We’re past the halfway point of July already and we are inching closer to finally having live CrossFit competition with Mayhem Madness just over a month away now. Continuing our coverage of the teams that earned their way into the competition through the online qualifier, we turn our attention to the third and final team to make it in — Chasing The Madness.
Chasing The Madness finished 5th overall in the qualifier and was ranked 4th out of the teams that had yet to qualify. That originally placed them on the bubble and first in line for a backfill position but the team one spot ahead of them aptly named The Canadians — with a roster that included four Canadian athletes currently qualified for the Games as individuals — decided to decline their spot from the qualifier. Chasing The Madness finished all five qualifier workouts in the top 10 including a win in workout 2.
- Feerozah (Fee) Saghafi: Fresh off a strong finish in her rookie season at the CrossFit Games, Saghafi originally earned a second consecutive trip back to the Games through the Mayhem Classic before the qualification realignment meant her invite would be rescinded. A young and rising star within the sport, she got her first taste of live CrossFit competition back at the 2017 Central Regional as a member of CrossFit Mentality’s team. A small but explosive athlete, Saghafi shines when you mix higher skill gymnastics with a moderate barbell, evidenced by her 5th place finish in first cut at the Games in 2019. As a bonus, she’ll square off against mentor and CrossFit Mentality (her home affiliate) owner Scott Panchik.
- Christian Lucero: Following his rookie campaign at the Games in 2016, Lucero’s career has been up and down, with flashes of brilliance intermixed with difficult breaks. He was well on his way to a second Games berth in 2017 before a pec injury forced him to withdraw on the final day. He’s got a ton of competition experience — going to Regionals six times by the age of 26, and even though he doesn’t have the high level experience on a team that some of the other big name Games athletes may have, he’s seen more than enough time on the competition floor to be an integral piece that can mold to any situation. Lucero had a decent showing in a stacked Wodapalooza field finishing 12th, which was even more impressive given the recent revelation that he came down with COVID shortly after.
- Raph Durand: Of all the athletes on the roster Durand, has the most experience at the upper echelons of the team competition. Back in 2017 Durand was a member of the NorCal CrossFit Team alongside Colleen Fotsch that finished just off the podium in 4th place overall. The following year he made his first individual Regionals appearance before hitting the Sanctionals trail at the French Throwdown in 2019, and Wodapalooza this season. Durand has been on a steady trail of improvement, moving up the worldwide leaderboard every year since 2014, with 2020 bringing his best finish ever at 128th worldwide. Durand will bring some much needed experience using some of the team elements such as the worm that will be present in any 4 person workout from the programming pool.
- Allison Scudds: Following a 7th place finish at the 2017 Atlantic Regional — which earned her a spot on the demo team at the Games — Scudds has consistently been on the bubble of earning an individual berth to the CrossFit Games under the new Sanctional system. Three times Scudds has finished inside the top 10 at a Sanctional, including a pair of top five finishes at Pandaland and Brazil. Scudds is extremely skilled with gymnastics and will complement the rest of the team when the higher skill movements make their way into the competition. The biggest question will be how quickly she adjusts to some of the nuances of the team competition with implements like the worm, or fast paced cycling that occurs in the in work/rest intervals as opposed to the grind of the individual competition.
Outlook: Chasing The Madness definitely has the talent to be in the top 5 and if they get momentum, potentially make a push for the podium and make some of the established teams sweat. This team has the opportunity to play spoiler for a lot of the teams that earned an invite through Sanctionals hoping to earn some hardware.
- Some of the high skill individual relays similar to the qualifier work outs will be a bright spot for the team, and a women’s same gender pair with lots of gymnastics will also be a strength for the team given the strengths of Saghafi and Scudds.
- As with most of the new teams, the ability to mesh quickly and work efficiently in the teams of 4 workouts from the programming pool — all of which have the worm — will be crucial in ultimately determining where the team shakes out on the overall standing.
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Editor’s Note: This story was translated to Portuguese by Axel Gouveia from the original English version, which you…