At the conclusion of the 2017 CrossFit Games, Australian competitor, Ricky Garard was stripped, on the podium, of his third-place finish after a positive PED (performance-enhancing drugs) test. Subsequently, he was also banned for four years, including the 2020 Games, which wrapped up stage 1 of events this past Sunday.
Ricky Garard issued an unofficial challenge to Mat Fraser via social media and followed this challenge by posting his times, along with his thoughts about this year’s games.
Nasty Nancy 17:43
“You wait for me **** I’m coming” @mathewfras In more polite words when I’m not so fired up, please don’t retire, I want to compete against the best again 🙏🏼👑 @crossfitgames @thedavecastro
In the challenge, Ricky Garard made it clear that he knew his attempts were unofficial, with no judge flying out to provide the required briefing. He also stated that he had the upper hand since he knew the other competitor’s scores before starting the events. For the competition, Garard tried to mimic the official competition environment, time constraints, and standards, over two days.
He went on by issuing congratulations to all the athletes who were competing in the 2020 CrossFit Games, particularly the top five that made the cut and are heading to the Ranch to determine the “Fittest” for 2020.
On Day 1, the unofficial times achieved by Garard was 181 points, which resulted in 17th place, and on Day 2, he racked up 441 points, which would have qualified him for fifth place.
According to Ricky Garard’s Instagram post, he was thankful for the opportunity to simulate the events. He believed this would help him prepare for the next games he would be qualified to participate in, which will occur in 2022. While he understands he still has a lot of work and training to put in, he made it clear he is excited for what’s to come.
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Firstly, I want to thank & respect @thedavecastro @crossfitgames for defying the odds & finding a way to run this years CFG during these crazy times. Obviously all of my attempts are unofficial. I didn’t have a professional judge fly out, I didn’t get the proper athlete briefing, I had the upper hand of knowing other athletes scores in advance, I chose to do the workouts over Saturday/Sunday (because that’s when I wasn’t working & the gym was available). I did do my absolute best to simulate the same competition environment, standards & time constraints over 2 consecutive days. A big congratulations to all the athletes that competed in CFG 2020 & especially the offical Top 5 that are heading to the Ranch to determine this years Fittest. Here are my unofficial times, placings & points for each event: Day 1: Friendly Fran: 4:05, 9th/72pt 1RM Front Squat: 367lbs, 28th/7pts Damn Diane: 5:00, 19th/34pts 1km Row: 2:56, 9th/68pts TOTAL: 181points/17th Place Day 2: Nasty Nancy: 17:43, 1st/100pts Handstand Hold: 1:22, 6th/80pts Awful Annie: 9:28, 6th/80pts TOTAL: 441 points/5th Place I was very grateful for this unique opportunity to simulate this competition, after all I did this to get feedback on exactly what I needed to work on over the next 12 months. I am honestly stoked to stack up in the top 5 after the emotional roller coaster I have been on over the last 3 years. I still have a lot of work to do and I can’t wait to dial things in 100%. Thank you to everyone that reached out to me showing your support this weekend, it means a lot. Shout out to the loyal @bentongym community for always having my back & bringing out the best in me. 🙏🏻 #DeterminationConquersAll
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