He isn’t used to be at The French Throwdown, but he intends to become one. Eliott Genin is one of those French athletes who have proven that they can be present among the international elite.
Today, he looks back on his memories of the FTD.
Three days to meet up with friends
For me, the French Throwdown represents THE competition not to be missed in France, the meeting of French CrossFit and the only competition in France that brings together athletes among the best in Europe. I register because of the crazy floor, the top organization, the fun program (if we forget the ski/husafell WOD of 2022 ahah) and especially because we find all our friends on the floor in a top atmosphere thanks to the very special public of the French Throwdown.
I have only participated twice, once in 2018 as an intermediate team and last year as an individual elite. This year, it will be also as elite but with my team composed of Julie Vernet, Carole Castelani, Lucas Heuze and myself.
The stress of qualifying
I don’t have enough experience on the floor of the French Throwdown to have tons of anecdotes but when I think back to last year, the team of judges made me stress by giving me a penalty on the HSPU hang clean event during the qualifications. I must admit that I was quite stressed until I received my confirmation email for the final in June. Qualifying for the elite individual was one of my goals so I admit I almost panicked a little!
A weekend full of emotions
My best memory is last year’s edition in general, the whole weekend was huge, both in the organization and in my personal feelings on the floor and with the top support of the whole CrossFit Genas team. Now it’s true that the victory on event 1 was incredible because it was the first time for me to win a WOD in elite category. Winning the first one is a great confidence booster for the rest of the competition. Otherwise, the huge atmosphere on the ladder snatch on Sunday was crazy, I would like to thank all the French community for the encouragement!
If you are hesitating to register, no matter what your level or category, go for it, you will have one of the best weekends of competition of your season and of your years of CrossFit.
Last year, Eliott Genin finished in 12th place in the Elite Men’s individual category.