Dubai: Monday 30th July 2012 – For the second consecutive year, 24-year-old Rich Froning Jr. and 22-year-old Annie Thorisdottir have earned the titles of Fittest Man and Woman on Earth™ after beating some of the world’s top athletes at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games. In front of a sell-out crowd, Froning Jr., from Cookeville, Tenn., and Thorisdottir, from Reykjavik, Iceland, emerged as victors after four gruelling days of competition at Camp Pendleton and the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., this weekend to each win a piece of the $1 million prize purse.
Going into the final day of competition, Froning Jr. and Thorisdottir had both built commanding leads over the field of 46 men and 45 women. The two were powered by consistent overall performance during the weekend and one first-place finish each before the final day of competition. While Froning Jr. and Thorisdottir both repeated as champions, notching additional individual event victories on the final day of the competition, they were joined on the podium by CrossFitters who hadn’t placed in the event previously. In the Men’s Individual category, 34-year-old Matt Chan from Denver, Colo., a competitor in five previous Games and the oldest podium finisher in the history of the Games, placed second, and 30-year-old Kyle Kasperbauer from Omaha, Neb., placed third. For the Women, 23-year-old Julie Foucher from Ann Arbor, Mich., who placed fifth in the 2011 and 2010 competitions, took second, and 31-year-old Talayna Fortunato from Naples, Fla., a first-time competitor, placed third.
“Going into a competition, my goal is always to win, but winning again this year is so emotional,” said Thorisdottir. “I had searched for a long time to find a sport that I could compete in and that was right for me, and when I found CrossFit, I felt like I was home. The support we get from the CrossFit community and the crowd at the Games really helps keep us going!”
Froning Jr. said, “You never know what you’re going to get coming into the CrossFit Games, which is why I try to train for absolutely everything. Every year CrossFit throws something different at you, and you have to try to be physically and mentally prepared for everything.”
The sixth annual CrossFit Games featured 15 workouts designed to test overall physical preparedness based on the ten principles of physical fitness: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, ﬂexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. This year’s competition had a balance of the known and the unknown: some workouts were announced a week in advance, while others were announced only minutes before they would begin. Some workouts, like the sledgehammer workout called the Double Banger, introduced a never-seen-before piece of equipment, while the last three workouts were some of the most iconic CrossFit workouts: the “Girls” Elizabeth, Isabel and Fran.