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Familiar Faces Return and Heartbreaking Absences: The 2024 CrossFit Games Roster Will Be Unfamiliar

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Julien Raby

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Get ready for a CrossFit Games unlike any other. 

Familiar champions are making surprise comebacks after time away. But heartbreakingly, other top athletes won’t be on the competition floor this year. 

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Who will rise to the top in the face of these dramatic changes? Could a new generation of stars emerge? This year’s Games promise to be one of the most unpredictable in recent memory.

Who’s Back?

Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr

The Comeback Queen Tia is the best of the best in CrossFit, but she couldn’t compete last year because she was having a baby. Even with an injury, she’s already doing great and fans are hoping she’ll take back her champion title.

Ricky Garard

Back on Top Ricky used to be one of the top CrossFit guys, but a shoulder injury stopped him last year. This year he’s already winning competitions and it’ll be exciting to see how far he can go.

Haley Adams

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Haley surprised everyone by skipping last year’s Games to focus on her mental health. This year she’s back and proving how important it is to take care of yourself, even when you’re an athlete.

Brooke Wells

Close, But Determined Brooke has competed for years, but just barely missed qualifying for the Games last year. Now she’s even more determined to get back to the top of CrossFit.

Guilherme Malheiros

Brazil’s Hope Guilherme won lots of events last year, but still missed out on the Games. He’s a big deal in Brazil, and everyone’s hoping he makes it this year.

Who’s Out?

Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir

A beloved figure in the CrossFit community, has announced with deep regret that she will not participate in the 2024 CrossFit Games due to ongoing back injuries. Despite her history of pushing through pain, this season marks the first time the injuries have proven too severe to overcome.

Annie Thorisdottir

A well-known name in the sport, Annie is expecting her second child and will not compete.

Noah Ohlsen and Chandler Smith

They are both moving to team competitions.

Other Notable Names

  • Emma Cary and Kelly (Baker) Shirley have opted not to register for the Open.
  • Jamie Simmonds, Matilde Garnes, Ella Wunger, and Emily de Rooy have all shifted their focus towards team competition.
  • Christine Kolenbrander and Alexia Williams are currently recovering from injuries.
  • Michelle Basnett and Shahad Budebs also did not register for the Open.

Impact of Turnover on the Competition

The absence of these seasoned athletes opens up space for new competitors to emerge. 

The 2023 Games introduced 11 female rookies, and with the same number of open slots this year, there’s potential for even more fresh talent to step into the spotlight. 

This influx could significantly influence the competitive landscape, making the 2024 Games unpredictable and perhaps more exciting.


Julien Raby is the owner of BoxLife. He owns a bachelor in literature and a certificate in marketing from Concordia. He's Crossfit Level 1 certified and has been involved in Crossfit since 2010. In 2023 he finally made it to Crossfit Open Quarterfinals for the first time. LinkedIn Instagram Facebook

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