I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for life – and sport – to get back to normal.
The continuing Coronavirus pandemic is impacting sporting events worldwide. The 2020 Olympics have been postponed for the first time since World War II. European football (“soccer” to us Americans) halted in the Spring, and players are now on the pitch without any fans in the stands.
Likewise, our beloved CrossFit Games are seeing some significant changes this year, too. The Games have already been postponed until Fall. And instead of fan-filled stands cheering the best individual athletes and teams, we will have to cheer on our favorites from home.
The 2020 CrossFit Games
Since 2007, athletes worldwide have fought for a place in the CrossFit Games. Qualifiers from the CrossFit Open and Sanctional events come together each Spring for a battle of athletics, strength, endurance, and sheer will.
That’s why we love the CrossFit Games. It’s an exposition of what the human body is capable of with enough determination and training.
But this year is going to be different. In previous years, the top athletes from all over the world met in Madison, WI, for individual and team challenges. However, with continually changing travel restrictions, virus outbreaks, and other factors at play, CrossFit Games organizers decided to return home to the birthplace of the CrossFit Games: Aromas, California.
When Are the 2020 CrossFit Games?
Like the COVID-19 virus itself, the CrossFit Games continue to evolve. Organizers are keeping a close eye on travel recommendations and safety restrictions to ensure athletes and staff stay safe.
The most recent update (as of July 10) estimates a start date of September 14 in Aromas, California. However, fans should check these updates often as the situation continues to change.
“Doing Something is Better Than Doing Nothing”
In a video message on the official CrossFit website, CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro describes the “tough decision” to move the Games out of Madison and change the format.
“Doing something is better than doing nothing,” he says in the video. “We’re doing something here at the ranch for individuals, and that to me is a huge success.”
While the format has changed because of the current situation, this year’s Games still gives athletes a chance to compete. Moreover, they give the fans a chance to experience the Games from a safe distance.
The 2020 CrossFit Games won’t include team events, and there won’t be age group-specific competitions, either. In fact, individual competition will be all we get to see at this year’s Games, but as Castro reminds us, something is better than nothing.
How Can I Watch the CrossFit Games?
Unless you qualified for a spot in the CrossFit Games this year, it’s unlikely you’ll be there in person to cheer on the athletes.
For those of us who desperately want to experience the incredible athleticism of the Games up close and personal, there is still hope. The CrossFit enterprise knows its fans are incredibly loyal, so they’ve given us ways to enjoy the Games from the safety of our homes and boxes.
Last year, CrossFit introduced a new virtual viewing experience that allows fans to engage in the Games fully. The technology is called NOMADS, a virtual reality program designed by Montreal-based BMAD. Users can experience the CrossFit Games up close and personal – and immersive experience without ever leaving home. Of course, NOMADS requires additional equipment that you might not have in your home, so be sure to check out the website ahead of time.
This year, with fans unable to fill the stands at the CrossFit Ranch in Aromas, virtual reality will give users a chance to view the action from the stands or the field.
Regardless of what happens this year, you can still complete (or relive) the 2020 CrossFit Open workouts from your home gym or local box. And we can all look forward to the 2021 Open, which should drop sometime this Fall.