This week is the 2016 CrossFit Games. This is essentially the SuperBowl of CrossFit, where the top athletes in each category throughout the world compete to be considered “The Fittest on Earth.” Like anything else, its only interesting to watch if you have ever done CrossFit.
Anyway, athletes first compete in the open, which everyone in the world can participate in. Then the top athletes in each region advance to regionals, from each region, only the top 5 go to the games. I was curious how the athletes compare cross-regionally. In other words, how does the performance of an athlete in one region, like Matt Fraser, stack up with the performance of an athlete from another region, like Josh Bridges.
Below are my results in order from best to worst. I took the top 6 athletes in each region (just curious to see if a 6th place in one region might have been able to make it in another region). I ranked them all by each even at regionals. In other words, the first column to the right of the athlete’s name is event 1 at regionals. Columns 1-7 are events 1-7. Columns A-G are then the corresponding places for each event. For example, with all these athletes, Matt Fraser took 1ST place in event 1, 3RD place in event 2, etc. The yellow column shows the overall score, with the lowest being the best score.
Of course there are a few flaws in these computations. People always perform up to their competition, so if a great athlete didn’t have much of a push on a competition, it doesn’t equate to someone from a different regional that had great competition. Also, these were spread out over 3 weeks, and the athletes in the later week had a huge advantage in preparing for these events. Either way, fun to look at the numbers.
I have the entire file, but still trying to figure out how to attach on this website.