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Professional Athletes in 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games

CrossFit Games Tom Pappas

CrossFit Games Tom Pappas

With more than 60,000 competitors registering for this years Reebok CrossFit Games Open, it’s no real surprise to see the names of a few former, and current, professional athletes on the leaderboard this week.

Many of us know that most of the big names all come from a high-level sporting background (Rich Froning Jr/Baseball, Tommy Hackenbruck/American Football, Chris Spealler/Wrestling), but did you know in this years Open we’re competing against a former international footballer, a former Olympian, a handful of MMA fighters and a former champion kickboxer to name a few?

Here’s a quick list of some of the current, and former professional athletes taking part in this years Games:

Tom Pappas (Decathlon World Champion, three times Olympian) – 105 burpees WOD 12.1

Diego de Ascentis (International footballer, Italy, AC Milan) – 124 burpees WOD 12.1

Jason Macdonald (Current MMA fighter) – 109 burpees WOD 12.1

Dustin Winterhalt (Current MMA fighter) – 127 burpees WOD 12.1

Andrew Berridge (Six times kickboxing champion) – 131  burpees WOD 12.1

If you know any other professional athletes taking part in this years Reebok CrossFit Games Open, let us know in the comment section below.

– John


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