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Final Three Sanctioned Events Join the 2020 Season

The 2020 CrossFit Games season continues to add members to it’s ranks, as three more sanctioned events were announced today. The trio includes events in two new countries, and brings the total number to 28 events for the season.

CrossFit Inc. also announced that these will be the final events added to the 2020 season, and that the season schedule in its entirety will be announced on Saturday, June 1st on

  • CrossFit Founder’s Emissary Noor Greene: “Greg Glassman’s vision for the Sanctionals matches CrossFit’s core values: to create opportunities for others, not for ourselves. The Sanctionals model is another example of CrossFit expanding the total pie, and not cutting a larger slice for itself.”

The three new events are:

  • CrossFit Mayhem Classic — January 11, Cookeville, TN:  An individual only competition hosted at the home of 7-time CrossFit Games Champion (4 individual, 3 team) Rich Froning Jr. Athletes will qualify for the event via the 2020 CrossFit Games Open.
  • Madrid CrossFit Championship — May 1-3, Madrid Spain: CrossFit competition returns to the former home of the Meridian Regional and CrossFit Invitational. The event is a revamp of the formerly named Meridian Championship, and will be owned and operated by Loud and Live Sports.
  • Mayan CrossFit Classic — July 3-5, Mayan Riviera, Mexico: The 2020 Sanctional season will close with the Mayan CrossFit Classic as the last chance for athletes to earn an invite to the Games. In addition to a variety of other divisions, the top teams in Latin America will have a chance to compete for the “Latin American Cup.” Along with the Madrid CrossFit Championship, the event will also be owned and operated by Loud and Live Sports.

Worth noting:

  • These are the final Sanctionals for the 2019-2020 CrossFit Games season. The final calendar will be released on June 1, 2019.
  • The CrossFit Mayhem Classic will be the only event that we’re aware of to not feature a team competition. The CrossFit Italian Showdown did not have one in 2019 but will be adding a team division for next season.
  • Loud and Live Sports now owns and operates four events for next season, which includes the Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival and the West Coast Classic.
  • President of Loud and Live Sports Matt O’keefe: “The spanish and latin american culture is a big part of the loud and live culture. Through our involvement in music and entertainment in Spain and Latin America, we saw an opportunity to bring something similar to what we’ve built in Miami, and what we’re building in California to those markets for those communities, which is very culturally sound expressions with a large community component with access for the local communities.”
  • The Sanctionals season alone will now span over 7 months and 227 days. It’s longer than the entirety of the NFL and MLB seasons, and just 3 days shorter than the entire NBA season.
  • Official CrossFit Sanctioned Events will now take place in 21 different countries across the globe in 2020.


Final Event in Brazil Offers Spectators, Athletes an Exciting Finish

Going into the final event of the Brazil CrossFit Championship only 14 points separated the top two male athletes, Will Moorad and Saxon Panchik.

For the women, the race for the Games invite was even tighter; a two-point margin stood between Paige Semenza and Cecilia Rodriguez Villamil.

For both men and women, the final event presented the perfect opportunity to test how much an athlete was willing to suffer to win.

  • Men: Moorad had to get 4th to secure victory, which meant he had to survive until round four.
  • Women: Semenza just had to beat Villamil, so as long as she was still in the pressure would be on.

Paige Semenza: “I was nervous I wanted to throw-up in the back. I saw the leaderboard and it was two points. Talk about being on the bubble.”

How it played out: Event 7 was a single-elimination event with only the top eight athletes.

  • The workout: 20 cals AB, 12m double KB overhead walking lunge (24kg/16kg)
  • The last competitor to cross the finish line would be eliminated.
  • This would be repeated every three minutes until only one athlete remained on the floor.
  • Watch: Take a look for yourself.
  • The mistake that almost cost Moorad the invite: During round two, Moorad fumbled getting on the bike which cost in a few seconds. That was enough to allow Sean Sweeney to come from behind. Moorad was forced to sit on the sidelines and nervously wait while Panchik continued.

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  • CITY ALLOWS GYM TO STAY — CrossFit CSG in Atlanta, GA was granted an exception to remain in operation despite being in a historic district. 
  • AFFILIATE REVIEW — Cameron Bucek, the CrossFit Nomad, recently dropped in at DRiV Fitness in St. Augustine, FL and wrote a review
  • COLISEUM TICKETS RELEASED — CrossFit released additional Coliseum tickets to the 2019 CrossFit Games yesterday.

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Sage Burgener snatch balances 209 pounds Chase Knight back squats 430 pounds for a PR • Lauren Fisher does a snatch ladder ending with five reps at 165 poundsJacob Heppner is now testing weighted vests Chase Long jerks 320 pounds for a PR • Dean Linder-Leighton gets a 309 pound push press PR • Laura Kling gets a 205 pound clean PR.

…and you know it’s time to up your stretching game when a dog beats you.

Granite Games Competition — Today is day two of the Granite Games in St. Cloud, MN. You can watch live via FloElite. As of 7:00 PM PT last night, here are your official Day One standings. 

— Men: 1.) Travis Mayer (266), 2.) Nick Bloch (210), 3.) Luke Schafer (204), 4.) Josh Gervais (198), and 5.) Saxon Panchik (190).

— Women: 1.) Sarah Viets (232), 2.) Ehea Scheuerch (218), 3.) Carrie Beamer (212), 4.) Kendall Vincelette (208), and 5. Jadzia Truszkowski (206).

— Teams: Competition starts today for teams.

CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown — The CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown kicks off today in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. There will be no livestream of events today but you can follow along on their leaderboard.

— For Saturday, the stream will be broadcast on Facebook.

Cody Anderson On Why He’s Not Competing This Year — Cody Anderson posted a video of him plunging into a freezing cold lake on a hike with a message about his training and competition right now. 

— “A lot of you have asked why I chose not to compete this year. Stuff like this is a big reason why. Creating opportunity to get outside the gym, use the fitness I’ve worked so hard on and connect with God and people I love while I do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still training hard, just without the pressure of an upcoming competitive season and giving myself permission to have a day or two off to live life if I feel like I need it. Feels good!”

When Tia met Shane: How CrossFit’s Power Couple Met as Teenagers — Will Edmonds, writing for CNN, recounts the moment that Tia-Clair Toomey and Shane Orr met.

— “While it’s not uncommon for athletes and coaches to fall in love and marry, Tia and Shane’s relationship may be somewhat unique in sports, having met long before they had even heard of CrossFit, when they were just teenagers competing at a team triathlon back in Australia.” 

— “I feel like Shane’s my secret weapon,” she said. “He obviously knows how I’m feeling and I can be very open with him, but he’s also going to tell me when I’m wrong and he’s not afraid to tell me to [toughen] up.”

— “For now, Tia cannot see herself being coached by anyone else and Shane has no plans to continue coaching after Tia steps away from the sport.”



“Athletes and Teams to Watch this Weekend at the Granite Games and Lowlands Throwdown,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up

There are only nine remaining CrossFit Games spots left to be determined, and six of them will be up for grabs this weekend at the Granite Games and CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown.

Time is running out if you’re an athlete still hoping to snag a spot, and the “who’s in and who’s out,” scenarios have been seemingly endless so far, but there are still some big names left without a ticket to Madison.

To help you navigate this weekend’s action here are some of the athletes and teams to keep your eye on who are still in the hunt for their place at the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Granite Games: Rebecca Voigt Miller, Ehea Schuerch, Melissa Herman, Alison Scudds, Taylor Williamson and Andrea Nisler.

There are a ton of storylines to chew on at Granite, but none more significant than Rebecca Voigt Miller.

Voigt Miller is looking to qualify for her record-setting 11th CrossFit Games as an individual. An injury hindered her early season prep and Open performance, but now that she’s healthy she could make history in Minnesota. This will also be her first Sanctional competing in the elite division.



5/30 – 6/2: Granite Games (St. Cloud, MN)

5/31: OUTWOD at Roy CrossFit (Roy, UT)

5/31 – 6/2: CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)

6/1: Barbells For Bullies ( Randolph, NJ)

6/1: Warrior Affiliate League Terrible Two (Murrietta, CA)

6/1: Warrior Affiliate League Terrible Two (Victorville, CA)

6/1: The Burn Out 4 Person Team Competition (New Bern, NC)

6/1: Battle of the Vikings (Frederick, MD)

6/1: The Hound and The Mountain Team Competition (Sudbury, MA)

6/1: 2019 Hammy (Hudson, OH)

6/1: Rise of the Masters (Statesboro,GA)

6/1: 7th annual Battle Beyond the Barbell (Sudbury, ON)

6/1: Girls Gone RX (Harrisburg, NC)

6/1 – 6/2: River Ruckus VI (Asheville, NC)

6/7 – 6/8: 2019 Bricktown Throwdown (Oklahoma City, OK)

6/8: The Mountain Meltdown (Park City, UT)

6/8: Battle In The Basin 2 2019 (Joshua Tree, CA)

6/8: Battle on the Creek (Johns Creek, GA) 

6/8: Supergiant Meltdown (Westerville, OH)

6/8: Double Down Skylands Showdown (Sparta, NJ)

6/8: CFE’s Summer Sizzler 2 Masters Competition (Burlington, MA)

6/8: The Charlotte Throwdown for Mental Health Awareness (Charlotte, NC)

6/8: 3rd Annual WODing for SuperTy (Pawling, NY)

6/8: OUTWOD Showdown at Brick (West Hollywood, CA)

6/8: Flex on the Mall (Washington, DC)

6/9: Million Meters Row (Baxter, MN)

6/8 – 6/9: CFCC Triple Threat (Denver, CO)

6/14: 2019 Summer Splashdown (Tuscon, AZ)

6/14: 30 Minute Rowing Challenge (Greenville, SC)

6/14 – 6/15: CanEast Games (Hamilton, ON)

6/15: Best of the Midwest Team Series (Greenwood, IN)

6/15: AZFITCOM (Phoenix, AZ)

6/15: Rep Your Box 8 (Jacksonville, FL)

6/15: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit Mercenary (Owings Mill, MD)

6/15: SweetTatas (Newtown,CT)

6/15 – FireTeam 4 Challenge and Fundraiser (Wheaton, IL)

6/15: Gameday (Rochester, MN)

6/15: Summer Slam 2019 (Staten Island, NY)

6/15: The East Coast Gambit (Brooklyn, NY)

6/15: WOD for Wishes (New Brunswick, Canada)

6/15: Garage Gym Throwdown (Austin, TX)

6/15: Cooler By The Lake Clash (Milwaukee, WI)

6/15: Wags & Weightlifting (Atlanta, GA)

6/15: Summer Series II (Greenville, SC)

6/15 – 6/16: 2019 Tribal Clash (Huntington Beach, CA)

6/16: Three Fathers RCMP Memorial Challenge (Bedford, NS)

6/21 – 6/23: The Bacon Beatdown (Daytona Beach, FL)

6/22: The Brethren Throwdown (Morgan Hill, CA)

6/22 – 6/23: Clash on the Concrete (Miamisburg, OH)

6/22: Femme Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/22: OUTWOD (Winter Garden, FL)

6/22: Flower City Throwdown – Men’s Division (Rochester, NY)

6/22: Barbells and Beer at CrossFit Electric City (Anderson, SC)

6/22: 2019 Midsummer Melee (Houston, TX)

6/22: Girls of Summer Competition (Katy, TX)

6/22: Asbury Park Games (Asbury, NJ)

6/22: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)

6/22: Trained to Go Summer Series 2019 (Raliegh, NC)

6/22: Fifth Annual Box Crawl (Torrance, CA)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Detroit (Farmington Hills, MI)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Raleigh (Wake Forest, NC)

6/22: Big Orange Brawl (Knoxville, TN)

6/22: Gut Check at Unfinished Athletics (Pottstown, PA)

6/23: Third annual Bro Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/28: Boomtown Summer Throwdown (Burkburnett, TX)

6/28 – 6/29: The NorCal Classic (West Sacramento, CA)

6/28 – 6/30: CrossFit French Throwdown (Yvelines, France)

6/29: Master’s Of The Midway: Team Edition (Lake In the hills, IL)

6/29: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Raeford, NC)

6/29: 2019 Chattanooga Classic (Chattanooga, TN)

6/29: Partner Throwdown Part Deux (Apple Valley, MN)

6/29: Unicus Athletics Summer Slam 2019 (Denton, TX)

6/29: The Freedom Games (Greenwood, SC)

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