Each athlete will complete one of the couplets as a relay. The event is over when the last athlete performs the final bar muscle-up and crosses the finish line.

Order: F M F M

Time cap: 19 minutes

Bicouplet 1 (Individuals)

21-15-9 reps for time of:

Snatches

Chest-to-bar pull-ups

M 85 lb.   F 55 lb.

Time cap: 6 minutes

Bicouplet 2 (Individuals)

12-9-6 reps for time of:

Snatches

Bar muscle-ups

M 135 lb.   F 85 lb.

Time cap: 6 minutes

There will be a 1-minute transition between the two bicouplets.

Athlete Ceremony
Two-time Games champion Annie Thorisdottir 

Fans were first involved in Games programming at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games when Castro left it up to the community to choose Heavy DT or Double DT as the fifth event of the competition. Heavy DT was chosen.

This year, Castro announced, fans will choose whether athletes perform Bicouplet 1 or Bicouplet 2 first.

VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY, AUG. 4, FROM 3-4 P.M. CT, ON THE CROSSFIT GAMES FACEBOOK PAGE VIA FACEBOOK LIVE. USE THE HASHTAG #21159 TO VOTE FOR THE SNATCH/CHEST-TO-BAR COUPLET TO BE FIRST, OR #1296 TO VOTE FOR THE SNATCH/BAR MUSCLE-UP COUPLET TO BE FIRST.