Russian Roman Khrennikov is coming in hot to the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games. The greatest CrossFit athlete to have never made (traveled to be grammatically correct) to the big show smashed the Last Chance Qualifier, and only now needs to sort out his visa issues once and for all, and make his way stateside for July 27.Madison, Wisconsin is going to be a whole other beast this year for a number of reasons. Fans are back, and will be rowdier than ever at the Alliant Energy Center, starving for in-person action after more than 18 months away from watching their favorites compete for most fans.
The men's side will officially enter the "post-Mat Fraser era" of the sport, as the five-time champion walked away from CrossFit in February and has now been on a media tour for the ages.
No Fraser means a gaping hole for someone to run through at the right time, with a perfectly placed showing over the anticipated four-day competition. What does this mean for athletes like Krennikov? Have a spectacular competition, catching lightning in a bottle, and you will become the first person not named Fraser, Froning or Smith in a very, very long time to win the men's division.
The Russian phenom, if he can make it, will find himself up against a group of veterans who are visibly salivating at the opportunity to take home a title before they retire, and it is some fierce and stiff competition.
You've got American Noah Ohlsen, Canadians Patrick Vellner and Brent Fikowski, and Iceland's BKG. On top of that, you have mainstays like Samuel Kwant and now perennial contender Jeffrey Adler who all know what it's like to compete against the best.
But don't forget sophomore Justin Medeiros and the youth movement who look to be taking the sport into the future, today. About the only thing that is a sure bet at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games, is that on the women's side, none other than Australian Tia-Clair Toomey Orr is favored, by a country mile, to win her fifth straight title. Get ready, later this month is going to be a CrossFit Games for the ages.