Behind The Scenes

CrossFit Games champions visit ESPN

Editor’s note: ESPN2’s coverage of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games begins tonight with the Camp Pendleton Endurance Test at 10 p.m. ET. In total, ESPN2 will televise 17 CrossFit Games episodes this September. Full Schedule.

In the past week, ESPN has played host to some of the biggest names in sports. NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Knicks’ superstar Amar’e Stoudemire and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

They are all decorated athletes with countless accolades. Yet, none can claim to be “Fittest on Earth.”

That title goes to Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir — the 2012 CrossFit Games King and Queen — who have mastered the high-intensity fitness competition.

Beginning Tuesday night, Rich and Annie can be seen powerlifting, deadlifting, sprinting or swinging kettleballs. However, their trip to ESPN was hardly a “rest day.”

The CrossFit champs chatted with SportsNation and espnW, plus played hosts for a luncheon with CrossFit-hungry ESPN employees.

Front Row had the chance to speak with Rich and Annie about what ESPN’s exposure does for the sport of CrossFit, the pressure to perform with the cameras on and their impressions of the ESPN campus.

Video produced by Hannah Worster.

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