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In today’s edition:  

  • Two masters athletes tested positive for PEDs.
  • Can you still be an effective coach when you don’t look that fit?
  • Tia-Clair Toomey goes vegan for a day.
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  Two Age Group Athletes Test Positive for PEDs  

Two Age Group Athletes Test Positive for PEDs

Two age-group athletes who competed at the 2021 CrossFit Games, revealed on Instagram they tested positive for banned substances. The two athletes who tested positive didn’t reveal the banned substance they tested positive for but both will face anywhere from a two-to-four year suspension from competition and their 2021 scores disqualified.

  • Nick Bloch placed 5th in the Men’s 35-39 division.
  • Stephanie Roy placed 4th in the Women’s 40-44 division.

What they’re saying: In short, both athletes denied knowingly taking a banned substance but took responsibility for what was put in their body. Both said they plan to appeal and test their supplements.

  • Bloch: “…I would never knowingly take a supplement that could jeopardize my competition eligibility. I live to compete. I’ve started the appeal process and will have my B sample tested along with submitting all known supplements/medications. I take responsibility for anything I put in my body and regardless if a supplement, pre-workout, medication, etc contained a banned substance, it’s my job to be aware of that.” (Full statement) 
  • Roy: “I have failed a drug test and I have no idea how it can be. Me .. the girl who has been tested multiples times in her career, the girl who worked for the Canadian ethic agency in the sport, conducting drug test myself to other athletes…See, I never took this substance or anything else…I am not asking anybody to believe me. I own the truth. I will always walk with my head up in any gym, I will continue to train no matters the end of this case. I will compete again.” (Full statement)

The big picture: This brings the season tally to six total athletes who tested positive during in-competition testing.

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  Two Age Group Athletes Test Positive for PEDs  

Tia-Clair Toomey went vegan for a day under the watchful culinary expertise of fellow Aussie, James Newbury, who has been vegan for almost two year. Can you say nom nom to tofu almond butter bagels?

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Truth Talk: Too Heavy for the 2021 Games? Eight-time CrossFit Games athlete Noah Ohlsen recently blogged about being too heavy for this year’s Games, writing: “I weigh 205lbs/93kg right now. In hindsight, I believe this was too heavy to be my CrossFit Games weight.

  • “To kickstart this season, I’m going to find a balance of both and slowly try to work my body down to around 185lbs/84kg…For our sport, I believe there is such thing as TOO much muscle.”

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  Fit to Coach: Once Over 500 pounds, Jeremy Olson Challenges Coaching Stereotypes  

Fit to Coach: Once Over 500 pounds, Jeremy Olson Challenges Coaching Stereotypes

Jeremy Olson isn’t the stereotypical CrossFit coach. In 2016, he weighed over 500 pounds and struggled to walk up a flight of stairs without stopping to catch his breath.

Even today, despite a more-than 250-pound weight loss, personal trainer, CrossFit L1, and Precision Nutrition Level 1 certifications, Olson doesn’t fit the cliché coaching physique. He’s not the “shredded six-pack, 24-inch arms” athlete.

One big thing: In late 2020, Morning Chalk Up tackled the question, “Does a CrossFit coach need to look fit?” Olson is living proof that physical appearance and athletic ability have nothing to do with the quality of coaching.

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  • 🤵👰 Congratulations to Hannah Davidsdottir, older sister to Katrin Davidsdottir, and Gerald Brimir on the wedding last weekend.
  • Congratulations Miranda Alcaraz on the baby boy announcement.
  • Congratulations to 19-year-old Jack Farlow from Polsky’s Strength and Conditioning in Kitchener, Canada on the 375 pound clean and jerk.
  • SaraMae Hollandsworth from Portland, Oregon deadlifts 215 pounds/97kg for a PR.
  • Remy Agen from France front squats 264 pounds/120kg for a PR.
  • Brianna Maxwell from CrossFit Lift District in Margate, FL deadlifts 375 pounds/170kg for a PR.
  • Alyssa Barker from CrossFit Infernal in Chandler, AZ split jerks 155 pounds/70kg for a PR.
  • Aron Parker front squats 345 pounds/156kg for a PR.
  • Solfrid Koanda from CrossFit Blindleia in Norway snatches 209 pounds/95kg.
  • Allie Walliee from Old Towne Fitness in Olive Branch, MS completes six unbroken bar muscle-ups for a PR.
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