With the 2019 CrossFit Games Open coming to a close we'd like to highlight a few of our VTeam Athletes performance during the Open.
This year's open was the first of its kind, operating under a new qualifying format. In previous years when competing during the Open, top athletes in each of the 18 worldwide regions would move on to another competition called, Regionals. From regionals, the season culminates into the Reebok CrossFit Games. At this point in the season, the field has been trimmed down from hundreds of thousands of athletes in the Open to the world's fittest 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 80 teenagers, and 240 masters.
Under the new Open format, the top male and female from every country with a CrossFit affiliate will receive an invitation to the Games as well as the top 20 ranked Men & Women in the world.
Jason Carroll former 2017 CrossFit Games Athlete is looking to make his return to the 2019 Games. Heading into the final week of the CrossFit Open Jason is in 11th place worldwide and on the brink of making his return to the CrossFit Games. He attributes a lot of his success to his extensive knowledge from the past 10 years of coaching and his education in Strength/Conditioning & Biomechanics that he received from Cal State Fullerton. Jason states, "There is no 'luck' in the sport of fitness; you have either done the work both mentally and physically or not." Jason has placed as high as 3rd place during week one of this year's open. Jason makes his return to the CrossFit Games after finishing 12th worldwide in this year's Open. Be on the lookout as Jason looks to make some noise at this year's Games in Madison, WI.
VTeam Athlete Bjorgvin Gudmundsson is currently the reigning 4x Icelandic Open Champion. BKG has qualified as an individual and competed at the Reebok CrossFit games the past four years with as high as a third-place finish in 2015, and fifth place in 2017. This year BKG has started the 2019 CrossFit Season off with a bang heading into the final week of the open sitting in second place worldwide. Games bound, VTeam Athlete BKG is now the 5x Icelandic CrossFit Champion and has punched his ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games.
Julie Hougård Nielsen, is a full-time medical student and CrossFit athlete. After a first-place finish in the Open in Denmark, Julie has punched her ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games this August in Madison, WI.
Cassidy Lance over the years has become a household name within the CrossFit community. Her passion and drive for the sport have made her a fan favorite amongst CrossFit enthusiasts. Cassidy has qualified for the CrossFit Games five consecutive years finishing as high as 10th place in 2018. Cassidy entered this year's CrossFit Games Open as the reigning Women's CrossFit Open Champion. Entering the final week of the CrossFit Games Open Cassidy has truly displayed her character by battling back from sitting in 1649th place to now 57th place. Cassidy will be making her final attempt to qualify for the Games through the open this week.