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CrossFit Releases Quarterfinals Format and Important Deadlines
The 2021 CrossFit Open has come to a close, and athletes around the world are preparing for the next step — Quarterfinals. The online competition will run from April 8-11 and will whittle down the list of competitors to 300 worldwide ahead of the Semifinals. CrossFit Director of Competition Adrian Bozman has now provided the format, showing how the Quarterfinals will unfold.
One big thing: The Quarterfinals will feature a “series of advanced events” that start on Thursday and run through the weekend. Individual registration for Quarterfinals will go live on Monday, April 5. Qualifying athletes will receive their invitations via email and will only have three days to register before the first events.
The CrossFit Games will release the floor plans on Monday detailing how the athletes must set up their respective workout spaces for the online competition. This method is similar to what CrossFit used during Stage One of the 2020 Games.
Athletes attempting to reach Semifinals are required to submit videos of their workouts along with their results. Those that just want to treat the Quarterfinals like the Open can either complete the workouts at an affiliate with a registered judge or submit a video for validation.
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Questions about the Team Quarterfinals? This infographic from the CrossFit Games includes the registration fee, competition dates, equipment list, team declaration information and cut lines for Semifinals broken down by continent.
The Masters Fitness Collective and the Pit Fitness Ranch have teamed up to offer one online qualifier for their respective competitions — The Masters Fitness Collective CrossFit Championship and the Pit Fitness Ranch CrossFit Elite Teen Throwdown. Both events are licensed CrossFit events and take place on September 1-5 in Fort Wayne, IN, and Three Rivers, MI. Sign up for the online qualifier at Competition Corner.
MUST READ: Learn “Why Everybody Needs to Jump Rope,” by Kingsley Yew, a physical therapist, on The Ready State blog. Yew not only lays out the cardio benefits of jumping rope, but also how it helps to build both leg and shoulder muscles.
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Climb Against the Odds: CrossFit athlete, Alexys D’Tiole was selected to be a representative for the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners’ Climb Against the Odds, a three-day climbing expedition on Mt. Shasta for breast cancer prevention. She has partnered with CrossFit Colosseum and Carolyne Prevost to raise money for the organization and for every $1 they raise, D’Tiole and Prevost will do 1 burpee. Donate now.
Groupon joined the Community Gyms Coalition this week. Groupon is a large and well-known company, and joining the CGC strengthens lobbying efforts to pass the GYMS Act and expands the coalition beyond just boutique fitness centers.
UPDATE — Prayers for Jackie: We are sad to report that Jacqueline Cordova, a coach at CrossFit Veni Vidi Vici in Henderson, NV lost her brief battle with stage four lung cancer last month. Importantly though, the community GoFundMe campaign that was established during her illness remains open to help provide support for her husband and nine-month-old son. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.
At 16 Years Old, Emma Cary Becomes Youngest Ever to Win an Open Workout
16-year-old Emma Cary set the world record in 21.2 with a time of 8:51, making her the youngest athlete to win an Open workout.
One big thing: Cary finished the Open in second place, just 40 points behind four-time “Fittest on Earth” Tia-Clair Toomey. This was the highest Open finish by any teen division athlete in CrossFit history.
According to Instagram, her only strategy in 21.2 was to “go fast and have fun.”
Cary performed well in every Open workout this year, finishing 14th in 21.1 with a time of 11:48, 14th in 21.3 with a time of 8:28, and 37th in 21.4 with a weight of 218 pounds (the latter two scores are yet unofficial).
On Monday, if the leaderboard remains the same, Cary’s runner-up finish stands to net the youngster $10,000 on top of the $2,021 she earned for her 21.1 win. Because the CrossFit Games does not offer money for the teens division, this will be the most money she has earned through a prize purse.
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CrossFit Achieve in St. Louis, MO opened its doors officially on April 1. It’s owned and coached by Rachel Compton (CF-L2).
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HotShots 19 Memorial Fundraiser: On August 14, CrossFit Garage in Woodstock, GA is hosting the Fifth Annual HotShots 19 Memorial WOD and Fundraiser to benefit the Georgia Public Safety Memorial Fund for Firefighters. The WOD is in memory of Arizona’s 19 Granite Mountain HotShots who lost their lives on June 30, 2013 battling one of the deadliest US wildfires in history. Currently, they are looking for donations, sponsorships and raffle items, if you are interested in helping to sponsor this event, please contact Jamie Armenta.
USA Cancer Cycle: CrossFitter Greg Taylor has undertaken an epic challenge, to ride his bike from Florida to California to Washington to Maine and back to Florida over the course of six months. He’s raising money for the organization Chemo Noir and set off from his gym, Crucible CrossFit on February 20. Learn more about his route and this challenge, and donate to his cause now.
The Battle Cancer Program is now an official 501c3 charity organization. And, the official start date for this summer’s Battle Cancer programs at CrossFit Invictus-Boston, CrossFit Wynwood, WIT House and more on June 7. There is still room to sign up for cancer survivors seeking to rebuild their physical and mental health.
Tommy Tackles The Quarterfinals: Preview
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend of respite, because there is more high octane online CrossFit competition already coming at ya.
In two shakes of a lamb’s tail, we’ve already transitioned from the official kickoff to the 2021 season and into the first ever Quarterfinal round in CrossFit Games history, and it just so happens that I didn’t get exposed was totally fit enough to make it through.
Finding His Purpose: “I Never Would Have Done This CrossFit Shit Otherwise,” Says Military Veteran, Below-the-Knee Amputee
For four years, Jose Sanchez stared at an unopened package that had arrived for him in the mail in 2011, never bothering to open it.
He was mad at the world, withdrawn and angry after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011 when he was serving in the US military in the Marines, leading to an amputated left leg below the knee, and a “mangled” right leg, he explained.
“Fuck everyone, fuck the world, fuck the Marines. That’s how I felt. I started pushing people away…I was living in a world of fuckin rage and hate,” said Sanchez, who was in second place in the men’s lower body extremity division of the CrossFit Open before injuring his shoulder during 21.3 on a bar muscle-up and failing to complete the competition. He has an MRI next week to figure out exactly what he did.
Notable: Not only did Sanchez compete in the adaptive division, he also competed in the Rx division and put up some impressive performances, including completing 75 burpee box jumps in 21.2 on a prosthetic leg in a time of 18:45.
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