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Another Team Disqualified for PEDs (Yes, Another One)

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Happy hump day Morning Chalk Up readers! Feeling the mid-week drag? Pour yourself a double espresso because we have a full lineup in Games news today…

In today’s edition:

  • Another CrossFit Games team pops positive.
  • Fun Facts about this years Games athletes.
  • Persevering through health scares.
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  Breaking: Move Fast Lift Heavy Face Disqualification After Failed Drug Test 

Breaking: Move Fast Lift Heavy Face Disqualification After Failed Drug Test

Over the weekend, Move Fast Lift Heavy team captain, Christian Harris received an e-mail from CrossFit stating teammate Katie Christian tested positive for Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a banned substance, the team will lose their CrossFit Games qualification and she will be banned from competition for four years. Ms. Christian admitted to taking the DHEA but said she didn’t realize it was a banned substance.

  • “My passions in nutrition and homeopathic medicine have led me into taking various vitamins, supplements and herbs that I feel help me stay healthy, strong and steer me away from any prescribed medications. One of these supplements was DHEA.”
  • “After a few days of investigating the possible errors that could have occurred, it was brought to my attention that DHEA was flagged from my current list of supplements.”
  • “This post is not about me trying to justify that I am in the right, because I am far from it. As an athlete who was heading to the Crossfit Games, it was absolutely MY responsibility to do my homework on the substances that are banned vs the supplements I was taking and that is on me and nobody else.”

What is DHEA? According to the Mayo Clinic, “DHEA helps produce other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen.”

  • “People use DHEA as an anti-aging therapy and to improve physical performance. DHEA is also used to treat depression and symptoms of menopause.”
  • CrossFit categorizes DHEA as an Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroid.

It’s worth noting, that according to the Mayo Clinic, “research on the effects of DHEA on muscle strength and physical performance had mixed results, but most studies indicate DHEA supplementation has no effect on muscle strength.”

One big thing: Will backfill teams get tested for drugs? This is now the second team from the Granite Games to lose their spot as a result of a positive drug test, granting an invitation to seventh-placed Timberwolf CrossFit.

  • CrossFit doesn’t typically test beyond the qualifying athletes at teams, and to the best of our knowledge, didn’t do so at Granite Games.
  • CrossFit didn’t respond to a request as to whether tests will be administered before these two teams compete in Madison in two weeks.
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  • Individual Event 3 is…a 550-yard sprint. Why is it yards and not meters? It probably has something to do with the distance of the soccer field and it’s unlikely to be a straight show without any changing of direction.
  • Dominate on land and the water: I mean, are we surprised? Tia-Clair Toomey has won every swimming event since 2016. Who beat her in 2015? Fellow Aussie Kara Saunders. Brian Friend predicts who he thinks is likely to take first in the event opener starting in exactly two weeks.
  • Is Justin Medeiros the “new Fraser?” Alright we admit, that headline is a bit aggressive, but with Fraser helping him out just weeks before the CrossFit Games, we have to imagine he’s learning some valuable intel. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during those training sessions…
  • Training Camp Traction: Jayson Hopper headed to Nashville for the weekend to work out with the PRVN Fitness team ahead of the CrossFit Games.
  • It’s officially, official: 12 Labours Lion’s is going to the CrossFit Games. After finishing 6th at the Granite Games, they were extended an invitation to the Games after a team was disqualified for a positive drug test.
    • The team: “With only two weeks notice to prepare, our team isn’t backing down or making excuses. They are ready to burn the ships and show the CrossFit world what 12 Labours is truly capable of.”
  • “Not retirement, reinvention.” Rasmus Wisbech Andersen announced he’s taking a step back from his eight-year run at competitive CrossFit. So what’s next? He plans to help his wife to be, Lauren Fisher, build her company Grown Strong.
  • Doubletake…is that Daniel Finck? Yes, yes it is. After an 11-year hiatus from the Games, he’s headed back to the Games for a second time at 40-years-old.
    • Finck: “I think it’s pretty cool that even as we age — being a 40-year-old — things don’t go downhill.”
  • Tye-die party! CrossFit Invictus athletes were busy dying 900 t-shirts. Will the dye ever come off that? The t-shirts are on sale right now and 100% of the funds go towards helping athletes compete at the CrossFit Games.
  Fun Facts About the Fittest Forty 


Fun Facts About the Fittest Forty

Now that the field of forty men and forty women is set for the 2021 CrossFit Games, we can take a look at some of the big picture statistics about this group of individuals.

Two quick notes:

  • We’re including the men and women who have been invited by earning qualifying spots through the Semifinals or Last Chance Qualifier regardless if they can all get to Madison.
  • We say the Fittest Forty but of course recognize that due to continental minimums it is in fact probably not the fittest forty.
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  Two Cancer Scares, Double Mastectomy, Hysterectomy Doesn’t Stop Michelle Ritter from Breaking Nine State Weightlifting Records 

Two Cancer Scares, Double Mastectomy, Hysterectomy Doesn’t Stop Michelle Ritter from Breaking Nine State Weightlifting Records

Michelle Ritter admits there are days where the fear of her cancer coming back causes her great anxiety.

“Especially when I have an upcoming doctor’s appointment. I usually have trouble sleeping…But I try to tell myself that I have already beaten the odds twice,” said 49 year-old Ritter, who was first diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2013, the same year CrossFit helped her get into the best shape of her life.

After eight rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, a full hysterectomy (a precaution because her mother died of ovarian cancer), and multiple reconstruction surgeries in the following months, Ritter was cancer free. And through all of her treatments and surgeries, she continued to train at CrossFit GSL in Salt Lake City, UT.

“When I was diagnosed, I was in the best shape I had been in since I had my children, and maybe even better than before, and I didn’t want to lose that. So my goal when I started chemo was just to keep moving as long as I could,” she explained of her mindset at the time.

So five to six days a week, Ritter continued to workout with a community that never stopped supporting her.

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Chalk Up Highlights is our section dedicated to celebrating our community’s wins in the gym. Follow @ChalkUpHighlights and submit your highlights to [email protected] to be featured.

  • Happy birthday to Brooke Wells.
  • Happy birthday to Patrick Vellner.
  • Congratulations to Jessica Griffith on her engagement.
  • James Townsend, coach of Games Athlete Mal O’Brien, power cleans an easy 405 pounds/183kg.
  • Laura Horvath snatches 185 pounds/83kg for 3.
  • Kristin Germann from CrossFit RSP hit 5 PR’s, all in the same week she turned 30. She clean and jerks 185 pounds/83kg, snatches 140 pounds/63kg, front squats 215 pounds/97kg, push presses 160 pounds/72kg and push jerks 190 pounds/86kg.
  • Allison Lamay from 802 CrossFit deadlifts 375 pounds/170kg.
  • Jared Graybeal from CrossFit Invictus front squats 355 pounds/161kg for 3.
  • Olivia Garvelink from Coachman Training Systems split jerks 210 pounds/95kg for a PR.
  • Joseph Koehmstedt from Crossfit Winnersville front squats 405 pounds/183kg for a PR.
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