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CrossFit Releases Team Semifinal Seeding

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May 12   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • The Team Semifinals are seeded, but some teams are short on time for logistics and training.
  • The AGOQ was a family affair at CrossFit Radiate.
  • Six sensational stories you may have missed from the Masters AGOQ.
  • Plus, a full day of nutrition and training with seven-time Games athlete, Cole Sager.

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  Team Semifinal Seeding Released: MACC Teams Get Two Weeks To Prepare 

Team Semifinal Seeding Released: MACC Teams Get Two Weeks To Prepare

On Monday night, CrossFit announced that official Semifinal invitations were being sent to qualified teams and released the final team seeding for all Semifinal events.

The ten CrossFit Semifinals will take place from May 28th until June 20th; the first two — Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge in North America and Torian Pro in Australia — will kick off in just over two weeks.

One big thing: For this year’s Semifinals, teams were seeded based largely on location with Quarterfinal placements also playing a role.

  • According to CrossFit “Most continents have only one event so the teams on those continents are seeded based on their position on the Quarterfinal leaderboard for that continent.”
  • Because Europe has two Semifinal events, CrossFit placed the odd finishers of the top ten — first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth — at the Lowlands Throwdown, while the even finishers — second, fourth, sixth, eight, and tenth — at the German Throwdown.
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  • The Tropical WOD Fest in Acapulco, Mexico announced that it has been officially licensed by CrossFit and will be the first officially licensed CrossFit event to be held in Mexico.
  • Anikha Greer, the 17-year-old Canadian athlete, has signed with Lab Management, an athlete brand development agency.
  • Volunteer applications are still open for the Invictus Boston Invitational.
  • Semifinals match-ups: Here are the top-ten men’s and women’s semifinals match-ups.
  Six Sensational Masters Stories From the AGOQ 

Six Sensational Masters Stories From the AGOQ

The Masters Divisions are littered with incredible performances and mind-boggling achievements. But even amongst those, there are a few special individuals, accomplishments, and storylines which shine even brighter. On the heels of the Age Group Online Qualifiers, we are highlighting six of the most intriguing things happening in the Masters divisions this year.

Ron Ortiz and Will Powell on the Precipice of History

  • Both Ron Ortiz and Will Powell could accomplish something no other Masters athlete has yet to do. If either, or both, men win the Games this summer they will become the first Masters athlete to win in three different age divisions.
  • Ortiz has been to the Games eight times (also qualified for the CFG20). He’s a two time champion, winning the 45-49 year old division in 2013 and the 50-54 year old division in 2016. He is the young man in his division this year and sits in first place following the AGOQ.
  • Powell, like Ortiz, is a Masters stalwart. He’s been to every Games (with a Masters competition) since 2013. He won his first title in the 50-54 age group in 2014, his last year of eligibility in that division. He aged into the 55-59 year old division the following year and won there in both 2015 and 2016. Last year was his first year of eligibility for the 60-64 year old division (which he qualified for the CFG20), so he missed this opportunity then. He’s in second place following the AGOQ, but he’ll be the one to beat come the week of the Games this summer.
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  The AGOQ Was a Family Affair at CrossFit Radiate 


The AGOQ Was a Family Affair at CrossFit Radiate

When Brenda Kiddoo started CrossFit in 2009, she had no idea she was about to change the course of the lives of her 11 others in her family.

The details: It started with her sister-in-law, Krista Kiddoo-Cooper, who saw how fit Brenda was getting and joined CrossFit shortly after her.

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  Seven-Time CrossFit Games Competitor Cole Sager Showcases Full Day of Eating 

Seven-Time CrossFit Games Competitor Cole Sager Showcases Full Day of Eating

With the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games approaching, the Morning Chalk Up reached out to multiple top-level CrossFit athletes to create a video series that digs deeper into their approach to fitness and nutrition. Cole Sager, Alison Scudds, and Kelsey Kiel all responded and provided insight into their training and daily eating routine.

Remind me: Sager burst onto the CrossFit scene in 2013, shortly after his college football career at the University of Washington came to an end. He won the North West Regional in 2014, making his first appearance at the Games. Sager has since competed at the Games every year, posting a career-best finish of fifth in 2016.

Proper fuel for training: Sager is not a CrossFit athlete that gets up and begins training on an empty stomach as he prepares to push for another appearance at the Games. He first fuels his body for the work ahead of him. Sager’s breakfast is fairly straightforward and features only one ingredient.

  • “First thing on the docket, I like to come downstairs and get food started,” Sager explained. “I’m a hungry dude. My main focus with food is I’m eating for performance. I really don’t adhere to any diet other than I try to hit my macros, so I track and weigh my food.”
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  Seven-Time CrossFit Games Competitor Cole Sager Showcases Full Day of Eating 

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