Event Recap: France Closes Out First Sanctionals Season
Sunday night in Yvelines, France, the curtains officially closed on the inaugural Sanctional season that kicked off in Dubai last December. In the span of nearly seven months, 15 sanctioned events have sent 30 individuals and 14 teams to the CrossFit Games.
Team ROMWOD Meat Squad
CrossFit Mayhem Independence
Invictus Boston (Team)
3 Key takeaways from the weekend in France:
Point scoring: CrossFit French Throwdown is the first Sanctional to adjust the scoring rubric for the final event. The idea is that if the competitive field is cut in half, then the point structure should be flattened out. An athlete can place 10th and still get 60 points. With only 10 athletes on the floor competing, 10th is dead last. Good on French Throwdown for recognizing this and updating. More on this breakdown here.
Jacqueline Dahlstrom becomes only the second woman to win two Sanctionals this season. She also won the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship. Sam Briggs is the only other athlete to do that this season.
This is why you need a tiebreaker for individual events. There was a seven-way tie for second on the final event because seven female athletes were unable to get a single dumbbell ground to overhead on the final event.
Who on earth is invited from the rest of the Sanctionals?
Dubai CrossFit Championship: Bethany Shadburne, Roman Khrennikov and Invictus.
Wodaalooza: Taylor Streid, Noah Ohlsen and Team ROMWOD/WIT.
Australian CrossFit Championship: Maddie Sturt, James Newbury and Project X.
Fittest in Cape Town: Michelle Merand, Sean Sweeney and Vondelgym.
Strength in Depth: Emma Tall, Bronislaw Olenkowicz and Central Beasts.
Mid Atlantic CrossFit Championship: Melissa Herman*, John Paul Hethcock and Team MisFit.
Italian Showdown: Erin Vandendriessche and Lukas Esslinger (No team division).
Asia CrossFit Championship: Eik Hylfadottir, Brent Fikowski and CrossFit Mayhem Freedom.
Reykjavik CrossFit Championship: Hannah Karlsson, Will Moorad and Team JST Compete.
Down Under CrossFit Championship: Lindsay Vaughan, Matt McLeod and X-terminators.
Brazil CrossFit Championship: Paige Semenza, Saxon Panchik and Pro1 Montreal.
Rogue Invitational: Rachel Garibay, Chandler Smith and CrossFit OC3.
CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown: Alice Mille, Ryan Sowder and Team Barbells Prepared.
Granite Games: Emily Rolfe, Nick Block and Invictus X.
CrossFit French Throwdown: Sabrina Caron, Josh Miller and Invictus Boston.
* Melissa Herman’s invite is pending Meg Reardon’s deciding whether to compete on Invictus Boston or as an individual. If she competes with Invictus, then her invite passes to Herman.
WATCH: Morning Chalk Up Sits Down With Mayhem Independence
Morning Chalk Up’s Justin LoFranco sat down with CrossFit Mayhem Independence as they headed into the final day of competition at the CrossFit French Throwdown. The team discuss training with Rich, what it’s like being a part of Mayhem and what the season has been like for their team on all accounts. ON THE BRINK.
HEAR: Michele Letendre on the Brute Strength Podcast
The CrossFit athlete turned founder of Deka Comp joins this week’s Brute Podcast to talk about the shift from athlete to coach as she trains some of the top athletes in the sport, including Patrick Vellner. She shares her insight on what it means to be a leader versus a mentor and how success is ultimately born from failure. ATHLETE TO COACH.
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HERO WOD FOR LIVER DONOR — On Sunday, Guerrilla Fitness Crossfit Paramus in Paramus, NJ did a Hero WOD for member Victor Perez, who is donating part of his liver to his father, who has liver cancer.
JACK’S CRAPPY ADVENTURE — On July 13, CrossFit Repentance and Village of Waterford Fire Department in Waterford, WI is hosting Jacks’ Crappy Workout Fundraiser for Jack Ryan, who named this WOD himself is battling HLH, Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis.
FOSTER KIDS FITNESS CENTER OPENS — Place of Hope’sGray Fitness Centerkickoff event took place on Saturday in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Place of Hope cares for abused, neglected or abandoned children through its foster care program and is still looking for volunteer coaches in the area.
ELLIE STRONG FOREVER — CrossFit Lemont in Lemont, IL held a fundraiser for teenager Ellie Cuiching, who passed away in April from a brain tumor. All funds raised from the Ellie Hero workout will go to the Ellie Strong Forever fund.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Happy fifth anniversaryCrossFit Lubbock in Lubbock TX • Dr.Julie Foucher and Dr. Dani Urcuyoattended the DPC Summit last weekend • Molly Eledge and husband Erik had a gender reveal this weekend for their expected twins • Scott Panchik is looking for athletes going to the Games to come and train with him • Alexandria Ludwig deadlifts 308 pounds at 29 weeks pregnant • Jacob Heppner has partnered with Reyllen
Fitness Grips • Brian “Wolf” Critton pushes 975 pounds on the sled for a PR • Rachel Kenney snatches 172 pounds • Andie Farias front squats 180 pounds for five • Bronisław Olenkowicz snatches 320 pounds before competing in France • Jake Norlin gets a 305 pound clean PR • Nikolai Kaganovitch cleans and front squats 340 pounds • Nick Urankar does a 315 pound Clean and Jerk EMOM.
On Being Bikini Bod Ready — Hailie Mangiaruga posted a photo of herself on vacation in a bathing suit with a message about being “bikini ready.”
— ‘Am I “bikini ready” in my opinion? Nope. Did I drastically cut calories, starve myself, or juice cleanse before this trip? Certainly not. Did I make all of my fitness/nutrition goals solely revolve around my body in a bathing suit? That’s another no.
— “Why didn’t I do any of these things? Because my body does NOT define me or my ability to be my best self. Having a skinny body doesn’t mean I’m healthy. Having abs for pictures in a bikini doesn’t make me feel fulfilled or fuel my passion. It doesn’t make me a better coach, friend, or girlfriend.”
Chemical Imbalance, Psychiatric Disorders, and Lifestyle — In the Email of the Day on June 28, CrossFit included an article titled the Harmful Myth About the Chemical Imbalance Causing Psychiatric Disorders by Professor Peter C. Gotzsche.
— “Issues with mental health, ranging from mild anxiety to severe psychosis, are not caused by a chemical imbalance. In some cases, we don’t know what the cause is, but very often, it is a response to unhealthy living conditions. Most psychiatric disorders are related to anxiety and often start that way. When the anxiety becomes worse and hinders normal life, it can progress to depression or psychosis with delusional thoughts about people watching your every step. When people cannot live normal lives because of their anxiety, it is no wonder that a test for depression turns out positive.
— “A psychiatrist I respect highly, who only uses psychiatric drugs in rare cases as an aid when he withdraws drugs his colleagues have instituted, has said that most people are depressed because they live depressing lives. No drug can help them live better lives. It has never been shown in placebo-controlled trials that a psychiatric drug can improve people’s lives — e.g., help them return to work, improve their social relationships or performance at school, or prevent crime and delinquency.”
CrossFit issued two bans overnight to Elly Kabboord and Hinrik Ingi Oskarsson for testing positive for banned substances.
Quick side note: This means Oskarsson’s invite passes to Will Moorad and Will Moorad’s invite from Brazil CrossFit Championship passes to Saxon Panchik.
Kabboord, who was first to reveal that she’d tested positive for Clenbuterol a few weeks back, said in a statement to Morning Chalk Up: “First and most importantly, I want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support, there aren’t enough words to express my how much light each and every message has brought me during this challenging time. I am certainly disappointed right now having never knowingly taken a drug that was not prescribe to me, but ultimately I do believe we are each personally responsible for what goes into our bodies. I’m committed to moving forward with the help of my attorneys, Howard Jacobs and Katy Freeman, to continue investigating what happened, and to educate, expose, and protect athletes surrounding the specifics of this issue, my experience, and the testing process. It is my hope that this journey will produce good somehow some way, create awareness in our
community, and save the future of even one person moving forward.”
Kabboord’s appeal based on meat contamination was denied by CrossFit, but HQ is reserving “the right to reopen the appeal pending the results of tests of Kabboord’s other supplements.”
Facing a four-year ban, Kabboord will be 38-years-old when she’s allowed to compete again, a de facto end to her career as a competitive athlete.