The big story: Late last week, CrossFit Invictus newcomer Chantelle Loehner announced that CrossFit informed her she tested positive for a banned substance at the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge. Invictus X won the April Sanctional and secured themselves an invite to the CrossFit Games.
Invictus X has brought on Hayley Murillo to replace Chantelle Loehner and is scheduled to compete at the Brazil CrossFit Championship hoping to earn another invite to the CrossFit Games.
If Loehner’s B sample comes back positive, Invictus’ win at the Mid-Atlantic Sanctional will be invalidated and Team MisFit — Travis Williams, Roy Gamboa, Jenn Smith and Alexis Johnson — will receive the invite. MisFit is currently scheduled to compete at the Rogue Invitational along with Mayhem Freedom and Invictus Boston.
Historically, B sample requests don’t usually end in the athlete’s favor. At best, testing positive for a banned substance results in a two-year ban from competition; at worst, it’s a four-year ban.
Invictus is wasting no time putting a new team together to make another run at qualifying. It will likely be another few weeks before Loehner’s B sample results are confirmed and a conclusion is reached.
Invictus X is heading down to Brazil next week to compete at the Brazil CrossFit Championship. They’ve tapped Hayley Murillo to replace Chantelle Loehner.
Going all in: Invictus teams have competed in nearly every Sanctional this season.
Dubai CrossFit Championship: Where Invictus Grown Strong earned their first invite. Invictus X took seventh.
Wodapalooza: Invictus fielded three teams with Grown Strong finishing second, Invictus X finished seventh, and Boston in ninth.
Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge: Invictus X finished first.
Asia CrossFit Championship: Invictus Grown Strong finished second.
Reykjavik CrossFit Championship: Invictus Boston finished second.
Invictus X and Invictus Boston are scheduled to compete at Brazil CrossFit Championship and Rogue Invitational, respectively, on the same weekend.
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PRO-TIP: ROWING — District CrossFit offers three tips to help you perform better on the rower. Keep your hands up, loosen your grip and keep the monitor high.
HELEN FOR HOUNDS — CrossFit St. Pete in St. Petersburg, FLhas teamed up with Reps For Rescues to host Helen for Hounds on May 18. All supplies and donations raised will go to the Humane Society of Pinellas. You can host your own Helen For Hounds by contactingReps For Rescues.
GIVE ALOHA SUCCESSFUL — During April, the Give Aloha campaign raised $83,565 to help rebuild CrossFit Anahola.
CROSSFIT KIDS — Portage CrossFit in Portage, WI will hold CrossFit Kids classes and also teen classes through the summer.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Breakfast on the Go — Michele Fumagalli is giving away her Ebook, Breakfast On-the-Go. She writes, “It covers the what, why and most importantly HOW to get breakfast in on a busy schedule. My go-to six recipes will help fuel you for a successful day!”
Rogue Invitational Partners with GORUCK — Over the weekend, GORUCKannounced that they will be a part of the Rogue Invitational, showing a GORUCK bag, plyo soft box, barbells and weights.
— Maybe a second event: The only event announced so far for the Rogue Invitational has been the Biathlon.
Wes Kitts Launches a YouTube Channel — Team USA weightlifter Wes Kitts, who just had a first-place finish in the 2019 Pan American Championships is sharing and commenting on all things training on his newly launched YouTube channel.
Julie Foucher Counts Down to Ten Year Anniversary — Julie Foucher will celebrate her tenth CrossFit anniversary on the competition floor at Rogue Invitational May 18-19. As we get closer to the event, Foucher has been posting some of her most memorable moments from the last ten years of CrossFit.
Sam Briggs has already solidified herself as one of the fittest athletes in the history of the CrossFit, the 37-year-old Engine from England has shown up this season in epic fashion.
So far Briggs has won Dubai CrossFit Championship, won Australia CrossFit Championship, crowned national champion of England, placed 20th in the Open worldwide, and placed first at the Reykjavik Crossfit Championship with Team JST.
Having won a Sanctional as an individual and on a team, while notching a national championship amounts to probably the most impressive performance of any athlete this season.
Briggs has also qualified for the Age Group Online Qualifier to compete as a masters athlete.
Bottom line: Briggs is the only athlete to qualify for the CrossFit Games by every means possible.
She’s slated to compete in the Rogue Legends event May 18-19.