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Kristan Clever Fails to Qualify 2013 CrosFit Games But…

Kristan Clever

Kristan Clever at the 2012 CrossFIt Games

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.”

  • Jonny D

    This is a serious blow to CrossFit being recognized as a legitimate sport. In any other professional sport people don’t care what you did in the past, it’s all about this year, this season, this game. No team makes the NFL playoffs because they won the Super Bowl last year, you with qualify or you don’t. Some may argue that Clever was hurt, but still did well. In other professional sports, again, nobody cares if you are injured. It is all about the performance. If you cannot perform, you are benched. What about the other 4th place finishers in other regions who performed BETTER than clever? This is a joke. HQ is a joke, and is trying their hardest to screw up a lucrative new sport.

    • mjschumacher100

      I’m sure in the Football world cup past winners automatically qualify. Host nations do too. Same with the European championships. I don’t think it’s all that uncommon. In tennis for example there are wildcards, people who miss qualifying for Wimbledon can still get a pass, there was that Australian player, can’t remember his name, Pat someone or other I think, he got into Wimbledon this way. I don’t see there’s anything wrong with having a wild card to make sure the top athletes get in. It’s all about image too, don’t forget that these guys are mutually sponsored with HQ so it makes sense. Plus she’s not actually depriving anyone else of a spot. Annie T will probably get a pass too.

  • I happen to agree with Jonny D – and how must the athletes feel who beat Clever this weekend!

  • Chris

    It’s the same as every year. Why does this surprise you?

  • Joseph Freeman

    So do you think it’s also fair that if she finished in 3rd place or higher, the fourth place person automatically gets to go to the games?

  • i think she should refuse the invite

  • She should decline…but she will not.

  • SSBR

    Ever hear of The Masters? Every former winner gets to play, even if they’re 80 years old.

  • The rules are sound. First, the rule about taking a 4th in a region where a past champion makes a top 3 is sound because the past champion makes the region more competitive. Second, the other rule, that HQ can extend additional invites to any athlete or team for any reason, is appropriately applied in this extenuating circumstance, where we have a past champion who showed capability of placing in Regionals, but had an injury which has the possibility to heal to be 100% for the Games. Finally, last year’s rule change, requiring past champions to qualify through the Open and Regionals, is sound because it makes the past champions show that they are fit to compete. HQ is not required to explain their extra invites, but it might be a good idea to provide an explanation on the Games website.

  • Cory

    You cannot compare professional sports like the NFL to individual sports like Crossfit. Professional organizationsm, such as the PGA, have exemptions for past champions and other guests that they would like to invite to provide more competition and sell more tickets/tv appeal. For example, if you win the Masters, you get an automatic invitation to compete for the rest of your life.

  • Caitlin

    Why should she decline the invitation? If she had placed in the top 3, the 4th place finisher would have received an invite since she’s a past Games winner (the rules are that if a past Games winner places, then a 4th athlete will be invited from the region). No one would think anything of that – so she should absolutely accept the invite!

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