After thirteen events that tested the world’s top CrossFit athletes, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet earned the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth” at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games.
Leblanc-Bazinet, who was competing at the CrossFit Games for the fifth straight year, won the title in convincing fashion after consistent performances throughout the extended weekend competition. A fan favorite for for her positive attitude and camera-friendly good looks, Leblanc-Bazinet finished in the top ten places for eight out of the extended weekend’s thirteen events.
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Her consistent performances helped offset her one small misstep during the competition, a 25th place finish in the Sprint Carry workout. The Sprint Carry event didn’t favor smaller athletes like Leblanc-Bazinet. Qthletes had to transport progressively heavier objects across a field for time.
The former gymnast showed her experience by quickly bouncing back in the Speed Clean Ladder, a lightning fast event where athletes lifted a series of progressively heavier barbells for time. Even as one of the smaller women in the field, Leblanc-Bazinet finished the event in fifth place. In the overhead squat strength event of the competition, another strength-based workout, Leblanc-Bazinet finished in second place.
Coming into the final day’s events with nearly a 100 point lead over the next competitor, Leblanc-Bazinet’s performances left the rest of the women’s field in a battle for second and third place. Before the final two events (rope climbs/overhead squats, then “Double Grace” – 60 clean and jerks for time), Leblanc-Bazinet was 92 points ahead of the then-second place Thorisdottir.
Many of the sport’s top names including two-time CrossFit Games champion Annie Thorisdottir, 2012 Games runner-up Julie Foucher, Australian Kara Webb, veteran Games competitor Val Voboril, and one of Canada’s top CrossFit athletes Michelle Letendre battled it out for podium spots behind Leblanc-Bazinet. Leblanc-Bazinet only needed to finish in 23rd place or higher in the competition’s final event to finish in first place ahead of Thorisdottir.
By the end of the weekend, Annie Thorisdottir and Julie Foucher claimed the second and third place spots, respectively. First-time CrossFit Games competitor Lauren Fisher, the youngest competitor in the women’s field and gold medalist at this year’s USAW Junior Nationals weightlifting competition, finished in ninth place overall.
Though it’s taken years of commitment on her part, it should come as no surprise that Leblanc-Bazinet not only made it to the podium, but won the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games. In her previous four Games appearances, the former gymnast had three top ten finishes at the Games. Leblanc-Bazinet said that she specifically focused on her endurance for this season.
As evidenced by her incredibly popular Instagram account, Leblanc-Bazinet has been focused on becoming an even more well-rounded athlete, while balancing her coursework for a degree in Chemical Engineering. Leblanc-Bazinet’s commitment to her training, especially improving upon her weaknesses, showed at this year’s Games.
Especially over the past couple years, the Canadian athlete was focused on her overall strength, improving her technique, and would record some of the sport’s top Olympic weightlifting numbers for female competitors. By the end of the weekend, she proved that she was well-prepared for the unknown and unknowable of the 2014 CrossFit Games, where athletes don’t know what events will be included in the fitness competition until shortly before competing.
With a rare display of gymnastic skill, Olympic weightlifting strength, and a commitment to all ten components of fitness, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, already one of the most recognized faces of CrossFit, earned the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth” at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games.