CrossFit Open Live Announcement Athlete Match-Ups

Earlier this week we found out the locations of the 2018 CrossFit Open Live Announcements. Now, we know which athletes will be throwing down each week.

The biggest surprise is that neither 2017 CrossFit Games champion (or the runner-up) will be featured during the live announcement. Mat Fraser, Tia-Clair Toomey, Brent Fikowski and Kara Webb will be be staying home during the Open this year.

18.1: Sam Briggs vs Kristin Holte

The first match-up of the 2018 season is a rematch from last year’s 17.1 Open announcement. Briggs and Holte faced off in Paris, France, for a live telecast while Brent Fikowski and Patrick Vellner were in Montreal.

Briggs destroyed the dumbbell snatch and burpee box jump over workout. After 18.0, many are guessing 18.1 is 17.1, so will we see the same outcome as well?

18.2: Patrick Vellner vs Noah Ohlsen

The 3rd and 4th place finishers at last year’s CrossFit Games (after Garard’s disqualification), square off in Pennsylvania for 18.2. Vellner returns for his 2nd Open announcement while this is Ohlsen’s first appearance.

Last year, Vellner penalized himself following review of his live announcement performance and re-did the workout that weekend.

18.3: Kyle Kasperbauer vs Neal Maddox

This is an awesome rematch of last year’s 35-39 Masters division at the CrossFit Games. Kasperbauer walked away with the title, ahead of Maddox who finished 2nd. Week 3 of the Open begins the journey back to the Games for two of the top contenders of the 35-39 Master’s division.

On top of that, the top prize for the winner of the 35-39 CrossFit Games is now $25,000!

#Repost @crossfitgames with @get_repost Here we go! Thankful to be involved in this years CrossFit Games live Open announcement. Let’s see what 2018 brings. ・・・ – Here are your 2018 live Open announcement matchups: – #18point1 – Feb. 22-26, sponsored by @Paleoethics, @bicepslikebriggs 🇬🇧 vs. @holtekristin 🇳🇴 at Ginasio Poliesportivo Dr. Antonio Leme Nunes Galvao (Morumbi Stadium) in São Paulo, Brazil 🇧🇷 – #18point2 – March 1-5, sponsored by @Compexusa, @PVellner vs. @NOhlsen from CrossFit R.A.W (@raw_training) in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania – #18point3 – March 8-12, sponsored by @assaultairbike, @KyleKasperbauer vs. @nealmaddox from @SkylineCrossFit in Houston, Texas – #18point4 – March 15-19, sponsored by @Zevia, @bk_gudmundsson vs. @scottpanchik from @CrossFitFury in Goodyear, Arizona – #18point5 – March 22-26, sponsored by @ROMWOD, @anniethorisdottir vs. @sarasigmunds vs. @Katrintanja at @CrossFitReykjavik in Reykjavík, Iceland 🇮🇸 – Visit for broadcast information and details. Read “2018 Live Open Announcement Venues and Athletes.” #CrossFit • #CrossFitOpen • #InTheOpen • @Reebok • #Fitness

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18.4: Scott Panchik vs Bjorgvin Gudmundsson

When you think of consistent performances year in and year out, Panchik and Gudmundsson are top of mind. Both athletes are always fighting for a top 5 spot at the Games.

18.5: Annie Thorisdottir vs Katrin Davidsdottir vs Sara Sigmundsdottir

We all saw this coming when Iceland was named as the host for 18.5. Regardless of the lack of surprise, this will be a great way to cap off the 5th and final week of the 2018 CrossFit Open. Which Icelandic superstar will take the win?