Like many of CrossFit’s elite athletes, Noah Ohlsen began his path to
multiple appearances at the CrossFit games in other sports. Inspired
by his father, an All-American lacrosse player at Brown University,
he played the game throughout most of his childhood. And while the
young man had hopes for a college and pro career, his local high
school didn’t offer a lacrosse program. In limbo, he tried wrestling
his freshman year, but ultimately never settled in. The following year
he found a fit in water polo – a sport which he’d pursue through his
sophomore year at the University of Miami (FL).
Ohlsen freely admits that while he always had an interest in fitness,
it had largely been for superficial reasons. He was inspired to give
CrossFit a try after seeing a poster of the insanely fit Guido
Trinidad. And even if vanity drove his interest in the discipline,
his first workout at Peak 360 CrossFit (owned by Trinidad himself)
set the stage for amazing things to come.
Within six months, Ohlsen had become one of the gym’s de facto leaders
and Trinidad’s protege. Additionally, as a member of Beta Theta Pi
fraternity, he had to make major adjustments to his lifestyle.
Ohlsen’s newfound quest to reach the CrossFit Games went unfulfilled in
2012 and 2013, but his hard work showed clear results when his Open rank
jumped from 188 to 56 during those two years. In 2014, his win at the
South East Regionals qualified him for The Games, and his run as one of
CrossFit’s perennial contenders began in earnest.
Ohlsen has qualified for the CrossFit Games for eight consecutive years,
placed as high as second (2019), and landed in the top 10 a total of
In his personal life, he’s a devoted “dog dad” to his golden retriever,
Maximus. He also donated half of his winnings from the 2021 West Coast
The Trevor Project.