Florida International University got a little more than they bargained for when they agreed to host the RAID Games VI this past weekend at their basketball arena. Sponsored and put on by 911 CrossFit, the RAID Games VI saw over 500 athletes competing with over 2000 spectators cheering them on.
After competition had wrapped up, the winners had been crowned, and everyone had gone home, FIU's basketball court looked like a sledge hammer had been taken to it. The damage from the RAID Games was so extensive and widespread that it made the court virtually unusable for any other events including volleyball which is in season, and basketball which is slated to start soon. The Miami Herald reports:
"Large dents in the floor, on both sides of midcourt and beyond the west sideline, make the surface manifestly unsafe. From the second level, the floor resembles a face that suffered under a razor wielded by a neophyte. A portable floor will be brought in to cover the regular floor. Considering the time it takes to replace a floor, the new floor wouldn't go in until after basketball season or, perhaps, the arena hosts the spring graduation ceremonies."
This will probably be the last time FIU or any other school allows a bunch of crossfitters to use their facilities for a throwdown. Apparently dropping heavy weights repeatedly can crush a wood floor. Who knew?
Chris Spealler is not only a CrossFit legend, but he's arguably the best bodyweight specialist to ever compete at the CrossFit Games. Watching him fly through muscle ups or handstand walk his way past the competition was truly amazing and inspiring to watch.
With over a decade of CrossFit experience as both a coach and athlete, and with 6 Games appearances, Chris Spealler has racked up a wealth of knowledge on proper movement and technique.