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Anna Fragkou, Six Others Fail Drug Tests

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10th CrossFit Open Kicks Off Worldwide


The 10th installment of the CrossFit Open kicked off worldwide last night with four simultaneous live Open announcements on four continents. Turns out our bold prediction that the 10th anniversary would be five weeks of all repeats was wrong. 


10 rounds for time of:
8 ground-to-overheads, 95 lb.
10 bar-facing burpees

Time cap: 15 minutes

You can (relatively) safely use the movement tracker to remove these movements from future workouts over the next several weeks. 

One big thing: The rumored announcement that Scott Panchik would be joining CrossFit Mayhem was finally confirmed almost a month after we first predicted it

  • Margaux Alvarez on the new pick-up: “I’m changing Scott’s name from Panchik to ‘Paycheck.’ By bringing in Scott they have years of experience, consistency at the top … I think it’s going to be really hard for any other team to come in and beat them.”
  • As Morning Chalk Up’s Brittney Kleyn pointed out in her analysis of the move, this will make Team Mayhem nearly unbeatable. “Panchik’s experience only adds to the difficulty in pulling together a team that would pose any serious threat to Mayhem in 2020. In 2019, they earned 91% of the points on offer in the team competition [and] secured the biggest winning margin in history at 198 points.”

Early leaderboarding.

  1. Scott Panchik (9:22) | Sabrina Caron (10:01)
  2. Rich Froning (10:00) \ Susana Etto (11:35)
  3. Sam Bowles (10:11) | Carole Castellani (11:59)
  4. Gary Sorrentino (10:33) | Maria Alcoke (13:16)
  5. Kaique Cerveny (11:49) | Tata Rebene (13:49)

Livestreams. The livestreams were a significant improvement from last year’s live announcements less than eight months ago in terms of sound quality, camera angles and production. 

  • Most included time clocks. 
  • Two included the workout description on screen for spectators.
  • Brazil CrossFit Championship was the only live announcement that also included live scoring. 

Concurrent viewers by the numbers: We recorded the numbers from each YouTube livestream to get the approximate maximum concurrent viewers. Note this doesn’t reflect the total views but only approximate concurrent viewers. 

  1. Rogue – 78,000
  2. Brazil CrossFit Championship – 5,200
  3. Reebok Korea – 950
  4. CrossFit French Throwdown – 540

Anna Fragkou, Six Others Fail Drug Tests


On the eve of the CrossFit Open, CrossFit Inc. announced that Anna Fragkou is in violation of CrossFit’s Drug Testing Policy stemming from a test administered at the 2019 CrossFit Games. Fragkou made her rookie appearance at the CrossFit Games as Greece’s national champion in 2019, finishing 9th in what was one of the breakout performances on the women’s side. 

Tough timing: On the day the CrossFit world braces for the start of a new season, it appears that her career may be over. Fragkou’s sample came back positive for Oral Turinabol, an anabolic steroid, and the same substance present in Chantelle Loehner’s failed test earlier this year. Fragkou is facing a four-year ban as a result. 

Her Response: “So it is clear, I had never even heard of this substance before. I have never taken any such substances and I have always tried to be very conscious about what I eat and consume.”

  • Fragkou: “I use a wide variety of supplements and my diet is pretty diverse. Still I have been very aware at every given time about what I am putting in my system and therefore this is a mystery to me and I will continue searching for the reason for why this has come to be. As far as I have managed to read up on this stuff it is clear that oral-turinabol is no joke. It is a heavy anabolic and something that can be seriously harmful for females. I would never ever willingly put something like that in my system.”

According to Fragkou, the test occurred shortly after Friday night’s Mary event in the Coliseum, when she was pulled aside for drug testing along with one other athlete. 

  • She was notified of her failed test a few weeks after the Games concluded on August 22 and she requested to have her B sample tested.
  • Both A and B samples tested positive for the banned substance, prompting Fragkou to submit a written appeal. 

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Chalk Up Community

  • SWEAT FOR SWEENEY — CrossFit Monadnock in Keene, NH is hosting “Sweat for Sweeney” a fundraiser for Tim Sweeney, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in July. The event will be held on Saturday, November 9 and costs $20. There will also be a raffle. 
  • HELP FOR TRAVIS — Travis Wheeler was competing at the Grit Games on Saturday, when he needed to be rescued from the swim portion of event one. He is now in a medical induced coma after being diagnosed with a traumatic injury due to lack of oxygen. A GoFundMe has been started to help with medical costs.
  • OPERATION ENDURING WARRIOR — Next Saturday, October 19, CrossFit Rave in Avondale, AZ is hosting a workout in honor of wounded veterans and first responders everywhere. This event will support the Operation Enduring Warrior and will be led by former military personnel.

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Happy birthday to Eric Barrios • Three-year-old Weston Stuart straps in for his first CrossFit kids class • Jaclyn DeMiro and Anthony Vazquez did a deadlift baby gender reveal • Jamie Hagiya  cleans 235 pounds • Masters athlete Shannon Zimmerman snatches 200 poundsKatie Jones clean and jerks 200 pounds • Megan Mondelli back squats 305 pounds.

…and this is how pumped we are for the Open to kick off. 

Sober and in the Open: If you’re sober and looking for a place to do the Open, find the closest branch of The Phoenix, a free sober active community for those who have suffered from a substance use disorder or who choose a sober life. Phoenix OC in Costa Mesa, CA is holding Open heats every Friday from 4:30 – 6:30.

— OUT in the OPEN: Athletes can register for OUTWOD’s OUT in the OPEN Leaderboard for the 2020 CrossFit Open to represent and support the LGBTQ+ community in CrossFit.



“Bold Prediction: How This CrossFit Open Could be All Repeat WODs,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up 

That’s right, you heard correctly, all repeats.

Five weeks of Open competition comprised entirely of workouts that Dave Castro has already tortured tested us with over the past ten years. That means no new Open workouts to strategize for or watch anxiously as your guinea pig friend “tests it out first,” and no new test to speculate the potential top-end scores for.

Before you write off the potential for all repeats as boring or unlikely, hear me out. The concept of recycling five Open workouts, although novel, isn’t that far-fetched. If you know your CrossFit Games history, as well as the core fundamentals of the CrossFit methodology, then the idea of having an Open test made entirely of things we’ve seen and tackled before starts to make a little more sense.

Three big things to consider. We’ll dive into each one more down below.

CrossFit really likes to recognize its history, which was particularly on display at the 10th anniversary 2016 CrossFit Games.
Test, test and re-test. Castro is notorious for introducing re-tests into every stage of competition.
It’s actually possible to combine five workouts from previous years that have never been repeated before and make a complete five-week test.


10/3 – 10/21: Dubai CrossFit Challenge Online Qualifier (Online)
10/10 – 11/11: The CrossFit Open (Online) 
10/12: Push Pull For Pancreatic Cancer (Elgin, IL)
10/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
10/19: Battle for the Bell VIII: End Bell (Southbury, CT)
10/19: HYROX Miami (Miami, FL)
10/19: Operation Enduring Warrior (Avondale, AZ)
10/26: CrossFit Turbine’s 2019 Strongman Classic (Carol Stream, IL)
10/26: Duo Costume-Palooza 2019 (Denver, CO)
10/26: CrossFit Roots Anniversary Party (Boulder, CO)
10/26: Share the Pain (Nashville, TN)
11/2: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/2: Gangs of the Midatlantic Team Competition (Williamsburg , VA)
11/2: Second Annual 12-Hour WODathon (Houston, TX)
11/2: Coed Clash Competition (Oneonta, AL)
11/2 – 11/3: USAW Level 1 Training (Kansas City, MO)
11/8: Veterans Day Bash 2019 (Lubbock, TX)
11/9: Patriot Challenge 3.0 (Longview, TX)
11/9: The Battle at Branded One (Las Vegas, NV)
11/9: Battle on the Airfield at Skyraider CrossFit (Riverside, CA)
11/9: The Goat Gauntlet (Hartford, CT)
11/9: The Bay Games (Huskisson, NSW AUS)
11/9: Third Annual Battle on the Airfield (Riverside, CA)
11/9: Sweat For Sweeney (Keene, NH) 
11/9 – 11/10: Fallout 2 Presented by Battleground Events (Long Beach, CA)

11/9: Emerald Coast Honor Games (Destin, FL)
11/16: Warrior Affiliate League Delta Force (City of Industry, CA)
11/17: Annual Ghetto Games (Plainsfield, MA)

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