The Open started on February 27th 2014. This year 7515 men, 3100 women, 934 masters men, 410 masters women and 358 teams finished all five workouts. Compared to last year, when 4237 men, 1625 women, 506 masters men, 220 masters women and 215 teams met the requirements. Overall the number of European participants at the Reebok CrossFit Games’ online qualifications went up. Big time.
- 11.959 athletes in total successfully finished the CrossFit Open 2014, which is 5317 participants more than in 2013. Over the period of one year the European region, based on the number of competitors who completed all five workouts, raised the numbers for 44 percent.
It’s clear that European competitive fitness is evolving. The growth is not obvious just from the number of Open athletes, but also from the high quality athlete’s performances at the Regionals.
From the Open on 46 men, 42 women and 30 teams competed at the Regionals. While most of them already started training for the 2015 season, 6 individual athletes and 3 teams are aiming to peak their performance for July 25th. Annie Thorisdottir, Bjork Odinsdottir, Kristin Holte, Jonne koski, Lukas Högberg and Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson along with athletes from teams CrossFit Sport, Team Tegen and CrossFit Falun Måndagsklubben are not allowed to take a rest yet, as they are representing Europe at the Reebok CrossFit Games 2014.
Quick facts from the European Regionals 2014:
- 19 year old Jonne Koski was the youngest individual male competitor at the European Regionals. He won.
- Oxana Slivenko won event 1 worldwide: 1 RM hang snatch (205 lbs, 92.98 kg).
- Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir won event 2 worldwide: max distance hand-stand walk (405 ft, 123.4 m).
- Lukas Högberg is one of only 10 men in the world that actually completed event 6 (time cap of 21 minutes). He was 6thworldwide at this particular workout.
- Sam Briggs had three top 10 worldwide finishes (two of those in top 3). Other EU Games qualifiers had one or none.
- Compared to all regions: by average placement of Games-qualifying female competitors Europe is 3rd worldwide, right behind Canada East (1st) and Australia (2nd) in women’s category.
- Compared to all regions: by average placement of all Regionals male competitors, Europe is on 5th place worldwide in men’s category.
What’s next for the European athletes?
As the sport of fitness is still growing each year, we have more events than ever before. CrossFit HQ recently announced there will be an online team competition, coming up this fall. There are new events up in WODevents database every day. Also news about different European fitness leagues are spreading around web. Some athletes are trying out their Olympic weightlifting skills at National championships. Many things are happening or are in the making. So what is next for you? What is next for Europe?