Oresund Games 2016: Passion & Glory in the Swedish Mega-Box!

When you combine highly creative programming, world class facilities and passionate athletes, the result is always going to be a day to remember!

Last weekend (17-18th september) the Oresund Games 2016 went down in Malmö Sweden. The occasion was epic.


The venue was Kronan CrossFit, the world’s first Eleiko Certified training facility. A fully Eleiko equipped mega-box with a main room that can facilitate many competitors and spectators whilst also maintaining an intense and exciting atmosphere.

Oresund Games Rope climbing crossfit event
The WOD in action

At Kronan CrossFit they organize several competitions every year and have, within a short space of time, become one of the most experienced competition organizers in Sweden. This year’s Oresund Games played host to individual competitions in the following categories: Men RX, Men intermediate, Women Intermediate and Women Newcomers. Those athletes that rose to the top won Eleiko XF Barbells and prize money.


As well as the awesome venue, atmosphere and passionate athletes, the events were programed in an exciting and unique way that threw in many unusual elements to test the fitness of the participants beyond their limits.

Oresund Games male athlete squat clean
Cleaning up…

Mads Östergaard is the co-owner and competition manager of both Oresund Games and Kronan Scaled Throwdown series. He has designed the programming of all the competitions so far, and with the 2016 Oresund Games, wanted to create an esoteric mix of traditional and lesser known exercises.

MADS: “With individual athletes at such a high level, I decided to push the limits a little and put in some new stuff and equipment.”

Oresund Games peg board climbs by crossfit athletes
Peg boards were a great way to challenge different aspects of each competitor’s fitness


“First of all – do your utmost to ensure the athletes are safe throughout the competition. The easiest thing in the world is to ‘kill athletes’ because almost everyone will go hard on everything you throw at them.

Second – I wanted to secure a good flow and a broad & variable test of fitness. We are lucky that our logistics doesn’t affect the programming and ideas negatively. We have the space and facilities to do as we like. If I have done my work right – the winners should not found until after the finals and the winning athletes will probably win the final event.

This year I decided to introduce the ThoraxTrainer – a new, but even more realistic skiing machine. We also had a thrilling pegboard event combined with heavy Deadlifts with fat bars in the finals. We even had an event that included individual bodyweight on back squat.”

Oresund Games ThoraxTrainer
The ThoraxTrainer brings the toughness of Nordic skiing into Crossfit competitions!

The finals were a 2-part event:

  • For time: (6 min tc)
  • 3 Pegboard ascent
  • 21 Deadlift 105 kg. with fat bar.
  • 2 Pegboard ascent
  • 15 deadlift 105 kg. with fat bar.
  • 1 Pegboard ascent
  • 9 deadlift with fat bar.

After they had completed this, the athletes had a 2 min rest before they began the next event:

  • For time: (12 min tc)
  • 30 heavy wall balls (14/9 kg)
  • 15 Hang squat clean thrusters (80/50 kg)
  • 10/5 Bar muscle up
  • 15 Hang squat snatches (65/45 kg)
  • 30 Heavy wall balls (14/9 kg.)
oresund games 2016 thoraxtrainer
The ThoraxTrainer, a core destroyer!

All other events can be found on the competition facebook site.

The next competition up at Kronan CrossFit is the sold out Kronan Scaled Throwdown Autumn Edition. The KST series is becoming one of the biggest competition series in Europe, aiming to hit 1200 athletes in 3 competitions in 2017. The next KST competition will involve mixed teams of 2 in February 2017.

More info regarding the KST series, check out their facebook site.

Oresund Games Rope climbing crossfit event © Kruuse Media

Oresund Games male athlete squat clean © Kruuse Media

Oresund Games peg board climbs by crossfit athletes © Kruuse Media

Oresund Games ThoraxTrainer © Kruuse Media

oresund games 2016 thoraxtrainer © Kruuse Media

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Editor-In-Chief at BOXROX. I come from a background of rugby and weightlifting. Growing up in the English Lake District, I spent a great deal of time swimming in its stunning lakes and rivers. In 2015 my brothers and I became the first people to swim the 145km length of the River Eden, from source to mouth, in 9 days. We also swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, and Crossfit is a huge part of my training for these events.


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