The 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Open included 16 adaptive athlete divisions, officially bringing adaptive athletes into the competitive fold of the CrossFit Games season for the first time.
Strong and enthusiastic participation in this year’s Open made one thing clear: the adaptive community has a thirst for CrossFit competition. Based on participation numbers in each division and community feedback, CrossFit is thrilled to invite the top five men and women in three divisions from the 2021 Open to the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games. The divisions are as follows:
Men and Women Upper Extremity
Men and Women Lower Extremity
Men and Women Neuromuscular
To ensure fairness in the competition, CrossFit is confirming that each adaptive athlete meets the specific criteria outlined for that division in the CrossFit Games Rulebook.
Keeping with the continental format of the 2021 season, the three adaptive divisions were determined based on Open participation. The upper extremity, lower extremity, and neuromuscular divisions each had approximately 100 participants, topping participation numbers across the rest of the divisions. Based on participation numbers in each division and community feedback, CrossFit is thrilled to invite the top five men and women in each of the three divisions.
As with the newly implemented 65+ Masters Division, there is potential for additional adaptive divisions to be invited to future Games competitions, based on annual registration thresholds. Adaptive athletes’ Open participation will be reassessed yearly, and more participation means a higher chance of representation at all levels of CrossFit competition.
The adaptive athletes who have qualified from each division to the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games will receive their official invitation via email as the competition gets closer.
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