It's time to watch athletes from around the globe compete for the title of "Fittest on Earth" at the CrossFit Games in Carson, California. There are dozens of theories about who will win the title this year, but we've narrowed it down to six athletes who are sure to light up the leaderboard. Some are veterans looking for redemption, while others are rookies seeing the Games for the first time, but all should make some noise in the next few days.
The 19-year-old former track and field athlete competed for the first time as an individual at this year's regionals and dominated the Central Region, beating out seasoned vets like Elisabeth Akinwale and Stacie Tovar to punch her ticket to Carson. With the Games adding new elements like longer runs, look for Wells to have a competitive advantage because of her background.
Ragnheidur Sara Sigmundsdottir
Sigmundsdottir blew away any thoughts of rookie jitters when she placed second in her region to beat out Annie Thorisdottir, the 2011 and 2012 CrossFit Games champ. With a performance like that, Sigmundsdottir, the 22-year-old Iceland native looks poised to do some damage at this year's CrossFit Games.
She's been building strength and capacity for years and now all her hard work is finally taking her to the big show. Ence gained popularity from being the demonstration athlete in the videos for the CrossFit Games Open Workouts. Although she's a rookie to the Games, Ence isn't here just for the experience. She's eyeing a spot on the podium in her first CrossFit Games as an individual.
Briggs broke her foot and still came in second place at the Atlantic Regional. Imagine what she'll do now that she's healthy. Her coach, Danny Lopez-Calleja, spoke about her training being nonstop for two years after she missed the Games last year. The longer workouts in the Games suit Briggs because of her endurance but there's no doubt that her mind is her greatest strength.
After missing the Games last year by the slimmest of margins, Valenzuela looks to channel the determination of lost opportunity and shoot for a spot on the podium this year. Her coach hinted that Valenzuela's newfound dedication has left her with priority time to get to the highest level of competition.
She's coming back to finish what she started last year at the Games. Webb was leading the pack in 2014 until she sustained a back injury and had to withdraw. This time around she's healthy and hungry to win.
DaKari Williams is a licensed physical therapist assistant, massage therapist, chiropractic assistant and a CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer.