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How to Watch 20.3 + Expert Predictions


Two down, three to go, and the second week of the Open was a week full of firsts. It was the first time thrusters have shown up before the final week, and for the first time ever we ditched the barbell and opted for some dumbbell thrusters instead. For the seventh time in Open history, 20 minutes was the prescribed duration, and it tested our mental focus as well as our fitness.

For the second week in a row we’ve got an announcement in the land down under, as an Australian sanctional will once again play host alongside the very first Open announcement in Norway. Following a year where a Norwegian individual made the CrossFit Games podium for the first time, they’ll get to play host to an Open announcement, before hosting their first Sanctional event as well later this year. In week two LoFranco rebounded strong from a week one shutout to bring things back to almost level, and below are the updated results from our expert picks.

Brandon Domingue: 3-3 (1-1 in week 2)
Tommy Marquez: 2-4 (1-1 in week 2)
Justin LoFranco: 2-4 (2-0 in week 2)

Kristen Holte vs. Nico Billaudel, Matilde Garnes vs. Rebecka Vitesson Presented by the Norwegian CrossFit Championship

  • Location: CrossFit Gamlebyen – Oslo, Norway
  • Start time: Livestream will start at 4:15 PM PST, which is 1:15 AM local time on October 25. 
  • How to watch: The livestream will be hosted on the NCC YouTube and Facebook pages as well as the Games page. 
  • Background: An intriguing double feature in Norway. The first is a matchup of Norway’s finest from 2019, as the 2nd fittest woman on earth Kristen Holte takes on Nico Billaudel, Norway’s national champion on the men’s side. Holte is a 6-time CrossFit Games athletes, while Billaudel made his rookie debut in 2019 as the first Norwegian man to make the Games where he finished 40th. 

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Davidsdottir Joins Sport Champions in Empowering Women in Sports


The two-time CrossFit Games champion, Katrin Davidsdottir, joined more than a dozen female leaders in sport at the espnW Women + Sports Summit. In its 10th year, the summit unites world-class female athletes and business leaders to work towards creating more opportunities for women in sports across the globe. 

On the World Class Athlete Panel:

  • Liz Cambage, WNBA All-Star and single game scoring record holder
  • Becky Lynch, WWE Raw women’s champion
  • Katrin Davidsdottir
  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Olympic gold medalist in 100m

Some key exchanges: 

  • Davidsdottir: “When we fail, there’s nothing wrong with it. You just failed at that particular event; you’re not a failure.”
  • Fraser-Pryce: “I earned this and I want this just as anybody else. It’s hard being an athlete from a country that’s so male-dominated…that’s a testament to knowing who you are and knowing what you’re worth. For me, I want to do it the way I want to do it and I want to do it well.” 
  • Lynch on discovering wrestling: “For the first time in my life, I wanted to be good at something. I wanted to be better at something.”
  • Sage Steele, moderating: “Sometimes as women, we don’t credit ourselves enough.”
  • A wrestler to Lynch: “Move more like a girl.” Lynch, responding: “Well I am a girl, and I’m moving, so I don’t know what that means.” 
  • Cambage: Growing up “I tried to shrink myself. We were born this way. We were born beautiful. We were born this way to live this life.”

One big thing: Davidsdottir’s presence at the event was a win for the CrossFit Games, and Davidsdottir herself echoed that sentiment in a post-panel interview.

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Things To…


WATCH: Reykjavik CrossFit Championship Episode 2
In the second episode of this series, watch as athletes throwdown in the one rep max snatch event at the 2019 Reykjavik CrossFit Championship.


KNOW: How to Stretch Your Hip Flexors 
If you sit at a desk all day long, your hip flexors probably hate you. Here’s a great method of stretching them out to prevent them from tightening up and get that blood flowing.


LEARN: How To Better Analyze, Coach, And Correct Athletes’ Movement
Join Dr. Zach Long (The Barbell Physio) and Dr. Kelly Benfey at Windy City Strength & Conditioning in Chicago on January 11-12 for “Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete – Live Seminar”. This 2-day course is approved for 16 CEU hours by the Illinois Physical Therapy Association and will teach clinicians how to assess for mobility limitations, and learn corrective exercises to help athletes reduce pain and improve performance.


WATCH: Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup
This secret ingredient tomato soup has not one, but two secret ingredients that make it ultra rich, without using any dairy, or animal products at all, in fact. This super luscious, warm and comforting, thick and delicious Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup is 100% vegan.


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  • NEW AFFILIATE — CrossFit Baldoyle in Dublin, Ireland is now open for business. They offer CrossFit, weightlifting and personal training.
  • KIDS CLASSES — Gas City CrossFit in Alberta, Canada is launching a five-week long Kids CrossFit class starting November 18. 
  • CARA YOST TO MIAMI — Cara Yost qualified for Wodapalooza in Miami, FL. Her friends and gym members are running a GoFundMe campaign to help offset her travel costs.

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

Alison Scudds snatches 175 pounds • Seventeen-year-old Mikey Foldes high hang snatches 275 poundsRoyce Dunne hits 287 pounds for 1 hang power clean + 1 power clean • Mat Fraser visited Stefi Cohen for some deadlifting in Miami • Brandon Swan works up to 265 pound snatches • Happy birthday Brenda Castro • Congratulations to Gary and Alea Helmick on their baby announcement.

…and this is what it looks like when two world champion jump ropers take on 20.2.

20.2 Top Ten As Of 7:00 PM PT Last Night:

1. Frederik Aegidius (1030) | Kristin Holte (1045)
2. Derek Saltou (1028) | Jamie Greene (1043)
3. Lefteris Theofandis (1024) | Cheryl Nasso (1021)
4. Streat Hoerner (1021) | Camilla Salomonsson Hellman (996)
5. Cole Sager (1020) | Alanna Fisk (993)
6. Jerffrey Adler (1016) | Emily Rolfe (990)
7. Nycolas Joyal (1015) | Haley Adams (987)
8. Jean-Simone Roy-Lemaire (1002) | Marisa Flowers (986)
9. George Sterner (1000) | Emma Cary (985)
10. Jake Berman (996) | Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault (985) (10T)

Dave Castro said Cindy was the inspiration behind 20.2 programming in a video posted to Instagram. Also Dave Castro, “next week’s gonna suck.”

Beyond the Whiteboard’s 20.1 Analysis: Some stats worth paying attention to. 

— By participation, more athletes completed 20.1 outside the United States for the first time ever (53%). 

— 24% of men (18-34) completed under the time cap. 

— 15% of women (18-34) completed under the time cap. 

Confirmed for CrossFit Filthy 150…Thuri Helgadottir and Matt McLeod.


“Open Hashtags Build an Even Stronger CrossFit Community,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

Ask any athlete out there, elite or not, what they love about CrossFit and most of them will say, “the community.” The Open, in its tenth iteration this year, is that community’s time to shine.

With customizable leaderboards, this year athletes can choose to compete with specific groups within the broader community and some of these sub-communities are taking full advantage of the Open.

Master’s athletes: Helen Harding, who took first place in Women’s 40-44 in 2017, runs an Instagram account called The Masters Movement. She’s highlighting athletes from all Master’s division each week.

Harding is making a “comprehensive recap of the Open and a rundown of each age group every week for the next five weeks for the Masters divisions.”  She told Morning Chalk Up she’s enjoying getting to know more about Masters athletes everywhere in the process.

James Free Jr. is a founding member of the Masters Fitness Collective, a group that’s working to bring Masters athletes from all over the world together.

“We just did our first live stream of an open for Master’s Athletes. We had Dave Hippensteel, Ron Ortiz, April Lowe, and Linda Elstun go head to head at Power Monkey Camp as well as Dave Durante and Chad Vaughn,” Free told us.

The Masters Fit Collective “are also live streaming the rest of the open announcements.  [Week 2] is Nick Urankar and Kevin Jones in South Bend, Week 3 is In NJ, Week 4 will be at multiple spots and week 5 is a surprise,” Free said.

They’re using the hashtags use #mastersfitnesscollective #oldlivesmatter #mfc


10/26: CrossFit Turbine’s 2019 Strongman Classic (Carol Stream, IL)
10/26: Duo Costume-Palooza 2019 (Denver, CO)
10/26: CrossFit Roots Anniversary Party (Boulder, CO)
10/26: Share the Pain (Nashville, TN)
10/26: 2nd Anual Spooktacular Hunt (Collingwood, ON)
10/29: Lift-a-Thon at Mid Mitten CrossFit (Lansing, MI)
11/2: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/2: Gangs of the Midatlantic Team Competition (Williamsburg , VA)
11/2: Second Annual 12-Hour WODathon (Houston, TX)
11/2: Coed Clash Competition (Oneonta, AL)
11/2 – 11/3: USAW Level 1 Training (Kansas City, MO)
11/8: Veterans Day Bash 2019 (Lubbock, TX)
11/8 – 11/10: The Kalis Games (Manila, Phillipines)
11/9: Patriot Challenge 3.0 (Longview, TX)
11/9: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Rochelle Park, NJ)
11/9: The Battle at Branded One (Las Vegas, NV)
11/9: Battle on the Airfield at Skyraider CrossFit (Riverside, CA)
11/9: The Goat Gauntlet (Hartford, CT)
11/9: The Bay Games (Huskisson, NSW AUS)
11/9: Third Annual Battle on the Airfield (Riverside, CA)
11/9: Sweat For Sweeney (Keene, NH) 
11/9 – 11/10: Fallout 2 Presented by Battleground Events (Long Beach, CA)
11/9: Emerald Coast Honor Games (Destin, FL)
11/16: Warrior Affiliate League Delta Force (City of Industry, CA)
11/16: O-Town Throwdown 2019 (Oconomowoc, WI)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Blue Springs, MO)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Clemmons, NC)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Plainville, CT)
11/16: The Pain Cave SD (San Diego, CA)
11/16: Battle of the Badges (St. Charles, MO)
11/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
11/16: Mid-Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
11/16: 3rd Annual Bombs & Barbells (Pooler, GA)
11/16: Mama Said Knock You Out (Canton, CT)
11/16: Olson WOD (Hanford, CA)
11/16 – 11/17: 24 Hours of Heroes (London, ON)
11/17: Annual Ghetto Games (Plainville, MA)
11/17: Crews For Brews (Windsor, Ontario)

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