Four-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning will retire from individual competition to focus on team events after the 2014 CrossFit Games.
"This may be my last year as an individual, and I do want to try team," Froning told CrossFit Games director Dave Castro (see video).
Froning has won the CrossFit Games for the past three years. He made the comments shortly after Team USA lost to Team World (with a score of 24 to 19) at the 2013 CrossFit Invitational Games in Berlin last week.
It was sweet revenge for Team World (which consisted of Europeans, Canadians, and Australians), who lost last year 20 to 6.
While Rich excelled individually at the CrossFit Invitational, he was frustrated by Team USA's lackluster performance as a group, particularly the uninspiring performance of the U.S. women.
"It leaves a sour taste in my mouth," he said. "It doesn't matter what it is, I don't like to lose."
Fans noted that as a group, the U.S. men dominated the World men's team, while the U.S. women were outclassed by the World women's team.
Froning, who was Team USA's captain, attributed the relatively weaker performance of the U.S. women to poor communication.
"It's tough working with two different genders," he said. "You've got to learn how to talk to women. There's two different ways to motivate people.
"You have to learn that different people are motivated in different ways. Me, Ben [Smith] and Jason [Khalipa] are motivated the same way. We can yell at each other. With the girls you have to be a little bit more tender."
Froning detailed his incredible journey from firefighter to CrossFit King in his memoir, First: What It Takes to Win.