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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I counted my confidence as a swimmer to be the main reason that I was able to win the races that I won. I’m not super tall, I’m not super strong. I had very interesting technique, but I’m sure there are people who had better and stronger technique…So, it played a big role in my career, and my success, so why couldn’t I help teach this to the next generation?” — Rebecca Soni, 6x Olympic medalist
Most of you have probably eaten a sweet potato at least once in your life. And chances are pretty good that once you started doing CrossFit, you started eating a few more of them. Nowadays they’re served all sorts of ways — sweet potato fries, hash, mash, soup, stew, stuffed, crushed, and even in your salad — but do you know where this root from the morning glory family originates from?
Tell me more.
For starters, the sweet potato is only distantly related to your standard potato.
Often confused as a yam, which hailes from Africa, the sweet potato originates from the Americas, most likely Central America. Indians began farming it about 5,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest vegetables.
Who done it first?
That would be Christopher Columbus in 1492. He even brought some back to Europe when he returned from exploring, where they spread across the continent to the rest of the world.
Who eats the most?
The majority of sweet potatos are grown in China, at a rate of 105 million tonnes, but about half of that is used to feed livestock. However, Papua New Guinea takes the cake on per capita consumption of roughly 1,100 pounds per person a year.
What did the sweet potto say to the Irish potato? “You’re no potato! I yam.”
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES
Roundup — Tasia Percevecz moves to Cookeville, TN today. Brent Fikowski’s wife Claire officially became a Canadian citizen. Sam Dancer cleans 275 pounds with one arm.
IWF Worlds —
— Thuri Helgadottir hit a 238 pound clean and jerk to take second in the women’s 58kg B session at 2017 IWF World Championships. Thuri also PRed her snatch at 190 pounds.
To all our readers fluent in Icelandic, you’re in for a treat. For those who aren’t, you can get the gist of it. Annie Thorisdottir was welcomed onto an Icelandic TV show for a little Moto-CrossFit which involved her racing around a dirt track on a dirt bike.
Olympic swimming medalists Caroline Burckle and Rebecca Soni, sit down with Julie Foucher to chat about their swimming careers, their struggles in the post-Olympic period, positive psychology, and what it’s like to watch swimming in the CrossFit Games.
This soup from Nom Nom Paleo is a perfect example of what to do when you have a whole bunch of veggies in the fridge that are just about to go bad and you need to use them stat. Throw in some shredded chicken to give it a little more protein.
The kid in the video is noticeably sturdy but still green, like a sapling that carries hints of its future girth in its trunk and branches. He is standing on a metal plate embedded in a wooden platform in one corner of a university research lab, ready to have his technique studied. He’s 14 and one of the strongest people in the world for his age.
Yet CJ’s rare and precocious talent has led to responsibilities that set him apart. As a top athlete in his sport, he must report his daily whereabouts to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which first collected a urine sample from him when he was 12. He got to choose the black-and-gold color scheme of his hard-soled weightlifting shoes designed by his sponsor, Reebok. Another sponsor ships him healthy frozen meals — broccoli, brown rice, chicken and beef — that he is supposed to stick to in the weeks leading up to competitions.
And he carries one additional, intangible burden: His sport is in dire need of credible winners. He would like to be one.
“What I expect of myself at this upcoming world championships is to, you know, go out there, do my best and have fun,” CJ says earnestly after a recent workout. “Several countries are banned for doping, so I will probably have a legitimate shot to place. But just for my personal goal, go out there, have fun and do the best that I can do.”
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