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2020 CrossFit Games Line-Up – Who Is Competing?

The first, online stage of the 2020 CrossFit Games kicks off in just over two weeks. The programming has been finished, athletes have started to get briefed on equipment and Dave Castro is just adding the final touches to the test.


The 2020 CrossFit Games have been split into two stages following the global pandemic. The first stage, which only includes 30 individual male and female competitors, will be held online. Athletes qualified to compete in this stage are those who finished within the Top 20 worldwide in the Open and the 10 Sanctional winners of the season (the remaining 18 were cancelled).

Stage 1 of the CrossFit Games is set to start on September 18 and last two to three days.

The 30 qualified men and 30 qualified women will compete from their chosen locations around the world to earn one of the ten slots available at the in-person finals, five for the men and 5 for the women. The in-person finals, to determine the Fittest Woman and Man on Earth, will be held in Northern California the week of October 19-25.


No more details have been released, in part to keep athlete in the dark and not give them too much opportunity to pre-test the workouts. CrossFit announced the online competition will be live-streamed.

These are the athletes competing at the 2020 CrossFit Games.

2020 CrossFit Games Male Athletes (& Qualifying Method)

*Athletes not listed in any particular order

  1. Cole Sager (Open Top 20)
  2. Tim Paulson (Open Top 20)
  3. Samuel Cournoyer (Open Top 20)
  4. Tyler Christophel (Open Top 20)
  5. Patrick Vellner (Open Top 20)
  6. Jonne Koski (Open Top 20)
  7. Travis Mayer (Open Top 20)
  8. Jeffrey Adler (Open Top 20)
  9. Scott Tetlow (Open Top 20)
  10. Alexandre Caron (Open Top 20 – backfill)
  11. Mathew Fraser (Open Top 20)
  12. Samuel Kwant (Open Top 20)
  13. Jacob Heppner (Open Top 20)
  14. Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson (Open Top 20)
  15. Bayden Brown (Open Top 20)
  16. Chandler Smith (Open Top 20 – backfill)
  17. Noah Ohlsen (Open Top 20)
  18. Roman Khrennikov (Open Top 20)
  19. Brent Fikowski (Dubai CrossFit Championship)
  20. Khan Porter (Pandaland CrossFit Challenge)
  21. Pete Shaw (SouthFit CrossFit Challenge)
  22. Luke Schafer (Mayhem Classic)
  23. Justin Medeiros (Filthy 150)
  24. David Shorunke (Strength in Depth)
  25. Griffin Roelle (Norwegian CrossFit Championship)
  26. Saxon Panchik (Wodapalooza)
  27. Jay Crouch (Australian CrossFit Championship)
  28. Adam Davidson (Brazil CrossFit Championship)
  29. Brandon Luckett (Open Top 20)
  30. Rogelio Gamboa (Open Top 20 – backfill)

Open backfill male invites explained

2020 CrossFit Open Men’s leaderboard

Third-place Open finisher Lefteris Theofanidis was banned from competition following a positive doping test at the Dubai CrossFit Championship, while both Jean-Simon Roy-Lemaire and Rich Froning (top 20 Open finishers) declined their invites, securing spots for Rogelio Gamboa, Chandler Smith and Alexandre Caron.

2020 CrossFit Games Female Athletes

  1. Dani Speegle (Open Top 20)
  2. Kari Pearce (Open Top 20)
  3. Kristine Best (Open Top 20)
  4. Kara Saunders (Open Top 20)
  5. Camilla Salomonsson Hellman (Open Top 20)
  6. Jamie Simmonds (Open Top 20)
  7. Emma McQuaid (Open Top 20)
  8. Amanda Barnhart (Wodapalooza)
  9. Haley Adams (Strength in Depth)
  10. Sara Sigmundsdottir (Open Top 20)
  11. Kristin Holte (Open Top 20)
  12. Brooke Wells (Open Top 20)
  13. Melina Rodriguez (Brazil CrossFit Championship)
  14. Gabriela Migala (Open Top 20)
  15. Laura Horvath (Open Top 20)
  16. Tia-Clair Toomey (Open Top 20)
  17. Kristi Eramo O’Connell (Open Top 20)
  18. Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault (Open Top 20)
  19. Karin Freyova (Open Top 20)
  20. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (Open Top 20 – backfill)
  21. Kendall Vincelette (Open Top 20)
  22. Danielle Brandon (Mayhem Classic)
  23. Harriet Roberts (Pandaland CrossFit Challenge)
  24. Bethany Shadburne (SouthFit CrossFit Challenge)
  25. Andrea Solberg (Filthy 150)
  26. Samantha Briggs (Dubai CrossFit Championship)
  27. Sanna Venäläinen (Norwegian CrossFit Championship)
  28. Andrea Nisler (Open Top 20)
  29. Brooke Haas (Open Top 20 – backfill)
  30. Laura Clifton (Australia CrossFit Championship)

Open backfill female invites explained

2020 CrossFit Open Women’s leaderboard

Annie Thorisdottir and Katelin Van Zyl declined their Games invites following their respective pregnancy announcements. Alanna Fisk Colón, 21st in the Open and the next athlete on the leaderboard, received a four-year competition ban following a positive drug test at Wodapalooza. Therefore, the backfilled spots went to Booke Haas and Katrin Davidsdottir.

Keep your eyes on BOXROX as we expand our 2020 CrossFit Games coverage.

Image Sources

  • CrossFit Games 2019 Sprint men: BOXROX

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