Colchester native Mat Fraser was once again named “the fittest man on Earth” after clinching a win at the 2017 men’s Reebok CrossFit Games in what officials called the most dominating performance in history.
Held in Madison, Wis. last week, the event marked 27-year-old Fraser’s fourth games appearance and second win in as many years, netting him a $285,000 prize.
Securing 1,132 of a possible 1,300 points, he was 216 marks ahead of his closest competitor. As the final day of competition began, Fraser already held a 210-point lead.
In 2016, Fraser was 196 points ahead of the second place finisher, then the largest margin of victory ever seen at the CrossFit Games, which began in 2007.
Fraser took first in four events: the triple G chipper, muscle-up clean ladder, heavy 17.5 and 2223 intervals, and second in four others.
Fraser found his passion for weightlifting while attending Colchester High School, realizing he far preferred to spend his time in the weight room than on the football field, he told the Sun earlier this year.
By the time he graduated, Fraser had an offer to practice weightlifting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Training too intensely, he ended up breaking his back in two places. Shaken by the injury, he moved back home and enrolled in the University of Vermont. After giving CrossFit a try, he was hooked.
Fraser was treated with celebrity status when he visited Colchester Middle School, his alma mater, in February to introduce a CrossFit unit in the physical education program. There, he told students he still wasn’t used to the increased attention his ’16 win garnered.
Fraser still lives in Colchester and trains at Champlain Valley CrossFit in Williston.
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