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Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson went into the Europe Regional as the number 1 favourite. He finished the first day in 19th position, a bad result for an athlete that rarely found himself outside the top 5, but by the end of event 6 he had fought his way back up to fifth and earned his fifth trip to The CrossFit games. 

In this interview with Snorri Bjorns, Bjorgvin explains exactly what happened, the obstacles he had to overcome, how he pulled off this impressive feat and exactly what was going through his mind the entire time. 

Find out more about the Snorri Bjorns Podcast and BK Gudmundsson.

I decided to make the competition exciting this year _ Big thanks to everyone who supported me, encouraged me and cheered me on Berlin. I had to dig deep and push through a lot of pain to claim the fifth and final place for the Games. I´m not sure I would have been able to...

Pat Vellner is the victor in the CrossFit East Regional. He demonstrated consistency and excellence across the board, winning event five and chalking up three second place finishes, and two thirds. The two times Games podium finisher looked untroubled by his competition, but commented on the high level of talent around him.

You can check out all the athletes from the East Regionals that will be at The 2018 CrossFit Games here:

WOMEN
1. @katrintanja 
2. @karipearcecrossfit 
3. @reason.thibault_caro 
4. @_danihoran 
5. @chloegauvindavid 

MEN
1. @pvellner 
2. @trexpaulson 
3. @ckenney34 
4. @alex.caron 
5. @quany_quan 

Katrin Davidsdottir has taken 1st place in 5 out of 6 events at the CrossFit East Regionals. Even Mat Fraser has never dominated to this same degree at Regionals competition. Her lowest place finish was 3rd, and describes herself that she has once again found her fire. For the other top female Games competitors, this is more than simply a great performance, it is a statement that the 2x former CrossFit Games champion wants her crown back. Check out the top 10 placings below.

Katrin almost seemed shocked by her own performance in the post that she created to talk about her victory! 

A little lost for words right now .. just very happy with the weekend

The fve athletes that will be going to The CrossFit Games from the Europe Regionals are:

  1. Roman Khrennikov
  2. Adrian Mundwiler
  3. Lukas Hogberg
  4. Andrey Ganin
  5. BK Gudmundsson
SCHEDULE FOR THE 2018 CROSSFIT REGIONALS

THREE WEEKENDS: MAY 18-JUNE 3

There have been some big changes made to the CrossFit Games Regional format in 2018. Get all the details here.

Week 1: May 18-20, 2018

East Regional: Albany, New York, Times Union Center
Europe Regional: Berlin, Germany, Velodrom
South Regional: Salt Lake City, Utah, Salt Palace Convention Center

Week 2: May 25-27, 2018

Central Regional: Nashville, Tennessee, Music City Center
West Regional: Del Mar, California, Del Mar Arena
Latin America Regional: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Arena Carioca 1

Week 3: June 1-3, 2018

Atlantic Regional: West Palm Beach, Florida, Palm Beach County Convention Center
Meridian Regional: Madrid, Spain, Caja Mágica
Pacific Regional: Sydney, Australia, Qudos Bank Arena

For more information about the CrossFit Regionals, the following text is from games.crossfit.com.

The fittest men, women and teams from each region of the world advance to the second stage of the CrossFit Games season: the Regionals.

CrossFit splits the world into 18 regions. There are eight regions in the United States (North East, Mid Atlantic, South East, Central East, North Central, South Central, West Coast and South West) and 10 international regions (Canada East, Canada West, South America, Central America, Asia, Australasia, Middle East Africa, Europe North, Europe South and Europe Central). Athletes are placed in their region during...

Annie Thorisdottir is the Europe Champion! She took second place in the final event behind Laura Horvath. 

The five women from Europe that will advance to the CrossFit Games are, in order of how they placed:

  1. Annie Thorisdottir
  2. Laura Horvath
  3. Sara Sigmundsdottir
  4. Kristin Holte
  5. Camilla Salomonsson
SCHEDULE FOR THE 2018 CROSSFIT REGIONALS

THREE WEEKENDS: MAY 18-JUNE 3

There have been some big changes made to the CrossFit Games Regional format in 2018. Get all the details here.

Week 1: May 18-20, 2018

East Regional: Albany, New York, Times Union Center
Europe Regional: Berlin, Germany, Velodrom
South Regional: Salt Lake City, Utah, Salt Palace Convention Center

Week 2: May 25-27, 2018

Central Regional: Nashville, Tennessee, Music City Center
West Regional: Del Mar, California, Del Mar Arena
Latin America Regional: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Arena Carioca 1

Week 3: June 1-3, 2018

Atlantic Regional: West Palm Beach, Florida, Palm Beach County Convention Center
Meridian Regional: Madrid, Spain, Caja Mágica
Pacific Regional: Sydney, Australia, Qudos Bank Arena

For more information about the CrossFit Regionals, the following text is from games.crossfit.com.

The fittest men, women and teams from each region of the world advance to the second stage of the CrossFit Games season: the Regionals.

CrossFit splits the world into 18 regions. There are eight regions in the United States (North East, Mid Atlantic, South East, Central East, North Central, South Central, West Coast and South West) and 10 international regions (Canada East, Canada West, South America, Central...

Katrin Davidsdottir has now secured 3 Event wins at The CrossFit East Regional.

If you have any problems with the video then click to 01:43:35 for the action. 

2018 East Regional: Individual Event 4 Individual Event 4 of the 2018 East Regional. BOXROX is sponsored by image/svg+xml

Brute Strength teamed up with Bodybuilding.com and Mark Bell Slingshot to explore that question, bringing you a competition like never seen before. For the next three weeks they will be releasing new episodes, where the athletes go head to head in a wide range of sports.

Meet the competitors:
  • Jacob Heppner – CrossFit Games Athlete, 2016 7th Fittest Man in the World
  • Steve Gentilli – Elite Powerlifter
  • Lawrence Ballenger – Fitness Model and Super Heavyweight Bodybuilder
  • Luis Javier Mosquera – Weightlifter, Bronze Medalist at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro

In the final episode of this series of the Brute Showdown, the athletes complete the last five events — and someone leaves with a big badge of respect.

In this episode, the competitors complete these events:

6. Football Combine

7. Soccer Ball Dribble

8. Football Throw

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Here is Sara Sigmundsdottir and the rest of the European athletes in the final heat of Event 4.

If you have any problems with the video the action starts at 01:49:31

2018 Europe Regional: Individual Event 4 Event 4 of the 2018 Europe Regional. Gepostet von The CrossFit Games am Samstag, 19. Mai 2018

The race between Sara and Annie was amazing! 

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Sara Sigmundsdottir takes victory in Linda at the Europe Regionals.

“The final heat of women came out of the gates for Linda at a brisk pace. Annie Thorisdottir  led early, but then came the eights. Sara Sigmundsdottir  put the blinders on and hit the gas, executing a seemingly flawless plan and earning her seventh career event win with a time 12:53.”

@sarasigmunds reppin’ out the eights in Linda like it’s her job. (It is) #EuropeRegional • #CrossFitRegionals A post shared by The CrossFit Games (@crossfitgames) on May 18, 2018 at 9:08am PDT

The UK Athlete raced through the final sets of pistols with BK Gudmundsson chasing him down. Mitch kept his cool and rapidly completed the last part of the workout and clocked up an impressive time of 8:33.67

@mitch_adamsz and four-time Games qualifier @bk_gudmundsson woke up Saturday morning outside the top 10. Both men had their own obstacles to face in Event 3’s muscle-up, handstand walk and pistol event. Adams set a strong pace but could not separate from Gudmundsson, who took a late lead on the last traverse of the handstand walk obstacles. However, Mitchell was able to out duel BKG on the final round of pistols to earn the event win (8:33). @doooker #EuropeRegional #CrossFitRegionals #CrossFitGames A post shared by The CrossFit Games (@crossfitgames) on May 19, 2018...

All the action from the CrossFit East Regional. Katrin Davidsdottir is absolutely smashing aside the competition with two first place finishes in triple 3 and Linda. Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault has been chasing her heels, achieving second place each time.

Focused and on a mission. Two-time CrossFit Games champion @katrintanja wins Triple 3 with an unofficial time of 41:10. The 2017 #EastRegional winner, @reason.thibault_caro, followed close behind to take second. – “I love competing,” Davíðsdóttir says. – @antlucicphotography | #EastRegional | #CrossFitRegionals | #CrossFitGames | #CrossFit A post shared by The CrossFit Games (@crossfitgames) on May 18, 2018 at 12:09pm PDT

Katrin during event 2

So to refresh your memory, here are the events for the Europe CrossFit Regionals.

The day was a combination of cardiovascular endurance and strength under fatigue.

Event 1 

On the Women’s side, 19-year old Gabriela Migala took the win with Laura Horvarth coming in second. The young athlete completed the event in 40:15.08. Kristin Holte made up an impressive amount of ground on the 3 mile run and finished in 3rd with a time of 40:52.18.

Sara Sigmundsdottir and Annie Thorisdottir raced neck and neck with Sara eventually beating her icelandic counterpart. Laura Horvath maintained a blistering pace throughout the entire event.

Annie Thorisdottir, Sara Sigmundsdottir and Thuridur Helgadottir  all gathered round Bjork Odinsdottir whilst she raced out the final metres on the trueform runner. They shouted encouragement to their fellow icelandic competitor as Bjork finished the run. She stumbled off the runner and collapsed from fatigue as the horn signaled the end of the event. 

In the Men’ event, PD Savage put in a hugely determined performance, and his fire and focus is clear to see when he competes. Roman Khrennikov also looked strong throughout the entirety of event 1, and sits in a well deserved first place after the first day of competition. Lukas Hogberg finished in third and looked confident and focused whilst competing. Event 1 winner Sigurd Prastarson put himself through a lot of pain to...

James Hobart is officially out of the East Regional.

Hobart broke the fifth metatarsal of his right foot kicking out of a handstand walk over some stacks of plates. He tried to run it off, but it didn’t feel great. The next day, it was worse.

“I woke up and my foot was like an eggplant,” Hobart says.

Austin Malleolo has seen the foot without the boot and was more blunt: “It’s -f****** gross.”

Hobart is taking the injury in stride, and he’s looking at the big picture.

“If this had happened four years ago, I’d probably be an emotional wreck. … My life is pretty full right now and doesn’t change if I don’t get to workout at Regionals.”

—James Hobart, eight-time CrossFit Games athlete (team and individual)

@jameshobart is officially out of the #EastRegional. Hobart broke the fifth metatarsal of his right foot kicking out of a handstand walk over some stacks of plates. He tried to run it off, but it didn’t feel great. The next day, it was worse. “I woke up and my foot was like an eggplant.” @amalleolo has seen the foot without the boot and was...
CrossFit Regionals Event 1

For time

  • 3,000-m row
  • 300 double unders
  • 3-mile run

19-year old Gabriela Migala took the win with Laura Horvarth coming in second. The young athlete completed the event in 40:15.08.

Kristin Holte made up an impressive amount of ground on the 3 mile run and finished in 3rd with a time of 40:52.18.

Sara Sigmundsdottir and Annie Thorisdottir raced neck and neck with Sara eventually beating her icelandic counterpart.

Annie Thorisdottir, Sara Sigmundsdottir and Thuridur Helgadottir  all gathered round Bjork Odinsdottir whilst she raced out the final metres on the trueform runner. They shouted encouragement to their fellow icelandic competitor as Bjork finished the run. She stumbled off the runner and collapsed from fatigue as the horn signaled the end of the event. 

Not sure how to watch the events? Check this out:

How to Watch The 2018 CrossFit Regionals – Europe, South & East

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How did you get into CrossFit? Do you come from a sporting background?

A friend of mine told me about it and he said that I’d be great at it so I couldn’t miss out on the fun. When I was a kid I did a lot of track and field and I really liked running.

How do you feel about the forthcoming Regionals?

I’m ready.

Stand by… – – @crossfitgames #5days A post shared by Anna Fragkou (@annafragkou_crossfit) on May 12, 2018 at 2:18am PDT

How do you feel about the way that the Regionals have been restructured this year?

I don’t think it matters to be honest, for me there’s no difference at all.

Which event are you most excited about?

I really like Linda, Event 3 with the gymnastics movements. All the workouts are very interesting and exciting,the standards every year are getting higher and higher.

On Friday, the regional round of Reebok CrossFit Games 2018 kicks off in three regions: US East, US South and Europe. European Regionals are held in Berlin, the capital of Germany, from 18th to 20th May. Watch out for part 3 featuring the athletes from the UK.

10 Top Athletes at The Europe Regionals [See image gallery at www.boxrox.com]

*Photos courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

 

The post Part 2 – 10 Inspiring Athletes To Watch at The Europe CrossFit Regionals appeared first on BOXROX.

This weekend the 2018 CrossFit Regionals will kick off in Europe, the South and the East regions. Check out which athletes will be competing in each competition:

 The South

 The East

 Europe

The events will run as follows.

*information courtesy of CrossFit Inc

2018 CROSSFIT REGIONALS EVENTS

Individual

Team

HOW TO WATCH 2018 REGIONALS

There are a selection of ways to catch all the action. Every heat will be broadcast live on Facebook LiveGames.CrossFit.comCBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App

WATCH ON THE GAMES SITE

Every heat of every event of the Regionals will stream live on Games.CrossFit.com. The Games player allows you to seamlessly switch between live events on mobile, tablet or desktop devices. The archived footage will allow you to rewatch the competition or catch up on what you missed.

Bookmarks for all the key moments in every heat will be created so you can jump to the right moment to watch your favorite athlete or team compete, or tune in just to see Mat Fraser take the other competitors to school...

Bethany Shadburne: “My athletic background/accomplishments…..8 years gymnastics, 3 year’s bodybuilding, 4 triathlons, multiple half marathons and years of personal training. I started Crossfit in 2015 doing local competitions. In 2016 I got on board with Black Magic Training created by Jared Astle and Jenn Jones (Astle) which helped me accelerate my Crossfit career by allowing me to win the Rx division at Wodapalooza in 2017, 4th place at the Austin Fittest Games and 1st in the 2017 South Central Open which put me top 20 in the world.”

“Aside from my fitness background and accomplishments I want to be remembered for always smiling, being humble and being a positive influence on people.”

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In 2017, Tennil Beuerlein lead the CrossFit Games late in the competition. She was the first US woman at the Crossfit Games to be out front on a Saturday since 2010. Tennil won the south Regional last year and finished in 6th place at The CrossFit Games. 

How did you get into CrossFit? Do you come from a sporting background?

A friend of mine encouraged me to go with her. I like trying new things so I was all about it. I have tried so many different sports (basketball, track, cross country, rugby, soccer, swimming.. etc) It was fun to find a new challenge.

Check out Tennil Beuerlein in Road to the Games 18.03

How do you feel about the forthcoming Regionals?

I’m really excited about regionals! I’m super nervous and ready to get it started. The events are a lot tougher this year and I think it will be a great test of fitness and resilience.

How do you feel about the way that the Regionals have been restructured this year?

It’s a lot more volume than we have seen in the past so I think people are going to struggle with it, but the few who have been to the games will have seen it before. I also wish my regional wasn’t in elevation.

Which event are you most excited about?

I am a little curious to see how the hand standing walking over obstacles workout goes. I love that kind of stuff and I find that workout very...

This is the first part of an article series that will look extensively at the European Regional Athletes. Who else do you think will make an impact this year?

BJORGVIN KARL GUDMUNDSSON

The top favorite, advancing from the first place in Open in Europe North (12th worldwide), is Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson from Iceland. Björgvin already competed in the CrossFit Games finals three times and in 2015 he finished third behind Ben Smith and Mathew Fraser. Last year he took the eight place in Madison.

Heavy snatching as part of this tuesdays AM session. Not the best snatches I’ve done but sometimes you’ve just got to do the cooking while the pan is hot – @virusintl @xendurance @rpstrength A post shared by Björgvin K. Guðmundsson (@bk_gudmundsson) on Apr 17, 2018 at 6:21am PDT

Björgvin was competitive since childhood. He did gymnastics for nine years and he also...