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Ben Bergeron announces retirement from competitive coaching after 2023; thanks the CrossFit community

Morning Chalk Up

June 13   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Ben Bergeron plans to retire from competitive coaching after the 2023 season, addresses the community
  • Five things we learned from Semifinals with Teaganne Finn and Joey Adduci
  • Part three of Austin Heaton’s Semifinals stats breakdown

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“To CrossFit, thank you for giving me the career of my dreams. To the community, thank you for embracing me as one of your own. And to the athletes, thank you for showing us all what is possible. My life is immeasurably better because of you.” - Ben Bergeron

  Why I'm Retiring: Ben Bergeron  

Why I'm Retiring: Ben Bergeron

To the CrossFit Community,

I’ve thought a lot about what it would feel like to write this letter. The words have come easier than I imagined. This is from my heart.

After a decade and a half of dedicating my life to this craft, I have decided that 2023 will be my last year coaching at the CrossFit Games.

This sport has brought more purpose, fulfillment and passion to my life than I ever thought possible. There have been hard-earned wins and heartbreaking losses, times of confidence and times of complete uncertainty. I believe the CrossFit Games is one of the best sporting events in the world, supported by the best community in the world, and I am filled with gratitude that most of my adult life has been spent preparing athletes to compete in it.

CrossFit brought me some of my most cherished memories. From sharing the struggles of affiliate ownership with Chris Spealler, and becoming fathers at the same time, to proposing to my wife the day after the 2009 Games in Aromas, to having James Hobart live with our family for a season and take our son to “The Lego Movie” three times in a row, to navigating births, deaths and everything in between with Katrin Davidsdottir, who became a sister to our kids and a true part of our family, and Cole Sager, who I now consider one of my closest friends.

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  Semifinals Stats Review Part 3: Missing in Action  


Semifinals Stats Review Part 3: Missing in Action

In our last part in this series we looked at the athletes that surprised us all at Semifinals with their performances, but in this part 3 we will be reviewing some of the most notable athletes who didn’t punch a ticket to the 2023 Crossfit Games.

In this post we will be including just the athletes that competed at Semifinals, not athletes like Tia-Clair Toomey and Kara Saunders who were pregnant this season, or athletes like Mallory O’brien and Haley Adams who decided to take the year off to focus on other priorities.

Let’s begin with the European Semifinal.

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  Five Things We Learned from 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games Semifinals  

Five Things We Learned from 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games Semifinals

The last three weeks of the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Semifinals proved to be a difficult competition for rookie athletes to veteran Games athletes, as individuals and teams took on a range of intense tests.

Since the three weeks have now concluded Morning Chalk Up writer Teaganne Finn and analyst Joey Adduci give us five takeaways from Semifinals and what we can learn as we now move closer to the Games in August.

1. Winning Tests Isn’t Enough: Over the last three weeks we saw a number of seasoned athletes win tests and still not qualify for the next stage of competition, which goes to show just how important it is to be able to show up and lead in almost every test of the weekend.

One example is Guilherme Malheiros who had an extremely impressive three first-place finishes during the South America Semifinal competition, which unfortunately wasn’t enough to advance him to the Games. Similarly, Isaac Newman (8th overall at Oceania) and Katelin Van Zyl (4th at Oceania) both had two test wins and didn’t qualify.

Interestingly enough it was athletes who stayed consistent the entire weekend who would prove to come out on top. Two-time CrossFit Games champion Justin Medeiros finished his Semifinals weekend in fifth place with only one test win and even a 24th place finish. But he was consistent and averaged a 10th place finish overall.

2. Rookie Takeover: While many seasoned athletes finished right where they expected, it was a number of rookies who stole the show over the last three weekends. Many of those being from the North America East Semifinal including Sydney Wells, Shelby Neal, Caroline Stanley, Luke Parker, Jack Farlow, and James Sprague.

Six European rookies also punched their ticket to the Games; Emma Tall, Ella Wunger, Rebecka Vitesson, Jelle Hoste, Michal Wesolowski and Fabian Beneito. The Torian Pro Semifinal also had rookies Jake Douglas and Bayley Martin and Emily de Rooy. Every season there are a number of rookies who make their Games debut, but this year is a notable one with so many of the popular top contenders not competing, such as Tia-Clair Toomey and Mallory O’Brien.

The athletes missing from the roster will set the stage for a very interesting Games come August. These rookie athletes aren’t only making the Games, but some could very well be at the top of the leaderboard or even on top of the podium. Please note, this is likely not a complete list of rookies.

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  • 🔥 Javier Gomez from Spain might have the fastest handstand walk in CrossFit. He put on a show at the Ablitas Team Challenge this past weekend.
  • CrossFit Semifinals athlete Paulina Haro Cantabrana won three gold medals for Nayarit Weightlifting at Mexico’s CONADE Nationals 2023.
  • 🤯 12-year-old Emily Ibanez from Canada hit a weightlifting total of 186kg (410 pounds) with an 82kg snatch (180.7 pounds) and 104kg clean and jerk (229.2 pounds).
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