by Sam Radetsky & Stacy Brown
One of the biggest stories in the Northern California region as the CrossFit Games season approaches is the return of Patrick “Manimal” Barber. Barber is one of the more storied CrossFit athletes. Having started CrossFit under current CrossFit Director of Media Tony Budding while still in high school, Barber was competing in his first Games in 2008 at the age of 21. He was part of the historic final heat at the Ranch in Aromas that saw Jason Khalipa go from nowhere to the top of the podium.