Teen Athletes in the Open

Teenage Athletes made splash in the 2021 CrossFit Open. Emma Cary set a world record for 21.2 at 8:51. Emma Cary and Mallory O’Brien both finished in the top 5 overall (3rd and 5th respectively), and this made us want to dig into past seasons and the mens field to see if this is a usual occurrence.

Teenage Divisions are 14 & 15 year olds and 16 & 17 year olds.

All of these stats are limited to the top 200 athletes in the CrossFit Open from 2017-2021

The Boys divisions had 0 athletes in the top 200 athletes in the CrossFit Open from 2017 – 2021. The Girls division was a different story. A total of 12 girls have finished in the top 200 of the Open from 2017-2021

After seeing these results I was curious to see what would happen if the definition of a teenage athlete was expanded to include 18 and 19 year olds as well.

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Looking at the past several years of the CrossFit Open there has been at least one 16 or 17 year old athlete in the Top 200, so seeing athletes finish in the Top 200 this year isn’t groundbreaking. What is groundbreaking though is how high on the leaderboard the teen athletes can be found. In addition to Emma Cary and Mallory O’Brien, Emma Lawson finished 15th overall and Paulina Haro finished 27. From 2017 – 2020 the highest finish of a 16 or 17 year old athlete was in 2020 when Olivia Sulek finished 50th.

Congratulations to these athletes for the tremendous performances this year, and we wish them the best of luck at quarterfinals this week.

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