2018 CrossFit Games

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2018 CrossFit Games
VenueAlliant Energy Center
LocationMadison, Wisconsin
DatesAugust 1–5, 2018
MenMathew Fraser
WomenTia-Clair Toomey
TeamCrossFit Mayhem Freedom
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The 2018 CrossFit Games were the 12th CrossFit Games and held on August 1–5, 2018, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, United States.[1]

The men's competition was won by Mathew Fraser, the women's by Tia-Clair Toomey, and CrossFit Mayhem Freedom won the Affiliate Cup.[2]


Wednesday, August 1, 2018[edit]

Event 1: Crit[edit]

  • Bike 10 laps for time, approximately 1200 meters per lap.[3]

Athletes competed in a criterium race on bicycles with all competing athletes on the track simultaneously.[4] The event was won by Adrian Mundwiler the men's heat and Kristin Holte for the women's heat.

Event 2: 30 Muscle-ups[edit]

The athletes performed 30 muscle-ups on gymnastic rings as fast as possible.[3] The event was won by Logan Collins and Kristi Eramo.

Event 3: CrossFit Total[edit]

Athletes had four minutes to make three attempts at each lift for the heaviest weight. The winning score was the cumulative total of the three heaviest weights in each lift.[5] The event was won by Royce Dunne for the men and by Tia-Clair Toomey for the women.

Event 4: Marathon Row[edit]

The competitors used a Concept-2 rowing machine to accumulate 42,195 meters, the distance of a marathon, as fast as possible. The event was won by Lukas Esslinger with a time of 2 hours, 43 minutes, 50 seconds and Margaux Alvarez at 3 hours, 0 minutes, 42 seconds.[6]

Friday, August 3, 2018[edit]

Event 5: The Battleground[edit]

For time while wearing a weighted vest:

  • Rescue Randy drag
  • Two rope climbs
  • Obstacle course run
  • Two rope climbs
  • Rescue Randy drag

Competitors started by dragging "Rescue Randy", a weighted rescue training mannequin,[7] across the stadium. After the drag, they climbed two 20-foot (6.1-meter) ropes, each with a different diameter. They then ran a course with eight obstacles consisting of cargo net climbs, wall climbs, monkey bars, rope swings, and log balances. The competitors then returned to the rope climbs and dummy drag. The event was won by Cole Sager and Laura Horváth.

Event 6: Clean and Jerk Speed Ladder[edit]

The event consists of three rounds of five progressively heavier clean and jerks. The men start at 245 pounds (111 kilograms) and the women start at 155 pounds (70 kilograms). The top 20 athletes to finish the five lifts in quarterfinal round with a one-minute time cap move on to the semifinal round. With a two-minute cap and five heavier barbells, the top five competitors move on to the final round. The final round has the five athletes progress through five heavier weights as fast as possible, or as heaviest weight they can lift in the three-minute time cap. The event was won by Nicholas Urankar and Amanda Barnhart.

Event 7: Fibonacci[edit]

A repeat of the final event of the previous year, with only a change to women's event to make it match the number of movements as the men. The previous year, Logan Collins was the only man to finish the event (with a time of 5:29:09), while 27 women finished with the lower quantity of handstand push-ups.[8] The parallettes are 14 inches (36 centimeters) for the men and 8 inches (20 centimeters) for the women. The men use 203-pound (92-kilogram) kettlebells for the deadlifts and 53-pound (24-kilogram) kettlebells for the lunges. The women use 124-pound (56-kilogram) kettlebells for the deadlifts and 35-pound (16-kilogram) kettlebells for the lunges. All must be done with a six-minute time cap.

The event was won by Mat Fraser, who had taken second in the event the previous year, and Katrín Davíðsdóttir. Four men finished the 2018 event, including previous finisher Logan Collins, and 23 women finished the updated version of the event.

Saturday, August 4, 2018[edit]

Event 8: Madison Triplus[edit]

  • Swim 500 meters
  • Paddle on a paddleboard for 1000 meters
  • Run 2000 meters

The event was won by Dean Linder-Leighton and Tia-Clair Toomey.

Event 9: Chaos[edit]

  • 35/30 calories on a SkiErg
  • 30/25 burpees with a set height target at the top
  • 45/40 single-arm dumbbell overhead squats
  • 40/45 alternating single-leg squats
  • 25 box jump-overs
  • 110-foot (34-meter) tumbler pull

This event was designed so that the athletes did not know the quantity or movement going into each station. On the SkiErg, burpees, and squats, the athletes were told to move to the next station only when they reached the specified quantity. They were told the quantity of box jumps once they reached the box. The men, who went second on the event, were sequestered so that they could not find out the movements.

The quantities varied between the men's and women's event. The men had 35 calories on the SkiErg, a machine built by Concept2 similar to their rowing machines but meant to simulate a cross-country skiing motion, and the women had 30. The burpees had 30 repetitions for the men and 25 for the women, as well as a higher target for the men. For the dumbbell overhead squats, the men had 45 while the women had 40 repetitions with a 50-pound (23-kilogram) and 35-pound (16-kilogram) dumbbell respectively. On the single-leg squats, the men had 40 while the women had 45. Both sexes had 25 box jumps, but the height for the women was 36 inches (91 centimeters) while the men had 42-inch (110-centimeter) tall boxes. The tumbler was a sand-filled barrel, 400 pounds (180 kilograms) and 300 pounds (140 kilograms) for the men and women respectively, attached to straps.

The event was won by Patrick Vellner and Katrín Davíðsdóttir.

Events 10 and 11: Bicouplet 1 and 2[edit]

Bicouplet 2


Bicouplet 1
  • 21 snatches
  • 21 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 15 snatches
  • 15 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 9 snatches
  • 9 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Each heat performed events 10 and 11 back-to-back with a short rest in between. The order of the two events was voted on by fans to decide if Bicouplet 1 or 2 would be performed first with Bicouplet 2 becoming chosen as event 10. The snatch weight for Bicouplet 2 was 135 pounds (61 kilograms) for men and 85 pounds (39 kilograms) for women. The snatch weight for Bicouplet 1 was 85 pounds (39 kilograms) for men and 55 pounds (25 kilograms) for women.

Event 10, Bicouplet 2, was won by Willy Georges and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet . Event 11, Bicouplet 1, was won by Rasmus Andersen and Kara Saunders.

Sunday, August 5, 2018[edit]

Event 12: Two-Stroke Pull[edit]

Five rounds of:

  • 300-meter run
  • Assault Bike for calories, 20 for men and 15 for women
  • 44-foot (13-meter) sled pull, 183 pounds (83 kilograms) for the men and 153 pounds (69 kilograms) for the women

The event was won by Lukas Högberg and Laura Horváth.

Event 13: Handstand Walk[edit]

As fast as possible, each competitor performed 50 double-unders with a heavy jump rope and then navigated an obstacle course while walking on their hands. The obstacles consisted of a pylon slalom, up and down a ramp, up and down stairs, and finished with a handstand walk across a set of parallel bars. Each individual obstacle had to be done without falling.

The event was won by Cody Anderson and Brooke Wells.

Event 14: Aeneas[edit]

  • Peg board ascents, five for the men and four for the women
  • 40 thrusters, 85 pounds (39 kilograms) for the men and 55 pounds (25 kilograms) for the women
  • A yoke carry, adding weight every 33 feet (10 meters)

The event was a "chipper," a workout involving multiple exercises done sequentially without returning (as in "chipping away" at the number of repetitions) for the fastest time or as far as possible in the eight-minute time cap. The athletes started with climbing the peg board before moving on the thrusters, a CrossFit movement that is a combination of a front squat and push press in one continuous motion. After the thrusters the competitors picked up a yoke loaded with 425 pounds (193 kilograms) for the men or 345 pounds (156 kilograms) for the women. After 33 feet of carrying the yoke, the athletes had to stop and load their yokes to 565 pounds (256 kilograms) or 405 pounds (184 kilograms) for the men or women respectively. After another 33 feet, they loaded the yokes to 665 pounds (302 kilograms) or 445 pounds (202 kilograms) before carrying it another 33 feet to the finish line.

Having already secured first place overall in the 2018 Games, Mathew Fraser also finished first for this event. The women's event was won by Laura Horváth, the 2018 Games second-place finisher overall, while first place Games finisher Tia-Clair Toomey finished second in the event.

Podium finishers[edit]

Individuals and teams[edit]

Place Men Women Team
1st Mathew Fraser Tia-Clair Toomey CrossFit Mayhem Freedom
2nd Patrick Vellner Laura Horváth CrossFit Invictus X
3rd Lukas Högberg[a] Katrín Davíðsdóttir CrossFit OC3

Masters men[edit]

Place 35–39 40–44 45–49 50–54 55–59 60+
1st Kyle Kasperbauer Neal Maddox Robert Davis Cliff Musgrave Brig Edwards David Hippensteel
2nd Alexandre Jolivet David Levy[b] Matthew Swift Mike Egan Shannon Aiken Armando Garcia-Besne
3rd Erast Palkin Jason Grubb[b] Nathan Loren Ron Ortiz Will Powell Cal Cherrington

Masters women[edit]

Place 35–39 40–44 45–49 50–54 55–59 60+
1st Anna Tobias Stephanie Roy Amanda Allen Eva Thornton Mary Beth Prodromides Shaun Havard
2nd Samantha Briggs Kelly Friel Tonia Osborne Laurie Meschishnick Bianca Willams Patty Failla
3rd Helena Falk Joey Kimdon Jolaine Undershute Linda Elstun Colleen Fahey Dolores Jones


Place 14–15 Boys 14–15 Girls 16–17 Boys 16–17 Girls
1st Tudor Magda Olivia Sulek Dallin Pepper Haley Adams
2nd Christian Gallaher Lea Malo Vincent Ramirez Kaela Stephano
3rd Nolan Pedrick Paige Powers Dylan Kade Chloe Smith
  1. ^ via tiebreaker
  2. ^ a b Shawn Ramirez originally finished second but was later disqualified for testing positive for banned performance-enhancing substances. Levy and Grubb were moved up one position.[9]


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  3. ^ a b "2018 Games Events". CrossFit Games. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
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  6. ^ "CrossFit Games Leaderboard". CrossFit Games. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Rescue Randy Manikin Making Appearance At 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games". BarBend.com. July 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Brian Pyfferoen (July 30, 2018). "The Fibonacci Final is Back in 2018". TheBarbellSpin.com.
  9. ^ "Two Masters Athletes Fail Drug Tests From 2018 CrossFit Games". barbend.com. November 8, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.

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