Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games are here, and we will have you covered for everything and anything you need to know.
In today’s edition:
Get up-to-date on what’s happening in Madison today
Athletes to watch during the Olympic Lifting Total
How to stay connected through Games week
What’s in 2022 Games Rookie of the Year Nick Mathew’s gym bag?
The countdown is over: The 2023 CrossFit Games begin TODAY!
Day 1 Lay of the Land
In just a few short hours, age group and adaptive athletes kick off the 17th annual NOBULL CrossFit Games in Madison, WI. Over the next six days, there will be (at least) 12 individual events, 10 team events, and eight age group and adaptive events to crown the fittest athletes on earth.
Today, the age group and adaptive athletes will tackle three events and there are 300 points up for grabs. More on that in a minute. All known event details and a detailed schedule are below.
One big number: 441 – The total number of athletes traveling to Madison to compete in the last Games to be held in the Wisconsin state capital.
Get Connected: Follow the 2023 CrossFit Games Athletes on Instagram
The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games are coming in hot and anticipation is starting to peak for athletes and fans alike. Whether you’ll be on the ground watching the action in-person in Madison or playing livestream analyst, here are some ways to stay up-to-date on all the action to come out of the Games.
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As Nick Mathew heads into his second year at the NOBULL CrossFit Games, one thing is certain: his gym bag will be stocked with everything he needs – from shoes and snacks to smelling salts.
What’s Mathew’s gym bag recipe for success? We talked with the 2022 Rookie of the Year to find out.
What is in your gym bag when you are competing at the Games?
At the Games you need to be prepared for any workout they can throw at you. The main things I always have on me are my Wod-N-Done Hand Protection and Thumb Tape, 2 Pood Belt, and knee sleeves. I also have my Toe Spacers, Victory Grips, TYR runners, lifters, and trainers, and my ESC Sounds headphones.
What attracted you to the Build for Athletes bag you use?
I love a gym bag with a lot of pockets so I can stay organized and tidy! There is plenty of room to not only hold all my gym equipment but my work items like my laptop, note pads, chargers, etc… and all the snacks!
I love that the Built for Athletes bags are made from a very durable material so it’s not going to wear and tear easily, and I know I won’t have issues with zippers breaking. This also makes them super comfortable which is important – I don’t want something that digs into my traps or puts unnecessary strain on my back when competing.
Are you changing anything up or adding anything from last year to this year that you carry in your gym bag?
This year, ESC Sounds headphones are definitely a great addition to my gym bag. They’re a great product, especially when I am communicating with my coach. It’s really convenient to have the volume buttons on them so I don’t have to find my phone to turn them down when we are game planning and moving through warmups.
Here are some key numbers heading into the first day of the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games:
2 – Only 2 men in the 65+ age division competed at the Games in 2022.
3 – Only 3 women in the 65+ age division competed at the Games in 2022.
4 – Only 4 out of the 10 men in the 35-39 age division are from the United States.
30 – The total number of adaptive athletes competing at the 2023 Games (including all divisions, men and women).
180 – The total number of age group athletes competing at the 2023 Games (including all divisions, men and women).
441 – Number of athletes descending in Madison to compete in the 2023 CrossFit Games.
Too many to count – The hours of sleep logged by athletes in Madison.
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