Well the first of the 17 CrossFit Regional competitions is in the books, with the 2013 Europe Regional wrapping up in Denmark.
The competition saw the return of some big name athletes with 2009 Games champion Mikko Salo, and Sam Briggs both coming back from knee injuries last year.
With reigning Games champion Annie Thorisdottir unable to compete with a back injury, the door was open in the females division for someone new to claim the Regional crown.
Here’s how all the major divisions ended up after the three-day event.
Mikko Salo was the hot favourite to win the men’s division after a dominant performance in the Open. The Finnish beast did not disappoint, finishing top 10 in every event, and winning two to finish second overall.
The standout performer over the weekend was Hungarian Lacee Kovacs, who upset Salo to win the Regional crown and qualify for his first ever CrossFit Games.
Annie Thorisdottir’s boyfriend, and former Games competitor, Frederik Aegidius also booked a ticket to Carson, California, in July by finishing third. Mikko Aronpaa also qualified for the Games, despite finishing in fourth place, as Salo is a former Games champion.
If you could bet on who would win the 2013 CrossFit Games women’s crown, it’s fair to say Sam Briggs would be close to favourite. After returning from a knee injury last year, the British competitor has won the Open, and now the Europe Regional. Briggs won four out of the seven events and finished with the impressive low score of just 13.
Caroline Fryklund finished second with a consistent performance all weekend, while young Icelandic girl Katrin Davidsdottir rounded out the podium.
Reebok will be having at least one team at the 2013 CrossFit Games, with Team Reebok CrossFit Nordic winning the Team crown. They won the final two events to steal the number one spot from Thor. Iceland’s CrossFit Reykjavic rounded out the podium.