Swedish 5x Games veteran and third place finisher in 2018, Lukas Hogberg, had made the decision to pull out of the Open.
In a recent post, he stated that he will withdraw from the competition.
“I decided to not continue with Open this year. It’s been a long season for me and a lot of stress around me. I don’t feel that this Open shit show gives me any motivation or enjoy in my training and career as a professional athlete?”
But he still has big plans, continuing to talk about how he plans to make it to the 2020 CrossFit Games.
“Now my focus will be to get rid of the stress around me and start with a good training rhythm and be ready for the real competitions ??? So I will compete in Sanctionals 2020 to earn my place at the Crossfit Games 2020.”
Other Games athletes voiced their support of his decision. Brent Fikowski commented “Good on you man! Put yourself first” and fellow Canadian Pat Vellner comically chimed in “fight the power”.
Lukas has taken part in the CrossFit Open every year since 2012.
|YEAR||DIVISION||OVERALL RANK (WORLDWIDE)||OVERALL RANK (BY COUNTRY)|
|2016||Individual Men||52nd||1st Sweden|
|2015||Individual Men||79th||1st Sweden|
And at the CrossFit Games since 2014.
- Lukas-Hogberg: Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc