Dawson CrossFit in Dawsonville, GA has three teenage athletes currently in contention for the 2020 CrossFit Games. But there’s a catch.
Fifteen-year-old Emily, Lauren, and Will Kurtz made it into the top 200 worldwide in the 14 – 15 division in the CrossFit Open, placing 67, 151, and 164, respectively. They’ll all move on to the Age Group Online Qualifier in March, where they hope to qualify for their first trip to the CrossFit Games.
The triplets started CrossFit almost four years ago, joining their mom, dad, and grandpa at Dawson CrossFit.
“They started in our teens program and about 6 months ago got bumped up to the adult program because they were absolutely crushing the teen workouts,” said Teen Coach Joel Hurst.
The Kurtz kids also play softball and football, balancing CrossFit three or four times a week with practice. But with their fall schedules were so busy they weren’t actually doing much CrossFit leading up to the Open.
“I don’t think they were gunning for the top 200 until after 20.1 when they all finished in that range. From there, the whole gym took notice and their competitive spirit really kicked into overdrive. Watching them crush these last 5 weeks has been absolutely incredible. They are awesome kids and extremely coachable and respectful. A true sign of awesome parenting,” said Hurst.
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TWELVE DAYS OF CROSSFIT — CrossFit Indestri in Collingwood, ON has partnered with their neighbors at Side Launch Brewery to kick off their 12 Days of Side Launch on Thursday, December 12, with Barbells + Brews. Join them for a one hour workout, then head over to Side Launch Brewery to enjoy a post workout pint. Tickets are $15.
NEW OWNERS — Coley Haas and Mark Garcia are excited to announce that they are the new owners of Alamo City CrossFit in San Antonio, TX.
BARBELLS FOR BULLIES — Barbells For Bullies has joined with VETWOD for an online fitness competition called Sit Rep. Programmed by Street Parking, the event will run from December 1 to December 15 and will benefit Operation Sidekick, a 501c3 non-profit organization that trains shelter dogs to be service animals for veterans at no cost to the veteran.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
— In a recent sit down with Armen Hammer and Johnathan Haynes, Publisher for the CrossFit Games, the two discuss the idea of toxicity withing the CrossFit sphere, including the topic of social media.
— Armen: “On of the most common things that I heard last year when the changes were being announced were okay, okay but we’re waiting for official word from CrossFit.
— “There’s this idea that people are expecting the official word in some way shape or form and in many situations, don’t get anything. So it leaves it up to their interpretation…So how do you guys address that going forward?”
— Haynes: “Well, in terms of the situations you described earlier in the year, like I don’t think I could have come on the show and given you a good answer. I didn’t have one. It took some time for me to understand.”
On the Idea of Body Image — A Fresh Cup of Fitness hosts Brittany Marsh and Jessica Danger discuss body image in Episode 8 of their podcast.
— “We can view our bodies by what they can do and be grateful for that and it doesn’t matter if I weigh 153 pounds. In fact, I am better suited to perform that task at 153 pounds then I ever will be starving myself to get into the 120’s so that I can think I am somehow more valuable.”
The Rogue Invitational — Tommy Hackenbruck has been confirmed as a 2020 Legend at the Rogue Invitational. Kari Pearce is confirmed as an Individual.
Confirmed for CrossFit Atlas Games — Carolyne Prevost is confirmed.
Roberts Confirmed for Pandaland — Harriet Roberts is confirmed.
Four-time CrossFit Games athlete Logan Collins has received a major penalty on 20.5 for “Frequent failure to reach a position of support on top of the rings.” His penalty will result in a 45-second reduction in overall time, knocking him down to 11:44 for the workout from 10:59. Collins is appealing the ruling.
Collins is still in a qualification spot sitting in 28th overall. You can watch his full video here.
Worth noting: Collins actually won the 30 muscle-ups for time workout at the 2018 CrossFit Games with a time of 1:46. In that workout, he used a similar muscle-ups style of falling away while locking out the arms. In the second photo below you can see a screenshot of his arms fully locked out while “falling away.”
According to the movement standards: “A rep is credited when the elbows are fully locked out in the support position.”
It appears that others are also getting hit with penalties based on changes on the leaderboard, though it’s unclear exactly what the penalties are for. These are still pending official announcement rom CrossFit HQ.