Going Back to Cali

Returning to Carson for the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games
By Jamie Toland, CF-L1 ,

When I got the job last year in Carson, California, I had to push myself out of my comfort zone to learn a new area of media work. I fancy myself a bit of a writer, so flying across the country to work for the Graphics Department (live broadcast) for the CrossFit Games was very exciting but had me nervous, as well. I believed that I was going to be able to do what they needed me to do. Essentially, I had to know a hell of a lot of information about the athletes and make sure that information was clearly related to the people on our team who were building the stats and graphics for the competition.

The issue was: I had never done anything like that to this extent and on this big of a stage.

But I did it, and I must have done a pretty good job because not only was I invited back, but I also was asked to work three Regional events, including my storied trip to Denmark.

Now, as I head to Los Angeles for my second go-around, I have more experience and skill.

Aside from my purpose for being there, I am so excited about some of the changes and upgrades to the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games.

First, nothing will be down at the track this year. When we run a broadcast from the track, we have an entirely separate media truck, which is a decent trek down there and we are separated from the other main stadiums (soccer and tennis). I’m not opposed to the track facility, but keeping everything (including the Masters and Teens) in one central location is more appealing from a broadcast and competition standpoint.

Then there’s the excitement of watching the future being showcased. I can’t wait to see what the Teen division athletes bring to the production this year. Seeing what the top athletes in their 40s all the way up to 60-plus never ceases to amaze me, but looking at some potential future Games athletes even before they fully develop into their athletic frames I think might be one of the highlights of the week.

Finally, everyone gets a shot to do their thing on the big stage of the tennis stadium. Normally reserved for only the elite Games athletes, Teams, Masters and Teens will get a chance to be showcased on the same floor that Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir dominated for years. This is going to be awesome and give everyone that special big-time ending that they deserve after days of events and competing. The coverage on ESPN is really bumped up this year, too, so not only will more athletes be in the soccer and tennis stadiums, but more people will also watch it on the big networks.

With so many changes and new things to look forward to, this could be the biggest and best CrossFit Games ever.

What do you think is going to be the highlight of the Games this year? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Stay on the Grind.

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