We took all of the women who have now qualified for the 2016 CrossFit Games and stacked their regional performances against one another to see what could be happen in July. Here are five observations from regionals to keep an eye on heading towards Carson.
1. Sigmundsdottir vs. Thorisdottir
Both Sara and Annie seem to be models of consistency as they are the only women in the field to keep all of their events in the top 10. All of the 38 other women going to Carson also have an event finish of 20th or worse.
2. Katrin vs. Legless Rope Climbs
The reigning fittest woman on earth finishes 4th overall in this combined regional, but a near last place finish on Event 7 shows that legless rope climbs are still not her forte. Legless rope climbs kept her out of competing at the games in 2014, and if they show up in July they might keep her from repeating as champion.
3. International Women Dominate
The past 5 CrossFit Games have all been won by women from outside the United States, and this leaderboard shows that trend may continue. Tasia Percevecz, a rookie, is the only woman from the U.S. to finish in the Top 10 overall in this combined leaderboard.
4. Outsiders: Leblanc-Bazinet, Fisher, and Barden Finish
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Lauren Fisher, and Sheila Barden all won their regionals, but when they are matched up against the rest of the qualifiers they finish is 20th, 21st, and 22nd respectively. For their sake let’s hope this isn’t indicative of what’s to come in July.
5. Podium Front Runners
This leaderboard suggests the 2016 CrossFit Games will start off where 2015 left off with Davidsdottir, Sigmundsdottir, Webb, and Briggs all looking like they can take the podium. Thorisdottir is on a warpath to make up for the 2015 CrossFit Games, and she very well might become a champion for the 3rd time. Although they aren’t in the Top 5 expect to see Tia-Clair Toomey, Brooke Wells, and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet also in the mix to take a podium spot in July.
Although this might not be 100% telling of what the outcome of the 2016 CrossFit Games will be it does show that this isn’t a one-horse race. There are multiple women with their eyes set on finishing on top.