September 17, 2012
CrossFit Games Behind the Scenes: Friday, Part 3

Hear from a host of athletes—including Annie Sakamoto,Graham Holmberg and Matt Chan—in this installment of Sevan Matossian’s Behind the Scenes series at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.

“Experience is huge, I think,” says 2010 Games champion Holmberg as he does mobility work. “I mean you can see some guys that are just kinda like, ‘Oh, the schedule’s changing,’ and this and that, but it’s like, ‘It’s just the Games, man.’”

Next, catch highlights from the Medball-HSPU workout on the stadium floor with defending champ Rich Froning, emerging podium contender Kyle Kasperbauer and the legendary Chris Spealler.

After the workout, Games Director Dave Castro grabs Spealler’s hand.

“Good job,” he tells him.

As Spealler walks off, Castro turns toward the camera.

“He’s disappointed.”

At the end of the day, we find Spealler rowing alongside Chan for active recovery.

“The pressure right now, I don’t feel it this year,” says Chan, who has competed in every edition of the Games since 2008. “I feel like I just need to come and execute more than anything. I’ve done a better job at training myself this year than I have in the past.”