This year CrossFit decided to introduce a Teen Division for their games. Separated by Girls 14-15 and 16-17, and Boys in the same manner, it is easy to say that these kids stole the show. In the older days, people believed kids shouldn’t lift heavy as to keep them from hindering their growth. From the show these kids put on though, their growth is doing just fine. Check out a few of the top teens in each category and feel depressingly sad that they manage to look and perform incredibly well despite that cute baby fat they still carry.
Sydney is this year’s Champion in her age group and that title is well deserved given she came in 1st in 6 of the 7 events that took place. The Tulsa native ripped through the WOD’s, puts up a 265lb deadlift, and stands at a muscular 5’6″, 135lb. She is 15 this year so next year will put her in the next age range with some different competition.
This runner up hails from Canada and will be back next year to prove her worth. At 5’4″, 124lb, she’s obviously as strong and solid as her competition. Why is weight even relevant? Because it proves that these young ladies are only concerned about muscle growth and performance, which Megan is. She may not have overtaken S.S., but her consistent performance and steady nature means she’ll be at the top spot on the podium sometime soon.
Angelo managed the top spot for the boys, and looked absolutely strong doing it. The already sponsored athlete stands at 5’9″, 160lb and puts up some impressive max out numbers. His 330 deadlift and 275 squat are impressive for his age to say the least. He’s going to quickly become a Froning-esque star with his Instagram personality, and will be competing in the next age range come 2016.
The main problem with these kids is that their faces say age 12, while their bodies say age 22. Its…unsettling to say the least, but it demands some real respect. Luke is a perfect example of outright dedication. He’s been in the game before his first jaunt at the games for 4 years, and given that he’s only 16, its no wonder he came in second this year. He will be a force to reckon with next year as his solid performance in 2015 suggests. And yes, you’ll know his name for quite some time.
The Aussie won the championship in the Teen category before aging out already and having to face the big dogs next year, but the performance she put in this year says a lot to her persistence and work ethic. She came into the games ranked 7th, and managed her way to the top of the heap. Absolutely humble, and completely excited, she plans on pushing harder than ever to make a name for herself in the Games next year.
The 5’7″, Massachusetts runner up has the face of a girl and the body of a chiseled out woman. She puts up fantastic numbers, for a 17yo or any other athlete. She placed in the top 10 in each event which means that the very still green athlete will be one of the top competitors in years to come.
At 16, Nicholas is deadlifting 531lbs and squatting 365. Those numbers could play into what made him a champion of this age group. He ran away with nearly every event, completely dominating the field and making him the person to beat next year. Sponsored and still another year of teen-dom means he has a bright CF future.
The 18yo Canadian may have come in 2nd, but he finished first in Canada’s heart. His performance was impressive and at only 3 years in the sport, he’ll be looking to make his impact on the adult circuit next year. When you’re 18 and you can Clean & Jerk 275lb, its easy to say that you’ll be knowing his name for a while.