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22 Questions with The One and Only Noah Ohslen

Morning Chalk Up

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • 22 questions with the one and only Noah Ohlsen
  • Ukrainian WOD Insight founders talk about the importance of stopping Russia
  • What are the cutoffs for Quarterfinals in each region?
  • Reebok Launches the NanoX2
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  22 Questions with Noah Ohlsen: Turkey Sandwiches, Frank Ocean and Leonardo DiCaprio  


22 Questions with Noah Ohlsen: Turkey Sandwiches, Frank Ocean and Leonardo DiCaprio

The man, the myth, the Miami boy. The 2022 CrossFit Open is in the books and to the surprise of no one, Noah Ohlsen is primed for another epic season. The sport’s most beloved veteran shows no signs of slowing down, and his podium aspirations look as healthy as ever heading into the 2022 CrossFit Games.

But who is the man behind the smile, the guy who is “happy, but hungry” in his quest to be the fittest man on the planet? We decided to get to know Ohlsen a bit better and deeper, and thus here are 22 questions, in accordance with the year, with one of the sport’s all-time greats and greatest personalities.

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Congrats to Saxon Panchik and Mal O’Brien for winning the 2022 CrossFit Open. 🏋🏼‍♀️ Check our our story detailing their thoughts on how they won, and what they had to do to get it done.

In case you missed it, Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to sports analysts Sean Woodland and Patrick Clark about why CrossFit getting into Semifinal programming is ultimately a good thing.

Pretty inspiring story about 28-year-old CrossFit athlete Madeline Shelling getting out of isolation and “absolutely sending it” for six minutes to save her season.

Underdogs Athletics and Chase Ingraham are joining forces to create the first ever elite team programming track for competitive athletes and affiliates.

Another interesting read on how varying your protein sources can help with everything from hypertension and high blood pressure.

  Ukrainian WOD Insight Founders Say Humanitarian Aid isn’t the Answer, Actively Stopping Russia is  

Ukrainian WOD Insight Founders Say Humanitarian Aid isn’t the Answer, Actively Stopping Russia is

Twin sisters Nastya and Taya Kholodova—Ukrainian software developers, CrossFit enthusiasts and the founders of WOD Insight, an app that can be likened to Strava but for the CrossFit athlete—are adamant that sending clothes or food to Ukraine is all but useless. Instead, the world needs to focus their attention on stopping Russia.

  • “Way too many people are focused on helping refugees with humanitarian aid. That is an easy task to execute on…(The) ugly reality is most of the humanitarian aid will be rotten somewhere on (the) Polish-Ukrainian border,” said Taya, who relocated from Kharkiv, a city in eastern Ukraine, to Kamianets-Podilskyi in western Ukraine after the Russian invasion, while her twin sister lives in Washington, DC.

The situation now: Though Taya is currently in the safer western part of Ukraine, and Nastya is in the United States, their mother and grandmother are still in Kharkiv, as their grandmother isn’t able to walk.

  • “It is a big issue for older people. They simply don’t want to move and some of them can’t,” said Taya, who has no intention of leaving her country at this point.
  • Another contentious issue for both Taya and Nastya is how the world is referring to the situation as a war. “This is not a Ukrainian crisis or a war in Ukraine. This is (an) unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Taya said. Further, just saying “no war please…will do nothing except dilute attention from (the) root cause of the issue.”

One big thing: One of the hardest things for both Nastya and Taya has been how their friends and family in Russia have effectively turned against them since Russia invaded their country at the end of February.

  • “(Our) relationships are destroyed with people who used to be our friends or family in Russia…Our Russian connections told us that Ukraine deserves to be bombed and levelled to the ground, (a) statement that we haven’t learned how to process yet,” Nastya said.
  • That being said, CrossFit Games qualifier, Russian Roman Khrennikov, who just relocated to the United States, has continued to show his support. “He is one of the nicest people we know. He is one of the few who said he is sorry for what is happening between our countries,” Nastya said.

The Bottom Line: “Russia must be stopped. It will solve all problems with the war (and) refugee (crisis) immediately,” said Taya, who admitted she and her sister are struggling hard right now.

    • “I can’t sleep, eat or exercise… Everything we grew up with has been destroyed during (the) past two weeks,” Nastya said.
    • Taya added: “I am really bad. The last two weeks were horrible. We are fighting as hard as we can.”
  2022 CrossFit Games Individual Quarterfinals: Everything You Need to Know About Cutoffs and Beyond  

2022 CrossFit Games Individual Quarterfinals: Everything You Need to Know About Cutoffs and Beyond

The 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Open is complete, the leaderboard is reviewed and finalized, and now we look to the Quarterfinals stage of competition where the top 10% individuals in each continental region will compete from a blank slate.

This article is referencing Individual Quarterfinals only. We will release more information regarding Team and Age-Group Quarterfinals as it becomes clear.

Who advances to Quarterfinals?

According to the CrossFit Games Rulebookthe top 10% is “based on the number of athletes registered per continent as of the close of 22.1.”

Estimated cut off lines by continent: These estimates are based on total individual registrations per gender, per continent reported to us by athletes in those areas. Because the final cut off line is determined by the number of athletes registered at the close of 22.1, there could be slight discrepancies in the final cutoff line.

Official cutlines are expected by Monday, March 21, as registration for Quarterfinals begins that morning.

  • North America: Women – 6429th | Men – 7061st
  • Europe:  Women 3668th | Men – 5429th
  • Oceania: Women – 855th | Men – 909th
  • Asia: Women – 491st | Men – 964th
  • South America: Women – 452nd | Men – 675th
  • Africa: Women – 324th | Men – 443rd

*Source: CrossFit Games App – Continental Rankings

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VIDEO: Scott Tetlow Wins Open Workout 22.3

After finishing just outside of a Games qualifying position at the Granite Games in 2021, Scott Tetlow is hopeful that this is the year he punches his ticket to Madison.

Tetlow completed Open workout 22.3 in an impressive 4:07, ranking him the top spot for the workout.

Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil sat down with Tetlow to discuss his Open workout win and plans to make it all the way to the CrossFit Games this season.

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  • 🎂 Happy birthday, Laura HorvathMatilde Garnes, and Dan Cafferky (Saturday).
  • Congratulations to Belle Headlee from Redline CrossFit in Waukee, IA on the 132 pound/59.5kg squat snatch PR.
  • Congratulations to 14-year-old Marissa Nichols from CrossFit 2222 in Austin, TX on finishing 7th in the 14-15 Open Division and joining the MAD Athlete team.
  • 👀 Anthony Davis from Timberwolf CrossFit in Saint Paul, MN hit a 405 pound/183.5kg squat clean + front squat complex.
  • 👏 Congratulations to 9-year-old Mia from Ocean State CrossFit North in Smithfield, RI on deadlifting 100 pounds/45kg.

Neuse River CrossFit in Raleigh, NC is hosting a Gains for the Brains fundraiser workout on April 9 to benefit owner and coach, Johnny Prescott, on his road to recovery after suffering a brain stem bleed and invasive surgery.

9/22 - 9/24: Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)
9/23 - 9/24: Madrid Fitness Challenge (San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid, Spain)
9/23: Ladies of Power: Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/23: Warrior Games 2023 (Suffield, CT)
9/23: Thrive Throwdown (Lynchburg, VA)
9/23: Warrior Games 2023 (Suffield, CT)
9/23: The Gulf Coast Games (Pinellas Park, FL)
10/6 - 10/8: Marbella Championship (Marbella, Spain)
10/7: Battle of Branded One at Redstone CrossFit (Littleton, CO)
10/13 - 10/15: Midwest Championship (Rochester, MN)
10/13 - 10/15: Midwest Championship (Rochester, MN)
10/14 - 10/15: 059 Classic (Modena, Italy)
10/14 - 10/15: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/14: Strength and Speed (Feasterville, PA)
10/20 - 10/21: AAYMCA CrossFit Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/20 - 10/21: AAYMCA CrossFit Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/21: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/27 - 10/29: Oslo Throwdown (Oslo, Norway)
10/29 - 11/19: CHLKDUP BOX LEAGUE – NASH (Nashville, TN)
10/29 - 11/19: CHLKDUP BOX LEAGUE – BHAM (Birmingham, AL)
11/4 - 11/5: Costa Barcelona Fitness Challenge (Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain)
11/4 - 11/5: Hold Fast Competition Individual (Gerenzano, Italy)
11/11: War of the Masters (Elkton, MD)

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