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In today’s edition:

  • Female CrossFit athletes expose the dark underbelly of Instagram.
  • Finland’s Jonne Koski on Fraser’s retirement and plans for 2021 Games season.
  • Fittest Freakest and Reebok launch “Treasure Hunt” through Europe.

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  Female CrossFit Athletes Expose the Dark Underbelly of Instagram: “It’s Just What You Have to Deal With Now”  

Female CrossFit Athletes Expose the Dark Underbelly of Instagram: “It’s Just What You Have to Deal With Now”

In 2016, Dani Speegle logged into Instagram and found a photo of a stranger’s penis.

“I opened up a direct message and there was just a guy sitting on his bathroom sink, dick in hand, and he wrote a really vulgar message,” she says. She began publicly documenting her CrossFit journey about two months prior, but had yet to amass the 678 thousand followers that currently frequent her account. “I was like, ‘God, well this won’t happen very often. This’ll be a one-time thing and I’ll just go about my life as usual.’ I was so wrong.”

Almost five years later, Speegle has received more vulgar Instagram messages than she can count. Some come from profiles she’s never seen before. Others are repeated advances: Though she reported the man behind the original photo, he’s persistently found his way back.

“This man has, for over four years now, created probably 20 new accounts and sent me the same thing over and over again,” she explains. “So the very first one I’ve ever gotten, I get probably every other month. I’ve gotten it every other month for four years now.”

In 2021, it’s not unusual for an athlete to put as much effort into their Instagram presence as they do into their sport. A large following can be the deciding factor in brand deals, speaking engagements, and other supplementary sources of income. But for prominent female CrossFitters, those benefits come with a caveat: Many endure sexual harassment from unknown, presumably male users on the platform, especially through direct messages.

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SPEED READS

  • The Age Group Online Qualifier invitations were sent out yesterday. Here are a couple of important reminders:
    • The deadline to register is Friday, May 7 at 12 PM PT.
    • The floor plans will be released on Monday, May 3.
    • The competition begins on Thursday, May 6 at 12 PM PT when all other details will be released.
  • Spectator tickets for the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge are available now. The Early Bird Special ends on May 7, after that, three-day passes will no longer be available, only one-day tickets.
  • Free Trial: PRVN Fitness is offering a free one-week trial for all programming tracks right now.
  • Underdog Athletics’ Competitor programming launches on May 3.
  • MUST READ: Last week, the South China Morning Postpublished a story on tenth-place Quarterfinals finisher, Ant Haynes’ preparations for the CrossFit Asia Invitational (which recently announced it would be conducted online) and his goal of making it back to the CrossFit Games.
    • On the Semifinal going virtual: “It’s a bit of a bummer, I would much prefer an in-person competition…The pressure of having a crowd there, having a judge with me, all that sort of stuff, moving the chess pieces of each workout, but at least we have an answer now and we have a new date and I can now knuckle down and prep.”
  • Throughout the Team Quarterfinals weekend, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom and the CrossFit Games posted videos of Quarterfinals tests, as well as some “fantasy” match-ups, here last few:
 
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  Jonne Koski Talks Shock of Mat Fraser’s Retirement, How He Will Physically Get to the 2021 CrossFit Games and Moving Back to Finland  

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Jonne Koski Talks Shock of Mat Fraser’s Retirement, How He Will Physically Get to the 2021 CrossFit Games and Moving Back to Finland

Like everyone in the CrossFit world, when five-time reigning champion Mat Fraser announced he was walking away from the sport at his peak, the consensus was shock. Finland’s Jonne Koski, who narrowly missed the final five portion of the 2020 CrossFit Games, said his reaction was similar.

“Mat was by far the best athlete in the field and dominated the competition for years and to be honest I was surprised to see him announce his retirement,” said the 26-year-old. “Him retiring basically opens up another spot in the podium and I believe more athletes will put a target for the top of that podium now. Even with Mat being out it’s still a very competitive field and there are so many good athletes that can take the win and I’m sure we’ll see a good battle in July.”

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  Fittest Freakest and Reebok Launch Treasure Hunt Through Europe to Find Nanos, Chance to Win 100 Trainers for Your Box  

Fittest Freakest and Reebok Launch Treasure Hunt Through Europe to Find Nanos, Chance to Win 100 Trainers for Your Box

It’s about to be a race through Europe to find a fresh new pair of kicks. Reebok Nano X1s to be exact. Fittest Freakest, a European retail fitness company, is teaming up with Reebok to launch a treasure hunt to find the hidden trainers throughout European cities and countries.

The details: The Fittest Freakest Treasure Hunt will take place in 11 European cities in four countries beginning the first Sunday of May.

  • May 2, Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia
  • May 9, Italy: Milan, Turin, Rome
  • May 16, France: Paris, Lyon, Touluse
  • May 23, Germany: Berlin, Hamburg

Each of the 11 cities will have one pair of hidden Reebok Nano X1s. Lucky for the participants, they won’t be searching completely in the dark. Some familiar CrossFit athletes will help participants by giving them tips and clues a few days before the treasure hunt takes place in each country.

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  Fittest Freakest and Reebok Launch Treasure Hunt Through Europe to Find Nanos, Chance to Win 100 Trainers for Your Box  

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