The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Invitational is CrossFit’s all-star game, with the fittest men and women from each section of the globe coming together to compete. After the CrossFit Games, athletes are carefully chosen and invited to represent their respective countries at the Invitational. The event begs the question: Which individual athletes will also excel on a team?
This year’s 2016 Reebok CrossFit Invitational will take place on Sunday, November 20th, at the General Motors Centre in Toronto, Canada.
WHERE AND HOW TO WATCH
In Canada, it starts at 16:00 Eastern Time (ET).
- 14:00 – PDT (San Francisco, Los Angeles, West Coast USA)
- 19:05 – BRST (Rio)
- 21:00 – GMT (UK)
- 22:00 – CET (Germany, Sweden, Italy etc)
- 23:00 – EET (Finland, Romania, Greece etc)
- 08:00 (21.11.16) – AEDT (Sydney)
2016 REEBOK CROSSFIT INVITATIONAL: THE TEAMS AND ATHLETES
Generally, the top 2 men and women at the Games from each region are invited to participate.
|Team USA||Team Canada||Team Meridian||Team Pacific|
|Mat Fraser||Patrick Vellner||Bjorgvin Gudmunddson||Rob Forte|
|Ben Smith||Brent Fikowski||Lukas Hogberg||James Newbury|
|Kari Pearce||Alessandra Pichelli ||Katrin Davidsdottir||Tia-Clair Toomey|
|Brooke Wells||Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault||Sara Sigmundsdottir||Kara Webb|
Coach: Rich Froning Coach: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet Coach: Samantha Briggs Coach: Chad Mackay
Well, for the longest time this WAS the line-up for Team USA. But than THIS happened:
|Mat Fraser Rich Froning|
Let´s take a closer look at these amazing teams:
In Team Australia we have two-time Games silver medalist, and 2016 Rio Olympics weightlifter Tia-Clair Toomey alongside constant Games competitor Rob Forte, fan favorite Kara Webb and second-place 2016 Meridian Regional finisher James Newbury. The Pacific Team will be under the vigilant eye of multi-year Games athlete Chad Mackay.
Team Europe comes along with two-time reigning Fittest Woman on Earth Katrin Davidsdottir. 2015 Games bronze medalist Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson, two-time Games third-place finisher Sara Sigmundsdottir and three-time Games athlete Lukas Högberg will try to bring the championship to the old continent with the help of 2013 Games champion and team coach Samantha Briggs.
With the home-field advantage, Team Canada goes for the top spot while being coached by 2014 Games champion Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. The team consists of 2016’s third- and fourth-place finishers, Patrick Vellner and Brent Fikowski next to multi-year Games athlete Michele Letendre and 14th-place finisher in 2016, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault.
And as this would be not enough to let your jaw drop, here is
- Mat Fraser – 1st at the 2016 CrossFit Games
- Ben Smith – 2nd at the 2016 CrossFit Games
- Kari Pearce – 5th at the 2016 CrossFit Games
- Brooke Wells – 6th at the 2016 CrossFit Games
- Rich Froning – 6x CrossFit Games Winner (Individual and Team)
As a Book-maker it seems pretty clear who will run the competition this time, but you are not automatic a good Team Athlete only because you are an awesome individual!