The CrossFit Games
The road to the CrossFit Games begins with the CrossFit Open. Following the Open, the top competitors participate in the Regional competition. With only a few spots available, only the best of the best at the Regionals proceed to the CrossFit Games held in California each year.
The worldwide CrossFit Open competition is growing quickly since its introduction in 2011.
2013 OPEN AT CROSSFIT CENTRAL HELSINKI
The Open was run from March 6th to April 7th 2013. CFCH had 45 official competitors, all of whom also signed up for our first ever team entry. The group consisted of 11 females and 34 males. Each Saturday during the Open became our competition day and we were lucky to have big crowds attend each week. The atmosphere, combined with the extra kick of the worldwide competition, facilitated many people to set new records and/or surpass their previous expectations. After very consistent results in the 5 workouts the team placed 139th in Europe. For a young gym (14 months) that isn’t competition focused, this was a very pleasing result!
2012 OPEN AT CROSSFIT CENTRAL HELSINKI
In 2012, over 70 000 competitors worldwide put it all on the line over the 5 weeks of competition. The event had 5 workouts, one per week, announced online and participants were are asked to perform to the their limit and post their results online. The workouts are unknown until a few days before.We had 13 official competitors, but all of our remaining members were involved in an unofficial capacity. Given our gym had only been open less than 2 months it was a fantastic result. Each Saturday at 10am we held a special class for those completing the workouts and for others to come and support. Some great photos were taken and can be seen here, and here.
Winter War 2014
The Winter War has continued to develop into the major competition on the Finnish CrossFit calendar. This year the event required a 3 workout, 3 week, qualification to be completed before top 40 athletes were accepted into the competition.
CFCH was able to qualify 3 females; Sonja Lamppu, Tiina Taavela and Stefanie Hagelstam.
The competition itself was contested over two days for the first time. Friday night held two rowing events and Saturday was an all day trial of traditional CrossFit workouts. In front of a sold out crowd at Tampere Arena, our 3 athletes performed exceptionally well and left reasonably satisfied with their results. Of course, being competitive, they have their eye on bigger and better performances next time already!
Tiina 22nd place. Stef 26th place. Sonja 33rd.
Mikko Aronpää won the men’s division for the 3rd time and Saara Laaksonen was crowded female champ for the first time. Full results are here.
The competition was exceptionally well organised and a great example of the what the ‘sport of CrossFit’ can be.
CrossFit Kerava OktooberFest
Sonja Lamppu and Tero Kotilainen represented CrossFit Central Helsinki in this smaller competition held in October 2013. After 3 tough events Sonja finished in 4th place overall and Tero finished in 6th. It was the first competition for both of them and both performed with excellent intensity, technique and attitude.
Karajan Kovin August 2013
Bigger, better and certainly wetter than 2012, the 2013 Karjalan Kovin showcased the rapid improvement in the CrossFit community within Finland. 3 events were open to all competitors and then the top 12 fought out a grueling 3-part final event. This year also introduced a male and female masters division for the over 40 crowd.
CFCH was proudly represented by Robin Tallberg (6th), Markku Luoto (9th) and Tiina Taavela (20th). Sampsa Rinne was also due to compete, but was a last-minute scratching due to work commitments. The male and female champions were Mikko Ojala and Emilia Leppänen with Pete Auvinen and Ulrika Nieminen taking out the masters division.
Winter War 2013
The 2013 Finnish Championships were named the Winter War and once again Björn Kullberg qualified and represented CFCH with pride. Björn completed all 6 events and went on to finish 7th overall. Tiina Taavela, a recent addition to CFCH, also competed well and finished 14th overall. Essi Koskinen and Mikko Aronpää again claimed the titles of Finland’s Fittest, but the 2013 battle represented a huge step forward from the 2012 event. The level of all the men and women competing was impressive and the gap between CrossFit the competitive sport and CrossFit the fitness program continues to spread. Details of the events and the scoreboard can be found here. Some insights from a spectators perspective can be found here. Some photos from the event can be found here.
Finnish SM Jan 2012
The first ever Finnish SM was held in the famous CrossFit Pori. A grueling 6 event single day competition put the best of Finnish CrossFit talent to the test. Mikko Aronpää and Essi Koskinen came out on top, but our own Björn Kullberg performed extremely well to take 5th place in his first ever competition.
Karjalan Kovin September 2012
Held in the Lappeenranta region, this competition is welcoming for all skill levels, but still manages to challenge even the most seasoned CrossFit athletes. The 2012 event was held on Saturday the 1st of September in good conditions. 5 workouts later and again Mikko Aronpää took the top spot. Björn Kullberg and Jarno Kukila represented us well and secured 3rd and 15th place respectively. Björn managed to beat Aronpää in the day’s 4th event – Helen with russian style swings – with a lightning time of 06:40. Watch HERE. Some photos from the day are HERE.
CFCH Open October 2012
Our first in-house competition was held over three weeks in October. With more than half the gym participating in the event the atmosphere was welcoming. 7 different scored events were contested and a wide range of skills and physical abilities were tested.
At the end of the event the men’s division ended in a tie between Jarno Kukila and Robin Tallberg for first place. Ilkka Simula followed them closely.
For the women Heidi Ainola took out first place, followed by Sonja Lamppu and then Salla Redlin.