The Most Viewed Stories of 2022 and What They Tell Us

December 20, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Athlete's Eye Photography (Women's Leaders, Castro); JSquared Photography (Brandon); CrossFit LLC (Open 22.3 Announcement); Ava Kitzi (Rolfe)

As a final victory lap for 2022, we’re reflecting on a year of Open workouts, inspirational stories, and CrossFit Games drama. The Morning Chalk Up staff wrote more than 1,500 articles, but these few stood out the most to viewers. With a combined 765,000 views, here are the top 25 most-viewed articles of 2022. 

Here are some key takeaways before we get into the details. 

  • Dave Castro ruled the news cycle this year, whether he was working for CrossFit or not. Starting the year off strong on January 4th, news of Castro’s departure as the Director of the CrossFit Games and subsequent return in June dominated headlines. Of course, these changes were met with various opinions from the community.
  • The Open is as relevant as ever, with 50% of the top ten most-read articles of the year related to the Open. This promising statistic comes despite changes in the Open format this year. In addition, with 263,529 registered athletes, the 2022 Open is part of a trend upwards since participation dropped in 2020.  
  • Deficiencies in rollout and logistics from CrossFit HQ grabbed lots of attention. Between the back-and-forth with Castro, Eric Roza’s stepping down and Don Faul coming on as the new CEO, sports blunders like Bike to Work, and the falling through of the partnership with Whoop, CrossFit gained a serious amount of backlash that was widely received.  
  • Watching live events remains confusing and inconsistent. While this isn’t exclusive to CrossFit in the slightest (“is the football game on ABC, NBC, or only on your phone this week?!”) viewing top-tier competitions can be difficult. Luckily, Morning Chalk Up always posts “How to Watch” guides!

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