Morning Chalk Up

Fraser, Toomey on Top

August 6, 2017 BY Morning Chalk Up
Fraser, Toomey on Top
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Good morning from Madison, WI and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. This is fourth and final day of the 2017 CrossFit Games and today’s edition is brought to you by RockTape, helping athletes of every level go stronger, longer. NEW from RockTape: Win your warm-up with RockFloss, our new mobility tool. Unglue sticky and stiff muscles and joints.


“It has come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely stay back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” — Leonardo Da Vinci



6:10 AM came early, but the sun shined bright as your author walked across the street to Bradbury’s Coffee. Ben Alderman and the CrossFit Games Demo Team popped out of a van across the street. Apparently, we were all feeling the same caffeinated need. The Morning Chalk Up team was heading to CrossFit Connex to do a breakfast and WOD live on Facebook with Julie Foucher and some of her friends.Meanwhile over at the Alliant Energy Center, Katrin Davidsdottir was racking up a much needed win in Strongman’s Fear to climb up the leaderboard into 6th place. Brent Fikowski would edge out Mathew Fraser by 9/100ths of a second (video) to snag his second event win this week.

FUN FACT: Brent Fikowski’s six career CrossFit Games wins ties him with Josh Bridges and Kris Clever for the most event wins in an athlete’s first two Games appearances.

FUN FACT: In gymnastics related events, Kari Pearce has an average finish of 3.2.

But redemption came quick for Mathew Fraser in the the Muscle-Up Clean Ladder as he racked up his second event win of the week. He doubled his lead from 68 points in the start of the day to 138. Tia-Clair Toomey was the only female athlete who ran back and forth between muscle-ups and cleans to finish the event 43 seconds faster than Kara Webb in second place. After nine events, only 22 points separated first place from fifth, and Katrin Davidsdottir was on the outside looking in 62 points away from Tennil Reed in fifth place.

HEAVY 17.5

Josh Bridges has been struggling through something all week. But he showed up for Heavy 17.5. His 8:41 performance in Heat 1 remained unbeaten until Mathew Fraser bested it by only 17 seconds in Heat 4. He’d hang on to second place, his only top 10 performance this weekend.It’s hard to accurately describe the intensity on the women’s side. Kara Webb and Tia-Clair Toomey established themselves as the two dominant forces from the get-go, with Toomey having a slight edge over Webb. The two traded places for the next nine rounds. Webb reached the jump rope first. She had about a 15 rep lead when she stumbled and missed a rep, giving Toomey a chance to catch up. With barely any time to spare, Webb hit her 35th rep and skirted over the finish line.

“Oh damn that girl gets me moving…Man, [Tia] keeps me on my toes…she makes me get more uncomfortable than I’d like to,” Webb said after the event win.

This is truly unbelievable. Truly epic. Truly one of the finest displays and tests of fitness we’ve witnessed at the CrossFit Games. The female athletes, for the first time at the CrossFit Games, completed a benchmark WOD at male weights. Let’s break down Kara Webb’s performance for a second:

  • Her time of 7:53 was good enough to have placed 44th in Australia and 672nd worldwide in 17.5 in the men’s division.
  • Webb would have beaten 2017 Games athletes Alec Smith and George Sanchez’s 17.5 times.

At the end of Day 3, Tia-Clair Toomey barely sits on top, 14 points ahead of Kara Webb. The fight for third between Sigmundsdottir, Thorisdottir and Reed-Beuerlein are only separated by 26 points. Katrin Davidsdottir sits in sixth and 56 points away from third place.

Time’s up, let’s do this. Day 4 is here.


  • Cody Anderson weighs in at just 172 pounds and the 350 pound barbells is more than 2x his bodyweight. But that doesn’t stop him from cleaning it twice to finish the Muscle-Up Clean Ladder under the time cap.
  • It cannot be understated how unbelievable this dance party was with Brooke Ence, Sam and Jenn Dancer and this topless stud. We were just glad to be there to witness it.
  • Brent Fikowski and Mathew Fraser racing to the finish and Fraser falling off
  • CrossFit Games athlete Jason Carroll proposing to his girlfriend Cassie Alvarado Friday night in the Coliseum.
  • Kara Webb and Tia-Clair Toomey trading reps right to the very end of Heavy 17.5. This was one of the best 45 seconds during the 2017 CrossFit Games.
  • Photo of the Day. 


43,130 Pounds: Team competitors moved 43,130 pounds at an average rate of 2.92 feet per second during the Drag and Drive event.

9: The number of times both CrossFit Invictus and CrossFit Fort Vancouver have appeared in the Affiliate Cup at the CrossFit Games.

10,000+ People: The capacity of the sold out Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center.

37,880 Pounds: The number of pounds moved in and out of the coliseum on Saturday.

6 Days and 50 Truckloads of Sand: From start-to-finish, it took Rogue Fitness six days and fifty truckloads of sand to put together the O-Course for the CrossFit Games.


Not at the Games? Now you can get a virtual 360 degree tour of the Reebok store at the Alliant Energy Center.

See you at the FitAid party tonight, it’s going to be cray cray, doors open at 10PM. The word of today at Kill Cliff is VODKA. They’re serving up some Kill Cliff slushies with a little something extra all day today. ROMWOD is hosting ROMWODs throughout the day. We’ll be riding the mechanical bull at Paleoethics and beating Jackie Perez in water wars at FITAID. And here’s the rest of what’s going on the rest of today.

Chalk Up Calendar CHALK UP Calendar

8/3 – 8/6: The CrossFit Games (Madison, WI)
8/7 – 8/16: World Police and Fire Games (Los Angeles, CA)
8/13: TriFit Games (Lincoln, NE)
8/16: 2017 Cascade Classic Online Qualifier (Online)
8/26: Garage Games ONE (Buford, GA)
8/26: New WODs on the Block (Nationwide)
9/8 – 9/10 – USA Functional Fitness National Championships (Colorado Springs, CO)
9/9: World Wide WoD (Online)
9/10: Railyard Riot (Lincoln, NE)
9/22 – 24: Icon Athlete Training Camp (Park City, UT)