2021 Press Page

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The 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games will be a grueling multi-day, multi-event competition where elite athletes from around the world compete in the ultimate test of fitness. Events are kept secret until just before the competition, and athletes train all year to prepare themselves for the unknown and unknowable challenges they will face.

CrossFit Games events contain a wide range of high-intensity, functional movements including gymnastics skills, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, running, rowing, and more. Athletes might perform snatches, attempt deadlifts, climb ropes, scale obstacles, lift sandbags — any movement is fair game if it tests skill, overall athleticism, and determination.

The 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games will head back to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin*, to crown the Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth.  

Elements of the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games will include:

  • An individual athlete roster of the top 40 men and 40 women.
  • A masters and teenage athlete roster of the top 20 men or boys and 20 women or girls in each division.
  • A team roster of the top 38 teams worldwide.
  • An in-person* competition to take place July 27-Aug. 1, 2021.
  • Filming and streaming of all events for fans on the CrossFit Games site, and broad promotion of the Games across mainstream and social media.
  • The highest-quality judging for every athlete by an experienced member of CrossFit’s Seminar Staff.

Athletes are ranked against their peers, and the winners are crowned Fittest on Earth after proving their fitness in a series of diverse events. The 2021 event is the 14th annual edition of the CrossFit Games.

*CrossFit plans to host an in-person competition with athletes and spectators in attendance. If the COVID-19 pandemic or other unforeseen circumstances prevent this, a contingency plan will be put in place by CrossFit. 

The 2021 season will begin with a three-week CrossFit Open that starts on March 11. Worldwide registration started on Jan. 7.

The CrossFit Open is the largest participatory sporting event in the world, setting a record of more than 415,000 participants across 172 countries in 2018. This year’s Open will be the most accessible in CrossFit history, with flexible options for participants to compete either at their local gym or at home, should they face local closures or have health concerns. 

Notable changes for the 2021 Open and/or NOBULL CrossFit Games season include:

  • New worldwide quarterfinals that will include approximately 10% of Open athletes competing online from their local gyms. 
  • The return of the Affiliate Cup with affiliate teams competing around the world to advance to the quarterfinals, semifinals, and Games.
  • In addition to masters and teenage divisions, a new adaptive division to ensure all members of the CrossFit community have a chance to compete and win. 
  • Ten in-person semifinal events hosted by CrossFit partners across six continents, ensuring at least one athlete from each continent qualifies for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games. Each event will operate under strict safety protocols, including contingency plans for an online competition, depending on local conditions and restrictions.
  • “last chance” qualifier for athletes who narrowly missed the cut in semifinals.
  • live and in-person Games finals the week of July 27 for all qualifying athletes and teams in Madison, Wisconsin, with online contingency plans, if needed.

See the full season schedule here

2007

Men: James FitzGerald (Canada)

Women: Jolie Gentry (now Jolie Gentry Macias) (USA)

Team: CrossFit Santa Cruz (USA)

 

2008

Men: Jason Khalipa (USA)

Women: Caity Matter (now Caity Henniger) (USA)

Team: CrossFit Oakland (USA)

 

2009

Men: Mikko Salo (Finland)

Women: Tanya Wagner (USA)

Team: Northwest CrossFit (USA)

 

2010

Men: Graham Holmberg (USA)

Women: Kristan Clever (USA)

Team: CrossFit Fort Vancouver (USA)

Masters Men: Brian Curley (USA) 

Masters Women: Laurie Carver (USA)

 

2011

Men: Rich Froning (USA)

Women: Annie Thorisdottir (Iceland)

Team: CrossFit New England (USA)

Masters Men 45-49: Scott DeTore (USA)

Masters Women 45-49: Susan Habbe (USA)

Masters Men 50-54: Gord Mackinnon (Canada)

Masters Women 50-54: Mary Beth Litsheim (USA)

Masters Men 55-59: Steve Anderson (USA)

Masters Women 55-59: Shelley Noyce (USA)

Masters Men 60+: Greg Walker (USA)

Masters Women 60+: Betsy Finley (USA)

 

2012

Men: Rich Froning (USA)

Women: Annie Thorisdottir (Iceland)

Team: Hack’s Pack Ute (USA)

Masters Men 45-49: Gene LaMonica (USA)

Masters Women 45-49: Lisa Mikkelsen (USA)

Masters Men 50-54: Gord Mackinnon (Canada)

Masters Women 50-54: Susan Habbe (USA)

Masters Men 55-59: Tim Anderson (USA)

Masters Women 55-59: Marnel King (USA)

Masters Men 60+: Scott Olson (USA)

Masters Women 60+: Mary Schwing (USA)

 

2013

Men: Rich Froning (USA)

Women: Sam Briggs (U.K.)

Team: Hack’s Pack Ute (USA)

Masters Men 40-44: Michael Moseley (USA)

Masters Women 40-44: Amanda Allen (Australia)

Masters Men 45-49: Ron Ortiz (USA)

Masters Women 45-49: Lisa Mikkelsen (USA)

Masters Men 50-54: Craig Howard (USA)

Masters Women 50-54: Colleen Fahey (USA)

Masters Men 55-59: Hilmar Hardarson (Iceland)

Masters Women 55-59: Gabriele Schlicht (USA)

Masters Men 60+: Scott Olson (USA)

Masters Women 60+: Sharon Lapkoff (USA)

 

2014

Men: Rich Froning (USA)

Women: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (Canada)

Team: CrossFit Invictus (USA)

Masters Men 40-44: Shawn Ramirez (USA)

Masters Women 40-44: Amanda Allen (Australia)

Masters Men 45-49: Jerry Hill (USA)

Masters Women 45-49: Kim Holway (USA)

Masters Men 50-54: Will Powell (USA)

Masters Women 50-54: Mary Beth Litsheim (USA)

Masters Men: 55-59: Steve Hamming (USA)

Masters Women 55-59: Susan Clarke (Canada)

Masters Men 60+: Scott Olson (USA)

Masters Women 60+: Karen Wattier (USA)

 

2015

Men: Ben Smith (USA)

Women: Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (Iceland)

Team: CrossFit Mayhem Freedom (USA)

Teenage Boys 14-15: Angelo DiCicco (USA)

Teenage Girls 14-15: Sydney Sullivan (USA)

Teenage Boys 16-17: Nicholas Paladino (USA)

Teenage Girls 16-17: Isabella Vallejo (Australia)

Masters Men 40-44: Shawn Ramirez (USA)

Masters Women 40-44: Janet Black (USA)

Masters Men 45-49: Matthew Swift (Australia)

Masters Women 45-49: Kylie Massi (Australia)

Masters Men 50-54: Joe Ames (USA)

Masters Women 50-54: Cindy Kelley (USA)

Masters Men: 55-59: Will Powell (USA)

Masters Women 55-59: Susan Clarke (Canada)

Masters Men 60+: Steve Pollini (USA)

Masters Women 60+: Rosalie Glenn (USA)

 

2016

Men: Mathew Fraser (USA)

Women: Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (Iceland)

Team: CrossFit Mayhem (USA)

Teenage Boys 14-15: Vincent Ramirez (USA)

Teenage Girls 14-15: Kaela Stephano (USA)

Teenage Boys 16-17: Nicholas Paladino (USA)

Teenage Girls 16-17: Allison Weiss (USA)

Masters Men 40-44: Shawn Ramirez (USA)

Masters Women 40-44: Helen Harding (Australia)

Masters Men 45-49: Ron Mathews (USA)

Masters Women 45-49: Cheryl Brost (USA)

Masters Men 50-54: Ron Ortiz (USA)

Masters Women 50-54: Shellie Edington (USA)

Masters Men: 55-59: Will Powell (USA)

Masters Women 55-59: Mary Beth Prodromides (USA)

Masters Men 60+: David Hippensteel (USA)

Masters Women 60+: Shaun Havard (USA)

 

2017

Men: Mathew Fraser (USA)

Women: Tia-Clair Toomey (Australia)

Team: Wasatch CrossFit (USA)

Teenage Boys 14-15: Dallin Pepper (USA)

Teenage Girls 14-15: Chloe Smith (USA)

Teenage Boys 16-17: Angelo DiCicco (USA)

Teenage Girls 16-17: Kaela Stephano (USA)

Masters Men 35-39: Kyle Kasperbauer (USA)

Masters Women 35-39: Stephanie Roy (Canada)

Masters Men 40-44: Shawn Ramirez (USA)

Masters Women 40-44: Helen Harding (Australia)

Masters Men 45-49: Robert Davis (USA)

Masters Women 45-49: Cheryl Brost (USA)

Masters Men 50-54: Kevin Koester (USA)

Masters Women 50-54: Marion Valkenburg (Netherlands)

Masters Men: 55-59: Shannon Aiken (USA)

Masters Women 55-59: Susan Clarke (Canada)

Masters Men 60+: David Hippensteel (USA)

Masters Women 60+: Patty Failla (USA)

 

2018

Men: Mathew Fraser (USA)

Women: Tia-Clair Toomey (Australia)

Team: CrossFit Mayhem Freedom (USA)

Teenage Boys 14-15: Tudor Magda (USA)

Teenage Girls 14-15: Olivia Sulek (USA)

Teenage Boys 16-17: Dallin Pepper (USA)

Teenage Girls 16-17: Haley Adams (USA)

Masters Men 35-39: Kyle Kasperbauer (USA)

Masters Women 35-39: Anna Tobias (USA)

Masters Men 40-44: Neal Maddox (USA)

Masters Women 40-44: Stephanie Roy (Canada)

Masters Men 45-49: Robert Davis (USA)

Masters Women 45-49: Amanda Allen (AUS)

Masters Men 50-54: Cliffe Musgrave (USA)

Masters Women 50-54: Eva Thornton (RSA)

Masters Men: 55-59: Brig Edwards (USA)

Masters Women 55-59: Mary Beth Prodromides (USA)

Masters Men 60+: David Hippensteel (USA)

Masters Women 60+: Shaun Havard (USA)

 

2019

Men: Mathew Fraser (USA)

Women: Tia-Clair Toomey (Australia)

Team: CrossFit Mayhem Freedom (USA)

Teenage Boys 14-15: David Bradley (USA)

Teenage Girls 14-15: Emma Cary (USA)

Teenage Boys 16-17: Dallin Pepper (USA)

Teenage Girls 16-17: Chloe Smith (USA)

Masters Men 35-39: Nicholas Urankar (USA)

Masters Women 35-39: Anna Tobias (USA)

Masters Men 40-44: Jason Grubb (USA)

Masters Women 40-44: Joey Kimdon (USA)

Masters Men 45-49: Joel Hughes (USA)

Masters Women 45-49: Janet Black (USA)

Masters Men 50-54: Kevin Koester (USA)

Masters Women 50-54: Jana Slyder (USA)

Masters Men: 55-59: Joe Ames (USA)

Masters Women 55-59: Laurie Meschishnick (Canada)

Masters Men 60+: Gord Mackinnon (Canada)

Masters Women 60+: Susan Clarke (Canada)

 

2020

Men: Mathew Fraser (USA)

Women: Tia-Clair Toomey (Australia)
 


Spirit of the Games Award Winners

2007—Kallista Papas and Ronnie Boose

2008—Geoff Aucoin

2009—Jason Khalipa

2010—Chris Spealler

2011—Annie Sakamoto

2012—Deborah Cordner Carson

2013—Kristan Clever

2014—Rebecca Voigt

2015—Dan Bailey

2016—Kara Saunders (Webb)

2017—Cole Sager

2018—Team Código CrossFit

2019—Samantha Briggs

2020—Katrin Davidsdottir

  • CrossFit introduced the Sport of Fitness to the world in 2007 when around 70 athletes gathered at a ranch in Aromas, California, for the inaugural CrossFit Games. CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman believed the fittest athletes should be able to handle any and every task, so one event was chosen at random. The only way to win: do more work faster than anyone else.
  • From 2007 to 2008, the Games went from 70 athletes to approximately 300.
  • In 2009, the Games marked the global explosion of CrossFit with regional qualifiers held in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Iceland, Asia, Australia and Africa, as well as online. 
  • 2009 also featured 100 teams competing in the Affiliate Cup. There were team competitions in 2007 and 2008, but they were made up of the combined scores of individual athletes. Teams competed together for the first time in 2009.
  • In 2010, the event grew too big for The Ranch and moved to the Home Depot Center (now StubHub Center) in Carson, California. 
  • For the first time in history, in 2010 the CrossFit Games featured male and female masters competitions, with athletes aged 50 and older.
  • In 2011, the masters competition was expanded to four male and four female divisions.
  • In 2011, an off-site event tested athletes in the waves at the Santa Monica Pier—a first for the Games.
  • The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games were streamed on ESPN3.com and telecast on ESPN2 in a series of episodes that aired after the competition. 
  • In 2012, the Central East Regional featured two former CrossFit Games champions competing in the same regional for the first time. Rich Froning and Graham Holmberg also competed against 2011 Open winner Dan Bailey in an event that was streamed live over the internet on ESPN3.com.
  • In 2012, Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir became the first repeat champions of the CrossFit Games.
  • At the Games in 2012, all events were streamed live on Games.CrossFit.com, and each day six hours of content was produced for ESPN3.com. After the Games, 17 shows were produced and aired on ESPN, ESPN2 and Canada’s TSN.
  • In 2013, the 40-44 Masters Division was added to the competition, and the masters events were held earlier in the Games week.
  • In 2013, the CrossFit Games repeated a workout for the first time as the athletes performed the triplet that opened the 2007 competition.
  • In 2013, all CrossFit Games heats and events were shown on ESPN3 (or on Games.CrossFit.com for international viewers). This was also the first year events were held in the soccer stadium.
  • In 2014, more than half of the individual events took place in the soccer stadium to accommodate more fans.
  • Froning won the CrossFit Games for the fourth time and announced he would not compete as an individual in 2015.
  • Select events from the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games were also broadcast live on ESPN’s platforms on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and all events were broadcast live on ESPN3 on all competition days (or on Games.CrossFit.com for international viewers).
  • In 2015, CrossFit Games coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 increased to 16.5 hours and featured events from the team competition for the first time. ESPN broadcast a total of six hours live on Friday and Saturday, and ESPN2 aired three and a half hours of live competition on Sunday. All heats of all events were streamed live on ESPN3 and YouTube. 
  • Froning returned to the Games podium by winning the 2015 Affiliate Cup with CrossFit Mayhem Freedom.
  • Four teenage divisions (boys and girls 14-15 and 16-17) were added in 2015. 
  • In 2016, the Games were streamed on YouTube and WatchESPN, with 10 hours of live content on ESPN networks. The Games also used Facebook live to bring exclusive content to the social-media audience.
  • Individual athletes were surprised to travel at the start of the Games in 2016. With little warning and no mention of final destination, they flew from Los Angeles to San Jose and rode a bus to complete three events at The Ranch in Aromas, the site of the first three editions of the CrossFit Games. 
  • In 2017, the Games took place outside California for the first time, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. 
  • The masters competition included a new 35-39 division. The four teenage divisions expanded from 10 to 20 competitors in each category. In 2017, teens had to qualify for the Games via an online qualifier similar to that used to select masters athletes since 2014. 
  • The competition was streamed live to Facebook and the CrossFit Games website, and CBS Sports Network aired four preview shows in the lead-up to the competition, plus two hours of competition coverage every day during the Games. CBS’ flagship network aired a one-hour live look on Aug. 5, and a highlight show on Sept. 3. In the fall, CBS Sports Network aired a series of one-hour episodes.
  • Mathew Fraser won the Games for the second consecutive time. He won with 1,132 out of 1,300 possible points, at the time giving him the most dominant performance in CrossFit Games history by both points margin over second place and percentage of points earned (in the Open era).
  • Tia-Clair Toomey and Kara Saunders (formerly Kara Webb) were the first two Australian individuals to podium at the CrossFit Games. Toomey took first, Saunders took second. (Australian male individual Ricky Garard took third but was later stripped of his title after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing substances in a sample taken after the final event.)
  • In 2018, the number of regional competitions expanded from eight to nine. The Latin America and Europe Regionals were reinstated while the U.S. regionals were consolidated to five. 
  • In 2018, Mathew Fraser won the Games for the third consecutive time (one short of Rich Froning’s four consecutive individual championships). He won with 1,162 out of 1,400 possible points, giving him the most dominant performance in CrossFit Games history by points margin (220 points) over second place (beating his record from 2017).
  • In 2018, Tia-Clair Toomey won her second consecutive Games tying her for the most all time by a woman with Annie Thorisdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir.
  • In 2018, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom returned to the top of the podium to win their third CrossFit Games Team competition – the most of all time. 
  • The team competition that year featured teams of four athletes, reduced from six which was the standard number of team members since 2010.  
  • For the 2019 Games season, CrossFit HQ made many significant structural changes. First, regionals were eliminated. “Sanctionals” were created, which incorporated past independent competitions and brand new competitions. There was a total of 15 two- to four-day Sanctional competitions that provided a direct invite to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games for the individual man and woman winners, and the 4-person team winner (one Sanctional did not have a team competition, thus 14 teams were invited to the Games). Secondly, the Open became a direct qualifier to the Games. Each country that had at least one CrossFit affiliate was able to send their man and woman National Champion of the Open to the Games.  Third, the top 20 men and women Open finishers who were not National Champions were also invited to the Games.  Lastly, the number of Games qualifiers in each age group division was reduced from 20 to 10.
  • The CrossFit Games coverage was delivered by an open-source world feed onsite, which provided video of the events with graphics. The world feed was used by over 30 media outlets around the world to broadcast their own unique commentary on their platforms. 
  • In 2019, Mathew Fraser won his fourth-consecutive Games title, while Tia-Clair Toomey won on the women's side for the third-straight year. CrossFit Mayhem Freedom took its fourth CrossFit Games title in the Team Competition.
  • In 2020, the COVID-19 global pandemic changed the trajectory of the CrossFit Games season. With qualifying Sanctional competitions canceled worldwide, and in-person competitions being disallowed in many places, CrossFit decided to divide the CrossFit Games competition into two stages: Stage 1 (online) and Stage 2 (in person).
  • The top five men and top five women who emerged from Stage 1 were invited to compete in person at the historic Ranch in Aromas, California, where the Fittest on Earth were eventually crowned. No spectators were in attendance, and the masters, teenage, and team competitions were canceled prior to the event.
  • American Mat Fraser claimed his fifth CrossFit Games championship, while Australian Tia-Clair Toomey claimed her fourth.

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2021 CrossFit Open

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  • Kristi Eramo O'Connell taking COVID test
    Kristi Eramo O'Connell taking COVID test
  • The set for the live announcement of 21.1 in Scotts Valley, California
    The set for the live announcement of 21.1 in Scotts Valley, California
  • Kristi Eramo O'Connell training at CrossFit Santa Cruz Central pre 21.1 announcement
    Kristi Eramo O'Connell training at CrossFit Santa Cruz Central pre 21.1 announcement
  • Kari Pearce training at CrossFit Santa Cruz Central pre 21.1 announcement
    Kari Pearce training at CrossFit Santa Cruz Central pre 21.1 announcement
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    Kari Pearce and Kristi Eramo O'Connell

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    Kari Pearce during Open Workout 21.1
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    Kristi Eramo O'Connell during 21.1
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    Athlete performing the foundations version of Open Workout 21.1
  • Athlete performing the foundations version of Open Workout 21.1
    Athlete performing the foundations version of Open Workout 21.1
  • The set for the live announcement of Open Workout 21.1
    The set for the live announcement of Open Workout 21.1
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    Kristi Eramo O'Connell, Dave Castro, and Kari Pearce
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    Kristi Eramo O'Connell and Kari Pearce during 21.1
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    Athletes and judges during Open Workout 21.1
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  • Sean Woodland and Neal Maddox at the NOBULL CrossFit Games desk
  • Sam Kwant, Dave Castro, and Justin Medeiros
  • Justin Medeiros
  • US Army Fitness Team member Rachel Schreiber
  • US Army Fitness Team member
  • The set for the announcement of 21.2
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2021 CrossFit Quarterfinals

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  • Lauren Fisher during Test 1
  • Brittany Weiss during Test 2
  • Patrick Vellner during Test 1
  • Adam Davidson during Test 2
  • Emily Rolfe during Test 2
  • Patrick Vellner during Test 2
  • Laura Horvath during Test 1
  • Laura Horvath during Test 1
  • Gabriela Migala during Test 1
  • Jacqueline Dahlstrom during Test 1
  • Kristof Horvath during Test 1
  • Kara Saunders during Test 3
  • Lauren Fisher during Test 4
  • Dani Speegle during Test 4
  • Emma Cary during Test 3
  • Emma Cary during Test 4
  • Adam Davidson during Test 3
  • Laura Horvath during Test 3
  • Tayla Howe during Test 4
  • Sebastian Dayoub during Test 4
  • Annie Thorisdottir during Test 5
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  • Lauren Fisher during Test 5
  • Jeffrey Adler during Test 5
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  • Lauren Fisher during Test 5
  • Emily Rolfe during Test 5

2021 CrossFit Semifinals

2021 CrossFit Last-Chance Qualifier