I had an opportunity to check out the OHS event at yesterday’s Crossfit Games. Sat in the stands a few feet back; we had great seats.
It was awesome to watch…and so humbling. The female athletes easily OHS way more than I can. These athletes are amazing.
When the men came up we were a few feet away from Froning and Panchik. One thing that was great to see was how both of them were watching everyone in their own heat do their lifts. I’m sure there was some “strategery” going on there…Froning is known for this.
Aside: I’m pretty sure Froning’s 400# for the 3rd try was simply a crowd pleaser. I’m not convinced he made an actual, legitimate attempt. Why? On his 2nd rep he already put up 377#, which tied him for first in the event and 1st overall on the leaderboard. He knew that Panchik and Leverich weren’t going for that amount of weight, and thus would not surpass him. So why put up extra weight that doesn’t do him any good? I think he was playing to the crowd. Now…If Hackenbruck had actually made his 400# attempt, well, then it would have been a different story. But I digress…
Back to my point: I love how they were watching everyone and cheering them on during their own lifts. It is, truly, what sets Crossfit apart from many other sports. That desire to see others succeed and achieve personal records, even during competitive events, is a great aspect of what we call the Crossfit Community.
Anyways…loved to have witnessed it last night from just a few feet away…
And we are definitely looking forward to seeing the rest of the weekend unfold before our eyes.
And yeah…Froning is going to take it all. Again. Just like he did Before. And Before that. And Before that. And seriously, he had it even Before that if he could have just climbed that damn rope. Lol.
Loved his statement after his first games…
Announcer: “What are you going to do now?”
Froning: “I guess I’ll go home and work on rope climbs”