The CrossFit Open is over and even with the Quarterfinals just behind us, there is still a lot of fun facts and information to dig about the first stage of the season. As the process to establish the Fittest Man and Woman in each country gets underway, here are a few CrossFit curiosities that might have slipped through your radar and that BOXROX thinks you should know.
2021 CrossFit National Champions
Note, the National Champions list is not final. Earlier this year, CrossFit announced a new way to establish who gets crowned as Fittest Man or Woman in their country. Previously, the highest-ranked athlete on the CrossFit Open leaderboard would receive the title and become the National Champion.
Now, the athlete in each country who makes it the furthest into the CrossFit season, all the way to the CrossFit Games, becomes the Fittest in their Country.
CrossFit Open Fun Facts – Country’s Fittest
The list of National Champions will change throughout the CrossFit season, depending on how many athletes from each country pass through the Quarterfinals, reach the Semifinals, and ultimately the CrossFit Games.
However, a few athletes around the world can already claim to be the fittest in their territory. That is because they ranked best in the CrossFit Open leaderboard, and no one in their country managed to make the cutline to the Quarterfinals.
In total, 32 men and 30 women from their respective countries can put a crown on their heads and claim to be the fittest in the land.
Check out the list of the athletes who are already the Fittest in their Country:
North America – Male
North America – Female
|Antigua and Barbuda
|Trinidad and Tobago
Europe – Male
Europe – Female
|Asimelda Levenishti Limieri
Africa – Male
|Hafiz Tiomoko Ali
Africa – Female
Asia – Male
|A S M Sarwar Zahan
|Hoang Vi Tang
Asia – Female
Oceania – Male
|Hi George Quadina
|Papua New Guinea
Oceania – Female
CrossFit Curiosities – South America Is Most Competitive Continent
South America is the only continent where not a single country has determined a National Champion, so the race to become the Fittest Man or Woman is still on.
Every South American country that participated in the CrossFit Open managed to get at least two men and two women invited to the Quarterfinals.
Source: Photo courtesy of Sasha Nievas
Note: Quarterfinal stats have not been included.
The youngest athletes to top their countries leaderboard after the Open were 16 years old! They were:
- Elion Bobani – 16 years old – Kosovo (Europe)
- Emma Lawson – 16 years old – Canada (North America)
Note: Elion Bobani and Emma Lawson are not officially Kosovo’s Fittest Man and Canada’s Fittest Woman respectively yet.
The oldest CrossFit National Champion around the world is 51 years old!
- Yani Litho – 51 years old – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Africa)
- Charlie Gillmor – 44 years – Saint Lucia (North America)
- Kim Otteby – 44 years old – Zambia (Africa)
CrossFit Curiosities – Name Your Kid Emma or James
Among the list of the fittest by country, taking into consideration only the CrossFit Open leaderboard, Emma is the most common name among women while James is for men. There are four women named Emma and four man named James who managed to get the best CrossFit Open position in 2021.
- Emma Lawson – Canada
- Emma McQuaid – Ireland
- Emma Tall – Sweden
- Emma Cary – United States
- James Thompson – Bahamas
- James DeSimone – Djibouti
- James Colata – Fiji
- James Kristanto – Indonesia
It might just be a coincidence, or maybe this under-the-radar is one of those CrossFit curiosities that only a handful of people know. Would it hurt to name your future kid Emma or James just to give her/him an extra advantage to getting fit?