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21.2 Brings Armor CrossFit Back Together

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March 22   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Armor CrossFit experienced tragedy and loss during 17.1, but honor their fallen friend for 21.2.
  • How Earned Athletic became Asia’s first CrossFit apparel success story.
  • Meet Laurie Page, cancer survivor, eight-year CrossFit veteran.
  • Do you know someone who has done an exceptional job embodying and capturing the essence of the CrossFit community? Find out how you can nominate them for a Morning Chalk Up Community Choice Award.

We love seeing your story tips, quotes and PRs roll in. Keep sending them to [email protected].

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  • REMINDER: Score submission for 21.2 is due by 5 PM PT (8 PM ET) today.
  • MUST WATCH: Tia-Clair Toomey and Chandler Smith take on 21.2.
  • Here’s what the 21.2 leaderboard looks like right now (all scores unofficial):
    1. Cory Emrick (9:06) | Emily Webb (9:37)
    2. Luka Dukic (9:13) | Valentina Rangel (9:45)
    3. Stas Solodov (9:20) | Bianca Savarese (10:00)
    4. Patrick Vellner (9:27) | Sydney Michalyshen (10:11)
    5. Chandler Smith (9:32) | Shelby Neal (10:15)
    6. Noah Ohlsen (9:33) | Julia Blazejowska (10:16)
    7. Jake Berman (9:43) | Simone Arthur (10:19)
    8. Ryan Van Patten (9:45) | Lauren Lovick (10:24)
    9. Brenden Willis (9:45) | Lauren Weeks (10:28)
    10. Eric Carmody (9:49) | Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault (10:29)
    11. Thor Hajnal (9:49) | Nandi Mehta (10:30)
  • This Week: The 21.3 live announcement will take place earlier, at 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET on March 25. Scott, Saxon and Spencer Panchik will face-off at CrossFit Home Office in Scotts Valley, CA.

Here are a couple more Speeds Reads:

  • Mattie Rogers has partnered with Working Against Gravity.
  • Noah Ohlsen appeared the Training Think Tank podcast to talk about Fraser’s Retirement, Gerard Returning, PEDs and more:
    • Ohlsen on his relationship with Fraser: “Pretty neutral, I would love to be friends with him, but I think just like personality-wise we never super clicked. I think because we were always competitors, we rarely had opportunities where we were outside competition hanging out.”
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  17.1 Took Their Friend, 21.2 Brings Armor CrossFit Together to Heal and Honor Him  

17.1 Took Their Friend, 21.2 Brings Armor CrossFit Together to Heal and Honor Him

Four years ago, 24-year-old Octavious King finished his final burpee box jump over during CrossFit Open workout 17.1 and dropped to the ground.

  • At first, nobody at Armor CrossFit in Apopka, FL was concerned. They were used to seeing him be the hardest worker in the gym and crash after the workout. This time, though, was different. It quickly became clear that King was in medical distress.

What happened next: Two members rushed over to King, who was semi-conscious, and began CPR, as Jeremy Brassard, the owner of the gym, cradled his friend’s head in his hands and stared into his eyes, “trying my best to comfort and communicate with him as best as I could,” Brassard said. Moments later, King stopped breathing and was soon pronounced dead.

  • “It seemed impossible. None of us could believe it…This was Octavious, the guy who would wear a weight vest in every WOD if he could. The guy who would march three miles around the block with 135 pounds on his back just because. The guy whose smile lit up everything,” Brassard said.
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  How Earned Athletic Became Asia’s First CrossFit Apparel Success Story, During a Pandemic and Protest Movement in Hong Kong  


How Earned Athletic Became Asia’s First CrossFit Apparel Success Story, During a Pandemic and Protest Movement in Hong Kong

One of Eric Roza’s first large scale interviews after being named the new CEO of CrossFit LLC was with the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post. The English language daily sits on the edge of the Chinese mainland, and regularly covers the sport of CrossFit, branding itself as the authoritative source on information related to China.

Roza made a bold declaration: CrossFit would have 20,000 boxes in China by 2040. The company is clearly salivating at its largest untapped market, the burgeoning, image obsessed Chinese middle class, who now number somewhere well above 700 million and have almost unfiltered access to Western media and culture given the rise of technology and international travel.

  Told She’d Never Workout Again, Cancer Survivor Laurie Page Begins Her Ninth Year of CrossFit  

Told She’d Never Workout Again, Cancer Survivor Laurie Page Begins Her Ninth Year of CrossFit

In 2002, 40-year-old Laurie Page was diagnosed with leukemia. Because of her age and the type of cancer, doctors didn’t think they could find a cure.

Today, almost 20 years after the initial diagnosis and being told she would never work out again due to complications from treatment, now 61-year-old Page is an avid CrossFitter at CrossFit Perimeter in Georgia.

Her story: Page was always active; the morning of her diagnosis, Page said she probably ran 8 miles. She ran road races on the weekends, completed a triathlon, and helped train clients at a gym.

  • “Then all of the sudden, you’re knocked off your pedestal,” Page says, noting that she was quite sick for two years, eventually having a bone marrow transplant.
  • Page’s treatment and medication destroyed her bone density, turning her bones into “goo,” and damaged her kidneys, leaving her with chronic kidney disease.
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