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Morning Chalk Up

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Power rankings for the top men and women after Quarterfinals
  • Kelsey Kiel talks going bobsled and back to a CrossFit team
  • 22 questions with Poland’s “All Gas No Brakes” Gabriela Migala
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  2022 Post-Quarterfinals Worldwide Power Rankings  

2022 Post-Quarterfinals Worldwide Power Rankings

Prior to the start of the open we released a power rankings of the best athletes in the sport heading into the season. Having gone through the first two parts of the season (the Open and Quarterfinals) for individuals, it’s time to update the list.

This time around, we’ve gathered a panel of five of the leading experts and analysts in the sport who were each responsible for ranking athletes on both the men’s and women’s side one through 20.

Our expert panel includes: Brian Friend, Chad Schroeder, Chase Ingraham, Patrick Clark, and Tommy Marquez. Their lists were compiled to create the following Worldwide Power Rankings at this point in the CrossFit season.

Remind Me: We have only considered athletes who appear to be competing as individuals for this season. People like Annie Thorisdottir and Rich Froning were not considered for this list because they are competing in a different division (team) this year. An athlete like Kristin Holte who is retired would not be considered as well. However, an athlete like Scott Panchik, who said he is retired but has competed in both stages of competition so far and given no indication that he won’t also be at Semifinals (so far), is someone we are still considering.

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The Community Gyms Coalition and the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association continue to fight for gyms across the country when it comes to COVID financial aid with the Relief for Restaurants and Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act.

  • “We are grateful Congress recognizes that many small businesses continue to struggle due to COVID-related closures and restrictions and require assistance to survive. While we do not doubt that many different sectors desire support, government shutdowns and operating restrictions were not industry-neutral: they were applied to specific industries, including the fitness industry. A fair and efficient solution would provide targeted support to those industries that were hardest hit with closures.”

In case you missed it, Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to Armen Hammer and Patrick Clark about the news that Adrian Bozman will program the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games. Hammer laid it all out perfectly:

  • “I think this is a really good opportunity for CrossFit to put a stamp on the new era of what it takes to be a CrossFit Games athlete.”

The Torian Pro is looking for a videographer down under to join their team for the Semifinal.

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  Kelsey Kiel on the Thrill of Her First Bobsled Run: “It Was Insane”  

Kelsey Kiel on the Thrill of Her First Bobsled Run: “It Was Insane”

Kelsey Kiel said your first bobsled run is impossible to forget.

“They tell you, ‘You’re just going to have to do it, you’re not going to know until you do,” said the 30-year-old, who has gone to the CrossFit Games three times on a team. “And it couldn’t be any closer to the truth.”

Kiel was training in Lake Placid in November of 2020, looking to find a way onto the USA Bobsled team after driver and four time Olympian Kaillie Humphreys reached out to her on Instagram wondering if she might give the sport a try.

Soon Kiel found herself hurdling down an icy track like a roller coaster at close to 90 miles an hour in a metal sled that can weigh up to 400 pounds.

“I was just praying the whole time down, ‘Please don’t let me fall out of this thing.’ And you know you’re not going to fall out of it because the g-force is not going to let you fall. But I’m in this sled at Lake Placid which is known to be one of the hardest tracks in the world, and I’m with this amazingly skilled driver, but the drivers hit the walls, and when the drivers hit the walls the brakeman will shift and your butt kind of comes off the seat a little bit.”

It was a jarring experience nonetheless, but one Kiel said she quickly found enticing instead of scary.

“I was death gripping the sled because I was just convinced I was going to fly out of it. I probably held my breath the whole minute down the track, it was insane. But that’s what they always say, you’re either going to say, ‘Nope, never doing that again, I’m done.’ Or you’re going to be like, ‘Yeah let’s fucking go again.’”

Kiel, much like Tia-Clair Toomey, didn’t end up going to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, partially because of the small number of available slots, especially for women’s bobsled because there is no four person event, but she said it’s an experience she wouldn’t trade for the world.

“Bobsled is a very blue collar sport, you’re getting dirty, flipping sleds, sanding runners on these sleds for hours in the garage. So it was long days and just different, so it was just a completely different training world than CrossFit.”

Now back home in Philadelphia, training out of CrossFit OBA and part of a team alongside Joey Tortora, Nick Hecht and Ashley Wozny who are getting set to compete in Quarterfinals, Kiel said her life feels like it has come full circle. She continued, of course, bobsledding is most definitely something she would do again given the atmosphere was similar to the one she’s known the best inside the box.

“Every bobsledder, their screws are a little loose. They’re crazy, but I also come from the CrossFit world. And CrossFitters are a little crazy too.”

  Kelsey Kiel on the Thrill of Her First Bobsled Run: “It Was Insane”  

VIDEO: Catching Up With Kelsey Kiel: Leaving Bobsled Behind and Joining Team CrossFit Open Box Athletics

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  22 Questions with Gabriela Migala: Baby Food, Coffee Shops and the Texas Longhorns  


22 Questions with Gabriela Migala: Baby Food, Coffee Shops and the Texas Longhorns

The sixth fittest woman on the planet is from Poland and her name is Gabi. The 23-year-old is known for her infectious style and somewhat, maybe a little bit, shy personality. But it turns out there is a lot more to her than lifting heavy and crushing events like a walk in the park. She’s got a new docuseries, All Gas No Brakes, the title is explained below, which is a further peek into her life and mindset as an athlete.

With that in mind, here are 22 questions with Migała, in accordance with the year, where we get to know the woman behind the smile.

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The Benefits of The Power Nap

Okay, we get it, a good night's sleep helps you perform better. But what about a 30-minute power nap? Some swear by it, and some say it makes them feel worse...but what's the truth?




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Whether Whey or Plant Protein Is Right For You

Protein is essential for so many functions in the body, but should we be following the plant protein trend? How do they differ from animal-based? And which one is better? Get the science behind the vegan protein powders and the more common, milk-based powders and decide which is right for you.



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Losing Your Rower

Not in the literal sense. It's a pretty big piece of equipment. But you need to stop losing your rower mid-pull. In order to generate as much power as possible, you need to be close to your rower. See what we mean in this clip and get two methods to help you stay connected.


Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a highlight.

  • 🎀 Congratulations to Jessica and Austin Cahoy who are expecting a baby girl in November 2022.
  • Congratulations Anita Bubnjević from Baš Čelik Fit in Novi Sad, Serbia on the 231.5 pound/105kg back squat PR.
  • Congratulations Kendall Fellers from CrossFit Zoetic in Franklin, TN on the 185 pound/84kg clean PR.
  • Rachel Elery from CrossFit Omnia in Denver, CO put up a 240 pound/108.5kg clean and jerk PR.
  • Congratulations to Ella Wunger from CrossFit Flensburg in Flensburg, Germany on her “Other Total” score of 735 pounds/334.5kg in 2022 Quarterfinals, earning her 3rd place in Europe for Workout 4, and 19th overall.
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