Immediately when we saw this, we were pissed.
The OC Throwdown isn’t some backwards, random garage competition in the middle of nowhere. It’s a huge deal and a competition that welcomes some very elite athletes as well as some CrossFit Regionals hopefuls. They also consider themselves to be “west coasts largest fitness competition,” and as such we expect better, a lot better.
Once such event, which seems innocuous, turned for the worst as athletes failing to make jumps were thrown to the ground on the tailbones and backs potentially leading to serious injuries.
EVENT 2 WEIGHTLESS : Hurdle Jump – 90 second time cap
MALE: 42”, 44”, 46”, 48”, 50”, 52”, 54”, 56”
FEMALE: 32”, 34”, 36”, 38”, 40”, 42”, 44”, 46”
Here’s a video captured of Event 2:
Let us be clear, this was not a CrossFit HQ sanctioned event and the blame for an event mishap due to the staging of their equipment lies solely on OC Throwdown staff.
Aside from the obvious — an event where athletes are very clearly injuring themselves, this kind of poorly thought out fitness test gives CrossFit a terrible name, especially during a time when the sport is coming under increasing scrutiny and trying to break into mainstream media.
It’s also worth mentioning that this is the same competition that Kevin Ogar permanently injured himself last year. Those were entirely different circumstances and had nothing to do with such a poorly thought out event like this, but it’s worth mentioning because this is now two years straight of bad press for the OC Throwdown.
Andrea Ager, Lindsey Valenzuela, and Alessandra Pichelli competed in the OC Throwdown.
UPDATE 1: We added the full description of the event. All events from OC Throwdown are available here.
UPDATE 2: Edited to make sure the post made clear that this was NOT an official CrossFit event and that the programming for this event was provided by OC Throwdown.