In a surprising shake up, CrossFit Mayhem took second place in the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games, beaten by Wasatch CrossFit. For the past two years, Mayhem has dominated the competition under the leadership of Rich Froning, who won the Games as an individual the four years prior to that.
Concern spread among fans and CrossFit Games officials alike when it became clear that Froning’s team would be placing second, and Froning would not stand on the highest level of the podium for the first time in memory.
During the award ceremony, Dave Castro carefully took hold of the Affiliate cup Froning was holding. Castro attempted to gently remove the cup from Froning’s hands, but the former champ held firm, staring at Castro with a confused expression.
“I don’t think Rich understood what was happening,” said individual athlete Kara Webb, who was standing nearby. ”
Witnesses say Castro began whispering to Froning “You lost Rich, that means you have to let go of the cup.”
“I don’t understand,” Froning replied. “I don’t understand how this works.”
After a few awkward moments, Castro was able to coax the cup from his hands, awarding it to Wasatch CrossFit. Froning’s team then accepted their second-place medals and shook hands with their fellow competitors.
“I’m happy for them,” Froning said. “But losing is terrible. I don’t plan to lose anymore.” Froning immediately turned, challenged the nearest individual male competitor to an arm wrestling match, and won.
Froning’s teammate Lindy Barber explained his behavior.
“He will turn everything he does into a competition for the next few months, until he gets this loss out of his system.”
At time of press, Froning was dominating a game of two-hand touch football in the parking lot of the Coliseum.