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I’ve been creating my own power rankings for the sport of CrossFit for nearly a decade. It began as a means to try to beat my friends in a version of fantasy CrossFit that I created leading into the 2014 CrossFit Games (Mat Fraser was a sleeper pick that year).
More recently it has evolved to be my best effort at a global representation of who are actually the fittest men and women on Earth. This does not mean they are necessarily all the athletes you’ve seen at the Games, because as many of you know, the systems CrossFit has had over the years do not always find the fittest field to take the test that determines the fittest person on earth.
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Last August following the 2022 CrossFit Games I put out a top 100 worldwide rankings for men:
This was a snapshot that included everyone who could potentially be competing as an individual for the 2023 season based on what I knew then.
In January following all the major offseason events those were updated:
By this time there were 17 men from the August list who I knew would not be competing individually next season. Eleven of them would be going team, four of them were either injured or taking the season off, and the other two simply aren’t competing any more.
May 2023, post Quarterfinals and leading into Semifinals
I wasn’t certain I was going to do a power rankings at this point in the season, however, another 24 athletes from my January list are no longer in the season including some very notable names. Given that nearly a quarter of the list is no longer competing this year, it was absolutely necessary to update the list.
Unlike the worldwide rankings, which are confined by past performances and all the accompanying issues with that, or the strength of field allocation which factors in athletes who are not competing this season in some cases, this list only contains athletes who remain active in the 2023 individual CrossFit Games season. They have all registered for Semifinals and can be found on the Games site for their respective competitive region.
The Top 25
|1||Justin Medeiros||North America West||1||0||1|
|2||Roman Khrennikov||North America East||2||0||7|
|3||Patrick Vellner||North America West||4||1||2|
|4||Jeffrey Adler||North America East||5||1||6|
|5||Jayson Hopper||North America East||6||1||9|
|6||Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson||Europe||7||1||3|
|7||Samuel Kwant||North America West||8||1||15|
|9||Brent Fikowski||North America West||10||1||8|
|10||Guilherme Malheiros||South America||11||1||10|
|11||Nick Mathew||North America West||12||1||21|
|12||Dallin Pepper||North America East||13||1||20|
|14||Saxon Panchik||North America East||15||1||4|
|15||Chandler Smith||North America West||16||1||28|
|16||Noah Ohlsen||North America East||17||1||11|
|17||Cole Sager||North America West||18||1||13|
|18||Spencer Panchik||North America East||21||3||30|
|19||Samuel Cournoyer||North America East||22||3||69|
|22||Alex Vigneault||North America East||25||3||14|
|23||Tudor Magda||North America West||27||4||43|
|24||Cole Greashaber||North America West||28||4||31|
Not too much change here. Ricky Garard was previously third, removing him moves everyone up a spot. Willy Georges, Travis Mayer, and Scott Panchik were also previously on the list, their removal is what created the increases of three and four seen in ranks 18-25.
The worldwide rankings in the far right column are from CrossFit, and as you can see most of these athletes are in the top 50. The only exception being Cournoyer who competed with, and won the Games on CrossFit Mayhem Freedom team last year- therefore unknowingly foregoing most of his opportunity to earn any points in their system.
|27||Alexandre Caron||North America East||32||5||26|
|29||Tyler Christophel||North America East||34||5||34|
|30||Bill Leahy IV||North America West||36||6||87|
|32||Will Moorad||North America East||38||6||19|
|36||Jake Berman||North America East||43||7||42|
|37||Colten Mertens||North America West||44||7||24|
|39||James Sprague||North America East||46||7||52|
|41||Mitchel Stevenson||North America West||48||7||72|
|42||Griffin Roelle||North America East||50||8||47|
|43||Agustin Richelme||South America||51||8||27|
|44||Leonel Franco||North America West||52||8||62|
|45||Connor Duddy||North America East||53||8||40|
|48||Jack Farlow||North America East||58||10||57|
|49||Benoît Boulanger||North America East||60||11||87|
Again most of the athletes in this range are just moving up because of athletes who are not competing this year: Bayden Brown, Matt Dlugos, Austin Spencer, and Adrian Mundwiler were previously in this range, none of them are competing this year.
We see three men who are outside the top 100 on CrossFit’s worldwide rankings who I have listed here in the top 50. Bayley Martin and Jake Douglas out of Oceania and Jelle Hoste out of Europe. Because of the skewed points systems at Semifinals, men like Martin and Douglas in Oceania don’t get as many points for relatively high finishes at their Semifinal, and also have very little opportunity to make the Games where a majority of the points are available.
It is well documented by now that the current WWR and SoF system are skewed in the favor of the larger competitive regions and that the smaller ones have little to no chance of ever effecting change no matter how good they may get. Clearly that needs to change.
However, with big names like Garard, Brown, Royce Dunne, and Luke de Jong out of Oceania this year, there is opportunity for us to see if some of these young men are actually competitive as top 50 athletes in the sport. If that does end up being the case, it drives home the fact even more that the current system needs to be revised – time will tell.
|53||Anthony Davis||North America West||64||11||45|
|55||Jack Rozema||North America West||67||12||63|
|57||John Wood||North America West||70||13||94|
|58||Luke Parker||North America East||71||13||1503|
|60||Matt Poulin||North America West||74||14||48|
|65||Denis Samsonov||North America East||85||20||133|
|66||Jacob Pfaff||North America East||87||21||44|
|67||Scott Tetlow||North America West||88||21||48|
|68||Luis Oscar Mora||North America West||89||21||94|
|69||Phillip Muscarella||North America West||91||22||84|
|74||Cam Crockett||North America East||Unranked||N/A||48|
For the first time on this list, previously unranked athletes are showing up. We see four of them sneaking into the last four spots in this section, highlighted by a couple notable names whose worldwide rankings are in the thousands.
When advertising a system which is supposed to reflect the current competitive landscape, you need a way to account for successful and talented athletes who have taken time away from competing (for any reason), who may be returning to the competitive field of play. We have a solution to that problem that we will be releasing later this week.
In the meantime, this section of the list is particularly important, because it is likely that 3 to 5 men from these 25 will make the Games, and most of them would be doing so for their first time.
|77||Kaique Cerveny||South America||84||7||132|
|78||Travon Benton||North America West||94||16||112|
|80||Peter Mason||North America East||100||20||55|
|81||Jacob Marlow||North America West||Unranked||N/A||281|
|82||Evan Rogers||North America East||Unranked||N/A||85|
|83||Lee Sharum||North America East||Unranked||N/A||104|
|91||Justin Rhodes||North America West||Unranked||N/A||82|
|92||Brian Huynh||North America West||Unranked||N/A||71|
|93||Roldan Goldbaum||North America West||Unranked||N/A||134|
|94||Tyler Lee||North America East||Unranked||N/A||90|
|95||Logan Ewing||North America West||Unranked||N/A||139|
|96||Seth Stovall||North America East||Unranked||N/A||198|
|97||Will Bennett||North America West||Unranked||N/A||69|
|98||Marquan Jones||North America East||Unranked||N/A||58|
|99||Nate Ackermann||North America East||Unranked||N/A||238|
|100||Daniel Kuc||North America West||Unranked||N/A||238|
Most of the athletes on this final quarter of the list are new to the list, and most of those are from the three competitive regions which get 60 spots at Semifinals. As our previously referenced articles about True Strength of Field will show, that is indeed where the most depth is, so having these athletes who were previously just off the list occupy these spots now makes sense.
I do still think it’s possible we see an athlete from this section make it to the Games, but more likely there are a couple athletes here who will miss the Games by a few spots despite having impressive and noteworthy Semifinal weekends which increase our interest for them in the offseason, and going into next season.
The Next 25:
In no particular order (other than being categorized by competitive region), here are the next 25 men I considered for the top 100 at this point in the 2023 season.
|Benjamin Gutierrez||South America|
|Eseteban Ospina||South America|
|Drake Lewis||North America West|
|Anton Foss||North America West|
|Adam McAdams||North America West|
|Andris Sturans||North America West|
|Rafael Sancen||North America West|
|Anthonee Yim||North America West|
|Matthew Greene||North America West|
|Joel Laney||North America West|
|Dylan Pettit||North America East|
|Austin Hatfield||North America East|
|Alexander Majors||North America East|
|Johnie Charles||North America East|
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