Elizabeth, Isabel and Fran helped decide who would win the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games. Those familiar with the world of Crossfit will recognize those three names as a “WOD”. “WOD” is short for “Workout of the Day”, except at the Crossfit Games finalists do all three in the same day.
Individual athletes competed in a wide variety of events, over the span of five days, at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games to determine who would be “The Fittest On Earth.” In each event, athletes earned points based on their finishing order. The Athlete with the most points at the final event earns the title and $250,000. It’s one of the rare events that women earn the same as the men. A total of $1 million in prize money was awarded to athletes in 11 divisions, with $30,000 awarded to the top team, and $3,000 awarded to winners in each of the eight Masters divisions.
Iceland’s Annie Thorisdottir, whose last name translates to “Thor’s daughter”, was the odds-on favorite to win the 2012 women’s division and she delivered. A veteran to the Games, Annie finished 28th in 2009, second in 2010 and won in 2011. It should be noted she had only a couple months of experience with Crossfit when she competed in 2009 and a testament to her athletic ability.
“Iceland Annie” credits her gymnastics background in helping her with Crossfit and when asked about her gymnastic background she shared, “it makes your core and everything get stronger, you get more aware of your body.” She was certainly well aware of her body and proved to be stronger than a very competitive field at the 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games. Annie became the first repeat Crosssfit Games champion matched only by her male counter part Rich Froning.
23 year-old Julie Foucher finished in the runner-up position, up from repeat 5th place finishes in 2010 and 2011. Talayna Fortunato rounded out the top three, just four points behind Foucher.
2012 Reebok CrossFit Games
Place / Name /Points
1. Annie Thorisdottir (1062)
2. Julie Foucher (977)
3. Talayna Fortunato (973)
4. Kristan Clever (964)
5. Valerie Voboril (887)
6. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (866)
7. Elisabeth Akinwale (859)
8. Jenny Davis (856)
9. Lindsey Valenzuela (845)
10. Rebecca Voigt (836)
Rich Froning repeated at the men’s champion. Matt Chan and Kyle Kasperbauer finished in second and third respectively.
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