Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games are here, and we will have you covered for everything and anything you need to know.
Note: The Morning Chalk Up will not be publishing the newsletter August 8-12, as we will be taking some much needed R&R, but we’ll be back in action the following week, so don’t go anywhere.
Lay of the Land
In just a few short hours, individuals and teams kick off the 16th annual NOBULL CrossFit Games in Madison, WI. Over the next five days, there will be 13 individual events, 11 team events, and eight age group and adaptive events to crown the fittest athletes on earth.
Today, the individuals will tackle four events but there are 500 points up for grabs. More on that in a minute. Teams will also have four events. All known event details and a detailed schedule are below.
How Event 2 will be scored: Unlike a traditional CrossFit event that awards 100 points for the highest performance, event 2 is awarding 100 points for the fastest accumulated run time as well as for most jerks.
This isn’t the first time the CrossFit Games has scored different portions of an event. Two big examples are the 2013 half marathon row which scored the first 2K portion as well as the entire row, and Pendleton 1 in 2012 where the checkpoint 150m into the run was scored as well as the entire event.
Given how Event 2 is structured — three AMRAP intervals with running and max rep jerks — it’s a little unorthodox. Athletes won’t really know their cumulative run time compared to other athletes in their heat or across the field so it’s hard to know where to make-up time. Whereas, in a straight run, it’s pretty obvious, just beat the athlete out front and the 100 points is yours.
One big number: 38% of all individual points awarded at the Games will be doled out today. For teams, it’s 36%.
Translation: Wednesday is a huge day for setting the field going into Friday.
Another way to look at it, don’t dig yourself a hole today.
CrossFit named Marine veteran Don Faul as the new CEO. “At a time when global health trends are in decline, when people are starved for personal connection and community, CrossFit is more important than ever. I’ve experienced the impact of CrossFit firsthand, seeing how it helps people improve their fitness, reverse chronic disease, and build meaningful connections with other members of the CrossFit community.
These five CrossFit Gamesrecords could be broken this year.
One last thing: There have been cuts at the CrossFit Games in ten of 16 Games or 62.5% of the time. Here’s a breakdown by year.
Team FITAID: Primed for Performance
Training Camp? Finished.
Final Preparations?: Completed.
Podium Finish? TBD.
It’s the first day of individual and team competitions and Team FITAID athletesGuilherme Malheiros, Kelsey Kiel, Jeffrey Adler, Emma Lawson, Gabriela Migala, Lucy Campbell, Nienke van Overveld, Jay Crouch, and Bayden Brown are ready to unleash their energy on the competition floor.
From everyone at FITAID, good luck during the competition and when the dust has settled, we’ll be around to crack open a cold can and celebrate with you.
The first event kicks off at 9:00 AM CT for individuals, with teams following at 11:00 AM. Each day, we will have the top athlete scores across all divisions detailed below. Only individuals and teams are competing today. This leaderboard will update throughout the competition.
Adrian Bozman on How He's Approaching Programming Events for the 2023 CrossFit Games
Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil and Patrick Clark sit down with Boz to talk about how he approached programming his first CrossFit Games.
“Well nothing in the Games happens in a vacuum. There’s nothing that’s like the product is one single person, but it is my roll and my responsibility to put together all of the big picture programming. So I program the first pass for individuals, teams, and age groupers this year. Part of my job is to take it to the team and say ‘tell me why this sucks, tell me what we could be doing better, tell me why this could be cooler, tell me why this could be a more legit test,” and that was exactly the process. So I took the first crack at everything. That was the big job for me.”
“It’s got to be awesome for everyone involved. It’s gotta be of course a legit test but it’s also got to be something the athletes are really excited to do and that they come away from it saying ‘yeah that was legit.'”
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#ChalkUpAtTheGames Fan Photo of the Day
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Workouts, Schedule and How to Watch
Wednesday’s schedule of events: Below is the broadcast schedule. You can watch all events live on YouTube as well as embedded on MorningChalkUp.com.
Individual Event 1: Bike to Work — 7:00 AM PT | 9:00 AM CT | 3:00 PM GMT+1
Team Event 1: Biker Bob — 9:00 AM PT | 11:00 AM CT | 5:00 PM GMT+1
Individual Eent 2: Shuttle to Overhead — 11:00 AM PT | 1:00 PM CT | 7:00 PM GMT+1
Team Event 2 and 3: Strong and Fast — 12:30 PM PT | 2:30 PM CT | 8:30 PM GMT+1
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