The 2014 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship Weekend kicked off this evening with an even bigger press conference than last year, hosting many more cameras, press, and athletes. After Spartan CEO Joe DeSena said a few words, our favorite announcer and MC, TC Anderson asked the panel of Spartan Pro Team Elite Athletes a few questions about the upcoming race. Among the questions were inquiries about the course, mental preparation, cold preparation, and how the absence of last year’s winners would affect their strategies going into the Beast. TC then opened up the questions to the press and ION host Joel Getty got in a question along with Matt B. Davis of Obstacle Racing Media, and Margaret Schlachter from DirtInYourSkirt.com The panel consisted of John Yatsko, April Dee, Matt Novakovich, Rose Wetzel-Sinnett, Hunter McIntyre, Deanna Blegg, James Appleton, and TyAnn Clark. All were well spoken, and answered questions confidently with Matt “The Bear” cracking jokes with Hunter, and John Yatsko showing a complete lack of respect to the mountain that has claimed so many. We’ll see if John can hold off veterans like Matt, Hunter, and Cody, while keeping an eye on Dark Horse racers like Ryan Atkins and Knut Hoehler. On the women’s side, with Amelia out, it’s truly anyone’s game, but Deanna Blegg has always been consistent, so she promises to do well, and who doesn’t love that Australian accent?