9. Elisabeth Akinwale
Weight: 158 pounds
One of the older female competitors, Akinwale is a bit of a surprise contender, given her age and her physical attributes. “She’s someone who is, on paper, too strong and too powerful to be really good at the Games,” says Nief. That said, she’s qualified for every Games since 2011 and performs very solidly despite not being ideally built for CrossFit.
Unlike many women, Akinwale didn’t start out with much gymanastics experience. But Jentgen doesn’t think this will stop her: “Akinwale is a great strength athlete who has continued to try and improve [her] gymnastics ability.”Back to top