The CrossFit Regionals have been taking place around the world. As with all sports, there is some controversy. Many feel that AJ Moore was unfairly judged during one of the WODs when he got 60 reps called back during his kettlebell swings. I wasn’t there, I haven’t seen any videos and, like many people around the world, I have been reading eye witness accounts online. However, I think a lot of people are losing perspective.
Fans & Judging
From what I understand, people felt that other competitors were held to looser standards than AJ was. It seems like a lose/lose situation for the judge. Either the judge does her job correctly and is hated by fans or lowers the standard and sacrifices her character. I’m not sure if his swings were valid, but if they were not, I applaud her for being able to call back 60 reps with angry fans yelling at her. Again, I wasn’t there, but I heard people were extremely rude to her, which I find surprising and unsettling. I hate hearing fans say horrible things to players and refs during MLB or NBA games. I’ve always appreciated the class CrossFitters have shown during events and I’d hate to see it fade away as competitions become more intense. With that said, the responsibility falls on the shoulder of the head judge if other competitors were able to get away with bad form. Again, I wasn’t there so I can’t say wether the judging was unfair. However, from what I read it seems like AJ’s judge was holding up the correct standards and should not be thrown under the bus for it. Also, I read about someone having a video of AJ”s performance but electing to only show it to HQ to avoid a giant backlash. This is awesome, and great for the community. In fact, I’m not sure who this guy/girl is but the class they are showing should be commended.
I’ve seen people use AJ’s other WOD finishes as an argument. Basically, there is no way he would finish is 30th if he placed 1st and 2nd on every other workout. But didn’t that happen in the Games last year? Rich Froning killed WOD after WOD but didn’t win the games because he couldn’t climb a rope. I mean no disrespect to Rich, in fact, I think he’s going to win the games this year, and started rooting for him to win last year. The same thing could have happened in this case also. I’m not saying it did, but want to point out that the argument of using previous WOD finishes are flawed.
The Reality Of Sport
Judging or refereeing is a vital part of every sport, and, at times, can be the reason someone gets an unfair advantage. For example, in the NBA there are some refs who are notorious for calling certain types of fouls or throwing guys out of the game early. However, it’s the reality of sport. There will always be bad calls, because, like the rest of us, judges are human. The best CrossFit can do is figure out the problem and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
The Brighter Side
I didn’t know much about AJ Moore before this event, but I sure do know a lot about him now. From what I have read he is a stand up guy, beast athlete and is ready to be in the sequel for 300. I have no idea what CrossFit will do, but I don’t think they are obligated to let AJ go to the games. However, AJ has something that few competitors have, a following. He has thousands of people who stand behind him. Thousands who respect him for his hard work and admire him for his talents. I really hope he runs with it and ends up doing well in the future. I hope he can look back at this time and say that’s when the spotlight hit him and he was able to get to the next level. I’m a big AJ supporter now. I’ll become a fan on facebook, follow him on twitter and root for him when I can. In fact, we’ll give him a life time account on beyond the whiteboard and I’ll pay for his drink if we ever hang out.