Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Nobull CrossFit Games

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Julien Raby

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As the world gears up for another adrenaline-packed edition of the CrossFit Games, 2023 promises to be a year like no other. From the elite athletes vying for the coveted title of “Fittest on Earth” to the grueling workouts designed to test the limits of human endurance, this year’s games are set to be a spectacle of strength, agility, and sheer determination.

Whether you’re a seasoned CrossFit enthusiast or a newcomer eager to understand the hype, our comprehensive guide will delve deep into every facet of the 2023 CrossFit Games. From the athletes to watch, the event’s history, the newly introduced cut schedules, and the tantalizing clues about the workouts, we’ve got you covered. Strap in and get ready to immerse yourself in the world of CrossFit like never before!

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Key Dates for the 2023 Crossfit Games

The Open (Feb. 16 – March 6): Athletes must complete workouts at an affiliate or submit a video. Adaptive athletes can scale workouts based on their ability.

Quarterfinals (March 16 – April 2): 10% of individuals and 25% of teams will advance from the Open. Team and Age-Group Quarterfinals will be held during the same week.

  • Individual Quarterfinal: March 16 – 19 (ONLINE)
  • Team Quarterfinal: March 29 – 31 (ONLINE)
  • Age-Group Quarterfinal: March 31 – April 2 (ONLINE)

Semifinals (April 28 – June 4): Top 30 from each age group in Quarterfinals advance to online Semifinals. Top individual athletes and teams will advance to one of seven in-person Semifinals worldwide.

  • Age-Group Semifinal: April 28 – 30 (ONLINE)
  • Individual and Team Semifinals: May 18 – June 4 (IN PERSON)

The CrossFit Games (Aug. 1 – Aug. 6): The Games will follow a six-day format. The total number of Games spots remains unchanged (40 women and men).

All Athletes who will compete in this year’s Games

Women

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NAMECOUNTRYREGIONAFFILIATEAGEHEIGHTWEIGHT
Seher KayaTurkeyAsiaCrossFit Oslo25161 cm64 kg
Annie ThorisdottirIcelandEuropeCrossFit Reykjavík33170 cm152 lb
Emma TallSwedenEuropeHigh Performance CrossFit31168 cm68 kg
Karin FreyováSlovakiaEuropeAlpha Prime CrossFit28170 cm72 kg
Elisa FulianoItalyEuropeCrossFit Altessano27157 cm60 kg
Gabriela MigałaPolandEuropeCrossFit 72D24170 cm75 kg
Shahad BudebsUnited Arab EmiratesAsiaCrossFit Moon28160 cm60 kg
Rebecka VitessonSwedenEuropeCrossFit Butcher’s Lab29173 cm65 kg
Matilde GarnesNorwayEuropeCrossFit Oslo27174 cm70 kg
Ella WungerSwedenEuropeC23 CrossFit25170 cm70 kg
Manon AngoneseBelgiumEurope30163 cm69 kg
Laura HorvathHungaryEuropeCrossFit Glasshouse26170 cm70 kg
Emma McQuaidIrelandEuropeCrooked Lake CrossFit33165 cm67 kg
Victoria CamposBrazilSouth AmericaCrossFit Mayhem30161 cm140 lb
Baylee RaylUnited StatesNorth America West2767 in135 lb
Kelly BakerUnited StatesNorth America WestCrossFit Greater Heights3164 in150 lb
Alexia WilliamsArgentinaSouth AmericaWTC CrossFit24169 cm70 kg
Alex GazanUnited StatesNorth America WestRhino CrossFit2166 in150 lb
Danielle BrandonUnited StatesNorth America EastCrossFit Naples27170 cm150 lb
Abigail DomitUnited StatesNorth America WestLone Star CrossFit2567 in147 lb
Emily RolfeCanadaNorth America WestCrossFit Sea Level34170 cm152 lb
Olivia KerstetterUnited StatesNorth America WestSolution 1 CrossFit1765 in160 lb
Katrin Tanja DavidsdottirUnited StatesNorth America WestCrossFit Coeur d’Alene30169 cm152 lb
Arielle LoewenUnited StatesNorth America West2963 in150 lb
Emily de RooyAustraliaOceaniaCrossFit Townsville22174 cm75 kg
Ellie TurnerAustraliaOceaniaCrossFit Fort Vancouver25167 cm72 kg
Christine KolenbranderUnited StatesNorth America WestCrossFit 4173166 in154 lb
Jamie SimmondsNew ZealandOceaniaCrossFit Yas32163 cm135 lb
Bethany FloresUnited StatesNorth America WestNext Level CrossFit2964 in144 lb
Michelle BasnettSouth AfricaAfricaCrossFit Charlotte2664 in152 lb
Feeroozeh SaghafiUnited StatesNorth America EastCrossFit Naples2861 in133 lb
Emma LawsonCanadaNorth America EastCrossFit PSC1865 in140 lb
Paige PowersUnited StatesNorth America EastCrossFit Mayhem2064 in155 lb
Shelby NealUnited StatesNorth America East12th State CrossFit2362 in150 lb
Paige SemenzaUnited StatesNorth America EastCrossFit Vertex3163 in147 lb
Caroline StanleyUnited StatesNorth America EastCollege Hill CrossFit2363 in145 lb
Amanda BarnhartUnited StatesNorth America EastCrossFit High Gear3167 in160 lb
Sydney WellsUnited StatesNorth America EastCrossFit East Nashville2866 in151 lb
Alexis RaptisUnited StatesNorth America EastTTT CrossFit2465 in155 lb
Emma CaryUnited StatesNorth America EastCrossFit Naples1964 in140 lb

Men

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NAMECOUNTRYREGIONAFFILIATEAGEHEIGHTWEIGHT
Michal WesolowskiPolandEuropeCrossFit Strong House30184 cm98 kg
Björgvin Karl GuðmundssonIcelandEuropeCrossFit Hengill30178 cm190 lb
David ShorunkeUnited KingdomEuropeHigh Performance CrossFit33189 cm103 kg
Morteza SedaghatIranAsia28172 cm89 kg
Bronislaw OlenkowiczPolandEuropeCrossFit Strong House34182 cm99 kg
Henrik HaapalainenFinlandEuropeCrossFit Basement28185 cm94 kg
Moritz FiebigGermanyEuropeCrossFit Sankt Pauli28179 cm95 kg
Lazar ĐukićSerbiaEuropeNero CrossFit27182 cm93 kg
Arthur SemenovAsiaEA CrossFit30189 cm99 kg
Fabian BeneitoSpainEuropeCrossFit Zarautz27178 cm90 kg
Uldis UpenieksLatviaEurope25174 cm85 kg
Jonne KoskiFinlandEuropeCrossFit 10K28171 cm190 lb
Jelle HosteBelgiumEuropeCrossFit Kortrijk28190 cm98 kg
Kalyan SouzaBrazilSouth AmericaCrossFit Al Ain22184 cm92 kg
Nick MathewUnited StatesNorth America WestCrossFit Minnetonka2969 in200 lb
Justin MedeirosUnited StatesNorth America WestCrossFit Fort Vancouver2469 in195 lb
Brent FikowskiCanadaNorth America West3274 in220 lb
Noah OhlsenUnited StatesNorth America EastPeak 360 CrossFit3267 in190 lb
Cole GreashaberUnited StatesNorth America WestCrossFit Lee’s Summit (LS)2372 in212 lb
Bayley MartinNew ZealandOceaniaCrossFit Selwyn23174 cm82 kg
Samuel KwantUnited StatesNorth America West2771 in206 lb
Chandler Smith      United States North America West CrossFit Invictus         3068 in 195 lb 
Jake Douglas        Australia     Oceania            Snake CrossFit            32172 cm 202 lb
Kaique Cerveny      Brazil        South America      CrossFit Lago Sul         251 cm 96 kg  
Cole Sager          United States North America West CrossFit Spokane Valley   3271 in 200 lb
Jay Crouch          Australia     Oceania            Reebok CrossFit Frankston 24175 cm 85 kg
Patrick Vellner     Canada        North America West CrossFit Nanaimo          3371 in 195 lb
Colten Mertens      United States North America West CrossFit Kilo             2564 in 180 lb
Jayson Hopper       United States North America East CrossFit Crash            2573 in 220 lb
Samuel Cournoyer    Canada        North America East CrossFit ADM Chambly      27180 cm 205 lb
Jason Smith         South Africa  Africa             CrossFit Sunninghill      39185 cm 195 lb
Jack Farlow         Canada        North America East CrossFit PSC              2173 in 210 lb
Dallin Pepper       United States North America East CrossFit Naples           2172 in 215 lb
Jeffrey Adler       Canada        North America East CrossFit Wonderland       2969 in 197 lb
Luke Parker         United States North America East CrossFit Mayhem           2971 in 205 lb
Alex Vigneault      Canada        North America East                            3171 in 205 lb
Roman Khrennikov    United States North America East CrossFit Mayhem           28182 cm 103 kg
James Sprague       United States North America East CrossFit Naples           2174 in 210 lb
Will Moorad         United States North America East CrossFit East Nashville   3469 in 190 lb
Spencer Panchik     United States North America East CrossFit Mentality        2768 in 190 lb

How to Watch:

To watch the 2023 CrossFit Games, here are the options available:

  • Official CrossFit Games Website: The official CrossFit Games website is a primary source for watching the games. They provide live streaming and updates about the event.
  • CrossFit Games YouTube Channel: The official CrossFit Games YouTube channel will be live-streaming the event. This is a popular platform for fans worldwide to watch the games in real-time.
  • CrossFit Games Facebook Page: The CrossFit Games Facebook page is another platform where you can catch live updates and possibly live streams of the event.

Crossfit Games Latest News

Athlete cuts

After the competition concludes on Friday, August 4, the top 30 teams and the top 30 individual men and women will move forward.

By the end of the competition on Saturday, August 5, only the top 20 teams and the top 20 individual men and women will advance.

Historical Context:

Athlete cuts at the Games are not new. Out of 17 Games, 11 have had cuts. The cut to 30 athletes has been implemented four times in the past.

The CrossFit Games began making cuts in 2009. For six consecutive years, this format was consistent. However, from 2015 to 2018, there were no cuts, meaning 40 men and 40 women started and finished the competition. In 2019, the cuts were significant, reducing the competitors from 141 men and 129 women to just 10 of each.

Last year’s decision to cut to 30 was made to ensure the tests remained challenging. It’s implied that the same reasoning applies to the 2023 cuts.

Workout Hints

CrossFit has announced that a variation of the CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) named “Helen” will be featured in this year’s Games.

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The traditional “Helen” workout consists of:

3 rounds for time of:

  • 400-metre run
  • 21 kettlebell swings (1.5/1 pood, 24/16 kg)
  • 12 pull-ups

The workout at the Games will not be an exact replica of the famous “Helen” workout. Instead, all individual, age-group, and adaptive athletes will perform a version of the benchmark workout “Helen” at the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

A variation of “Helen” was previously seen in 2010, where individual athletes had to complete the pyramid double Helen and shoulder-to-overhead.

What Are the CrossFit Games?

The CrossFit Games are the ultimate proving grounds for the Fittest on Earth™. They are known as the definitive test of fitness and have been broadcasted on various platforms like ESPN, CBS, and other international channels. Athletes from over 120 countries have participated in these games.

Goal of the CrossFit Games:

The aim is to determine the Fittest on Earth. Athletes face a broad range of challenges, and the games reward those who display the most versatile abilities. The competition starts with the worldwide Open, and through various stages, it narrows down to the fittest 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 180 age-group athletes, and 30 adaptive athletes globally.

The Tests:

The CrossFit Games test athletes across multiple domains, movements, and time frames. A champion should be adept at strength, speed, endurance, and skill tests. There are also unique elements in the games that athletes might not be prepared for, emphasizing the need for adaptability and a broad skill set.

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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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