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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • The Dane County (Madison, WI) Board of Supervisors approved the CrossFit Games contract for 2021 and 2022.
  • Emily Rolfe stays fit while working the frontlines during a global pandemic.
  • Pete Shaw rallies doctors and lobbies politicians to recognize the benefits of CrossFit for metabolic health.
  • Episode three of the Spartan Games dropped this week, we have the recap.

Editor’s Note: The Morning Chalk Up Team will break for the holidays. Join us back in your inbox on December 28. Happy Holidays and thanks for being here.

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Worth Noting

Product News

Athlete News

  • Justin Medeiros is the newest Rogue Athlete.
  • Perennial Masters CrossFit Games athlete and Men’s 45-49 Champion in 2016, Ron Mathews was featured in Men’s Health.
  • Games veteran Stacie Tovar breaks ground on CrossFit Omaha.
  • Tia-Clair Toomey takes on “Team Training.”

Everything Else

  • Dane County, WI, where Madison is located just approved the CrossFit Games contract with the Alliant Energy Center for 2021 and 2022, there are options to extend through 2025.
  • Dave Castro teased the new Open and CrossFit Games season changes on his Instagram.
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  Back To Madison: County Board Approves CrossFit Games Contract Through 2022  

Back To Madison: County Board Approves CrossFit Games Contract Through 2022

The path has been cleared for the CrossFit Games to return to Madison, Wisconsin for the 2021, and 2022 seasons.

Dane County board members on Thursday authorized the contract to keep the CrossFit Games in Madison for the next two seasons, extending the city’s tenure as the official home of the Games for a total of six years.

But wait, there’s more: The contract approval also included requests by the Alliant Energy Center and CrossFit to have the option available to host the Games in Madison for an additional three years, which would cover the 2023, 2024, and 2025 seasons.

  • It would be a historic move, making Madison and the state of Wisconsin the longest running host of the CrossFit Games at nine years, with potentially eight full iterations of the Games taking place there given that the 2020 Games were moved due to the pandemic.
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  Exposed Daily to COVID, How Canada’s Emily Rolfe Adapted Her Fitness on the Frontlines  


Exposed Daily to COVID, How Canada’s Emily Rolfe Adapted Her Fitness on the Frontlines

Emily Rolfe gets a regular first-hand look at the damage the coronavirus can do to one’s body. The 31-year-old Canadian works as a medical radiation technologist in Richmond, a city just south of Vancouver.

Rolfe works primarily within the realm of computerized tomography (CT) scans, and X-rays. The coronavirus is a respiratory disease, attacking the body’s airways. Rolfe said being on the frontline of the pandemic has presented a host of difficult thoughts she had to process.

“It is hard seeing people with COVID,” said the CrossFit Games rookie who came 18th last year. “And seeing what it does to their lungs, and thinking, ‘What if I get that? I don’t know what it is going to do to my athletic career? They don’t know the long term effects, this is serious, I don’t want to end my professional athlete career like this, but I have to work.’”

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  2020 Games Athlete Pete Shaw Urges Government to See Fitness as Integral in Fight Against COVID-19  

2020 Games Athlete Pete Shaw Urges Government to See Fitness as Integral in Fight Against COVID-19

2020 Canadian CrossFit Games athlete and affiliate owner Pete Shaw has initiated a campaign to get municipal, provincial and federal policymakers and health officials to work in collaboration with Ontario gyms to keep gyms open and help fight COVID-19.

The details: Shaw rounded up 15 Ontario-based doctors, who signed a letter he sent to more than 200 politicians and health officials across the province — including Premier Premier Doug Ford and Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliot — urging them to recognize that keeping fitness facilities open is crucial, not just for physical and mental health, but for improving metabolic health critical to fight COVID-19.

  • “We hope to push the government and public health (officials) to work more collaboratively with leaders in the fitness industry…In doing so, we also hope that it will promote to Ontarians and Canadians that metabolic health and physical fitness are important components of the COVID-19 strategy,” said Shaw, a member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar staff and co-owner of CrossFit NCR in Ottawa, Ontario.
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  CrossFitters Scramble for Spots on the Leaderboard on Episode 3 of the Spartan Games  

CrossFitters Scramble for Spots on the Leaderboard on Episode 3 of the Spartan Games


The third episode of the “Spartan Games: Battle of the Fittest, presented by Harley-Davidson” once again featured just two events. However the two events could not have been any different in testing the fitness of the 24 competing athletes. After five events, athletes started to strategize their next moves with the volatility of the leaderboard looming heading into day three of the competition.

Event 6, Spartan Wrestling: With a history dating back over 15,000 years, the athletes would be competing against each other in one of the oldest forms of combat and sport, wrestling. Seeded by their placings on the leaderboard, each athlete would compete in a double-elimination bracket with the final match being single elimination. The first athlete to score five points in the :90 second match would advance. In the event that they did not reach five points, whoever had the higher score or scored first would advance. Athletes got points for pushing their competitor out of the wrestling circle, takedowns and hands or knees making contact with the ground.

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Our final community round-up of the week features two upcoming fundraisers:

  • Rise Up! Sober Fitness and Recovery Project: CrossFit RisingStar in Rutland, VT hosted a row-a-thon relay fundraiser to help establish a sober fitness program on December 17. The goal is to raise $14k and they are nearing $9k right now. Learn more and donate.
  • Lone Survivor Foundation: CrossFit Intrinsic in Fayetteville, NC is hosting a fundraiser on January 30 to benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation. The foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for wounded service members and their families through health, wellness and therapeutic support. Learn more and register soon.
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