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Brooke Wells on returning to snatching

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In today’s edition:

  • Shelly has a double mastectomy, PRs her Grace time and raises $13,000.
  • So maybe Sabrina Caron’s PEDs case isn’t over yet.
  • Brooke Wells opens up about being afraid to snatch again.
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  Double Mastectomy Doesn’t Stop Shelly Head from PR-ing Grace, Raising $13,000-plus for Breast Cancer  

Double Mastectomy Doesn’t Stop Shelly Head from PR-ing Grace, Raising $13,000-plus for Breast Cancer

Last year, right after their affiliate raised $6,500 for breast cancer through the annual Barbells for Boobs fundraiser, Brandon Head said to his wife, “Wow, one in eight women will get breast cancer. That means someone from our gym probably will one day.”

“Yeah, that’s really crazy to think about,” replied Shelly Head, who along with her husband, owns Grapevine CrossFit in TX.

At the time, neither was remotely worried that Shelly might be the one.

But just a few months later, when Shelly turned 40, she went for her first mammogram.

“I’m young and I eat really clean. I take health seriously,” said Shelly of her unconcerned attitude going into the mammogram.

But when her results came back, doctors found some tissues of concern. She was then sent for further tests, including a biopsy, that eventually showed she had Grade 1 breast cancer.

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Brooke Wells opens up about being apprehensive to return to snatching after sustaining a serious injury during the 2021 CrossFit Games.

  • WELLS: “I am constantly asked if I am afraid to ever snatch again. Injuries are a part of any sport! It’s going to take time to mentally recover from the trauma I experienced, but that’s a part of the process [and] I will do absolutely anything to get back out on this competition floor.”

Go inside Camille Leblanc-Bazinet’s stem cell injection therapies to repair a torn labrum.

  • “We f***ed ourself up pretty bad by being the fittest on earth. That’s the price to pay.”
  • “I was at the point that I couldn’t even do pull-ups anymore without dislocating my shoulder and having a new baby was rough since I could only hold Zoe in my right arm.”
  • “I have a 70% labrum tear the goes down my bicep.”\

The Rogue Invitational prize purse has now surpassed $1.4 million as the price of bitcoin has increased along with more ticket sales. This means first place will take home nearly $245,000, not including any event win money.

  • The first place prize purse has now increased by $15,630 from when it was first announced.

Dallin Pepper, three-time fittest teen on earth, officially joins team INOV-8, joining the likes of Dani Speegle and James Newbury.

The NOBULL Film Festival is canceled, citing “scheduling conflicting” beyond their control. The event was originally scheduled for November 4-6 in Austin, TX.

  Caron’s Case...Not So Cleared?  

Caron’s Case...Not So Cleared?

On Thursday, Sabrina Caron shared on her Instagram account that her case with the French anti-doping agency, Agence Française de Lutte Contre le Dopage (AFLD), had been thrown out. This appears true to a point, but the AFLD told the Morning Chalk Up that the ban itself has been canceled but the case is not closed.

What they said: “The French Anti-Doping Agency (Agence Française de Lutte contre le Dopage) would like to point out that the Agency did not overturn her decision about Sabrina Caron,” wrote Julien Marival, Chargé de communication et des relations médias for the AFLD, in an email.

  • The 4 years ban for use of a prohibited substance notified on 28 November 2020 has been canceled by the French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) for procedural reasons.”
  • “The Sabrina Caron case is not closed and our Sanction commission will soon be held to decide on further action.”

One big thing: This only adds intrigue to what is already a slightly bizarre situation, starting with the fact that a 2019 CrossFit Games athlete tested positive for a SARM at an official CrossFit event more than two years ago and CrossFit only found out about it after Morning Chalk Up reached out for comment a couple of weeks ago.

  • Caron would go on to compete in the 2020 CrossFit Open, 2021 CrossFit Open, and the 2021 Quarterfinals where she finished 75th.
  • It’s unclear where exactly things go from here other than the AFLED will meet again to discuss further action. Once we know, you’ll know.


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  • 🎂Happy birthday Dwight Upshaw, coach at PRVN.
  • 🤯🤯🤯 15-year-old Olivia Kerstetter hits a 245 pound/111kg clean and jerk PR in the middle of Wodapalooza elite women qualifier event 2.
  • 17-year-old Paulina Haro, who finished 3rd in the girls 16-17 division, hit a 252 pound/114kg clean and jerk.
  • Ben Smith snatches 295 pounds/134kg.
  • Congratulations to Aly Pugh from CrossFit Shear Force in Pooler, GA on getting her first bar muscle up.
  • Roman Khrennikov hits a 275 pound/125kg snatch PR.

Got drinking buddies? CrossFit Providence in partnership with Moniker Brewing company raised $2,358 for the Providence Backpack Program which helps provide food for those in need.

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