Individual Event 2 Recap

By CrossFit on 07.29.11

After the metabolic beatdown of Event 1 at Santa Monica Pier, the athletes headed to the Track for Event 2, a skill test composed of a max L-sit, a softball throw for distance, and a handstand walk. With the emphasis on skills, many otherwise-capable athletes revealed their weaknesses.

The L-sit has long been a staple movement in CrossFit training, but it’s never before been tested at the Games. The standard required participants to support themselves on parallettes and start with their legs extended in front of them on bumpers. As soon as their feet lowered to come in contact with the plates, the hold was over.

Surprisingly, Jason Khalipa won this event with a 51-second hold. As a larger athlete, he was not expected to out-perform the smaller athletes on a gymnastic movement, but the 2008 champ ended up besting the field by 3 seconds. Another larger athlete, Nate Schrader, tied for 3rd with a 47-second hold. Schrader was hoping for a higher finish after taking 37th on Event 1, largely due to weak chest-to-bar pull-ups. 

On the women's side, long-time CrossFitter Annie Sakamoto held her legs out perfectly straight for 1:02, winning the event. Kristan Clever finished tied for 2nd after posting a 1:00 hold, and gymnast Gretchen Kittelberger matched the 2010 champ.

On the softball throw, former pitcher Spencer Hendel won the contest by more than 20 feet, with a massive throw of 258 feet 9 inches. Jared Davis, another former ballplayer, came in 2nd with 238 feet 1 inch. 

The throw required athletes to be not only powerful, but also accurate, as throws that went to the right of the judges did not count. Thirteen men did not record a single successful throw in either of their two attempts, among them was Event 1 winner Josh Bridges. 

Michelle Kinney, a former University of Mississippi softball player, sent the ball far down the field — beating many of the men — prompting emcee Travis Bagent to yell, "She's got a cannon on her!" 

Jessica Pamanian, a University of California, Berkeley, softball player also chucked the ball far down the field. Jenny Labaw, Michele Letendre, and rugby player Angie Pye also sent the ball flying.

Some of the international athletes appeared to be at a disadvantage in the softball throw. Annie Thorisdottir's approach to the line was nervous and stilted, and despite her strength and finesse in most movements, the ball didn't go far. A few athletes from the U.S. also suffered on the softball throw. Over the next year, CrossFitters will likely pay more attention to Glassman's mantra to "regularly learn and play new sports."

Thorisdottir and Elisabeth Akinwale showed mastery of body control and strength as they surpassed the top male athletes in the handstand walk. Both walked almost the full length of the field, with Elisabeth going 192 feet 1 inch and Annie breaking 205 feet and making it close to the logs near the edge of the field. Surprisingly, neither woman is small. Akinwale, a former collegiate gymnast, is 5'7" and 160 lb., and Thorisdottir is 5'7" and 147 lb. 

Rich Froning, Chris Spealler, and Pat Barber led the men, but only cleared about three-quarters the distance of the top women. 

To see all the stats for the Skills tests, go here

Next up for the Individual competitors: Event 3, a couplet of rope climbs and clean and jerks that will take place in the Stadium.

For complete results updated constantly, visit the Scoreboard.

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Posted at 11:05 PM PDT on August 5, 2011

eric p, you obviously aren't a true dedicated crossfitter, because every reason you give just makes you look stupid and ignorant.
10 Aspects of Fitness:
Cardio/resp endurance
Stamina
STRENGTH
Flexibility
POWER
Speed
COORDINATION
Agility
Balance
ACCURACY

end of argument.

Posted at 1:02 PM PDT on July 31, 2011

(Ben)....im glad you understand...hope your team continues doing well!!

Posted at 9:52 AM PDT on July 30, 2011

this is my formal apology to all olympic lifters for any crossfitter that feels throwing a softball for distance belongs in a fitness competition......im sorry....

Posted at 9:49 AM PDT on July 30, 2011

"no" buisness.....sorry for the spelling errors....i was up late perfecting my triple jump at the track....that was after i finished the pole vault.....

Posted at 9:45 AM PDT on July 30, 2011

im sorry....just because you can throw hard or far doesnt equate to being fit....now if you excuse...im in the middle of practicing standing on my head for time .....im doing this after i spun around a baseball bat 10 times and got real dizzy....i hope they add this to regionals next year!!!

Posted at 9:41 AM PDT on July 30, 2011

Here are a few that get or got paid millions of dollars.....CC Sabathia, Lisa Fernandez, David Wells, and Fernando Valenzuela....now great pitchers in their day....i dont think you will see any of these specimens of fitness doing muscle ups anytime soon....you may see them at a local Krispy Kreme pickin up a few dozen donuts while they perfect how hard they can throw a ball. it doesnt take a rocket scientist or a glassman kiss ass to figure out.....just because you can hard or far doesnt mean your in shape!! has know buisness being in a crossfit competition wod ....ever!

Posted at 9:34 AM PDT on July 30, 2011

In other news, next year it is rumored there will be fishing and hula-hoop for time. Hooray to redefining fitness???

Posted at 7:20 AM PDT on July 30, 2011
Andres S

Event 2 is a great event between two intense WODs that tests some of the precepts of CrossFit, i.e. making sure all 10 physical skills are tested and being versatile in a variety of sports.
(Erik G/Eric P. - obviously you don't know how hard L-sits are and what it takes to develop a 1 minute hold. Regarding the ability to throw a ball - Well there are a few out there that get paid millions for the ability to do this well. So obviously this is a skill that is highly valued in sports. Besides - throwing something hard and accurately has been an important skill for 1000s of years. It used to be that you didn't eat if you didn't do this well. So go to the Taco Bell drive thru, stuff your face, go back to the couch and keep talking. When you start "doing" versus "yapping" you might realize what it takes to do this WOD.)

Posted at 9:15 PM PDT on July 29, 2011

who are the punks wearing gloves during the rope climbs. what a joke.

Posted at 8:13 PM PDT on July 29, 2011

Many of you are clearly missing the 10 aspects of fitness that glassman clearly defined from the beginning. Coordination, Accuracy, and Power are a clear example in the Softball Throw.

Posted at 7:30 PM PDT on July 29, 2011
Erik G

Softball throws and L-sits..."the fittest on earth", c'mon. Crossfit needs to quite trying to see how creative they can be with programming. I'm sorry, but softball throws and l-sits are a poor representation of what cross fit athletes are capable of.

Posted at 5:52 PM PDT on July 29, 2011

LOVE the 2011 games WOD's - CrossFit just keeps getting better every year. Cheers to Glassman and his crew for another amazing event. Dave Castro and Tony Budding are remarkable. The programming is genius. Thank you CrossFit HQ.

Posted at 5:17 PM PDT on July 29, 2011
Demitrius U

100 % agree with you Eric. Glassman is a tool and this workout makes crossfit look terrible. Glad to see not everyone out there is a sheep who follows blindly.

Posted at 4:55 PM PDT on July 29, 2011
Terry P

Eric P. "if that is your reaallll nammmmmeeeee." Just because you can name all of the hero workouts alphabetically while blindfolded in your mother's basement, doesn't make you some sort of authority on what fitness is, or how to construct a sound business model. Enjoy the FREE (though intermittent) broadcast and go learn to throw a ball.

Posted at 4:21 PM PDT on July 29, 2011

"world's fittest" is a very broad term. So far it's a great test. You guys are nuts about the sellout crap. You're just looking for a fight. But that, too, is the spirit of Cf I guess

Posted at 4:06 PM PDT on July 29, 2011

btw....ur mantra....is bullshit!!! .....this was "our sport" til reebok ruined this shit!!!......crying ass shame!!! dont hand me some lame ass quote about learning new shit.....i dont pay a gym membership...with all certified trainers..to help me launch softballs for distance....there is no skill in that....it takes more skill to serve a volleyball than throw a softball for distance......its a fuckin joke and if the kiss ass writing this article cant see that...then he doesnt do crossfit...

Posted at 3:44 PM PDT on July 29, 2011

This wod is a complete joke....its not in the true spirit of crossfit....its an embarrassment to the athletes that didnt make it to cali to have to watch some lame shit like this. Reebok is a joke...and if i wanted to launch softballs for distance i would play softball at your local YMCA....whats next pin the tail on the donkey...Mr. Glassman....u created this shit...now fix it..!! oh wait...u sold out...i forgot....ill keep my chuck taylors...you can prance around in lame ass uniforms wearing reelflex tennis shoes!! ....maybe you can go sit in a bar and come up wth more lame ass wods! .....sad day for crossfit!!!

Posted at 3:38 PM PDT on July 29, 2011