Laura Horváth is the first individual woman to fly the Hungarian flag at the CrossFit Games. We are insanely proud of the 21-year-old Hungarian woman who came in second at the 2018 Games in Madison, USA. Her success is even sweeter since this was her first time at the Games, she came as a rookie and then won second place, index.hu reports.
The CrossFit Games is an athletic competition held every summer since 2007. The athletes compete in workouts that they learn about hours or days beforehand. The workouts consist of some standard aerobic, weightlifting and gymnastics movements but there is also some additional surprise element.
The CrossFit Games season has three stages of competition: the Open, Regionals, and the Games. This year there were about half a million athletes signed up for the Open competition. There were more than a 100,000 women competing individually, and only 40 of them got to go to the USA for the Games.
Laura has been training at the CrossFit B’Bros in Budapest. Since last year, she had Michele Letendre as her coach.
The first stage of the games, the Open, is held over five weeks in February and March. Participation is open to anyone. A new workout is released on each Thursday and competitors have to complete the workout, anywhere they like, and submit the scores. This May Laura Horváth qualified for the games as the second Hungarian ever, and the first Hungarian woman. The first Hungarian CrossFit competitor was László “Lacee” Kovács in 2013. He came in 15th at the Games.
The CrossFit Games posted this picture of Laura Horvath on August 4th with the following text: “Hungary’s rookie Laura Horvath is not behaving like one. She sits in second overall among an impressive field of seasoned Games veterans. ”
After she qualified for the Games, Laura said the following: “My goal is to win at every competition. I am not just here to have fun. I want to show what I can do, to the US and the world.”
She was a rookie, not many have heard of Laura before this, so it was unexpected that she would win first place on the very first day, and she managed to stay in the first few places on the next days too.
She has only been training for CrossFit for the last 5 years. Before that, she did wall climbing.HUNGARIANS AT THE SPARTAN RACE IN THAILAND
Tia-Clair Toomey was crowned Fittest Women on Earth for the second consecutive year, but Laura was only 64 points behind her. They were fighting for the first place until the very last day, and CBS Sports said the following about Laura: “The new kid on the block is here to stay.” Toomey won the Games with 1254 points, Laura Horvath finished with 1190 points.
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