Day 4 Recap of the CrossFit Games 2016: Snail & The Separator


This was a tricky Event because of two parts of the workout. The first was the Snail.


This is a huge drum packed with sandbags that had to be rolled by the athletes. As the object is moved, the sandbags roll up the inside wall then fall back down again. As a result, the weight is not evenly distributed and it is practically impossible to build any momentum. Moving the Snail is unpleasant and mentally crushing.


Katrin Davidsdottir explained to a commentator after the Event that Mat had advised her to push the snail directly in the middle, as that would most equally distribute the force and generate the most power. He has recently graduated from an engineering degree, and it shows the keen and focused mentality and intelligence that he applies to every single workout.

  • 3 rounds for time:
  • 500m berm run
  • 2 rope ascents
  • 40 ft Snail push
  • 2 rope climbs

The other variation in this workout was that the ropes only began above head height. This meant that athletes had to jump up to catch the rope, then climb the first few feet legless. From this point many then used their legs as well, but this slowed them down and if they misjudged the length, the rope would simply slip out from their feet as there wasn’t enough length to lock in properly.

Here is how the athletes finished.


  1. Sam Briggs
  2. Kari Pearce
  3. Thuridur Helgadottir


  1. Brent Fikowski
  2. Patrick Vellner
  3. Cole Sager


This Event included ring handstand push ups, which were the exercise that gave the Event it’s title. Dave Castro had previously leaked a clue on social media that these would be included, so many athletes had been practicing, but now it was time to see how well everyone adapted.

the crossfit games camille leblanc bazinetSource: CrossFit Inc
Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet during ‘The Separator’


  • For time:
  • 12 ring handstand push ups
  • 15 back squats (225 lbs)
  • 20 burpees
  • 9 ring handstand push ups
  • 18 front squats (205 lbs)
  • 20 burpees
  • 6 ring handstand push ups
  • 21 overhead squats (185 lbs)
  • 20 burpees

Cole Sager took first place in this Event. Ben Smith struggled on the handstand ring dips, and finished in nineteenth. Fraser took fourth, despite being no repped many times on the rings.

The men had to muscle up into the handstand position, as the rings were hung high.


  • For time
  • 15 back squats (145 lbs)
  • 20 burpees
  • 6 ring handstand push ups
  • 18 front squats (145 lbs)
  • 20 burpees
  • 4 ring handstand push ups
  • 21 overhead squats (125 lbs)
  • 20 burpees
  • 2 ring handstand push ups

Kari Pearce was on fire for this Event! She finished ahead of Katrin Davidsdottir in second and Tia-Clair Toomey in third. Her gymnastic skills paid off, and this was an incredibly impressive performance considering that she has only been doing Crossfit for 1.5 years!

EVENT 10: 100%

This Event was exactly as it sounds, a fierce and intensive short workout that required, strength, speed and power. The slightest mistake, or a single no rep could be the difference between several places in the final rankings.

  • For time:
  • 40 box jumps (30/24 inch)
  • 20 D-ball Cleans


Australian Athlete Tia-Clair Toomey put in an incredible performance for the event to secure herself the top spot on the overall leaderboard. With the commentators and the cameras focused on the battle in the centre between Sara Sigmundsdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir, Tia quietly worked her way through the D-Ball Cleans at a methodical and unrelenting speed. She jumped up onto the platform to finish ahead of the Icelandic girls, put could not beat Alessandra Pichelli’s time of 02:24


As the evening dew was being wiped from the equipment and the Californian sunset was fading in the sky, the atmosphere inside the arena became tense and palpable. Ben Smith had some serious work to do if he were to lessen Mat Fraser’s already substantial lead.

When the \event started and they leapt into the 40 Box Jumps, both Cole Sager and Brent Fikowski set a blistering pace for the exercises. The Canadian Fikowski (now known affectionately as ‘the whitest dark horse’) eventually took the win, which is his third in the Games this year


The clue is in the title for this event. Go 100% right from the start and don’t stop, pause or slow down. Scale the D-ball appropriately if you wish, but this is purely a test of your ability to perform well at high intensity.

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