Age Group and Adaptive Athletes Take the Field for Day Two at the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games
August 2 |
Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games started yesterday with age groups and adaptive athletes taking on three workouts. We will have you covered for everything and anything you need to know.
In today’s edition:
Get up-to-date on what happened in Madison yesterday and what’s on tap for today
Athletes to watch during the Olympic Lifting Total
Preparing for 2024–while some athletes throw down in Madison, others have their sights set on next season
How CrossFit Rotherham found a home in Texas
Bookmark our competition hub to stay in the know on all things CrossFit Games.
Day 2 Lay of the Land
The first day of the 2023 CrossFit Games opened with clear blue skies and low humidity–perfect conditions for the age group and adaptive athletes to kick off the final year in Madison, WI.
Throughout the day, 180 age group and 30 adaptive athletes battled through three events worth 300 points total. More on that in a minute. All known event details and a detailed schedule are below.
At the end of day one, Sam Dancer holds a fairly large (70-point) lead over the only Lithuanian athlete in Games field, Gintas Petrikas, in the men’s 35-39 division.
The 2013 Fittest Woman on Earth, Sam Briggs currently sits in second, just 10 points behind Brazilian Andreia Pinheiro in the women’s 40-44 division.
Susan Clarke, who has won the Games every year she has competed (2014, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021) has a 20-point lead after day one in her bid for a sixth title.
One big number: 670 – The total number of pounds Ioannis Papadopoulos lifted in the Olympic Total. This is likely be a top-five score across all divisions this week (or higher!).
Preparing for 2024: Athletes Focus on the Journey that Lies Ahead
Along with 180 age group and 30 adaptive athletes, 40 men, 40 women and 40 teams have descended upon Madison to battle for the crown of the fittest man, fittest woman and affiliate cup winner.
However, there are those athletes who, after barely missing out on a qualifying spot, are looking ahead to 2024. At Semifinals, they barely missed punching their tickets, but they are hungry, motivated and thinking ahead, ready for their shot next year.
One big thing: At the North America West and East Semifinals, team Verdant Crossfit and individuals Anikha Greer and Emily White gave show-stopping performances but in a heartbreaking outcome, the three missed qualifying by the smallest of margins.
Remind me: At the North America West Semifinal, team Verdant CrossFit remained in the top 10 all weekend, and in a devastating turn of events, lost out on the 10th and final qualifying spot by only one point. This margin haunted the team and captain Isaac Campbell for months afterwards.
“Missing the Games was one of the hardest things for us as a team, especially with it coming down to only 1 point. For me personally it took a long time to let it settle. You feel like you kinda made it but you didn’t. The internal dialogue begins right then…What could we have done as a team?” questioned Campbell.
Kulani Subiono, celebrates a clean and jerk in the 16-17 division.
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Leading up to the Games, Crossfit Rotherham Finds a Home in Texas
When CrossFitters Ran Wells and Jack James met on a ski holiday in British Columbia, Canada, three years ago, neither would have known that they would reconnect to help a team from CrossFit Rotherham in England headed to the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games.
The details: Wells, from Texas, is a skier, longtime CrossFitter, and husband to Katie Wells of well-known meal prep company RosieJo Meals. James, also a CrossFitter from the UK, works out at CrossFit Rotherham in England.
This is where the Wells come in: James, remembering Ran Wells from the ski trip, messaged Katie Wells on Instagram to discuss the possibility of the CrossFit Rotherham team coming to Texas to train pre-Games.
“We were on [the call] for 14 minutes,” Moritz Neumann, a member of the CrossFit Rotherham team, said, “And in that time, they offered us a place to stay, CrossFit gym facilities, a sauna, a swimming pool, and more.”
Here are some key numbers from the first day of the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games:
5 – Pairs of shoes each athlete received from NOBULL at check in.
5 – This is the fifth Games appearance for Jason Grubb, who took first place the last three years in his age division.
6 – The number of Games titles the current leader in the women’s 60-64 division, Susan Clark, is gunning for this weekend.
6 – Adaptive divisions took on three tests today.
6-7(ish) – The amount of time (in minutes) that it took most individual athletes to complete their practice lap on the bike course today.
18 – Age Group divisions took on three tests today.
25 – The number of beers Carl, the goodr flamingo, has had since arriving in Madison… this morning.
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Making the trip to the CrossFit Games to support your crew? We want to see you! We’ll be sharing fan photos in the newsletter and on social media.
Wear your Reebok daily to the Games and be on the lookout for our team… you might be the lucky winner 🙌
Today’s winner: Brian Arnold!
The first event of day two kicks off at 9:00 AM CT for the age groups and adaptive athletes. Each day, we will have the top athlete scores across all divisions detailed below. This leaderboard will update throughout the competition.
Lincoln LaFaver – 250 | María Granizo – 290
Leonardo Cruz – 210 | Miley Wade – 280
Kūlani Subiono – 200 | Mira Varga – 230
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