Annie Sakamoto Versus Greg Amundson

One of my favorite CrossFit videos of all-time: Two of the Santa Cruz original CrossFit stars going head-to-head in Fran years ago at Greg Glassman’s original gym. Spend a few hours (or for some of us, many, many hours) scouring the archives and it’s difficult not to come to the conclusion that a significant amount of how the movement evolved—competition within a bond of camaraderie—was because of videos like this one. And Sakamoto and Amundson appear in countless such videos. Both Sakamoto and Amundson continue to train and coach at affiliates in the Santa Cruz area: Sakamoto at CrossFit Santa Cruz Central and Amundson at CrossFit Amundson.

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