Cheating the Open – Sun 4.16.17

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Happy Easter!

Cheating in sports is everywhere.  I still laugh when I hear people say that CrossFit is the cleanest sport out there.  It’s doing it’s best to maintain integrity, but especially with an online format, you just can’t stop everything.  I look at it this way, if people are willing to cheat in youth and high school sports, how much more are they going to cheat when more money, and social media notoriety (yes that’s a currency) are on the line?

I’ve heard of people use performance enhancers.  I’ve heard of people doing cheat reps and to improve.  But this one is very creative:

Trevor Bachmeyer, who finished the Open in first place worldwide in the Masters Men 40-44 and second in NorCal as an individual, has been disqualified from the 2017 CrossFit Games season and banned from competing in any CrossFit sanctioned event until April 11, 2021.

According to The CrossFit Games, Bachmeyer’s 17.3 submission was flagged. As a result, Bachmeyer’s 17.5 video was requested, and that’s where things got weird. During the review of Bachmeyer’s 17.5, CrossFit’s judges and video department determined that Bachmeyer had only done one round of 17.5 then looped the video to make it look like he did 10 rounds.

This is the first time an edited video submission has resulted in a disqualification for an athlete. In 2013, Josh Golden and Danielle Sidell’s 13.2 score was invalidated after bad reps on his video submission, but other than those adjustments, we haven’t seen any major shake ups due to video issues.

Here’s a link to the actual video:

Although, I suppose he was preceded by Fitness Lonnie from way back in 2011:

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