Interview with Jamie Greene: 2019 CrossFit Games Goals and Winning the Wodapalooza Team Competition

Jamie Greene at the 2018 CrossFit Games Meridian Regional. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
Jamie Greene at the 2018 CrossFit Games Meridian Regional held June 1, 2, and 3 at the Caja Mágica, Madrid, Spain. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

Jamie Greene has been to the CrossFit Games three times, twice as an individual and once on a team. With the new CrossFit Games format this season, Greene has already competed in two Sanctionals where she took 2nd as an individual at the Dubai CrossFit Championship in December and 1st on Team ROMWOD/WIT at Wodapalooza last weekend.

We caught up with Jamie to talk about her season so far and what her goals are for the 2019 CrossFit Games.

The Barbell Spin: The 2019 CrossFit Games season is drastically different than previous years. What was your initial reaction to the elimination of Regionals?

Jamie Greene: Very different! Ah I’m not too bothered either way so wasn’t too worried haha but now I think it’s pretty cool, as it keeps your options open and I get to compete more than other years which is always fun.

TBBS: You have competed at the first two Sanctionals, Dubai and Wodapalooza. At Dubai you took 2nd place as an individual and were battling Sam Briggs for the top spot on the final event. A month later you and your team won Wodapalooza to get an invite to the CrossFit Games. Was your goal entering the season to go individual or team?

JG: My goal was to go individual this season and it still is, we went team because the opportunity was there and thought it would be fun and it was. I would definitely go team with those guys again, but right now the goal is still individual.

TBBS: How and when did you form your Wodapalooza team with Alec, Cody and Jessica?

JG: We competed together at the 12 person SID competition last year on Team WIT we decided then to go as a team for WZA. Also Jess and myself are both WIT athletes so it was a good time to represent them.

TBBS: Would winning Dubai have changed your plans at Wodapalooza?

JG: No. That was always the plan.

TBBS: Now that you have qualified on a team, what are your plans between now and the Games?

JG: I am competing as an individual at the CrossFit Strength in Depth competition in London next month. I will do the CrossFit Open and I really want to compete in the Australian Down Under CrossFit Championship in May, just because I miss competing with the South Pacificers. Plus, I could get a quick trip home in.

TBBS: After competing at two Sanctionals, has your opinion changed since your initial reaction?

JG: No. I thought it would be good from the start and it is.

TBBS: How do you think the format change will impact the sport and its athletes over the next few years?

JG: I think it allows athletes and sponsors to grow in the sport making it all a lot more professional therefore increasing the standard of Crossfit in general.