Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. In the second installment of our Favorite Games Moments series, Games veteran and staff writer, Emily Beers recounts her experience as a team athlete in 2010, watching “Amanda” under the lights in the tennis stadium. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet’s performance inspired her to earn an individual Games berth (which she did in 2014) and Jason Khalipa’s full send is the stuff of legends.
“I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”– Earl Warren
July 16, 2010: A Famous Face-Plant and a French Canadian Star is Born
Setting the stage: The sun was going down and the stadium lights were on. Jets flew overhead as the national anthem played.
“It created an experience unlike anything I had ever been a part of…You could feel the energy,” said 2008 CrossFit Games champion Jason Khalipa.
It’s 2010 and it’s the first ever Friday night event under the lights of the tennis stadium at the first ever CrossFit Games held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
The workout: “Amanda”
For time: 9-7-5
Squat snatches (135/95 pounds)
Why it’s Memorable: To me, Amanda represents the moment the CrossFit Games became a legitimate event on the world stage, almost like our coming-of-age moment. Khalipa said that’s how it felt as an athlete, as well.
“I agree with you…The growth of the sport was undeniable and it was amazing to be a part of,” he said.
In just four years, the CrossFit Games had gone from being a casual two-day competition with just three events in 2007 at Dave Castro’s dusty family ranch in the Aromas, CA — a competition that allowed anyone to show up and throw down — to a prestigious, invite-only competition sponsored by Under Armour, with a $25,000 grand prize at the Home Depot Center in Carson. In this sense, Amanda effectively set the stage for the modern CrossFit Games.
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Haley Adams and Saxon Panchik Join Reebok as Sponsored Athletes
In separate posts on Monday, Haley Adams and Saxon Panchik each announced that they are joining Reebok as sponsored athletes. The signing by Reebok boasts an already impressive list of sponsored CrossFit athletes that includes Rich Froning, Brent Fikowski, Patrick Vellner, Ben Smith and Annie Thorisdottir.
The bottom line: With the uncertainty of Reebok as the exclusive title sponsorship of the Games and its position as sole licensee of CrossFit apparel and shoes set to expire, the signing of two of the sport’s top young athletes shows that Reebok is still looking to commit to the sport and the athletes.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Haley and Saxon into the Reebok family,” said John Lynch, Head of Global Partnerships for Reebok. “Our goal is to be the best fitness brand in the world and we’re committed to supporting the millions of people who make up the wider community, including rising talent — like Haley and Saxon — who continue to shape it. We are proud that they will endorse the best fitness shoe in the world — the Nano — as well as the best fitness gear from Reebok. We’re looking forward to what the future holds together.”
Both Adams and Panchik finished in the top-ten at the 2019 Games. Adams placed sixth as an 18-year old in her first appearance on the main stage as an individual. Panchik as a 23-year old finished ninth in his second-straight appearance at the Games.
“I’m so excited to officially be a part of the Reebok team,” said Adams. “I’ve worn their product and followed their brand since starting CrossFit. I’m so glad they believed in me enough to represent them and I hope to do that to the best of my ability! I’m excited to see where we go together!”
“I’ve dreamt of becoming a Reebok athlete since starting out in ‘08,” posted Panchik on his Instagram. “I love seeing how much they’ve evolved since then and I’m excited to continue to grow with them! Being a part of this legacy is an opportunity I won’t take for granted.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Team Reebok! I’ve dreamt of being a part of this team since I started CrossFit in ‘08. I’ve always admired their vision for CrossFit, being first to market, and now to be a part of their future is pretty amazing. I’m really looking forward to growing with this team and being an advocate for health,” said Panchik.
Adams and Panchik are among the 60 athletes invited to compete at the 2020 Games in Aromas, California.
Kristin Harding: How CrossFit Increased her Bone Density
Kristin Harding’s impetus for starting CrossFit seven years ago was simple: To spend more time with her son
“He didn’t want to hang out with mom and dad all the time anymore, but I figured if I went to his gym, I’d get to see him more,” said Harding about her then 20-year-old son Josh Harding.
“And if I got a bit more fit in the process, that would be great, too,” added the 57-year-old.
Behind-The-Scenes Footage as Games Vets Test 2020 Events on Redacted, Episode Two
Want to see some Games veterans’ first reactions to 2020 Games events? Jason Carroll, Alessandra Pichelli and Sean Sweeney flew out to the CrossFit Ranch to help Dave Castro test his programming for the upcoming Games and this video shows you some of their [redacted] reactions. Plus, catch a glimpse of which athletes have a sweet jumper and which ones don’t. If all goes according to plan, the Games will take place September 14-20.
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Ben Davis Talk about Borrowing Other Peoples’ Experience
On this episode of Open Gym, Ben Davis discusses building an experienced team who share in his mission. Davis is the founder of Noble Clay Fitness in Atlanta, GA and this is second part of a two-part conversation with host Patrick Cummings. This episode is sponsored by HSN Mentoring.
Your First Ring Muscle Up
Struggling to get above the rings? Give Brent Fikowski’s 6-week ring muscle-up program a try. It only takes 30 minutes, 3 days a week and by the end, you will be up and over the rings.
Corey Lunney hang power snatches 225 pounds for 5.
Keep the tips flowing in, here are a few more cool things we’re watching now:
Opening Soon: A new affiliate, CrossFit Conductor will open in Lexington, KY on August. The owner, Eric Karls, is a CF-L3 Certified Trainer and we’ve got it on good authority that this is “probably the BEST gym in Lexington.” Our source on that is Eric’s mom, but we trust her.
Burpee Hero: There’s a new app to download and it drops today. Developed by Ben Noland, “Burpee Hero” is part game, part bodyweight fitness logger. You make progress and level up your hero by completing reps of squats, push-ups, sit-up, and burpees. You earn coins and can buy virtual goods, outfits for your hero, manage your energy meter, and compete against other players via the global leaderboard. It also has benchmark workouts consisting entirely of these 4 movements. The goal with this app is not to be a full workout routine, but to supplement your existing routine with some extra bodyweight movements throughout the day. The moves in the app can all be done with no equipment and very little warm-up. Check it out today!
Female Athlete Neuroscience Research Project: It’s only in its initial stages, but CrossFitter Emma Baumert, a researcher completing an MA project in exercise physiology and psychology at Northern Illinois University is studying the connection between the mind and body for female athletes, specifically CrossFit and weightlifting athletes. Although we can’t reveal the subject of her study, it’s an elite group, and we can’t wait to see what she learns.
Congratulations to Kevin Ogar: The CrossFit Affiliate Representatives program made another announcement yesterday, this time revealing that Kevin Ogar has been selected as the rep for CO, NV, AZ, NM, and UT. We are huge Ogar fans at the Morning Chalk Up. Learn more about his career and check out the film on his life.