The process had some disturbances along the way, including a controversy in east Canada because the CrossFit Trainers who were coordinating the event and deciding the workouts were also three of the top athletes in the region. This gave the possible appearance of unfair advantage or impropriety. One of those three trainers, the petite Jodi Bainbridge, wife of Anthony Bainbridge and co-owner of CrossFit Fredericton, has the national record for Canada for heaviest female deadlift -- at 3 times her bodyweight. When the first workout in the Eastern Canada Qualifier was a one-rep-max deadlift, you can see how the already questionable arrangement of athletes competing in the event ALSO being the organizers of the event, was pronounced enough to stimulate cries of Foul!.
As the Eastern Canada brouhaha played out, Jodi and Anthony and James Fitzgerald ("OPT") removed themselves from that competition, and CrossFit HQ announced a LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER that could be performed by ANYONE, including athletes that had failed to qualify in their own regional qualifiers. The performances on the three workouts are to be recorded on video and submitted via YOUTUBE.
So everyone's been waiting for this final throwdown, and over the next few days, there will be a lot of videos to watch of athletes trying to perform these three workouts within the 24-hour period from the minute they were posted online, which was at 0600 this morning.
FROM the 2009 CrossFit Games website:
There is one last chance to qualify for the 2009 CrossFit Games.
Below are three workouts chosen from the pool of regional qualifiers. All three must be completed before 0600 PDT on May 31st, 2009. They can be performed in any order, spread out throughout the 24 hour period. All three workouts must be videotaped.
Workout 1 (from the MidAtlantic Regional Qualifier)
3 Rounds for time of:
10 Deadlifts (275lbs men / 185lbs women)
For a video description of the standards, click HERE (note that the description of this workout starts at 2:00 into the video)
Workout 3 (from the Northeast Regional Qualifiers)
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 3, 2, 1 reps for time of:
Power Cleans (155lbs for men / 105lbs for women)
Pull-ups (Chest to Bar)
KB Swings (24kg men / 16kg women - A 55lb DB men / 35lb DB women can be substituted if no kettlebell is available)
Description of the standards video ... [wmv] [mov]
To be considered for the Last Chance Qualifier, you must email your times (each workout alone and the total combined for the three) and the link(s) to the video(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org before 0600 PDT on May 31, 2009.