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The penultimate weekend of Sanctionals has come to a close, and we have another batch of winners and new athletes walking away with invites to the 2019 CrossFit Games. There’s now only one more sanctioned event remaining as four more individuals, and two teams have been added to the roster set for Madison, WI this summer.
The CrossFit Lowland Throwdown concluded three days of competition at Omnisport Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, and the Granite Games wrapped four days of individual competition and three days of team competition at St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
First things first: who’s getting the invites.
— Men: Ryan Sowder
— Women: Alice Mille
— Team: Barbells Prepared
— Men: Nick Bloch
— Women: Emily Rolfe
— Team: Invictus X
New names stand tall in the Netherlands.
The individual field at the 2019 Games just added two new rookies as Ryan Sowder and Alice Mille won their invites outright by finishing atop the leaderboard, but both athletes had to mount a comeback in the final workout to get there.
Going into the men’s finale, Cedric Lapointe held seemingly comfortable 32 points lead over Sowder, and needed just a 7th place finish or better to seal the deal. Sowder for his part, did everything he could to put the pressure on by blasting the final workout and getting an event win. Sowder edged out Zack George in a foot race to the finish, sliding across the line and celebrating triumphantly.
Lapointe seemed to be on point to finish high enough to secure the Games invite until disaster struck on the final clean and jerk rep of the workout. He rushed and failed multiple jerk attempts on the final rep, allowing other athletes to sneak past him, before ultimately getting capped in the workout.
Fittest in Cape Town — Vondelgym: Jeremy Reijnders, Sven Verheul, Daniel Colpo (a), Sigrid Koolhaas, Nienke van Overveld (C), and Linda Keesman (a)
Strength in Depth — Central Beasts: Zach Sowder, Joey Tortora, Ryan Sowder (a), Nicole Holcomb (C), Emma Chapman, Alison Scudds (a)
Asia CrossFit Championship — CrossFit Mayhem Freedom: Rich Froning (C), Dre Strohm, Ben Smith (a), Tasia Percevecz, Chyna Cho, Haley Adams (a)
Reykjavik CrossFit Championship — CrossFit JST Compete: Helena Collins, Jayne Eadie, Steven Fawcett (C), Jak Cornthwaite, Benjamin Massey (a), and Sam Briggs (a)
Down Under CrossFit Championship — X-Terminators: Rob Forte, Zeke Grove, Kate Gordon, Danielle Jenny, James Newbury (a), Maddie Sturt (a)
Brazil CrossFit Championship — PRO1: Joe Scali, David Fontaine, Alexandre Caron (a), Lorraine Allard (C), Manon Lesur, and Chloe Gauvin-David (a)
Rogue Invitational — OC3 Black: Joe Piersanti (C), Luke Schafer, Colin Cartee (a), Andrea Nisler, Nicole Chovan (a), and Taylor Williamson
Inxictus X and Barbells Prepared will have seven days afer receiving an invitation to declare their full roster. Here are their rosters from this weekend:
CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown: Mia Akerlund, Synne Krokstad, Phil Hesketh and Alexander Elebro.
Granite Games: Sam Dancer, Holden Rethwill, Margaux Alvarez and Kristi Eramo.
The invited team for the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Championship is still to be determined pending the results of a positive drug violation. Invictus X won the competition in April but Chantelle Loehner tested positive for a banned substance. There has been no official word on the status of that test.
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NEW AFFILIATE IN TOWN — Little City CrossFit in Norwalk, OH opened it’s doors on Saturday morning with a free community workout. Owned by Dani Seidel and Nick Helmz, they’re in the process of upgrading it with showers and a playroom for children.
CROSSFIT KIDS CAMP — Mac-Town CrossFit in McPherson, KS is holding a CrossFit Kids camp this summer. The summer camp will begin on June 4 and will have three sessions each day; one will be for kids age 13 and older, another between the ages of 6-12, and one for future fifth and sixth graders.
THE BENEFIT CHALLENGE — The BeneFIT Challenge is taking place July 13 – 14 at CFSB Center on Murray State University campus in Murray, KY. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Sleep in Heavenly Peace and Soup for the Soul.
A HERO LIKE HER — The San Antonio Fire Department in Texas,hosted their first CrossFit partner workout for women at the San Antonio Fire Department Training Academy on Saturday morning. The event was part of their Hero Like Her Campaign, which empowers young women who are
interested in becoming firefighters.
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Wodify Teams Up with the NCFIT Collective — As of today, gym owners who use Wodify will be able to access WODs and fitness plans thanks to a partnership with Jason Khalipa’s NCFIT Collective.
— “I’m excited about this partnership with Wodify, because I feel we’re going to be able to positively impact a ton of gym owners, as well as their coaches and athletes. We wanted to partner with the leading gym management platform so we could help as many gyms as possible,” said Khalipa in a press release.
— “Gym owners who are interested in adding NCFIT programming to their Wodify account should visit https://www.wodify.com/ncfit for more information.”
Project Rock True Wireless In-Ear Headphones — Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson has released a pair of in-ear headphones with Under Armour that are durable, sweat proof, and offer continuous play that lasts for five hours.
— “I have been training with these Project Rock wireless earbuds for months, personally putting them to the test until they were perfect — because they’re only good for our audience once they are good for me. These earbuds have endured the toughest workouts on the planet and most importantly, I’m giving the customers quality options when it comes to delivering music in their ears as they earn their sweat equity,” said Johnson.
One of the many changes to the 2019 CrossFit Games Season was the advent of four individual “at-large bid” invites to compete at the Games.
Per Section 4.06 in the 2019 Rulebook: “CrossFit Inc. reserves the right to invite four individual athletes to compete at the Games. The means by which an athlete can earn one of the four at-large bids is solely up to CrossFit Inc.’s discretion.”
The first of these bids was offered to professional obstacle course racer Hunter McIntyre. This has brought a robust debate in the CrossFit Games community on how these at-large bids should be handed out.
The history: Special invites and “wildcard” spots to compete at the CrossFit Games are not a new phenomenon. Here is a look back at how they have been allocated in the past.
2007 and 2008 Games: There was not a qualification process for the first two CrossFit Games. Athletes just had to show up and compete. 2009 Games: Regionals were instituted after the large number of competitors in 2008 (119 men and 36 women competing Rx). The 18 Regionals allocated a differing number of Games spots per Regional.
A “last chance online qualifier” for those who did not qualify at Regionals offered additional spots. Also, 2009 saw the first “special games invites” (bypass Regionals) given to the top 5 men and women from the 2008 Games along with special invites for the 2007 Games men’s and women’s Champions.