>On Sunday night I got a few messages from people asking me if I was “bummed” that Ger Sasser didn’t qualify. I responded to all of them with a link to the final standings from 2013 Regional Showdown site. How could I be bummed when one of our athletes had just put up the 10th best performance out of all regional competitors? Was I disappointed that Ger didn’t achieve his ultimate goal of qualifying for a trip to Carson? Of course—he worked his ass off this year, and stood toe-to-toe with FIVE men who occupied five of the top ten spots at last years Games. If I were disappointed with Ger’s performance, despite the result, I would simply be an idiot.
You want to know how tight this sport has gotten? Jason Hoggan and Brandon Phillips missed qualifying by TWO Muscle-Ups each. Kevin Simons gets the official award of best non-qualfier in the world (that’s not from the Central East of course), and actually beat six regional winners. Daniel Tyminski was a counting mistake away, and Matt Hathcock a lockout on a Muscle-Up away from being first in their regions. And unless this is your first time on the site, you already know the story with Sasser.
According to the final rankings, Team Outlaw put nine men and nine women in the top 70 in the world. After all is said and done, we are taking nine athletes to the 2013 Games. Unlike 2012—when we took fifteen, but only closely worked with six—these are men and women who now make up much of our team of athletes, who we work with closely on a daily basis. Many of you know them personally from camps, or feel that you know them from videos, posts or other means. Our coaching staff knows them as the hardest working, and easiest to coach group of athletes we could ever imagine having.
Last year was tough, this year it felt nearly impossible to get a trip to Carson. The athletes you see below not only had nearly flawless, sustained efforts throughout their regionals, but they also did the little things throughout the year that allowed them to earn one of the most difficult tickets in sport. Congrats everyone, we couldn’t be more proud to have you representing us.
Here are the 2013 Team Outlaw Games qualifiers:
Testing – Day 4
1) EMOM for 5 minutes:
2 Snatches (full) @ 80%
Then, when the clock hits 5:00-
2 minute AMRAP of:
Snatches (full) @ 80%
*This is the Outlaw Snatch efficiency baseline. Score is total reps completed in 7 minutes. There are only 2 attempts allowed during the EMOM portion. The goal is to test consistency of technique and repeatability under load. Records are 20 for 20 (total of EMOM and AMRAP) @ 225/155#.
Rest as needed between test 1 and 2.
2) Run 1 Mile