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Fraser and Toomey Dominate in Historic Fashion

 
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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The 2020 CrossFit Games came to a close yesterday, putting a bow on the year-long season. Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey cemented their positions as the fittest man and woman in CrossFit history and Kari Pearce ended a five-year podium drought for American women. We have a full recap of day three plus an in-depth analysis of the winners, and all the details you need to know.

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“I like that workout.” - Kari Pearce after finishing "Atalanta" in one of the gutsiest performances ever in Games history.

 
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  Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey Dominate 2020 Games in Historic Fashion  

Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey Dominate 2020 Games in Historic Fashion

A sense of history imbued the 2020 CrossFit Games, both the rich history of the event and history-making performances on the competition floor. It started out on Friday at the Ranch in Aromas, CA, hallowed ground for CrossFitters and the site of the original CrossFit Games in 2007. Athletes took on workouts that paid homage to the first-ever Games events that year. But soon attention shifted to record-setting performances and history-in-the-making as Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey proved by Sunday afternoon that they are not only the fittest athletes on earth in 2020, but also the fittest athletes in history.

Final Leaderboard
(Full Payouts with Event Wins)

  1. Mathew Fraser – 1150 | Tia-Clair Toomey – 1025
  2. Samuel Kwant – 605 | Katrin Davidsdottir – 665
  3. Justin Medeiros – 560 | Kari Pearce – 585
  4. Noah Ohlsen – 540 | Haley Adams – 560
  5. Jeffrey Adler – 505 | Brooke Wells – 525
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  Pearce Ends U.S. Podium Drought with Dramatic Final Event Win  

Pearce Ends U.S. Podium Drought with Dramatic Final Event Win

We knew the drought would end this year, we just didn’t know which female athlete would end it. In arguably the most impressive performance of the weekend, Kari Pearce sold her soul in the final event of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games and was rewarded with a spot on the podium, snapping the five-year drought for American women that dated back to the 2014 Games.

  • “I’ve been the fittest American the last two years so coming into this weekend I knew an American was going to get back on the podium…I put my best effort forward and I’m so pumped that I was the one to break the drought!” said Pearce.
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  Fans At The Games: If You Build It, They Will Come  

Fans At The Games: If You Build It, They Will Come

When CrossFit announced its plan to move the 2020 CrossFit Games back to California amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it included the unfortunate mandate that no fans would be present for the competition.

Or so they thought.

By the time the afternoon events kicked off at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports complex (MHOSC), a noticeable group of fans had gathered outside the fence of the complex grounds, watching and cheering as if it were any other year at the Games.

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  Fans At The Games: If You Build It, They Will Come  

2020 CrossFit Games By the Numbers: Day 3

Here are the significant numbers we gathered after Day 3 of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Day 3

  • 5: Total number of CrossFit Games titles by Mathew Fraser, snapping his tie with Rich Froning for the most individual titles. After finishing second in his first two Games appearances, Fraser has won five-straight titles starting with the 2016 Games.
  • 12: The number of seconds Fraser waited at the rig so Toomey could finish her final pull-ups and they could run the last mile together.
  • 6: The number of consecutive event wins by Tia-Clair Toomey, tying Mathew Fraser’s record which was also set at the 2020 Games.
  • 6.48: The cumulative time in seconds that Samuel Kwant defeated Mathew Fraser in event 10, Swim ‘N’ Stuff. The win by Kwant snapped Fraser’s record streak of six-straight event wins. He is also just the second person to beat Fraser in an event this weekend.
  • 29: The number of career event victories by Fraser in seven career trips to the Games. Twenty of those victories have come over the last two Games including 14 this year when you include the online stage.
  • 0.37: The time in hundredths of a second that Fraser edged out Kwant in the Sprint-Sled-Sprint for his ninth event victory.
  • 2.5: The average placing for Kwant over the last four events of the Games accounting for 285 of his 605 total points and vaulting him into second place and securing his first-ever podium finish.
  • 2013: The last and only year that the Games had an event that featured a pool workout before using one at the Morgan Hill Sports Complex for the Swim ‘N’ Stuff event on Sunday.
 
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The CrossFit Games Saturday Evening Press Conference

On Saturday, the media got a chance to ask questions to the final five athletes in both the men's and women's divisions. Among the key moments: the athletes discussed how their bodies are feeling after two days at the Games, how this year's test stacks up against previous years, the excitement and anxiety for "Atalanta" and Fraser elaborated on how and why he still sees himself as an underdog.

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About the Current State of Health, Governance and Fitness in America

Russ Greene, the former director of government relations and research at CrossFit and current associate director at Stand Together, a DC-area non-profit, joins Will Jarvis on the Narratives podcast. Together the two discuss trends in exercise and nutrition, how those things effect personal and public health and Greene's history challenging Big Soda.

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TRIVIA

Congratulations to James R., who was the first to correctly answer who has been on the most CrossFit Games demo teams. The correct answer was Paul Tremblay. He has been on five demo teams.

  • Today’s question: How many 30-year-old or older athletes have won the CrossFit Games as an individual?

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COMMUNITY

Community Round-Up

The CrossFit Games came to a close yesterday and while much of the community focused on who would take the podium positions, we always want to highlight the other great work going on at local affiliates. Here are a few examples:

  • Competition and Food Drive for Rutland County Parent and Child Center: Rob DiTursi, the CEO of Rising Star CrossFit in Rutland, VT wanted to host a fitness competition to help out the Rutland County Parent and Child Center. Drawing from the large first responder community at his gym, he set up a rivalry-style team competition between the Rutland City Police Department and other members of the gym. The competition combined strength and endurance, but also a popularity contest that used canned goods to cast votes. Together they were able to donate just under 500 canned goods to the center.
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: New Ulm CrossFit in New Ulm, MN joined with Power Haus Yoga and many local businesses to raise money for the B The Light Organization, whose mission it is to help women with breast cancer enjoy “HOPE Getaways,” healing journeys with family, allowing them to feel whole with the financial burdens of travel. The participants in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” raised $50k in total!
  • Fighting the Opioid Epidemic: In Portsmouth, OH, PSKC CrossFit owner, Dale King is doing as much as he can to fight the opioid epidemic in southern Ohio. His gym is a community space for those in recovery to find strength and support. Additionally, though, when COVID restrictions closed gyms and home gym equipment became scarce, he partnered with a local business, the Ohio Stove Company to make and ship kettlebells locally. And, King’s other business, DocSpartan that makes all-natural grooming products, offers employment to those in recovery. This is a real trifecta in giving back to the community.
 
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