After seven events and three days of competition, the 2010 CrossFit Games Champion, Kristan Clever saw her qualification to the 2013 CrossFit Games all but slip away.
Clever went into day three in 4th place, and despite taking 3rd in Event 6 with a time 10:46, then securing a respectable 5th place finish in Event 7 with a 5:24, she was unable to climb the leaderboard. That saw Clever finish 4th overall behind Lindsey Valenzuela, Rebecca Voigt and Valerie Voboril at the end of the 2013 Southern California Regional, missing out on automatic qualification to the Games.
However as the CrossFit Games Competition Rule Book section 3.b.i states:
CrossFit Inc. reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to invite past
winners, guest athletes, Teams or others, to participate in any stage of
competition. This decision may be made to preserve the traditions and spirit of
The CrossFit Games or for any other reason at the sole discretion of CrossFit Inc.
Fortunately for Clever, it was just moments ago that CrossFit HQ enacted that ruling and provided her with an official invitation to the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games.
HQ made the official announcement in a post on The CrossFit Games website that read “2010 CrossFit Games champion Kristan Clever finished the 2013 SoCal Regional in fourth place, out of qualification for the Games. She has received an invitation to compete at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games.”