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David Hippensteel Has Pulled out of the CrossFit Games

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In today’s edition:

  • David Hippensteel withdraws from the CrossFit Games
  • Olivia Sulek is ready to take on the elites
  • Traumatic brain injury survivor Marilyn Cruz creates “I Am Adaptive”
  • O2 is now the official recovery drink and hydration mix for the NOBULL CrossFit Games
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  BREAKING: Three-Time CrossFit Games Champ David Hippensteel Withdraws from Competition  

BREAKING: Three-Time CrossFit Games Champ David Hippensteel Withdraws from Competition

Eight-time CrossFit Games masters athlete and three-times masters champion David Hippensteel has withdrawn all five of his quarterfinals scores, ending his bid for a ninth trip to the Games. A CrossFit spokesperson and Hippensteel both confirmed the voluntary withdrawal, which came after Hippensteel was notified that penalties were forthcoming.

The big picture: Scrutiny over the quality of athletes’ reps as well as CrossFit HQ’s handling of inaccurate scores has drawn criticism this season, led mostly by Andrew Hiller, who has been regularly posting YouTube videos pointing out no reps from publicly available video score submissions.

  • Over the past several weeks, Hiller has gone after Tia-Clair Toomey, Mayhem Freedom, Mal O’Brien, and Dani Speegle among others for failure to meet specified movement standards.
  • Hiller has also pointed out videos CrossFit HQ itself has posted showing athletes demonstrating no reps, such as Griffin Roelle’s bench press in the CrossFit Total.
  • Most recently, Hiller called for Hippensteel’s event 2 score to be invalidated in a video that has now amassed 23,000 views. Two other videos related to Hippensteel have been viewed a combined 27,000 times.
  • CrossFit drew its own fire most recently for allowing invalid shuttle run scores to remain high up on the leaderboard, causing potential ramifications for individual semifinal invites.

The bottom line: Anyone paying attention to the 2022 CrossFit Games season has seen increased scrutiny on both athletes and the CrossFit Games team, signaling a trend towards more accountability and adherence to standards.

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In case you missed it, Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to Brian Friend and Patrick Clark, wrapping up their initial thoughts on the semifinal seeding with their take on the Atlas Games. As we get closer to the semifinals, Morning Chalk Up will have you covered with inept analysis and reports on every single competition.

O2 is now the official recovery drink and hydration mix for the NOBULL CrossFit Games. CrossFit’s general manager of Sport Justin Bergh said he is stoked about the partnership:

  • “We are very pleased to partner with a company like O2 that was born from and grew within the CrossFit community, and we look forward to working together to bring the excitement of the CrossFit Games to new heights.”

Car wash anyone? Three athletes who qualified for semifinals – Denis SamsonovMadison McElhaney and Tyler Eggiman – held a car wash fundraiser to help pay for their trips, and ended up raising $4,000 in the process. 💦

Okay this is pretty cool, here is list of the top five closest finishes at the CrossFit Games.

World’s Strongest Man competitor Rob Kearney tries to set the workout record for “Randy”. How do you think he did?

  Olivia Sulek is “All In” on CrossFit  


Olivia Sulek is “All In” on CrossFit

If CrossFit were a game of Texas hold’em, 18-year-old Olivia Sulek would be all in. The Cincinnati, OH native has decided to join the elite division and has no reservations about it.

“I don’t want to have a cubicle desk job,” said Sulek, who has qualified for the Syndicate Crown and was 61st in Individual Quarterfinals worldwide and 22nd in North America. “I want to do CrossFit full-time, and do this for as long as I can.”

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  Traumatic Brain Injury Leads Marilyn Cruz to Create I Am Adaptive, Help Thousands of Adaptive Athletes Around the World  

Traumatic Brain Injury Leads Marilyn Cruz to Create I Am Adaptive, Help Thousands of Adaptive Athletes Around the World

Sixteen years ago, at the age of 21, Marilyn Cruz was in a near fatal car accident when the driver fell asleep at the wheel, an accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury.

“I suffered from amnesia. I didn’t know my name, I couldn’t go back to college or have a job, and for about five or six years I fell into a really dark place. I kind of just lost touch with everything,” said Cruz, now 38.

She likened her experience to the popular Drew Barrymore movie 50 First Dates, where Barrymore has amnesia and is trying to date a man, but she forgets who he is each morning when she wakes up.

“That was my life for many years, waking up and not knowing what my face even looked like or what my name was, and having to ask other people for references of who they remembered me to be,” she said.

“Can you tell me stories about me? Am I funny? Am I serious? How am I even supposed to be? Those were some of the harder questions I never thought I’d have to ask myself in life.”

Finding her Way

Eventually, though, Cruz got to a point where she decided, “I don’t give a fuck anymore who I used to be. I need to start redefining who I want to be,” she explained.

“I decided I wanted to change my life and help people that were in a similar situation not have to go through such a dark period,” she added.

At the time, she wasn’t sure what that would look like, but then she found CrossFit and it quickly became one of “the biggest therapies for me,” she said. “It started regenerating my brain cells to the point that I was cognitively making incredible strides.”

That’s when she started “deep diving” into what happened to her and she discovered recent science that suggests physical activity is one of the best ways to get the brain functioning again.

Along the way, Cruz came across a CrossFit video that featured adaptive athletes.

“I had never heard the term adaptive before. I couldn’t resonate with the term disabled and I didn’t want to identify my life in that way. And when I saw the video, it was of a gentleman who had a traumatic brain injury like myself, and he was referring to himself as an adaptive athlete, so I questioned if he was adaptive, does that make me adaptive?”

This led her down a “rabbit hole,” she explained, where she discovered that there weren’t many opportunities for adaptive athletes at the time, which led her to want to help this community. So in 2014, she started the Instagram page I Am Adaptive.

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Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a highlight.

  • 🎂 Happy birthday, Austin MalleoloChase Long, and Noah Ohlsen (Tuesday).
  • Congratulations Jordan Noe from NFP Conjugate in Albuquerque, NM on massive progress— from squat cleaning 195 pounds/88.5kg to bench pressing it.
  • Congratulations to Corey Lewis, Owner of Xtra Mile Fitness in Fenton, MO on the 295 pound/134kg push jerk PR.
  • 🐛 The ladies of Iceland, Annie Thorisdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir, are merging functional fitness with their best dance floor moves. Think we’ll see worm burpees in the 2022 Games?
  • Delfi Ortuño from CrossFit Querétaro in Querétaro, México hit a new power clean PR.
  • Roman Khrennikov completes 5 reps of single arm dumbbell push presses with 125 pounds/57kg.
  • 🎱 This outdoor billiard field puts a fun summer twist on the classic pool hall.

CrossFit Flagstaff is hosting a second IGNITE event fundraiser on Saturday, May 21 during all morning classes.

9/29 - 10/1: MACC FEST (Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Festival) (West Friendship, MD)
9/29 - 9/30: Iron Anchor Throwdown (Batavia, OH)
9/29 - 10/1: 2023 Masters Fitness Championship (Fort Wayne, IN)
9/30 - 10/1: Sango Games 2023 (Clarksville, TN)
9/30: 15th Anniversary and Birthday Brawl (York, PA)
9/30: Barbell Brawl VIII (Kennett Square, PA)
9/30: No Weak Links: Cuff Links (Marcy, NY)
9/30 - 10/1: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
10/6 - 10/8: Marbella Championship (Marbella, Spain)
10/7: Babes with Barbells (Huntington, WV)
10/7: KJ Classic (Longmont, CO)
10/7: Pitness At The Mill (Canton, GA)
10/7: 2023 KJ Classic (Longmont, CO)
10/7: FitoberFest (Prairie Village, KS)
10/7: Battle of Branded One at Redstone CrossFit (Littleton, CO)
10/13 - 10/15: Midwest Championship (Rochester, MN)
10/13 - 10/15: Midwest Championship (Rochester, MN)
10/13 - 10/15: Crash Crucible (Spartanburg, SC)
10/14: T-Town Throwdown (Toledo, OH)
10/14: Triple Threat Terror 2023 (Forney, TX)
10/14: Oscar Mike Challenge (Lakeville, MN)
10/14: Babes and Barbells (Asbury Park, NJ)
10/14: Scream & Clean III (Danbury, CT)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx Canada: Belleville (Bellevile, Canada)
10/14: Best Babes West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
10/14: Best Babes Columbus GA (Columbus, GA)
10/14: Best Babes Illinois (Byron, IL)
10/14: 8th Annual Kilo CrushFest Competition (Hampton, VA)
10/14 - 10/15: 059 Classic (Modena, Italy)
10/14: Strength and Speed (Feasterville, PA)
10/14 - 10/15: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx DC (Alexandria, VA)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx Sedalia (Sedalia, MO)
10/14: Best Babes Massachusetts (Beverly, MA)
10/15: Kares CrossFit October Showdown (Georgetown, Guyana)
10/20 - 10/21: AAYMCA CrossFit Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/20 - 10/21: AAYMCA CrossFit Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/21: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/21: Barbells For Bullies: Portland (Hillsboro, OR)
10/21: 401 Fall Throwdown (Smithfield, RI)
10/27 - 10/29: Oslo Throwdown (Oslo, Norway)
10/27 - 10/28: Star City Fittest (Roanoke, VA)
10/28 - 10/29: The Ghostly Games (Fayetteville, GA)
10/28: Wodtoberfest (Owosso, MI)
10/29 - 11/19: CHLKDUP BOX LEAGUE – NASH (Nashville, TN)
10/29 - 11/19: CHLKDUP BOX LEAGUE – BHAM (Birmingham, AL)
11/3 - 11/4: Florida Grid League Championship (Orlando, FL)
11/4 - 11/5: Costa Barcelona Fitness Challenge (Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain)
11/4 - 11/5: Hold Fast Competition Individual (Gerenzano, Italy)
11/4: Sunshine SmackDown (Bedford Hills, NY)
11/4: Witch City Throwdown (Salem, MA)
11/4: Barbell Babes Lorton (Lorton, VA)
11/11: Freakin’ Gauntlet (Pembroke Pines, FL)
11/11: The Meadowlands Classic (Carlstadt, NJ)
11/11: Barbell Massacre 8 (Dahlonega, GA)
11/11: War of the Masters (Elkton, MD)
11/11: War of the Masters (Elkton, MD)
11/18: Best Babes Dallas (Dallas, TX)
11/18: Best Babes Philly (Philadelphia, PA)
11/18: Best Babes Iowa (Mason City, IA)
11/18: Girls Gone Rx Salt Lake City (West Haven, UT)
11/18: Teams Of The Midway: 2 Person Teams (Cary, IL)
11/18: Friendsgiving (Ambler, PA)
11/18: Turkey Bash (Chatham, IL)

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