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How to Watch Open Announcement 23.1

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • 23.1 is here and here is how to watch
  • Iceland’s Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson is on the road to redemption in 2023
  • CrossFit Invictus Boston’s Bern Prince has some last minute tips to crush the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Open
  • Lifting Culture is raising funds for the earthquake relief effort in Turkey and Syria
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  How to Watch Open Announcement 23.1  

How to Watch Open Announcement 23.1

The first live Open announcement of the 2023 season is coming in hot today on the official CrossFit YouTube channel.

The details: The live Open announcement will kick off the 2023 CrossFit Games season and the world’s largest participatory sporting event. The announcements started in the 2013 season and grew in size and popularity through 2018. CrossFit elected not to host live Open announcements during the 2019 and 2020 seasons, but returned to host them in 2021.

  • 23.1 will be presented by GOWOD and will take place in Madrid, Spain.
  • The 2022 Second Fittest Woman on Earth, Laura Horvath will take on her friend (and Wodapalooza teammate) Gabi Migala. On the men’s side, two Games veterans, Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson will take on Lazar Dukic.
  • The 23.2 announcement will take place on February 23 and we do not yet know who will battle it out on the livestream.

How to watch: Tune in to the CrossFit Games website or CrossFit YouTube channel for the live 23.1 announcement on Thursday, February 17 at 12 PM PT.

And as always, the Morning Chalk Up will provide workout strategy guides and full leaderboard coverage and analysis.

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The Open is here!: The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games season kicks off today at noon PT with Open workout 23.1 live from Spain and we’ve got you covered. Keep an eye on our social media for all the updates, strategy and how to tackle 23.1 and tomorrow’s newsletter for a recap of all the goodness. 🥳

Cryptic clue: A hint for 23.1 one from Dave Castro, what could it mean? 🚦

Athlete updateTeam PRVN continues to get stronger and stronger as they have now added Olivia Kerstetter, Thuri Helgadottir, Sasha Nievas to go along with their recently announced super team.

Another athlete update: Iceland’s Solveig Sigurdardottir has announced she is returning to the motherland for the CrossFit Games season.

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  Iceland’s Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson Looks for Redemption in 2023 CrossFit Games Season  


Iceland’s Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson Looks for Redemption in 2023 CrossFit Games Season

Remember when we all thought Iceland’s Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson was going to retire and become an actor? Well, to everyone’s dismay it was a joke and not to worry, he’s not going anywhere and intends to stand on the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games podium.

“That’s the only reason why I’m doing this is because I think I can and I know that I’m talented, but I just need to get everything in order and focus 100 percent on the things that are outside of the gym as well. And I feel like I’ve been doing a better job this year than I have in the past,” said Gudmundsson, known to most fans as BKG.

BKG, who just turned 30, is one of the most consistent CrossFit Games athletes of all time and the 2023 season will be no different. He has been to the Games nine times since 2014 with his lowest finish since 2014 being ninth place last year.

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  Five Last Minute Tips to Crush the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Open  

Five Last Minute Tips to Crush the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Open

The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Open is here, and now the masses are gearing up for 23.1. We don’t know yet what mastermind Adrian Bozman has cooked up, but we will get our answer today at noon PT, however until then here’s some last minute tips from none other than CrossFit Invictus Boston coach Bern Prince, who is also the CFO of Freedom Family Future and the creator of The Invictus Boston Invitational.

Remind me: The CrossFit Open will be dropping a workout (or maybe more) every Thursday for the next three weeks as we kick off the 2023 season and the road to the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games for the elites, and personal glory for everyone else. From Prince:

  1. “Trust your training. Have faith that the extra mobility work, conditioning pieces, the things that you have learned have all paid off. Every single CrossFit WOD you have ever done has a sticking point, a moment that takes you to that ‘dark place’ where you contemplate quitting. Don’t quit.”
  2. “Give an all out effort the first time you do the workout. It has been a long standing tradition for people to do the Open WODs twice. That’s fine and depending on if it means making a Quarterfinal cut or not please redo but leaving it all out on the floor the first time usually leads to some outstanding results.”
  3. “Do the WODs with a group. It is way more fun to workout with other people. Even if your schedule doesn’t align with your local box Friday Night Light Tradition then make some time with friends, training partners, or jump in a class. The magic is in the community and the stories told won’t be about the score on the paper but of the shared suffering and how proud  you were of each other, that you made it through the other side.”
  4. “The proper sleep, nutrition, and hydration is always important. This rings true during the Open even more as there is a heightened level of stress around the workouts. Control all the things you can because we all know you can’t control what’s announced as a WOD.”
  5. “No matter what happens, know you are cool. Give every workout your best and whatever happens happens. When you walk through the doors of the box, the goal has always been to be the best version of yourself. You are doing that by being a CrossFit athlete. The score at the end does not define you.”
  Lifting Culture Apparel Fundraising for Earthquake Efforts in Turkey and Syria  

Lifting Culture Apparel Fundraising for Earthquake Efforts in Turkey and Syria

On Monday, the death toll from last week’s devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria hit 34,000, compelling Lifting Culture Apparel to make an effort to help out.

They quickly created United as One Project and designed t-shirts and tanks “to raise as much money as we can,” for the earthquake efforts, explained founder Steven Vitale.

The details: Order a United as One Project t-shirt or tank, and 100 percent of the profits will be donated equally to two charities: UNICEF USA and The White Helmets.

  • UNICEF USA is currently providing shelter, food, water, sanitation, and warm clothes to children affected by the earthquakes, while The White Helmets are volunteers working on the ground with first responders searching for survivors and pulling the dead from collapsed buildings.
  • Pre-orders have begun and run until February 17. Shirts will be shipped on or before March 3.

The big picture: This isn’t the first time the apparel company has gone out of their way to raise money for a good cause.

  • In 2020, they raised $7,250 in t-shirt sales for the Black Lives Matter movement, which at the time was their seventh fundraising effort in the last five years.
  • In fact, it’s something that has always been part of Vitale’s mission since he started the company in 2015. “Lifting Culture started with the premise to uphold and give back to our culture of fitness. As we grew as a company we realized we could utilize our platform as a way to extend our interests past the world of fitness,” he said.
  • Today, the apparel company has raised and donated more than $27,000 through their various donation projects—from the war on Ukraine, to the Australian bushfires, to the Bahamas and Puerto Rico hurricane relief to down syndrome awareness—over the years.


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3/9: The Valkyrie Fitness Competition (Tampa, FL)
3/16: Upper Hunter Strongest Novice (Muswellbrook, Australia)
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3/23 - 3/24: Beach Brawl (Spring) (Pensacola Beach, FL)
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3/23: CFL Teen Take Over (Lorton, VA)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
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4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, Alabama)
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4/6: Two Peas in a Pod: Mixed Gender Partner Comp (Burlington, MA)
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4/13: Queens of Oly Rockledge (Rockledge, FL)
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4/19 - 4/21: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)
4/20: Barbells For Bullies: Community Workout Savannah (Savnnah, Georgia, US)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY)
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