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CrossFit Photogs Offer their Best Shots from a Month of Semifinals

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Check out the BEST photos from a month of CrossFit Semifinals
  • Get a first look at important stats about the (almost full) 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games field
  • Manicures, nose rings and tattoos, oh my: Justin Cotler goes the extra mile to support his Underdogs crew
  • Oh, and Danielle Brandon is fitter than she’s ever been
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“You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again.” - Bonnie Prudden

  20 of the Best Photos from 2022 CrossFit Semifinals  

20 of the Best Photos from 2022 CrossFit Semifinals

As CrossFit continues to grow and mature, there is more digital content being produced by more content creators than ever before. If you follow the sport of CrossFit on social media at all, your feed has likely been inundated with photos, videos, and stories from the last four weeks of the 2022 CrossFit Semifinals.

We reached out to some of the top CrossFit photographers from around the globe and gave them a nearly impossible task: “Send us your favorite shot from Semifinals.” Their submissions have been compiled below.

A Quick Note

I know it can be tempting to scroll quickly through, hastily seeking the flashiest win, the best flex, or your favorite athlete in the bunch. I’m guilty of that myself.

With this collection, I encourage you take the time to sit with each image. Embrace the story that it tells. Acknowledge the dedication, the art, the commitment, and the humanity on display.

If you like what you see, feel free to comment or send the photographer a message. We’ve linked each photographer’s instagram page next to their work for easy finding.

  • If using or displaying the images contained in this article for any reason, please credit the photographer.
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  First Look at the Field: Stats on the 2022 Games Qualifiers  


First Look at the Field: Stats on the 2022 Games Qualifiers

For the men’s and women’s divisions, 38 out of 40 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games spots have been locked down via Semifinals (the final two will be determined in a few weeks via the Last Chance Qualifier).

This article will take an overview look at the athletes who comprise the men’s and women’s fields for this year’s Games including their average age, height, and weight, but also their level of experience and a look at who amongst them has been competing at this level the longest. Ladies First.


The women’s field thus far consists of:

  • 23 CrossFit Games veterans
  • They have an average of 4.1 years of Games experience
  • And, a total of 72 previous years competing at the Games
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  Nail Polish, Nose Rings, and a Tattoo: Coach Justin Cotler Goes Above and Beyond for His Athletes  


Nail Polish, Nose Rings, and a Tattoo: Coach Justin Cotler Goes Above and Beyond for His Athletes

“Alright so week one we went with the nails. Week two was the nose piercing. And we’re taking it up a notch this week and getting…tattoos!” Alison Scudds told fans on her Instagram story last Wednesday afternoon while standing next to her coach, and head of Underdog Athletics, Justin Cotler.

“It may or may not be real ones, let’s be honest,” Cotler told me later that night. “But it was definitely something fun for us to do.”

Scudds competed at the Atlas Games Semifinal this past weekend (June 10-12) in Montreal and while we were thrilled to watch her duke it out with some of the fittest women in the world to try and punch her ticket to the CrossFit Games, we were equally as excited to see Cotler, head of Underdog Athletics, cheer her on.

If you’ve been watching the last four weeks of Semifinals, you couldn’t help but notice Cotler near the finish line, purple-faced and arms in the air, every time one of his athletes takes the floor. But, it’s the support outside of competition that makes the coach-athlete relationships through Underdog Athletics seem so special.

“So at the MACC Danielle (Brandon) and Kyra (Milligan) painted their nails and Justin got his nails painted to match. I had rainbow fingernails, and Matt (Dlugos) didn’t really want to get his painted — fair enough,” said Granite Games Semifinalist and now first-time CrossFit Games qualifier, Alex Gazan. “But, all of us have our nose pierced, so we decided to get matching studs. Matt and I’s idea, but Justin was all in.”

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  Nail Polish, Nose Rings, and a Tattoo: Coach Justin Cotler Goes Above and Beyond for His Athletes  

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  • 😱 Powerlifter Martel Johnson pulls a 650 pound/295kg deadlift.
  • Congratulations to Taylor-Kate Franklin from CrossFit Christiansburg in Christiansburg, VA on hitting her goal of a 300 pound/136kg front squat.
    • “On May 16th, I hit a 260lb front squat. My goal was to hit a 300lb front squat by the end of the year… Well, June 6th was 1RM Front Squat day, and only 21 days after saying my goal, I hit a 300lb front squat! I guess my new goal is 350 or 400 by the end of the year.”
  • Congratulations to Cerus Performance Founder, Jeff Evans on his 475 pound/215kg back squat, and a ripped shorts PR!
  • 😎 Chase Ingraham‘s daughter is a vibe.
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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 Kentucky (Richmond, Kentucky)
4/6 - 4/7: SeaDog Summer Showdown (Jupiter, Florida)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Minnesota (Austin, Minnesota)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
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: Festivus Games (WAUKESHA, WI)
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 - 4/21: BGR Contest Spring Edition (Bergerac, France)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada)
4/26 - 4/28: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)

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