The Top Five Men and Women from Week One

By CrossFit on 03.29.11

The results for Open Workout 11.1 are in. So far, we’ve seen a combination of well-known CrossFit athletes and new names finish in the top five. Four of the top five female athletes competed in the 2010 CrossFit Games, while the four of the top five men have never been to the Games. Here’s a quick introduction to these athletes.

Top Five Women

1st: Annie Thorisdottir

Known as Iceland Annie since her debut at the 2009 CrossFit Games, Annie Thorisdottir has consistently demonstrated her elite athleticism and mental toughness. In 2009, Annie’s name spread quickly through the crowd as she led the competition for most of the weekend. She fell behind in the last event as she struggled to perform her first muscle up. In 2010, Annie returned as a women’s competition favorite and earned a 2nd place finish behind Kristan Clever.

Competing alongside the guys at her box in Reykjavik, Iceland, Annie matched the men with eight and a half rounds but knew she could come back for more. She was right. She finished with nine even for the best female score overall.

2nd: Megan John

Standing at 4’10” and weighing 118 lbs., Megan took the hearts of the crowd on the second day of the 2010 North Central Regional as she battled and beat the cut-off time in a chipper that included 20 snatches near her bodyweight. Although she did not make the cut to the Games, Megan proved to the crowds that she has the inner drive of an elite CrossFitter.

3rd: Kristan Clever

After a decisive win at the 2010 CrossFit Games, Kristan has again and again turned out top performance of main site WODs leading some to question whether any woman can rival her. With an assured ticket to the Games, it’s unclear whether Kristan gave this workout her all or if, like Graham Holmberg, she’s taking it easy in the Open.

4th: Julie Foucher

Julie Foucher is a senior biomedical engineering major at the University of Michigan with plans to attend medical school next fall. In addition to earning top marks in school, Foucher has managed to end up in the top 5 at the 2010 CrossFit Games and now the Week 1 workout of the 2011 Open.

5th: Sam Briggs

Working as a firefighter in Manchester, England, Sam Briggs appears to have learned how to give her all even in adverse circumstances. Just a few days before the release of the first Open workout, Sam tore her upper trapezius muscle. Nonetheless, she managed to push out a top-5 performance that surpassed Annie Thorisdottir’s first attempt.  Briggs competed at the 2010 Games and finished 19th overall. A video of Sam’s performance of Workout 11.1 can be found here.

Top Five Men

1st: Rich Froning Jr.

Rich needs no introduction. He was four points ahead of 2010 champ Graham Holmberg going into the final event, until his inefficient rope climb technique caused him to fall to second. This year, Rich has learned how to use his legs on the rope climb, and judging by his 11.1 video, Rich has put on quite a bit of muscle as well. Surprisingly, he's also the only 2010 Games athlete in the top 10 for Workout 11.1. A video of Rich's record performance can be found here.

2nd: David Stowe

A newcomer to CrossFit competition, David was training on his own until a few weeks ago. At the Arnold Classic, he ran into Brian Yoak, the owner of CrossFit Legacy. David told Brian that he'd realized that in order to optimize his performance, he needed to train with the best coaches and athletes. Now David is travelling an hour to train at CrossFit Legacy, the home gym of third place finisher Dan Bailey. David and Dan completed Workout 11.1 in the same heat at CrossFit Legacy. This was their first time ever going head-to-head, but it probably won't be their last. You can watch them here.

3rd: Dan Bailey

Dan finished 5th at the 2010 Central East Regionals after just a few months of training CrossFit on his own. A 400-meter runner in college, Dan made the transition to CrossFit remarkably quickly. Dan has an impressive array of benchmark stats, including a 520 lb. deadlift, 2:19 Fran and 47-second 400-meter run. He was on pace for 10 rounds on Workout 11.1, until he started hitting his jump rope on a chalk bucket in the last minute. Rich, David, and Dan are all from the Central East region, which just may be the most competitive CrossFit region in the world this year.

4th: Adam Jamieson

A self-described "met-con warrior", Adam trains at CrossFit Oahu in Honolulu, Hawaii. Adam finished 3rd at the 2010 Hawaii Sectional and 17th at the fiercely competitive South West Regional. Though personal information on him is hard to come by, our research indicates that Adam is a 24-year old Navy diver assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One. His nickname is "Jamo."

5th: Robert Perovich

Robert is by far the most illustrious of the top 5 athletes. One of the highest-paid male supermodels in the world, Robert was the target of an intense bidding war between Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. Don't let his fashion career deceive you though; Robert's a tough athlete with a background in hockey and boxing. This workout clearly played to his strengths. He has completed 600 consecutive double unders and his 3:50 Annie time is 43 seconds faster than Chris Spealler's.