Video: CrossFIT: Fittest on the Planet?

Posted on November 2, 2011

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By Tony Sunzeri

With the completion of the recent 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in Los Angeles I was left with one question:  Are Rich Froning Jr. and Annie Thorisdottir really the “fittest people on the planet” as CrossFit proclaims?   The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in Los Angeles were held at the Home Depot Center for the first time, with a pile of cash and a dubious title at stake.   I was not in LA, but  examined the evidence which streamed live on ESPN3.com with relatively no snags.     It was a site to behold.   I looked at the events and considered whether or not they were varied widely enough to stake such a claim.  Sure enough, the brains behind the events didn’t let us down.  The mad scientists in charge of preparing the events for the athletes combined not just Olympic weightlifting, metabolic conditioning and gymnastics (which is the CrossFit cinder block and rebar holding up their foundation), they threw in some curveballs.  In this case literally!  From softball long toss to open ocean swimming to sled pushing and even monkey bar swinging, the CF crew was successful in their quest to challenge and crown anyone willing to accept the attempt at becoming the “Worlds Fittest Person”.  Congratulations Rich Froning Jr. from Cookeville, TN and Annie Thorisdottir of Iceland on earning that title.

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