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Breaking: Three More Semifinals Go Virtual, Bringing Total To Five
Three more Semifinal events have decided to take their competition virtual, making the official announcement Wednesday midday.
The Lowlands Throwdown, Brazil CrossFit Championship, and Asia Invitational are the three latest events to forego in-person competition, bringing the total number of virtual Semifinals to five with just over a month before the first week of Semifinals is scheduled to kick off on May 28.
One big thing: With the local regulations in each event location evolving by the day, the switch to virtual — while less than ideal — helps the athletes assigned to those events avoid potential travel issues which would have major implications on the overall landscape of the competitive season.
Athletes like Katrin Davidsdottir (11th Europe) or Nicolas Bidarte (1st South America) currently reside in the United States and would have had to travel back to the host country in order to compete.
With Europe, Asia, and South America completely virtual, it reduces the number of transplanted athletes that could have been stranded and required to instead compete in the proposed Catch-all Virtual Semifinal event that CrossFit has introduced as a potential fill-in.
There is potential with the increased number of virtual events, a Catch-all Virtual Semifinal may not be needed to accommodate athletes stranded via travel restrictions.
The three events join the German Throwdown and the Atlas Games as the other two events that previously chose the virtual route, and it is possible that another event could be added to the list as well depending on developments in the coming weeks.
Brazil was also moved to the week 3 Semifinal slate, joining the Lowlands Throwdown and German Throwdown, and making the entirety of the week a virtual weekend of Semifinal competition.
Four of the five in-person Semifinals are in the first two weekends, leaving the West Coast Classic as the lone potential live event to take place in the final two weekends of events.
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Invitations for CrossFit Games Individual Semifinals will go out the week of April 26, 2021.
CrossFit Games Drug Testing Program Update: These athletes have already been tested in 2021:
Amanda Barnhart, three-time Games athlete.
Brent Fikowski, 2017 second-place Games finisher.
Ricky Garard, currently sanctioned until Oct. 3, 2021.
Laura Horváth, 2018 second-place Games finisher.
Samuel Kwant, 2020 second-place Games finisher.
Chandler Smith, 2020 sixth-place Games finisher.
Patrick Vellner, three-time Games podium finisher.
Haley Adams, 2020 Games fourth-place finisher.
Rich Froning, four-time Games champion.
Noah Ohlsen, 2020 Games fourth-place finisher.
Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr, four-time Games champion.
Brooke Wells, 2020 Games fifth-place finisher.
All results were negative.
Emma Cary, the 16-year-old who placed fourth in the 2021 CrossFit Games Quarterfinals, is the newest brand ambassador for ESC Sounds, joining Danielle Brandon, Kara Saunders, Jonne Koski, Amanda Barnhart and Zack George.
ICYMI: The Team Quarterfinals floor plans and equipment list were released on Tuesday. The competition begins with the announcement of the workouts today at 12PM PT.
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Two weeks ago, the CrossFit community watched the individuals take the floor to compete for their spot in the Semifinals. This weekend, the process begins once again for teams, as the road to the affiliate cup continues.
One big thing: This weekend, CrossFit teams compete for a spot in the semifinals starting on Thursday April 22 at 12pm PST. Here are the details so far.
The top 25% of teams from the Open in each continent qualified for Quarterfinals.
Invitations were sent out to teams on Monday, April 12.
Regardless of whether or not teams accepted their invitation, only the top 10% will be moving to Semifinals. CrossFit will not backfill the teams should an invited team choose to forgo their invitation.
Don’t Call it a Comeback: Angelo DiCicco Qualifies for Semifinals Three Years After Degenerative Back Diagnosis
CrossFit Mayhem athlete and full-time firefighter Angelo DiCicco is moving onto the next stage of the CrossFit Games season. He competed in the Open for the first time since 2018 and finished Quarterfinals in the 87th position, well above the cutoff line. Now he is on the cusp of completing an incredible return to Madison, WI.
Remind me: DiCicco won the Boys (14-15) division in 2015, finished third in the 16-17 division in 2016, and then won the 16-17 division in 2017. He joined the CrossFit Mayhem Independence team for the 2018 season but had to withdraw due to multiple bulging discs and the diagnosis of Degenerative Disc Disease.
Amy Morton: Setting Her Sights on the CrossFit Games, and So Much More
In case placing 32nd in North America in the CrossFit Quarterfinals isn’t impressive enough, try doing it as a full-time mother with a career as a Senior Orthopedic Research Engineer, with only 60 minutes a day for training. This is 33-year-old Amy Morton’s reality.
More on Morton: Though relatively unknown to CrossFit fans, Morton isn’t new to the sport. She competed at Regionals twice on a team and was the alternate on the Ocean State CrossFit team who placed 14th at the CrossFit Games in 2017. She also qualified to both the Atlas Games and Asbury Park Sanctionals last season, but both were canceled due to COVID-19.
Though Morton has priorities beyond her fitness, she said her training consistency since 2013 has led her to somewhat accidentally be able to compete with the best in the sport. It’s something that has come as a bit of a surprise to her, she explained.
“I really didn’t change anything in my training. It has just become a natural progression after years and years of training. I guess I have just sort of learned what I’m capable of. I used to look to workouts and think they were impossible, but then would surprise myself. Now I believe I can do it and try to make them harder. It really just has been a progressive pushing of my boundaries” said Morton, who works for both Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University Medical School.
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