Last week we announced that one of CrossFit’s legends, Josh Bridges, announced his attempt to return to the CrossFit Games in 2020. Now, CrossFit Filthy150 has announced that another one of CrossFit’s OGs, Dan Bailey, would be attempting to make a comeback as well, competing at the Filthy150 sanctional in November. Bailey will compete as an elite individual in Dublin, Ireland, making his first competitive appearance after a series of tough injuries have kept him away from qualifying for the big event in Madison, WI.
With 5-years of Games experience as an individual athlete and arguably some of the most impressive performances in the Open (beating Rich Froning in 2011), there’s no doubt that this CrossFit favorite is backed by an impressive list of accomplishments. However, at the age of 35 and a lengthy 5-year gap standing in his way, many wonder if he’ll be able to pull it off.
Following his best performance at the CrossFit Games and leaving with a 4th place finish in 2015, this beloved athlete missed qualifying for the Games just one year later – the first time since 2010. Misfortune followed him for several years after, suffering from some weighty injuries like tearing his quad, undergoing surgery on his labrum, and a pectoral injury.
The Filthy150 sanctionals event will take place on November 22-24. Of course, we can’t be sure if this former Games athlete will qualify for the Games next year. However, it will no doubt be a fun one to watch as Dan Bailey competes once again.
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