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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Today is very news and sports heavy so we’ll try to keep it brief. Keep crushing it and we’ll have more community-related news in tomorrow’s edition.

In today’s edition:

  • The Rogue Invitational drew in 2.5 million livestream views.
  • Mayhem Desert Heat competition is forced to postpone 11 days before launch.
  • Full breakdown of payouts from Rogue. 💸💸💸
  • CrossFit releases the full season schedule including dates for the CrossFit Games.
  • Katrin Davidsdottir is leaving CompTrain.
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  2.5 Million Live Views for 3rd Annual Rogue Invitational 

2.5 Million Live Views for 3rd Annual Rogue Invitational

The Rogue Invitational wrapped up on Sunday, awarding the largest-ever payout for an off-season competition in both CrossFit and Strongman. Fans came out in droves to watch a star-studded roster throw down in Round Rock, TX, and the livestream racked up several million views in aggregate.

By the numbers: Rogue provided a free livestream on YouTube for all events and all divisions of the Invitational over three days. Twenty-four hours after the close of competition, here are the YouTube stats for the full live stream videos.

  • Day 1: 1 million
  • Day 2: 888,992
  • Day 3: 649,884

It’s also worth noting that the Rogue also released clipped versions of each event, totaling 612.9k views. However, those views were not accumulated live.

•Note: These numbers are constantly updating and will continue to change. 

One big thing: The livestream numbers are good, but they pale in comparison to the CrossFit Games, which tallied nearly 10 million just for individual and team competitions on YouTube.

  • For the most part, they surpass the viewership numbers we witness during the Sanctional season.
  • Rogue represents the pinnacle of licensed CrossFit events with a roster that should draw significant viewer interest.
  • These numbers will continue to increase as YouTube catches up but even with a stacked roster and legends like Jason Khalipa and Rich Froning competing, they didn’t average a million per day.

Why it matters: 1). Livestream views help gauge broad interest in CrossFit as a sport online and 2). Livestream views are also how events monetize sponsorship packages. Generally speaking CrossFit, as a whole, needs to see these numbers on average not just barely cracking a million, but in multiple millions.

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Missed the Rogue Invitational? Here’s what happened.

In case you missed it…seven-time CrossFit Games athlete Kari Pearce penned a letter to the CrossFit community thanking them for the years of support as she officially retires from competitive CrossFit:

  • “People keep asking me why I’m not going for one more Games…The answer is that I just know the time is right. I’m ready. So ready. My heart is smiling. I’m ready to move on from competition and focus on my quickly growing brand—PowerAbs — and help others reach their fitness goals.”

Annie Thorisdottir on competing with her daughter in the stands: “Having a baby puts everything into perspective. Many have told me that this is where life begins, a complete 180 from a life where you only put your own needs as a priority.”

  • “Well, Freyja absolutely turned my world upside down, but it did not change who I am or what I want to do. Now I have one more person to share this incredible journey with. If I was alone in this, I would have quit a long time ago. Now my TEAM is bigger than ever and couldn’t imagine a place I would rather be than right here right now.”

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  Mayhem Desert Heat Postponed Indefinitely 

Mayhem Desert Heat Postponed Indefinitely

After weeks-long attempts to secure critical equipment, Mayhem Desert Heat has been postponed indefinitely. The competition, which is in its first year and being ran by CrossFit Mayhem but hosted in the U.A.E., cited significant “supply chain” issues as the reason, specifically the sourcing of equipment which would have hampered their ability to run a successful event.

  • Rory McKernan, Mayhem Director: “This cancelation sucks. However, we are confident that it’s the best decision for the event and the stakeholders. We are deeply saddened for the athletes, who have trained hard and made sacrifices. We will continue to seek out ways to highlight their hard work and reward them for it.”

One big thing: McKernan made it clear that taking care of athletes who have already shelled out for travel are being taken care of.

  • They are working with Ras Al Khaimah to ensure that no athlete incurs any out of pocket expenses as a result of the cancellation.

What it means for the future of the competition: Still TBD. McKernan made it clear that no decisions would be made until after athletes are refunded, then they will reevaluate the future of the competition.
The bottom line: The postponement of the event is a blow to athletes who were seeking to make additional money during the offseason as the star-studded line-up was set to compete for a total prize purse over $150,000 with $30,000 going to the first place athlete. It was also another opportunity to expand CrossFit further into less popular areas and offer opportunities for locals to compete in a top-tier event.

  2021 Rogue Invitational Final Payouts 

2021 Rogue Invitational Final Payouts

The 2021 Rogue Invitational concluded on Sunday afternoon with the crowning of Tia-Clair Toomey and Justin Medeiros as champions. With those titles came the largest payday in a non-CrossFit Games competition. Rogue had over $1.4 million in prize money awaiting the 40 athletes in the men and women divisions who competed in Round Rock, TX. We have compiled the prize money list including the $5,000 payout for event wins.


  1. Justin Medeiros – $261,380 ($5,000 event earnings)
  2. Patrick Vellner – $99,435 ($10,000 event earnings)
  3. Jeffrey Adler – $47,699
  4. Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson – $40,774 ($5,000 event earnings)
  5. Guilherme Malheiros – $36,830 ($10,000 event earnings)


  1. Tia-Clair Toomey – $266,380 ($10,000 event earnings)
  2. Annie Thorisdottir – $99,435 ($10,000 event earnings)
  3. Gabriela Migala – $47,699
  4. Laura Horvath – $35,774
  5. Haley Adams – $31,830 ($5,000 event earnings)
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  The 2022 CrossFit Games Season Schedule 

The 2022 CrossFit Games Season Schedule

CrossFit released a detailed outline of the 2022 CrossFit Games season, including dates for all qualifying events as well as the CrossFit Games.

  • We’d recommend booking your hotels and AirBNBs now.

One very big thing: The CrossFit Games is moving back to a four-day schedule similar to 2017, starting on Thursday, August 4 and ending on Sunday, August 7. In contrast, the 2021 Games started on Tuesday with age group and adaptive divisions.

  • This means all divisions will likely start on Thursday, creating more competition for eyeballs across divisions.

The dates: 

  • The Open: February 24 – March 4
  • Quarterfinals (Individuals, Teams and Age Groups): March 24 – April 24
  • Semifinals (Individuals and Teams) — In-person
    • Week 1: May 20 – 22
    • Week 2: May 27 – 29
    • Week 3: June 3 – 5
    • Week 4: June 10 – 12
  • Semifinals (Age Groups) — Online
    • Age group (Divisions 14-15, 16-17, 35-39, 40-44, and 45-49): May 26-29
    • Age group (Divisions 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, and 65+): June 2-5
    • Adaptive: June 2-5
  • Last Chance Qualifier: June 29 – July 1
  • CrossFit Games: August 4 – 7

A few notable changes:

  • Age groups will experience two notable changes: the addition of the quarterfinal stage and the online qualifier moving to two separate long weekends, splitting the divisions roughly in half.
  • Adaptive divisions will also have a second online qualifier event. However, all adaptive divisions will automatically advance to the Semifinals.

Important to note:

  • The Open will still be three weeks, consisting of 22.1, 22.2 and 22.3.
  • Semifinals will still take place over four separate weekends.
  • There are still a lot of details left to be announced, including the release of the full season rulebook, locations of Semifinal events, and registration details.
  Davidsdottir Leaving CompTrain, Joining Thorisdottir with Jami Tikkanen 

Davidsdottir Leaving CompTrain, Joining Thorisdottir with Jami Tikkanen

Two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir has left Ben Bergeron and CompTrain and will be competing under coach Jami Tikkanen, who also coaches fellow Icelanders Annie Thorisdottir and Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson, as well as Henrik Haapalainen, multiple sources confirmed. She did not compete this weekend under the guidance and coaching of Bergeron, her coach across seven CrossFit Games seasons.

  • The change in coach comes after her worst finish at the CrossFit Games (10th) since she failed to qualify in 2014.

One big thing: The news is a huge blow to CompTrain as Davidsdottir has long been Bergeron’s marquee athlete since 2015, and the third in a series of departures for CompTrain in the last year.

  • Back in November 2020, Brooke Wells left to train with PRVN under Shane Orr.
  • Two weeks ago, coach Harry Palley, who coaches Amanda Barnhart and Sam Kwant, stepped down.
  • All three of these departures could prove to be a setback for Bergeron’s plans to build up the CompTrain Academy, a “world-class training facility designed to help people excel at the CrossFit Games.”
  • CompTrain still coaches Samuel Kwant, Amanda Barnhart and Chandler Smith.

Why it makes sense: Katrin and Annie are long-time friends turned business partners who recently launched a new line of sports earbuds. Katrin has also been living away from her native Iceland and family since 2015 when she moved to New England.



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