Happy hump day and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Today’s installment of “My Favorite Games Moment” comes from Chase Ingraham, who brings us back to 2014 and an event that featured Rich Froning making a move heading into the final day, and Josh Bridges celebrating an event win in the only way he knows how.
“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”– J.R.R. Tolkien
July 26, 2014: Rich Froning Makes a Move, Josh Bridges Celebrates a Push-Pull Win
The tennis stadium in Carson was one of the most iconic venues in all of CrossFit. When the sun went down and the lights came on was unmatched. Only 13 points separated first place rookie Mat Fraser and fifth place, 3x champ Rich Froning. Rich was reeling and was knocked back on his heels when the now infamous, “Push Pull” was announced. The event was unique, challenging and just what Rich needed to get back into contention for Sunday. Josh Bridges, however, had plans of his own.
Setting the Scene:
Three heats of “Push Pull” had already taken place with the fourth and final heat ready and waiting in the wings. But first, in true CrossFit Games fashion, the National Anthem was going to be sung and final heat would start immediately following. Ben Stoneberg got off to an incredible start and was blasting the field on the deficit HSPU but struggled a bit with the sled pull. Rich Froning started at his usual consistent pace and slowly began to reel in on Stoneberg.
Three rounds went by, Rich made his move on the 3rd sled pull and jumped ahead of Stoneberg to take first in the event and a chance to bank a much needed 100 points.
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Athletes and Coaches Weigh in On the Open
Continuing the discussion around the 2021 season, while the community sits and waits for the possibility of a 2020 CrossFit Games, our attention stays with the possibility of the CrossFit Games Open moving for the 2nd time in as many seasons back to its original home in February and March.
The Morning Chalk Up reached out to a collection of some of the most prominent athletes and coaches in the sport to get their thoughts on the Open moving once again, and gauge their preference on where the kickoff to the CrossFit Games season should be rooted going forward.
Roselle Stands Tall Atop Mount Olympus in East Region Finals of The Titan Games
The Titan Games finals are now set. On Monday the East Region crowned two champions that will compete next week for the title of Season 2 Titan and the $100,000 prize purse. For reigning East Region champion and CrossFit coach Courtney Roselle, her path to become one of those champions was clearly defined, conquer Mount Olympus once again.
Mount Olympus: Roselle would face a new opponent on Mount Olympus as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s hand-picked Titan Hannah Teter defeated professional wrestler Dash Kuret and Army nurse Haley Johnson in the elimination rounds. After struggling in her first appearance, the Olympic gold medalist snowboarder would need all the athleticism she displayed in the earlier rounds to have a chance to topple the powerhouse Roselle.
Both athletes were even through the first two obstacles before Roselle had a flawless run up “Iron Ascent” gaining a slight lead before tackling the “Log Lift” where she took her time with the obstacle. Teter caught up on “Crank Down” but it was Roselle that entered “Cage Crawl” first, needing the lead over her smaller and quicker opponent. After exiting the obstacle she sprinted down “Drop Zone” while maintaining a slight lead over Teter. She pulled the 200 lb weight on “Ball and Chain” with ease as an impressed Rock watched her. Teter continued to show heart and met Roselle at the “Titan Tomb” but the New Jersey native had already attacked the obstacle with her sledgehammer and needed just a few more swings to retrieve the Titan artifact and secure the victory and berth into next week’s finals.
Beef fried rice is pretty amazing. And you know what would make it even better? If Sammy Moniz prepares it. On this episode of the Athlete’s Cookbook, the Fittest Man on Earth and Feeding the Frasers join James Davis to make one of Mat’s favorites.
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Family planning and birth control are important topics for athletes trying to maximize elite performance. But the same is true for women who just want to be fit and healthy. Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board-certified family physician and co-founder of “FACTS,” Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science joins Julie Foucher-Urcuyo on this episode of Pursuing Health to talk all things fertility.
Join the WOD Life to spend a day in the life of Alec Smith. Training out of Solace in New York City when these videos were filmed, Smith, a multiple Games athlete as an individual and on a team, provides a look into his training and lifestyle. We are big Alec Smith fans, so be sure to check it out.
Congratulations to Andrew A., who was the first to correctly answer which man and woman won the first non-salt water swimming event at the CrossFit Games. The correct answer was Jordan Troyan and Michele Letendre. They won the 2013 CrossFit Games “The Pool” Event at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, California. This was the second time that Andrew was the first person to correctly answer the trivia question.
Today’s question: Since 2009, how many times has an Individual won all the events on the last day of the CrossFit Games?
Here are a few more events and items we are looking at today:
The Cheru Challenge: Check this out, the Cheru Challenge is a charity workout that raises money to provide clean water for the 728 million people around the globe that still do not have access to clean water. This Saturday, August 8th, they will have 36 teams across 3 different continents take on the “Cheru” workout (both in-person and virtually) with a goal to raise $100,000 which will provide clean water for 2,000 kids. They have already raised $23,000 before the event has even started! The WOD features
“jerrycan” squats and swings, learn more about that and the fundraiser.
OUT Foundations New Executive Director: This week the OUT Foundation welcomes a new Executive Director, Eddie Piata. And, in a big move, the OUT Foundation’s largest international initiative, OUTAthletics (formerly OUTWOD) has rebranded as the organization looks to expand its work beyond CrossFit. Congratulations to Eddie Piata.
Heavy Rep Gear is Back: Heavy Rep Gear established itself as one of the hottest British fitness and lifestyle apparel brands before disappearing from the scene. Now under new ownership and management the time has come to build on the past vision and breathe new life into the brand. Check them out.