The CrossFit Games officially started on Tuesday as the Masters and Teens divisions took to the soccer stadium for Events 1 and 2, California Club and Adios Amigos.
The California Club chipper featured deadlifts, GHD sit-ups, double unders, rope climbs and wall balls. The 20-minute time cap event stopped a lot of the masters athletes before they could finish the massive chipper. Then in the afternoon, Adios Amigos tested the athletes with snatches and ring muscle-ups.
After Day 1, there are a lot of familiar faces at the top of the leaderboard for most divisions. Last year’s Teenage Boys 16-17 champion, Nicholas Paladino is tied with George Sterner and Angelo DiCicco, last year’s Teenage Boys 14-15 champion, is four points behind in third place. Allison Weiss leads the Teenage Girls 16-17 division. Weiss finished 3rd in the 16-17 division in 2015.
On the Masters side, 3-time Masters champion, Shawn Ramirez, is leading the pack in the Men’s Master 40-44 division. Fan favorite, Bill Grundler, leads the 45-49 division and Ron Ortiz is in 1st place in the 50-54 division. Ortiz moved up to the 50-54 division this year after finishing 7th in the 45-49 division last year. Will Powell, last year’s 55-59 champion, is again leading the pack and David Hippensteel is taking advantage of being in the 60+ division this year after winning both events on Tuesday.
Annie Sakamoto is in 2nd place after Day 1 in the 40-44 division and trails Helen Harding who finished the day with 200-points. CrossFit Games veteran, Cheryl Brost, leads the 45-49 division.