Chesapeake Athlete Wins CrossFit Games, $250k

It’s a dream realized for Ben Smith. Over a three-day surge, the 25-year old from Chesapeake took the coveted CrossFit Games championship and $275,000 along with it.

CrossFit is a grueling test of an athlete’s muscular strength and endurance, and the games (first started in 2007) are a collection of the top 50 men, women and teams in the world. Smith is one of just four “CrossFit-ers” to ever qualify for the games seven times in a row, and now he returns a champion.

“Something was different,” Smith told about this year’s Games. “I could feel it.”

And making his run more remarkable, Smith’s total of 915 points surpassed the 879 points of Mathew Fraser; the favorite to win it all this year. “He’s one of the most consistent guys out here,” Fraser said about Smith.