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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The key is not the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” — Bobby Knight
“It didn’t take long for me to realize that by the time a patient entered into the long-term healthcare system there was no getting out. Unfortunately, most residents of these facilities are in their 50s and 60s and are in nursing homes because of metabolic diseases. I felt that the relationships and trust built with a CrossFit coach provided the infrastructure to tackle such a complex problem. So the idea was always to return to healthcare, but with fitness and nutrition as primary focus.”
And so he did.
Today this goal becomes a reality with the grand re-opening of what is being dubbed a “Functional Community Center.” Inside this community center you’ll find all your standard CrossFit fare; bikes, rowers, barbells, dumbbells, and the like.
But you’ll also find a veteran-owned barber shop, a chiropractor, physical therapist, two nonprofit organizations promoting health, a yoga and mindfulness studio, a nutritionist, and a workout space for adaptive athletes complete with a rig from GetRX’d.
That’s a lot of fitness in one space.
“Our hope with this space is that it provides a proof-of-concept not only for healthcare but for the fitness industry as well. Proof that there is value in promoting health, not just reacting to disease. And proof that a 100-year old building that once pumped out millions of gallons of soda can become a place where healthy community thrives,” said Scanlon.
Late Wednesday, CrossFit completed the final verification phase of the Open by codifying the national champion leaderboard.
One quick thing: Now that the national champion leaderboard is solidified, it has some immediate implications on the Reykjavik Sanctional this weekend.
Bartek Lipka, 29th worldwide, is now the Poland national champion after review broke the tie between Lipka and Staworzynski.
Tim Paulson just got one step closer to an official qualifying position from the CrossFit Open. It’s pending Devin Ford making good on his promise to decline his invite. Paulson is competing this weekend in Iceland.
Lukas Esslinger will now be getting the invite from CrossFit Italian Showdown. Now that Patrick Vellner will qualify through the Open it triggers the scenario we explained earlier this week.
Five athletes competing at Reykjavik are now officially qualified: BK Gudmundsson, Lefteris Theofanidis, Roman Khrennikov, Streat Hoerner and Lukas Esslinger.
Set your reminders: Athletes have until Monday, May 6 at 5:00 PM PT to register, which means athletes like Rich Froning, Tasia Percevecz, Alexis Johnson, and Devin Ford have to make a decision.
Stat de jure: If all qualified athletes accept, there will be 272 total individual competitors at the 2019 CrossFit Games.
The 2019 CrossFit Games makes it’s next pitstop in the “land of fire and ice,” today as the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship kicks off at the Laugardalsholl Icelandic national arena. For the next three days, individuals and teams will compete for an invite to the CrossFit Games in a country with a competitive CrossFit history as rich as any.
There has been an Icelandic athlete at the Games every year since 2009, and more impressively, an athlete on the podium for eight of the last nine years.
This will be the first time however, that Iceland will play host to an official CrossFit competition that will earn invites to the Games.
With that in mind, here are five things to watch this weekend at the inaugural year of the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship.
The performance of Invictus Boston this weekend could affect the outcome of multiple Games invites outside of just the team competition. They’ve revamped their roster to include two individual Games veterans in Craig Kenney and Meg Reardon.
Reardon most recently won the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge earning herself an individual invite if she so chooses. During an interview at the MACC, Reardon stated her desire to go team instead if they managed to snag a team invite in Iceland, which would greatly benefit Melissa Herman or Paige Semenza.
If Reardon declines the MACC invite, Dani Speegle and KT Trombetta earned a spot through the Open so it would end up in the hands of Herman, who is listed on the Open leaderboard as Melissa Doll. Herman originally had a spot until video review and a penalty in 19.3 knocked her below the cut line. If Herman somehow declines then it would fall to Paige Semenza, but all of this is dependent on an Invictus Boston win.
WATCH: Will Briggs Be Enough to Earn Team JST Games Invite?
CrossFit JST is the only affiliate in England to ever send a team to the CrossFit Games, and they’re competing this weekend in the hopes of making it back. Sam Briggs, who won two Sanctionals earlier this year and is the U.K.’s national champion, will be joined by JST veterans Steve Fawcett, Jayne Eadie, and Jak Cornthwaite, who competed on JST’s 15th place Games team.
Mark Zinno, host of the Kill the Quit podcast, welcomes guest Jenn Dancer who discusses her collegiate career at Mizzou, playing overseas in Sweden and meeting her husband Sam Dancer through CrossFit and her eventual switch to CrossFit full time.
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Patrick Vellner Speaks to GQ Magazine — Patrick Vellner recently caught up with GQ and discussed his diet, what a regular day looks like for him and how plans to get that first place podium spot.
— On being the second fittest man: “I’d rather be the fittest guy in the world [laughs]. I think that it’s kind of an interesting title, and it’s also transient. Every year, you’re only as good as your last year. You have to enjoy the title while you have it, because it might not last very long. The work is never done.
— “The way you do one thing is the way you do everything, right? I’m not a half-ass sort of person, and I have a bit of an extreme personality. I’d say having multiple areas that you can focus your attention on in life is healthy. I’ve been really successful at bouncing back and forth from one thing to the other.”