Team Peak Joins the Superteam Fold for the 2024 Season
The CrossFit Games Team Division is taking shape as more and more rosters are announced.
- Mayhem Thunder will see the return of Kara Saunders, Khan Porter, and James Newbury to the competition floor along with Emily de Rooy.
- Elliot and Jamie Simmonds are joining Kristóf Horvath and Mia Hesketh to form Team Walleye.
- CrossFit Invictus just revealed its Team Invictus Unbroken, featuring Tyler Soderback, Jenn Ryan, Lauren Stallwood, and Sean Early.
Most recently, Noah Ohlsen, Tola Morakinyo, Lena Richter, and Matilde Garnes announced that they were joining forces to form Team Peak for 2024. In the announcement, made via social media, the four highlight that amongst them, there are 22 CrossFit Games qualifications, five podiums, and four silver medals.
Some background: Like Team Walleye, Team Peak is heading into the season rich in team experience, although this will be the first time for this four-person combination.
- In the past three years at the CrossFit Games, Lena Richter, with CrossFit Oslo and CrossFit Oslo Navy Blue, has taken two second-place finishes in 2021 and 2022 and a third in 2023.
- Fellow Norwegian Matilde Garnes, also no stranger to teamwork, qualified for the Games on Team Progrm in 2020, only to move on to Individual for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
- Tola Morakinyo, with perhaps the most experience to boast, has five Games appearances in the team division, three top-ten overall finishes, and a silver medal last year, (beating out teammate Lena Richter’s CrossFit Oslo Navy Blue).
Noah Ohlsen, after competing for ten years as an individual, is a CrossFit Games team division rookie. While he has experience in off-season competitions like TYR Wodapalooza and the Down Under Championship, this will be his first time on a team for the CrossFit season.
- “This is, in fact, my first time ever preparing for a full season on a team, but I have done a good handful of off-season team competitions over the years,” Ohlsen tells Morning Chalk Up.
- “Those had always piqued my interest but I knew I wasn’t quite ready to make the shift. After closing out a decade of competing solo, I’m ready and hopeful that all of that experience will carry over and help me be a significant contributor to our team, in many capacities,” Ohlsen says.
Team Peak has already settled into their unique roles, and at this point, they have a full month of training behind them. Ohlsen expressed that he feels incredibly lucky that Morakinyo, Garnes and Richter were able to move across the world for this team to come together.
The training plan: Hence the name, the four are training at Peak 360 in Miami, FL, where they’re being coached by Joakim Rygh of Kriger Training (Rygh has coached the CrossFit Oslo team and led them to three podiums).
- Rygh has years of experience, and most importantly, with Garnes and Richter. Having built a strong relationship with Max El-Hag over the years, Ohlsen still consults with him, because as he stated, “I love him and (I) wasn’t ready to let go of that coach-athlete relationship yet.”
At this point, the four train together five days a week, and complete their strength work together, even if some of the components are slightly different. Ohlsen shares that Morakinyo has been taking on an in-person coaching role when it comes to strength training, as that is his field of expertise.
- “We run the track together with at least half of our intervals as a team. Multiple times a week, we do workouts as a team with the worm and with synchro movements in pairs or all four of us. We’re already figuring out the dynamics of working well together and little nuances in body language and communication that I think will help majorly throughout the season,” Ohlsen says.
The bottom line: For those who have followed Ohlsen and Garnes’ careers as individuals, as well as the team performances by Richter, Garnes, and Morakinyo, there is no doubt that Team Peak will be a major contender for the 2024 CrossFit Games. The four have greatly enjoyed this shift for the 2024 season and as their training progresses and continues to improve, their confidence is soaring along with it, rightfully so.
- Ohlsen: “I don’t have much context on what teams typically look like when they start training together at the beginning of the season, but it’s hard to imagine it going better than it has. That’s been getting us all pretty fired up because we still have so much time to continue getting fitter together and dialing everything in.”