The 2023 CrossFit Open is ready to start on Feb. 16, 2023, and the primary exercise — 23.1 — can have a stay announcement in Madrid that day. As is typical of Open exercise bulletins, two elite Particular person male and two elite Particular person feminine rivals will go head-to-head as the primary athletes worldwide to carry out the exercise. They’re:
The announcement for the 23.1 announcement was made through an Instagram put up on the CrossFit Video games web page on Jan. 24, 2023. This text might be up to date when the exercise is introduced on Feb. 16, 2023, on the Caja Mágica Stadium 3 in Madrid, Spain. The principle present begins at 9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT and could be watched stay at video games.crossfit.com.
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Elite Particular person Male Matchup
The elite Particular person male athletes battling it out in Open exercise 23.1 are the eighth and ninth Fittest Males on Earth®: Lazar Đukić and Bjorgvin Karl Guðmundsson, respectively. Đukić has two profession appearances on the CrossFit Video games. He completed ninth in his debut in 2021 and eighth in 2022. Guðmundsson has been a mainstay of the Video games since 2014. In his 9 profession Video games appearances, he’s solely completed exterior the highest 9 as soon as: his debut when he ranked twenty sixth.
Guðmundsson ranked thirty second within the worldwide Open in 2022 and fifth in Europe. Đukić was nicely behind him in each marks: 273rd worldwide within the 2022 Open and 91st in Europe. The hole between them closed within the 2022 Quarterfinals when Guðmundsson ranked first in Europe and Đukić ranked third.
Đukić ranked first to Guðmundsson second on the 2022 CrossFit Lowland Throwdown Semifinal after which remained a single rank aside for the 2022 Video games in Madison, WI. Guðmundsson has been the predominant male European CrossFitter alongside Jonne Koski for the majority of the previous decade, however Đukić is surging within the ranks to make this matchup a must-watch.
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Elite Particular person Feminine Matchup
Horvath had a stellar 2022 CrossFit season. She ranked third on the 2022 CrossFit Video games behind six-time champ Tia-Clair Toomey and runner-up Mal O’Brien. Horvath went on to win the 2022 Rogue Invitational. In her 5 profession appearances on the Video games, she’s reached the rostrum 3 times — second in 2018 and 2021, third in 2022.
Migała has ranked within the prime eight on the Video games over the previous two seasons, ending sixth in 2021 and eighth in 2022. She bested Horvath within the 2022 worldwide Open by 90 ranks — Migała was thirteenth total and fifth in Europe to Horvath’s 103rd worldwide and thirty fourth in Europe.
The pair battled for the highest of the rostrum on the 2022 CrossFit Lowland Throwdown, however Horvath emerged victorious with the general win, and Migała took house the bronze. With Toomey sitting out the 2023 season as she is pregnant together with her first baby, Horvath and O’Brien are the highest contenders to imagine the throne. Nevertheless, Migała has posed a authentic menace to win each contest she’s entered over the previous a number of seasons, and 2023 might be her yr to strike it large.
A restricted variety of tickets will go on sale on Jan. 27, 2023. They’re obtainable to the general public to witness the 23.1 stay announcement in individual. Extra data could be discovered at video games.crossfit.com.
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