The Most Read Stories of 2023 and What They Tell Us

December 19, 2023 by and
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As 2023 drifts to a close, we are taking a look back at a year packed full of inspirational stories, high sports drama, and occasionally surprising news from HQ. Throughout the year, the Morning Chalk Up staff wrote more than 1250 articles, but those listed below drew the most attention. With a combined 821,108 views (up 7% from 2022), here are the top 20 most-viewed articles of 2023.

Here are a few key takeaways before we dig into the details.

  • 2023 was a year of big announcements from CrossFit HQ, and Morning Chalk Up readers were paying attention. From changes at the executive level to the Games moving to Texas to the affiliate fee increase, headlines charting HQ’s moves attracted a lot of eyeballs this year.
  • The Open remains relevant, with four of the top 10 most-read articles of the year related to the annual event. This was the second year of the three-week format and another year in the upward trend of Open registrations. In 2023, 321,511 athletes registered across all divisions (up from 293,805 in 2022). Since 2020, Open registration has increased about 10% each year.
  • Who’s not competing matters as much as who is, as our third most-read article (and first related to a specific athlete) was the announcement that Mal O’Brien wouldn’t be competing in the Semifinals or the Games. Other highly read pieces in this category included Brooke Wells missing out on a Games spot, Rich Froning’s retirement from the Team Division, and Haley Adams’ announcement that she was sitting out the season.
  • Watching live events remains confusing and inconsistent. While this isn’t exclusive to CrossFit (it’s hard to keep track of which games are on which networks or streaming platforms from week to week in many major sports), viewing elite competition can be difficult. Luckily, Morning Chalk Up always posts “How to Watch” guides!

The Morning Chalk Up’s Most Read Stories of 2023

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