CrossFit Master sets sights on podium
CARBONDALE — Robbie Davis is a little more confident this year.
The co-owner of CrossFit Bonedale, who finished sixth in the Masters division of the CrossFit Games finals in Carson, Calif., last year, has qualified to compete in the games for the second consecutive year. All of the experience he gained from that first go around has him hoping for an even better finish than last year.
“It’s been a long ride and there’s been a lot of training,” Davis said. “But I would like to finish better this year. a goal of mine is to finish on the podium. Even though this is going to be a harder field than last year, I’m hoping the experience I’ve gained will make a difference.”
Davis, who helped open the gym he’s a co-owner of in 2010, goes into the games ranked in the same place he finished last year. That ranking — sixth in the 20-athlete field in his age group — puts him in a good spot to improve on last year’s finish.
The way Davis sees it, however, that’s just on paper.
“It’s an extremely competitive field,” said the 43-year-old Davis, whose age group consists of athletes ages 40 to 44. “There are so many good athletes out there, and a lot of them are just coming into the age group at 39 and 40. Three years can make a lot of difference.”
A former junior college football player who also played rugby for the Gentlemen of Aspen for close to a decade, Davis made a surprising but serious run at the podium last year. He came into the 20-athlete final ranked 19th, but with 458 points, he finished just three points behind fifth-place Keith Chrisman of Belleview, Wash., and nine points behind fourth-place Erwin van Beek of Amsterdam. Winning the world title in the division was Michael Mosley of Tuscon, Ariz., who finished with 528 points. Each one of those athletes will be back when the events begin this morning and run through Thursday at the Stub Hub Center.
Davis, however, feels fortunate just to make it to the finals since the qualification standards were not only more strict, but more saturated. In Davis’ age group, CrossFit required competitors to do one workout a week for five weeks and measured each athlete’s result against a world-wide field. At that point, the field was narrowed to 200 athletes, who were filmed in each of the four workouts they were required to complete in three days.
Davis’ workout videos made the cut for him to reach the Top 20, which advanced to the Games. That considered, the initial field in Davis’ age group increased from 6,000 athletes in 2013 to more than 10,000 this year.
Knowing that put a little spring in Davis’ step after he’d made the finals field.
“We’re pretty big sticklers for range of motion and doing things the right way,” Davis said. “Just staying on top and getting to the Games was a pretty big feat in itself.”
Davis remained consistent throughout his performances at the Games last year, never winning any of his events but always finishing in the top half of the 20-athlete field. He’s hoping that experience he picked up from being at the Games will translate into more success this week.
“Making the [final] field and knowing how long the season is leading up to this puts in perspective how big of an accomplishment this is,” Davis said. “I feel pretty humbled to get here again, but it’s time to put the blinders back on and focus forward.”
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