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THREE TEAM INOV-8 MEMBERS MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE 2013 CROSSFIT GAMES
May 2013 (Boston, MA) At this year’s CrossFit Regionals, Team inov-8 was well represented as seven competitors fought for a spot on the podium to take them to the Games. After four weeks of competitions, three are headed to Carson City along with two Masters Competitors for the 2013 CrossFit Games this July.
The 2013 CrossFit Regionals kicked off in the first set of regions on May 17th with some of the most excruciating and intimidating workouts the event has seen to date. Athletes from all over the world rose to the challenge to compete in the three-day competitions that go on to decide the top 3 male, top 3 female, and top 3 teams that move on to the CrossFit Games. Over the past four weeks, athletes in every region attacked the seven event series; each day demanding more of competitors than the last with workouts like “the 100s” featuring 100 wall balls (20#/14#), 100 CTB pull ups, 100 pistols, and 100 dumbell snatches.
Emily Friedman, Shane Farmer and Derek Mohamed will represent Team inov-8 and the Southeast, Southern California and Northeast regions respectively at the 2013 CrossFit Games July.
Placing 6th in the Northeast Regionals in 2012, Emily’s first regionals experience was after only six months of training. The 28 year old former fast-pitch softball player continued to push for a spot on the podium representing her new home state of Georgia at this year’s event. She took third place after finishing five of the seven events in the top ten. Emily took top spot in event three and fifth in the daunting “100s” workout of event four.
“I strategized on the 100′s workout so that by the time I got to pistols, I was pretty fresh and ready to go. I knew that I could be slower off the wall balls and pull-ups and make a lot of ground on the second 2 movements if I didn’t cross the red line.”
Shane Farmer is headed to the Games with Team Invictus again this year for another run at the top team spot after a fourth place finish in 2012. The team took first place at the Southern California regionals and look to keep the momentum going.
The 2013 Games marks Shane’s fourth consecutive year going to the Games, and he “couldn’t be more excited. Every year gets a little bit better and more exciting.”
Fellow team inov-8 member, but also team competitor, Derek Mohamed will take the Games stage with his team, CrossFit New England Team A, who finished second at the Northeast regionals. Despite injury during the regionals, Derek will be able to join his team to compete in July. This year makes his fifth appearance at the Games making him the only man to compete in all CrossFit Games Team competitions (2009-2013).
Each team inov-8 athlete will be putting in hundreds of hours of training leading up to the Games.
In reflecting on her preparation for the Games, Emily commented, “I will be training extremely hard over the next 6 weeks. I like to think of myself as the ‘Dirty South Dark Horse’. A little bit of an underdog, but I plan on making some waves in California.”
Nicola Simpson of Team inov-8 UK and Stacey Kroon of the US team came in fourth place at the European and North East regionals respectively. Despite not placing for the Games, both Nicola and Stacey outpaced much of the competition.
Nicola reflected, “I went into the European CrossFit Regionals event in Denmark aiming for a top-10 finish and an improvement on my placing of 11th from last year. As it turned out, I exceeded all my own expectations and finished 4th.”
The South Central region saw US Team inov-8 athlete Bryan Diaz taking ninth place while Pat Barber took fifth in Northern California.
For the Masters division, Lisa Mikkelsen holds the top spot in the world for the women age 45-49 while Mark Laakso is going into the Games at fifth place for 60+ men.
For more information on Team inov-8 athletes at regionals and in preparation for the Crossfit Games, go to teaminov8.wordpress.com