CrossFit Open Predictions, Kristin Holte for 20.3

The South China Morning Post ran a poll of 20 journalists to see who would be the favorites to win the 2020 CrossFit Open. On the men’s side, four-time fittest man on earth Mat Fraser is expected to once again reclaim his 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 title at the top of the global online competition. Noah Ohlsen, the second-fittest man on earth, took 19-percent of the vote. The other two men to receive votes were Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson and Ant Haynes.

On the women’s side, things were a little bit more competitive. This is because three-time fittest woman on earth Tia-Clair Toomey has never placed above 6th in the CrossFit Open. The poll still favors Toomey at 44 percent, 

Only two women have ever won the Open more than once: Samantha Briggs in 2013 and 2014, and Sara Sigmundsdottir in 2017 and 2019.

Other active athletes with an Open win under their belts are Annie Thorisdottir, who won in 2015, Cassidy Lance-McWherter in 2018, and notably Jamie Greene in 2016, who made her first CrossFit Games podium finish this year.

My favorites? Thanks for asking. On the men’s side will be Matt Fraser, followed by BK Gudmundsson. On the women’s side, I think Tia-Clair Toomey will still lag behind the crowd. She’s just not a CrossFit Open-driven athlete. My favorites will be Sara Sigmundsdottir, Dani Speegle, and Jamie Greene.

20.3 Open Announcement

The Norwegian CrossFit Championship has joined the ranks of events hosting a live announcement for the third 2020 CrossFit Open workout. They’ll be in Oslo, Norway with Kristin Holte and Nicolay Billaudel. Holte is the second fittest woman on earth, and Billaudel is the fittest man in and national champion of Norway. The 20.3 announcement will be hosted on October 24th at 5 PM Pacific. A simultaneous broadcast will be hosted by the Down Under CrossFit Championship with James Newbury and Madeline Sturt.

And that’s it for news about CrossFit on Tuesday, October 8th. Thanks for listening. Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe. It’s the best way to give back to the show, because it helps more people find us. I’m Ben Garves. 

By Ben Garves

Ben Garves is a digital product expert, author, entertainer, and activist. His portfolio of thought leadership in digital marketing and web experiences has included major clients like Microsoft, Google, Twitter, eBay, and Facebook. He’s also a freelance health and fitness journalist with over 400 stories written since 2018, a podcaster with 200 episodes to his name, and runs a YouTube channel with over 100 fitness and activism-oriented videos and live streams. Ben has founded the Fitness is for Everyone™ initiative to raise awareness about social injustice in both racial inequality and socioeconomic disparity in access to quality fitness and nutrition options around the globe.