Semifinals are over, and we know which athletes are already Games-bound. We are this close to the 2022 CrossFit Games. But before we get there, we have the Last-Chance Qualifier. This is a virtual competition that offers two additional qualifying spots to athletes from each Semifinal. From June 29 to July 1, athletes who finished within three places of a qualifying spot at a Semifinal event will compete for one final chance at nabbing a ticket to the Games in Madison.

More details are coming, but one thing is for sure: If these athletes emptied the tank at Semis, you know they’re going to bring it at the Last-Chance Qualifier.

6 Athletes to Watch at the Last-Chance Qualifier

Here are a few competitors we’re especially excited to see throw down.

1. Royce Dunne

At the Torian Pro, the top three individual athletes for men and women got to advance. Dunne narrowly missed it by finishing 4th. He didn’t slow down after Semis. In fact, he put his foot on the gas and took training more seriously than ever. With an impressive track record and four Games appearances, we’re fully planning on seeing him in Madison.

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2. Bayley Martin

Not far behind Dunne was Martin in 6th place at the Torian Pro. He’s been competing since 2015, when he entered the Open in the Boys 14-15 age division. And his Open and Quarterfinals appearances this year were more than jaw-dropping. We have a strong feeling that the Last-Chance Qualifier is what he needs to gain that extra edge and punch his ticket to Madison.

3. Jonne Koski

We were sure that Koski was a no-brainer for qualifying. But his 6th-place finish at CrossFit Strength in Depth said otherwise. He’s not exactly a rookie. His first Open was back in 2013. He’s got seven Games appearances under his belt, with his best finish in 6th place in 2021. The competition is tough, but Koski is tougher.

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4. Maddie Sturt

Four-time CrossFit Games athlete Sturt came incredibly close to qualifying, with a 4th-place finish at the Torian Pro. She’s been competing in the Open since 2011 and knows a thing or two about what it takes to train among the fittest. She was a mere four points away from finishing on the podium, so you can bet she’ll show up to the Last-Chance Qualifier hungry for a win.

5. Bailey Rogers

Rogers finished 6th at the Torian Pro, and one thing we admire most about her is that even with her narrow miss, she never let it get her down. Mental grit is part of being a competitor, and we know that this CrossFit Games and Commonwealth Games competitor has what it takes to go far.

6. Sara Sigmundsdottir

It hasn’t always been an easy journey for Sigmundsdottir, who’s battled her fair share of injuries and illness. (She had to withdraw from the 2021 competitive season after injuring her knee, broke a rib twice, and struggled with injury/illness that impacted her 2020 Games performance.) But a 6th-place at the CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown got her incredibly close to the Games. There really are no words — only this picture.

Best of luck to all of the athletes competing at the Last-Chance Qualifier. Regardless of the outcome, you continue to inspire us all!

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