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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • France’s national champion, Sabrina Caron, cleared to compete after winning an appeal with the French anti-doping agency.
  • A special workout of the week supporting Cassandra Moorad’s breast cancer journey.
  • According to WHOOP, a marriage proposal can be as strenuous as a CrossFit WOD.
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  Sabrina Caron Wins Appeal, Cleared to Compete After French Anti-Doping Agency’s Ban is Overturned  

Sabrina Caron Wins Appeal, Cleared to Compete After French Anti-Doping Agency’s Ban is Overturned

Today, 2019 CrossFit Games athlete Sabrina Caron announced on Instagram that she has been cleared by the French anti-doping agency, Agence Française de Lutte Contre le Dopage (AFLD) after a lengthy appeal. Caron tested positive for a banned substance back in 2019 at the French Throwdown and was banned from competing in France but has won her appeal in its entirety.

One big thing: Caron was presumably allowed to continue competing in CrossFit and even qualify for the 2020 Games because CrossFit corporate was unaware of the positive test until Morning Chalk Up reached out a few weeks ago. They have since contacted the appropriate agency to learn more.

  • Andrew Weinstein, CrossFit’s head of communications, prior to today’s news: “We are following up with the authorities there to confirm that information.”

What she said: “After analyzing my case, the Commission has taken the decision to completely NULLIFY the decision and disciplinary sanction taken by the AFLD,” Caron wrote on Instagram (translated using Instagram’s built-in translator).

  • The agency has stated it will even be paying damages, according to a translated version of the decision.
  • “The decision number CS 2020-48 of November 2, 2020 of the sanctions commission of the French anti-doping agency is annulled,” according to translated documents.

The timeline:

  • At the 2019 CrossFit French Throwdown, Caron submitted to a drug test administered by the AFLD and tested positive for LGD-4033 diOH, also known as Ligandrol, a SARM.
  • Caron would go on to qualify for the 2019 CrossFit Games by finishing fourth at the French Throwdown. She would finish 58th at the 2019 CrossFit Games.
  • During the 2020 CrossFit Open, which took place, September 18 – October 25, Caron finished first in France, earning the title of French National Champion and a spot at the 2020 Games. It would later be revoked after CrossFit paired the field down to only 30 athletes.
  • A letter stating a decision on November 28, 2020, informed Caron of the positive results and a ban from competing in events inside of France. Also, that her scores would have to be removed from the French Throwdown. Caron filed an appeal.
  • The effective dates of her ban were October 21, 2019 to October 21, 2023.

Why it matters: This is certainly a first of its kind in CrossFit, as far as we know, of an athlete wholesale winning their appeal. The documents did not provide any insight as to why the ruling was overturned so it’s impossible to glean any other information other than it was overturned and Caron was also owed damages.

  • This decision stands in stark contrast to Larissa Cunha, who appealed a recent four-year ban instituted by CrossFit, and was able to reduce it to only two years after she proved she had taken a contaminated substance.
  • The details of why Caron’s decision was overturned could be important. CrossFit on multiple occasions has stated a zero-tolerance policy regarding any banned substance found regardless of how it entered the body, but a situation where the vial was tampered with or other unknown circumstances could void the sample altogether.
  • At this point, we only know that the French authorities, after reviewing the case, determined Caron did nothing wrong.
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Emily Rolfe revealed in an interview she had tentatively been diagnosed with e-coli poisoning contracted from the lake swim resulting in vomiting and dehydration. Despite that, she was still able to finish 15th overall.

  • “They think it was probably e-coli from the swim.”
  • “Thursday, the rest day, I felt like a rockstar. I felt good. I went to be excited for Friday and woke a 2AM very, very ill. So I knew Friday was going to be either I drop out or try to just get through it somehow and make it through the cut and hopefully by Saturday I’ll be feeling better.”
  • “At that point, I’d lost everything, severely dehydrated, no food in my system, couldn’t hold anything down.”

The physical effects of proposing? A man’s heart was beating so fast while proposing to his fiancé that WHOOP thought he was doing a WOD.

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet qualified for nationals in her first bodybuilding competition: “I am officially also a bodybuilder now.”

  Will and Cassandra Moorad’s Workout of the Week  

Will and Cassandra Moorad’s Workout of the Week

Every Friday, we’re bringing you an exclusive workout challenge programmed by a CrossFit Games athlete or coach that you can take on at home or the gym. You can post your times or scores in the comment section.

Today’s workout of the week was programmed by PRVN Fitness specifically for three-time Games athlete Will Moorad and his wife Cassandra. Cassandra was diagnosed with breast cancer not long after Will’s top-20 finish at this year’s CrossFit Games.

The couple’s gym, CrossFit Trivium, is hosting the workout in-person on Saturday, October 9 in Brentwood, TN to raise money for the Moorad’s medical costs. The event is open to the public with the first heat starting at 9:00 am.


32 minute AMRAP (with a partner)
2 back squats (at 85% of 1RM)
6 burpee box jump overs (30/24)
13 handstand push-ups
18 double-unders (with weighted rope if possible)

(32 is how old Cassandra will be when her treatments are over, 2 equates to the name of the workout, 6 is how many chemotherapy treatments Cass will undergo, 13 is how many months of treatment and 18 is the total number of treatments)

How to help the Moorads:

  • Donations will be accepted in any amount, paid by Venmo @CrossFitTrivium or CashApp $CrossfitTrivium w/ #CassCrew in the notes, or in-person donation.
  • The Moorad family has also created a GoFundMe page as well for donations.
  • Any donations made day of, on-site at CrossFit Trivium of $5.00 or more will get a #CassCrew t-shirt, plus CrossFit Trivium will donate an additional $10.00.
  • For more information on Cassandra’s battle against breast cancer she has set up a CaringBridge page where she will document their family’s journey as well as provide resources for detection and organizations that can help others dealing with this deadly disease.

To inquire about submitting an upcoming workout of the week, shoot us a note.


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  • 🎂 😉 Happy birthday Miss Bella Martin from CrossFit Central in Austin, TX.
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Lynne Stockstill of June CrossFit in Picayune, MS…love, your granddaughter Claire.
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Katie Udnik of Red Wolf CrossFit.
  • Congratulations Jonathan Duncan of Resilient Strength and Conditioning in Carlsbad, CA on the 515 pound/234kg back squat PR.
  • 🚨17-year-old Hampton Morris set two world records with a 343 pound/156kg clean and jerk and in the youth 61kg division total.
  • Congratulations to Azariah Price, 2019 CrossFit Games teen athlete, on the 250 pound/113kg snatch.
  • Happy 2nd birthday to CrossFit Kelham in Sheffield, England.
  • Maddie Sturt hits a 396 pound/180kg deadlift PR.

Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD based non-profit, Move4Life Fund Inc. is offering free gym memberships to help low-income athletes access CrossFit gyms.

3/1 - 3/31: Sit Ups For Pups (Everywhere, Anywhere Online)
3/2: The LKW Games (Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina)
3/9: The Valkyrie Fitness Competition (Tampa, FL)
3/16: Upper Hunter Strongest Novice (Muswellbrook, Australia)
3/16: Oceanside CrossFit 1st Annual Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (oceanside, ca)
3/23 - 3/24: Beach Brawl (Spring) (Pensacola Beach, FL)
3/23: Masters Distinguished Games (Fort Wright, KY)
3/23: CFL Teen Take Over (Lorton, VA)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
4/6 - 4/7: SeaDog Summer Showdown (Jupiter, Florida)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Minnesota (Austin, Minnesota)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Richmond, Kentucky)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, Alabama)
4/6: Best Babes 608 (Janesville, Wisconsin)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beufort, South Carolina)
4/6: Best Babes Houston (Houston, Texas)
4/6: Best Babes Wyoming (Cheyene, Wyoming)
4/6: War Off I-4 (Deland, FL)
4/6 - 4/7: No Pain No Game (Legnano, Italy)
4/6 - 4/7: Shack Team Edition (Rome, Italy)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beaufort, SC)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, AL)
4/6 - 4/7: Landifornian Battle (Seignosse, France)
4/6: Two Peas in a Pod: Mixed Gender Partner Comp (Burlington, MA)
4/6: Best Babes Tampa (Tampa, Florida)
4/13: Queens of Oly Rockledge (Rockledge, FL)
4/13: Queens of Oly East Tennessee (Bulls Gap, TN)
4/13: Fittest on Main (Boaz, AL)
4/19 - 4/21: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)
4/20: Barbells For Bullies: Community Workout Savannah (Savnnah, Georgia, US)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Masiphumelele (Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa)
4/20: Festivus Games (Goderich, Canada)
4/20: Festivus Games (Clermont, FL)
4/20: Festivus Games @ The Gym – CrossFit Kilo (Cedar Falls, IA)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CBM Sirens (Caledonia, MS)
4/20: Festivus Games @ Coyote Valley (San Jose, CA)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia)
4/20: The Fittest 4 (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
4/20: Embrace the Challenge (Mentor, Ohio)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Pagosa (Pagosa Springs, CO)
4/20: First EVER Adaptive Festivus Games Competition (Waterford, United States)
4/20: Festivus Games (WAUKESHA, WI)
4/20 - 4/21: BGR Contest Spring Edition (Bergerac, France)
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