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Event Organizers: Competition Corner Made it Easier to Identify Banned Athletes at Registration
With the new format of the CrossFit Games season, athletes have the ability to compete in more off-season events — including non-licensed CrossFit competitions, of which there are thousands held annually across the globe. As they take advantage of this in hopes of another potential earning opportunity, those serving a ban from the sport are too. But Competition Corner is making it easier for event organizers to know if an athlete currently serving a drug-related sanction registers to compete.
The details: Competition Corner is one of the largest event management and leaderboard technology companies in the CrossFit community, used by events like Wodapoolza and Dubai CrossFit Championship. During registration setup, event organizers can include a question that asks the athlete whether they’re currently serving a CrossFit drug sanction.
“We’ve had the option since the inception of Competition Corner,” Michael Huynh, the founder of Competition Corner said.
Event organizers can do this through “custom fields” in registration which will allow them to learn more about the athletes who sign up — in this case — whether they’re serving a drug ban.
Those using Competition Corner also have the ability to retrospectively amend leaderboards if they learn about an athlete’s ban after the event. This was the case at the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge in 2019 with Elite Team Invictus X, for example.
How it works
Event organizers can add this question within their event under Event Setup > Custom Registration Fields.
When enabled, it will be presented to the athlete at the time of registration prior to checking out and/or the Athlete may update their response afterward if the event organizer allows athletes to edit their response.
Remind me: As independent non-licensed events, allowing a banned athlete to compete is entirely up to the event organizer — however — what Competition Corner is doing could help create more transparency. This is a topic that’s brought controversy in recent months as some athletes take home prize money.
Alanna Fisk Colon competed as an individual at the Pensacola Beach Brawl. She stood on top of the podium and took home $4,000.
Fanny Solis competed on a team at Crash Crucile and took second place earning $2,000.
Janelle Stites competed at the 2021 Heart of America Team Competition, but did not podium or take home any prize money.
In Colon and Solis’ case,event organizers told Morning Chalk Up they were not aware the athletes were serving a drug ban — and voiced the challenges of looking into athletes who register. Allowing event organizers to openly ask the question from the moment the athlete registers seems like a feasible solution for competitions moving forward.
“Fair play and good sportsmanship is critical to the integrity of this sport. Every athlete should have a fair chance to achieve their best on that competition floor,” Huynh concluded.
To help inform organizers, Morning Chalk Up curated a list of all athletes currently serving a drug-related ban from competing in CrossFit.
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The Mill Valley High School student newspaper profiled Olivia Kerstetter, the 15-year-old CrossFit Games champion and high school sophomore from Shawnee, KS.
Kerstetter: “I feel like it is worth it, especially this year whenever I won the games, it’s kind of hard to believe because that’s all you train for, and then when it finally happens, it’s surreal. I have a lot of fun in the gym. I really enjoy it. I’ve made so many new friends, it’s definitely worth it.”
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Teen Spotlight: Living the Van Life, 16-Year-Old Landen Ryan Thrives on Challenges of Road Life
Most CrossFit Games athletes are notoriously routine-oriented, training at the same box, time and with the same crew day in and day out. In fact, most elite athletes don’t like to travel because it disrupts their training and nutrition. However, for 16-year-old Landen Ryan, consistency is the one thing he doesn’t enjoy, because for the past twelve months he’s been living the RV life with his parents and six other siblings.
“It’s definitely been a journey,” Ryan admitted on a Zoom call with the Morning Chalk Up. Behind him, the webcam is catching a beach cabana from where he joined the call on a beach in Florida, the latest of his homes since starting life on the road, which has included everywhere from Los Angeles to Arkansas to Colorado.
“Some people probably look at it like ‘oh, that kind of stinks, he doesn’t have a home gym,’ but if you change your mindset and, say, maybe there’s something at a competition you’re not used to, you’re already so good at adapting and that’s definitely something that has helped me.”
Ryan is quick to admit that during the 2021 Open, which he completed in the Florida Keys, and the AGOQ, from Arkansas, that traveling took a toll on his performance. He finished the AGOQ in 50th, missing the 20th place Games cut-off by a healthy margin.
Then, his family took a break from constant travel and Ryan spent two months training consistently in California. He showed up at the Pit Fitness Ranch Elite Teen Throwdown an entirely different athlete, finishing second to the current reigning 16-17 boys champ, Nate Ackermann, even beating him in two events.
“Placing second will definitely boost your confidence,” Ryan admitted shyly.
In a stacked field with 18 of the fittest 16-17 boys on Earth and three 2021 CrossFit Games athletes, Ryan racked up two first-place finishes with an additional two second-places, both of which were just behind Ackermann.
“I definitely wanted to push (Ackermann) because he is the best, and just having him as the bar to hit it was pretty cool to chase after him or have him chase after you.”
It’s no secret, to both Ryan or spectators, that the Throwdown programming worked to his advantage. Ryan acknowledged that two events that heavily emphasized running, including a 500m obstacle sprint, by laughing and admitting, “I’m a runner!”
Ryan says he approached The Pit completely different than competitions he’s attended in the past, a needed perspective shift that he says not only led to success over competition weekend but also added immensely to the enjoyment.
“You never know with this sport, you could be (competing) forever or this could be your last event,” Ryan said. “This wasn’t just about me (performing well), I wanted to enjoy the time I have, and I just tried to have fun.”
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