The games are just two weeks away, give or take a day depending on what Dave Castro has in store. Now that the drug tests are behind us, we can focus on those who will be at the CrossFit Games.
Here’s a look at three rookies to keep an eye on at the Games this year.
[note: we would have included Roman Khrennikov on this list, but unfortunately he will be unable to compete due to visa issues between Russia and the United States.]
Jared Enderton came into the sport of CrossFit as the “strong” athlete with his background in powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting. However, after years of fine tuning his skills and learning the gymnastics and building his endurance, Enderton will be making his first appearance at the CrossFit Games.
The Games will have some type of strength event (or events) which Enderton will be near the top of the leaderboard. But, Enderton might surprise some people in events with gymnastics elements in it.
John Coltey quietly finished in 2nd place at the Atlantic Regional. While all eyes were on Noah Ohlsen and Ben Smith, Coltey walked away with two event wins on the final weekend of regional competitions and ended up beating Ben Smith.
Coltey has raw power and excels in the strength and sprint-type events. With a few really short events (like the Banger event from last year) always programmed at the Games, watch out for him.
Saxon Panchik and his brother, Scott, had to crush the final event at the Central Regional to qualify for the CrossFit Games. While Scott’s path was a bit easier on that final event, Saxon held pace and squeaked in to the final qualifying spot.
Now that Saxon and Scott can focus on preparing for the CrossFit Games, Saxon has one of the best Games athletes to learn from. Saxon should not be unprepared as he makes the journey up to Madison in the next week or so.
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Words still can’t describe what’s going through my mind right now. I’ve visualized hearing my name being announced for the last 4 years. It’s finally a reality and I couldn’t be more blessed to be going to the @crossfitgames I wouldn’t be in the position I am without my amazing support group. My beautiful girlfriend for always being in my corner keeping my head right and doing absolutely anything to help get me to this point and support me every step of the way. My brothers for getting to spend absolutely every second together training to be the best versions of ourselves as we can. My amazing family for always supporting me and believing in me. My @cfmentality who I heard all weekend long. Even when I wanted to slow down you guys kept me moving. Finally all of the volunteers and CrossFit for making this even possible. See you guys in Madison!! ✌🏼
Which rookie will have the best performance at the Games, whether on this list or not? Let us know in the comments!