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Patrick Vellner wins the final event of the day. Photo: CrossFit Games

CrossFit Games 2022: leader board confusion and weather delays disrupt opening, as events moved to day 2

  • Fans and athletes alike were confused as judges lost count of how many laps the athletes had completed during the opening bike workout
  • Events have been postponed to Thursday following weather delays

The CrossFit Games 2022 opening day was marred by confusion and chaos during the first workout. Athletes and fans were unsure who had done how many laps and the organisers had to adjust the scores after the event, when they reviewed the footage.

Then the next event was delayed because of bad weather and postponed to Thursday.

Overall, after three events, Mallory O’Brien and Ricky Garard are leading in the women’s and men’s categories respectively, with 2021 champion Justin Medeiros hot on Garard’s heels. O’Brien meanwhile is followed by Emma Lawson and Arielle Loewen.

Event one

The opening workout, called “Bike to work”:

For time:

  • 75 toes-to-bars

  • 5-mile bike

  • 75 chest-to-bar pull-ups

  • 5-mile bike

The bike rides were done around a one mile lap, and athletes, judges and fans lost count of who was on what lap.

Danielle Brandon seemed to come from the back to finish 8th in the women’s event, but it later transpired that had not completed her fifth lap. The scores were later adjusted as a result.

Danielle Brandon competing in the Coliseum. Photo: 2022 CrossFit Games

In the end, the top three finishers were Haley Adams, Tia-Clair Toomey and Emma Lawson

The men’s side was equally confusing. It appeared as of Jonne Koski was in the lead, and when Garard finished the event first, fans were wondering if he’d missed the bike lap.

It took two hours for organisers to confirm Garard had won, with Koski second and Medeiros third.

Event two

As athletes prepared for the second event, bad weather set in and organisers eventually took the decision to postpone them to Thursday, which was previously scheduled as a rest day.

The second individual event, and two teams will take place on Thursday after the opening ceremony.


Event three

Events three and four went ahead, as they were indoors, in the stadium known as the Coliseum.

The Speed Skill Medley – a complicated competition saw athletes whittled down to just five for the final round.

Quarter final Round:

  • 3/2 pegboard ascents

  • 75 unbroken single-undoers

  • 10 unbroken single-leg squats, left

  • 10 unbroken single-leg squats, right

  • Handstand walk course

20 fastest athletes advance

Semi-final Round:

  • 2/1 strict pegboard ascents

  • 50 unbroken double-undoers

  • 10 unbroken single-leg squats, left

  • 10 unbroken single-leg squats, right

  • Handstand walk course, pirouette start

5 fastest athletes advance

Final Round:

  • 1 strict pegboard ascent

  • 25 double-under crossovers

  • 10 unbroken single-leg squats, left

  • 10 unbroken single-leg squats, right

  • Handstand walk course, low start

  • Time cap: 3-3-3 minutes


The confusion from event one seemed not to effect Brandon, who redeemed herself to win. The top three were Brandon, Rebecca Fuselier and Emma Lawson.

On the men’s side, Nick Mathew, Guilherme Malheiros and Medeiros finished as the top three.

Event four

The final event of the day was a hard fought contest called Elizabeth Elevated:

  • 21-15-9-9-9 reps for time of:

  • Squat cleans

  • Dips with parallel bar traverses

Women: 95lb cleans

Men: 135lb cleans

Patrick Vellner, a veteran of seven CrossFit Games and last year’s runner up, made his experience count. He was in the final heat and snatched victory by almost 40 seconds.

In second and third were Bjorgvin Karl Gumundsson and Colten Mertens respectively.

On the women’s side, Arielle Loewen, Kara Saunders and Mallory O’Brien finished as the top three.