Get Ready For an Epic Showdown in Miami
WRITTEN BY BRIAN FRIEND
As the second CrossFit sanctioned event of the season approaches all eyes are narrowing in on Miami. If you’re familiar with Wodapalooza, you already know that it’s a fitness-focused, community event with a festival-like atmosphere, nearly 40 competition divisions, and has no shortage of incredible events and speakers making it the premier event for fitness enthusiasts around the world. However, at the end of the weekend, one man, one woman, and one team will stand atop the elite divisions of the podium having earned an invitation to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.
Noah Ohlsen has become synonymous with Wodapalooza. He’s from Miami and has competed there every year since 2012. He won the elite division for three consecutive years from 2015-2017 before having some fun last year competing in the men’s elite division with friends and training partners, Travis Mayer and Will Moorad. That trio took second place. This year, Noah returns to the individual elite division with his eyes set on reclaiming the title at his hometown competition, and of course, earning that coveted ticket to Madison.
Patrick Vellner has never competed at Wodapalooza before and will be a serious threat to prevent Noah from reclaiming his spot atop that podium come Sunday evening. In three years competing as an individual at the CrossFit Games he’s finished third, third, and second. Noah qualified for the Games in each of those years and has never finished ahead of Pat. So the real question might be, is there any reason to believe Noah can beat Pat?
The answer is yes.
In 42 total events at the Games over those three years, Pat has placed ahead of Noah in 26 of them. However, last year the split was only 8-6 in favor of Pat, and the year before that it was even tighter with Pat edging Noah 7-6 across 13 scored events.
Looking at previous WZA workouts, we can assume that one of them will include swimming, and on the swimming events the last three years Noah has gotten the better of Pat:
2018 Madison Triplus: Pat was 21st, Noah was 12th
2017 Run Swim Run: Pat was 36th, Noah was 8th
2016 Ocean Swim: Pat was 35th, Noah was 8th
With such a small sample size, Noah having a decided edge on at least one event, and the added bonus of competing in his home city where he is both comfortable and extremely well supported, fans and spectators have every right to expect a heated battle between these two top performers throughout the weekend in Miami.