Happy Thursday Morning Chalk Up readers! We’re seeing more Games athletes leaving little ones, boarding planes, and heading to Madison. As for others, they’re still getting after it at the gym preparing for whatever Dave Castro has in store…
In today’s edition:
CrossFit crowns 213 National Champions.
Storylines to watch for at the Games.
CrossFit is making a difference for high schoolers.
“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.”- Andre Agassi
CrossFit Crowns 213 National Champions, Five Male, Six Female Titles Still in Contention
Today, CrossFit Home Office announced that 106 women and 107 men have been crowned national champions, with five male and six female titles still up for grabs. A total of 33 men and 28 women are still in contention for the national championship, which will be determined once competition concludes at the CrossFit Games.
When the season is over, a total of 281 athletes will be crowned national champions: 132 women and 149 men.
There are still 21 women and 36 men pending who have been asked to provide video and/or citizenship details before being confirmed.
One big thing: The criteria for determining a national champion has changed since it was first introduced in 2015 and national champions were determined based on performance in the CrossFit Open. For the 2021 CrossFit Games season, the Fittest in each country is determined by which athlete reaches the furthest stage in the Games season.
Tiebreaker: If two athletes reach the same stage of competition, the athlete with the higher finish will be crowned.
Why the change? Especially in the North American and European countries, the Open is a poor determinant of who is, in fact, the fittest in that country.
For example, Kari Pearce has only been the U.S. Open national champion once, in 2020. However, she was the highest-placing American woman at the Games in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
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Expect the unexpected. Games athlete Noah Ohlsen is out preparing for the “unknown” that comes with competing at the CrossFit Games. His post shows him climbing a wall because hey, you never really know what Dave Castro is going to throw at you.
Not to be a one-upper, but Games rookie Michelle Basnett embarked on a 1-mile swim, 3-mile prone paddle yesterday in prep for event 1.
“My heart hurts.” Our’s hurts too after seeing Kara Saunders’ post about leaving her daughter Scotti to head to the CrossFit Games.
CrossFit Mayhem welcomes 23-year-old Sasha Nievas as the new Mayhem individual athlete. Looks like she’ll be leaving Argentina and is headed for the states.
Starting statistic: This brings Mayhem’s tally to 44 individuals and one team competing at the Games: 12 individuals, seven teens, 25 masters and one team.
Stacie Tovar is back on the gram: After “some teen from Turkey” hacked her Instagram account, it’s finally Tovar again. Her words of wisdom? Make sure to have two code authentication and backup codes on your devices.
Virtual Games Event 1 is…according to Rich Froning a 5k row. You can still sign up to get involved.
Sneak peek at the Nano X1 Froning. The four-time CrossFit Champion Rich Froning debuted his version of the Nano X1’s while working out. The shoe is a new iteration of Reebok’s “Official Shoe of Fitness,” the Nano X1. The latest collaboration pays tribute to the “Into the Storm” mantra, Froning’s daily inspiration, and the shoe even has a storm-inspired graphic design. It will be available on Froning’s birthday, July 21. How FIT-ting.
New product from Podium: Mat Fraser and the Buttery Bro’s supplement company just launched their second product, Whey. Flavor: Coffee Ice Cream…YUM.
Attention Ladies! The Female Tactical Athlete Program is looking for women who want to put their CrossFit skills to work, literally. If you have dreams of being a firefighter, police officer or in the military, you can sign up now for the program that kicks-off July 18.
Two Weeks Out: Six Storylines We’re Paying Attention To
There are just under two weeks until the 2021 CrossFit Games kicks off, returning to in-person competition in Madison, WI. Barring any significant changes, all rosters across all divisions are set and we’re starting to get early glimpses of competition events trickling out.
The CrossFit moms take over: Five female CrossFit Games athletes with children will be competing this year, making up 12.5% of the individual womens field, the most ever.
This includes two podium athletes: Annie Thorisdottir and Kara Saunders. Former two-time champion Annie Thorisdottir returns for the first time after sitting out 2020. Saunders hasn’t competed in-person at the Games since 2018 when she placed fourth. Last year, she completed Stage 1 of the Games from her home gym in Australia and finished 8th.
Teacher Leads by Example, Fulfills Dream of Opening an Affiliate at her High School
When Jenny Schafran first tells her 9th and 10th grade English students they’re going to watch The Road to the Games CrossFit documentary, or a Buttery Bros episode, their reaction is always the same: “We’re going to watch a movie about people working out? Ugh!” laughed Schafran, a teacher for the last 12 years in Chula Vista, the metropolitan area of San Diego, CA.
“Then about 15 to 20 minutes in, they’re telling me who they’re rooting for and asking to watch another one the next time we have a free day,” she said.
A CrossFit Teacher’s Touch
Since 2015, Schafran, a Level 1 coach who started CrossFit in 2013, has been exposing her classes in creative ways to CrossFit and nutrition, hoping it will rub off on her students at Sweetwater Union High School, a school in an area of the city where one in three kids are overweight or obese, and more than 80 percent of students receive subsidized lunches.
One of her exposure tactics has been to create a teacher Instagram account, where she posts about CrossFit and sometimes includes hints and answers to quizzes to entice her students to visit her page. Another has been through rules she implements in class, such as, “You can eat in class as long as it’s healthy,” Schafran explained. Considering many of her students drink soda for breakfast, this rule opens a dialogue about what good nutrition is, she added.
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Check out what a day of training looks like for an athlete preparing for the CrossFit Games. See how the Professor is perfecting his technique, transitions, and timing with just a few days to go until Madison.
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