This weekend the 2015 Games begin, and you need to watch them! Below, we've compiled a list of our top picks, complete with links to an all-star performance from each to help you get started. Bookmark this page, come back to it later, and keep watching until you've seen each of these amazing events!
- Mat Fraser (Coach Noah's Top Pick!): Mat is the favorite of many to win this year. Read this for a few reasons why.
- Scott Panchik: Scott's had a top five finish in the past four years. As it turned out, his 15.4 performance against Josh Bridges was a sign of things to come.
- Jacob Heppner: Jacob had two top 5 finishes in last year's games event, and was beaten out at regionals only by veteran Scott Panchik. Check out his performance in Event 3.
- Dan Tyminski: Star of my favorite CrossFit instruction video ever, Dan also killed at the regionals this year.
- Dan Bailey: Grace. Weapons grade. Nuff said.
- Noah Ohlsen: Noah placed 8th in his first games appearance, was the subject of a short documentary, and had a stellar performance against tough peers at the regionals this year.
- Jonne Koski: Jonne had four 1st place finishes in the Meridian at the regionals. Watch him crush event 7.
- Chad Mackay: Veteran Chad Mackay was out of last year's Games, but has returned to the games with performances like this one from Event 4&5 in the Pacific regionals.
- Lucas Parker: Lucas typically starts the games behind, then catches up. If he can perform like this early on in the games, he might have a chance. Rumor has it that Lucas' beard has been weighted at 100lbs all year. He wants it that bad.
- Camille LeBlanc Bazinet: Go to the dark place. Read my post from a couple weeks ago.
- Annie Thorisdottir: You can't count the big smile and happy leap of 2012 Games Champion Annie Thorisdottir out. Annie has given us so many great performances. Start with the Midline March at last year's games.
- Kara Webb (Coach Noah's Pick!): Kara was ahead in the games last year by 100 points with wins like this one when she got injured, and dropped down the leaderboard.
- Sam Briggs: Be afraid of 2013 Games Champ Sam Briggs. Be very afraid. 30 Muscle Ups in 3:03. Before you count her out, check out what she did in Open Workout 15.5.
- Emily Bridgers: Finished 6th overall last year with strong performances in the final events. Emily scored four 1st place finishes in her region this year, beating out Sam Briggs herself for the top spot. Check out her performance in Event 6.
- Elizabeth Akinwale: You should be cheering for Elizabeth Akinwale. She hails from the best city on earth, and is an incredible performer. Check out her back to back second place finishes in Regional events four and five.
- Maddy Myers: Is 18 and made it to the games her rookie year. Seriously. Check out her 3rd place finish in Event 7: just a fraction of a second behind Camille Le-Blanc Bazinet.
- Brooke Ence: We're used to seeing Brooke demonstrate the Open Workouts. This year scored first in the California regionals. Check out her final second place finish in Event 7.
- Brooke Wells: 19 year-old Brooke Wells had an amazing regional performance, taking first place with 5 top 5 finishes. Watch her smash Event 1.
- Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir, Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir, Thuridur Erla Helgadottir: The fact is, the women of Iceland collectively smashed the rest of the world's regional times in the face on a number of occasions this year. 4/5 of the top Meridian spots went to Iceland, and some may think this may be a harbinger of Games to come. If you don't feel the same, just watch them face off in Event 6.
Well, that about wraps it up! The Games start July 22nd. Happy watching!
Banner photo courtesy Sev Anmotossian.