The 2020 CrossFit Games Open is less than three weeks away. Before feelings of panic and dread set in from the impending fitness gauntlet thrown by Dave Castro, it’s important to remember that this is a landmark year, and it marks a full decade of the Open. For 10 seasons now affiliates around the world have gathered for weekly workout announcements, “Friday Night Lights,” and countless hours of leaderboarding.
This year marks a significant change for the Open, a move to October and the shortest “off season,” in our sports history with 67 days separating the closing ceremonies of the 2019 CrossFit Games and the announcement of 20.1. With a shortened transition window, and five weeks of testing on the horizon, here’s some numbers for athletes of all levels to help set your sights on the Open once again.
Making it to Madison
For the elites hoping to make the trip to Madison once again next summer, the Open all comes down to snagging a coveted qualifying spot before the holidays hit full swing.
38 and 31 were the magic numbers for women and men in the Open last year as 38th place Cheryl Nasso and 31st place Tim Paulson were the final top 20 invites after the backfilling process had finally settled.
501 and 733 total points accrued during the Open by Paulson and Nasso, the point totals the effective cut line for a Games qualifying spot. It equates to an average finish worldwide in each workout of 100.2 for Paulson, and 146.6 for Nasso. Both reasonable targets for perennial Game athletes.
2 and 1: The total number of reps separating Saxon Panchik and Jessica Griffith – who were the first athletes below the cut line – from receiving an individual invite through the Open. Saxon needed just two more wall balls, and Griffith only one more in 19.1 to move up above the cut line. Every rep counts in the Open!
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WOD FOR PINEVIEW — CrossFit APE in Klamath Falls, OR is holding a fundraiser WOD and donation drive for Pineview Youth Residential Program on Saturday, September 28. They are accepting a list of goods for kids ages 10 – 14 as well as monetary donations.
SECRET GAMES — CrossFit Bryggen in Bergen, Norway is hosting a competition called the Secret Games on Saturday, September 28. The event is worldwide and is done in teams that are formed based on individual scores. The qualifiers are live until Thursday, September 26. The teams will be anounced Friday, September 26, the day before the competition.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
…and we’ve all heard of dogs of CrossFit by what about wallabies of CrossFit?
Lauren Fisher Headed to Bogotá — Lauren Fisher will be in Bogotá in December for the Nightmare Before Christmas Fitness Festival 2019, as a guest speaker. Her going to Colombia was possible thanks to Nike, who is also sponsoring the competition.
— “The idea of bringing Lauren is really something that came up a few years ago, since NBC was born. We’ve always wanted to bring international athletes so they can share with colombian community all their experience and allow us to grow as crossfiters, athletes, coaches and organizers. We do all this to get the best out of their visit and to permit colombian fitness community keeps growing,” said Andrés Peñuelas, organizer.
Celtic Series in Ireland is Folding — Alan Fitzpatrick, 41, from Navan, Ireland is known for running CrossFit events under the Celtic Series and selling CrossFit equipment as well. But Thammy Gough has yet to receive over $14,000 worth of equipment she bought from Fitzpatrick for her new CrossFit gym set to open in just one week in Baldoyle, North Dublin.
— “Thammy says she paid Celtic Series for the equipment months ago, and upon inquiring about delivery last Saturday she was told it would be with her before the end of the month.Then on Monday she received another message saying they had gone ‘completely broke’ and might not be able to fulfil her order.”
— “It’s understood at least seven others also have concerns that they’ve lost their money.”
The Down Under CrossFit Championship announced that they’ll be partnering with the Brazil CrossFit Championship to extend direct invites to the podium finishers in the individual and team divisions. This is the latest in a batch of new partnerships between Sanctionals for the 2020 season.
All five events owned by Loud and Live Sports – Wodapalooza, the West Coast Classic, the Madrid CrossFit Championship, the Granite Games, and the Mayan CrossFit Classic are all offering direct invites to individual and team Sanctional winners from the prior 12 months from the event date.
The Brazil CrossFit Championship, along with the Loud and Live events, has been at the forefront of developing partnerships, establishing one of the first partnerships of the new format with Wodapalooza last season.
Last week the DUCC announced they will be extending invites to the individual winners of the Kalis Games, a licensed event in the Philippines.
This is the first partnership that the Down Under CrossFit Championship has reached with another Sanctional, after being a trailblazer in their own right in 2019. Last season the DUCC was the only sanctioned event of the season to use the Open as a qualifier for their event, a move that’s now been adopted by more than a dozen events this season.
In speaking with organizers of the DUCC, this trend of best practices is likely to continue with some potential future partnerships in the works to offer spots to licensed, and non-licensed events in line with other deals we previously reported on earlier this month. The partnership with Brazil is particularly important given how the competition played out in Sao Paulo last year.