The Reebok CrossFit games will take place from July 22 to July 28 in the quest to determine the fittest man, women and team in the world.
This event is the culmination of an extensive process to find the fittest, as competitors take part in competitions that include: running, lifting weights, climbing ropes, jumping ropes, and gymnastics.
It began with The CrossFit Open Games back in March and April with 140,000 competitors. From there, the top performers advanced to regionals in May and June. Now, all that is left is the CrossFit Games to be held at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Check out some of the highlights from last year to help get warmed up for this upcoming competition.
This year's competition will start off with the masters competition. The features competitors in five age groups: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60 and over.
Then the individual and team competitions will commence.
The top 47 men and 44 women are set to compete in the individual competition and 43 teams are set to give it a go in the team competition.
Check out the vitals for this event, and then I'll break down some of the top athletes.
StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Masters Competition: July 23-25
Individual Competition: July 26-28
Team Competition: July 26-28
ESPN3 will be live streaming events. Here is the schedule:
Friday, July 26 at 12 p.m. ET
Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m. ET
Sunday, July 28 at 11 a.m. ET
In case you are new to ESPN3, CrossFit will help you get set up:
If you want to watch the CrossFit Games at home, make sure your ESPN3 is set up now. http://t.co/gPfITAPZ8n— CrossFit (@CrossFit) July 21, 2013
Top Male Athlete
Rich Froning is the two-time defending champion of this event, and he is in great shape to add a third to that string.
On top of his wins, he was second in his first CrossFit competition in 2010, and would have won that one were it not for his sub-par rope climbing.
Froning's dominance is no secret:
"Rich (Froning) ... we may not see another guy like this for the next hundred years." - Chris Spealler: http://t.co/SzMKNOOsXG— The CrossFit Games (@CrossFitGames) July 13, 2013
Competing in the Central East region, Froning was first in four of the seven events, third in two and fifth in the other. The 26-year-old looks as strong as ever and is the clear favorite.
Top Female Athletes
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (Canada)
In her fourth CrossFit Games, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet looks ready to take the top spot. Qualifying out of the Canada East region, Leblanc-Bazinet posted the best marks of any female competitor in her region in five of the seven events, and he she had the second-best mark in the other two.
At just 5'2" and 130 pounds, her lifting power is shocking, and she excels in events requiring upper-body strength. Of course, the former gymnast also excels at anything requiring those skills.
In fact, she might be able to hold this pose for a week:
Photo: crossfitnessgirls: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet working on gymnastics as the Games quickly approach. Photo... http://t.co/7Vw5YNqKJ3— RampedRevoFit (@RampedRevoFit) July 17, 2013
Samantha Briggs (UK)
Samantha Briggs qualified through the European Regionals, and she was dominant. She was first in four events and third in three.
Suffering from maltracking of her right kneecap, Briggs did not compete in last year's games. However, she is showing no ill effects from that this year.
After all, this does not look like someone dealing with knee pain:
She is a firefighter by profession and appears ready to battle Bazinet for the title.