No, the Games is not where you go for drama. That would be Regionals. If you've been to the event in person on a Sunday, the tension in the air is unavoidable. Watch Sevan Matossian's documentary "Only Three" about last year's Central East Regional and you'll see what I mean. For that reason, the Regionals have long been my favorite part of the season as a spectator.
For the third year, I'll be posting predictions for each athlete's chances of making it to the Games. In the past, these predictions have been fairly well-calibrated, meaning that, for instance, athletes with a 50% chance of qualifying in my model do typically make it to the Games around 50% of the time. That doesn't mean the model is perfect, of course. If it were, I'd give a 100% chance to the 5 athletes who were going to make it. But then again, no model is perfect, and if there were a perfect model, well, there'd be no drama. So keep in mind these are all in good fun.
For more background on the model and how it works, listen to the CFG Analysis Podcast Episode 8 or read up here. In theory, the model should be getting better each year as we get more data from past years to help calibrate it.
Before we get to the predictions, here are some general thoughts on this year's Regionals:
- As far as loading goes, this year is roughly the average of the past four years. The required weights in the metcons are lighter than last year, but there is more lifting overall (48% vs 37%). Although the exact number depends on the numbers we see in the snatch event, the LBEL looks to be around 0.72, which is lower than 2012 (0.92) but higher than 2011 (0.68), 2013 (0.60) and 2014 (0.58).
- Olympic lifting movements play a huge role, even more so than in the past. Every single lift falls into the "Olympic-Style Barbell Lifts" category that I've defined, and even if you restrict that definition to only snatches, cleans and jerks, that's 36% of the points. Thrusters, overhead squats and sumo deadlift high pulls make up another 12%. Historically, this entire group of movements is worth about 33% of the points at Regionals.
- Burpees are nowhere to be found for a second straight competition after appearing in every competition from 2008-2014. Very curious on the reasoning from HQ here...
- I like the move to the Games-style scoring system. This won't punish a single poor performance quite as much (Sam Briggs would have made it to the Games last year under this system), and it rewards elite performances on certain events more so than the past Regional system. More old school thoughts on the scoring system here. If I had my druthers, this is the scoring system I think I'd go with.
OK, well let's get to the predictions. The only manual adjustments I made this week were to bump up Camille's chances a bit (despite her being in the highest-rated cohort already) and to put Sam Briggs into a slightly higher cohort (equivalent to athletes finishing below 15th at the Games last year but top 40 at Regionals last year). Enjoy the weekend everyone!