Teams of 4 Take Miami
Written by Brian Friend
The WZA Elite Team of 4 Competition is a Must Watch Event
The new CrossFit Games Team format allows for athletes from anywhere to come together and compete in the Sanctioned events for an opportunity to earn an invitation to the Games in Madison this August. The depth of the field at Wodapalooza is what the CrossFit community has been waiting years to see; even if they haven’t known it. Thirteen teams will take the floor in Miami, and collectively it might end up being the deepest, strongest, field of athletes we’ll see in a team competition at any point this year, including at the Games.
Of the 52 athletes who will be on the competition floor 26 of them (half the field!) have previously qualified for the Games individually, 18 others have been to the Games as part of a Team, and the other 8 each have Regional experience. There is not a single inexperienced, or unqualified athlete in this field.
There was no qualifier for the elite co-ed teams of 4 in Miami, instead, teams were invited to send a resume to our competition directors and were then selected to be in this elite field. The field of teams competing in Wodapalooza is the most talented field we’ve ever seen. However, come Sunday, only one team can claim a ticket to Madison. These are three teams to keep an eye on throughout the weekend.
WZA Teams to Watch
The field of teams competing in Wodapalooza is the most talented field we’ve ever seen. However, come Sunday, only one team can claim a ticket to Madison. These are three teams to keep an eye on throughout the weekend.
CrossFit Mayhem Freedom
Four-time individual champion, three-time team champion, and nine-time podium finisher Rich Froning brings a lot of clout to the competition,. A major question many had once the new format was revealed is whether Rich would recruit teammates from outside Mayhem. Rich has a ton of qualities that draw people to him, but the one that shines through? Loyalty.
This man likely could have asked anyone around the world to join his team, but he’ll be taking the floor with people he knows and trains with every day. Tasia Persevecz returns from the team that won at the Games last summer. Kristin Miller, who had previously been on CrossFit Mayhem Independence will be replacing Lindy Barber. And Dre Strohm, a long time regional athlete who many also might know as the ‘fittest cameraman on the planet’ will be on the other side of the lens at last as he takes the floor stepping in with the absence of Matt Hewett.
When it comes to team competition it’s been known for some time that capable men can get you so far, but without elite level women alongside them, teams will falter in the end. Team MisFit has the women to help put them in contention at Wodapalooza.
Chyna Cho (6 times CF Games athlete) and McKenzie Riley (3 times CF Games athlete) have more than just individual experience at the CF Games, they are both regulars at Wodapalooza. Chyna, who historically has competed in the elite women’s team division, has been on the winning team for two straight years in Miami. McKenzie was on the podium last year in the individual competition where she took third.
Jordan Cook (3 times Games athlete) and Chandler Smith (whose team just took second place in Dubai) have plenty of experience, strength, and ability to compliment the women on this team be in contention throughout the weekend.
Team Lesser Evil (Invictus)
The champions from Dubai had already committed to competing in Wodapalooza and will indeed be showing up to throw down in Miami. With all the pressure off their backs having already secured a ticket to the CrossFit Games it will be both fun and exciting, to watch this team featuring Lauren Fisher, Rasmus Andersen, Regan Huckaby, and Tommy Vinas compete against this deep and talented field.
If there were ever a team competition to follow or get excited about, Wodapalooza is that event.