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Kari Pearce is Retiring 😢

Morning Chalk Up

October 25   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Kari Pearce announces her retirement. 😢
  • What does Justin Medeiros think of Jennifer Anniston and Rich Froning?
  • CBS Sports is broadcasting a three-part special on the Rogue Invitational.
  • Why Games athletes are using UCAN supplements to stay fueled.
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  Kari Pearce to Hang it Up After Rogue Invitational 

Kari Pearce to Hang it Up After Rogue Invitational

Today, after months-long speculation as to her competitive future, seven-time CrossFit Games athlete Kari Pearce announced that she will definitively retire after next weekend’s Rogue Invitational. She will instead focus on running her PowerAbs business, which is one of the top 100 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. according to Pearce.

One big thing: The four-time fittest American woman and the first female to break a five-year podium drought for the United States, will leave a gaping hole at the top of the leaderboard where she’s spent the last five seasons.

  • Five consecutive years (2016-2020) she has finished inside the top ten overall at the CrossFit Games, including third place in 2020.
  • She racked up four event wins in her Games career (tied for 12th all-time among women).
  • In 2019, she won Mary, but more impressively also outperformed every male competitor at the Games that year.
  • In 2020, she beat both men and women again in Atalanta, perhaps the most grueling final event in Games history.
  • In addition to her success at the Games, Pearce has racked up six consecutive top 20 Open finishes, three podium finishes at Regionals (2015, 2017, 2018), a second-place this last season at the West Coast Classic Semifinal, and had a phenomenal Sanctional record including a 2nd and a 3rd place at Wodapalooza, and a 6th place at the first Rogue Invitational.

What she said: “The 2021 [Rogue Invitational] will be the last time I step on the CrossFit competition floor!” I’ve been so fortunate to have been competing for the past 7 years with many of the greatest athletes (and people) in the world,” Pearce wrote.

  • “The last 7 years have been nothing short of amazing. I have met so many incredible people and have grown so much as an athlete but even more importantly, as a person.”
  • “Every athlete reaches this point in their career and it’s time for me to now move my full focus to my business.”
  • “Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support throughout the years. It means the world to me.”

One last chance: Fans will get one last chance to see Pearce compete at the Rogue Invitational next weekend, October 29-31, which will be broadcast live on YouTube.

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Want to hang with Mat Fraser and the Buttery Bros? They’ll be at the Round Rock GNC Store near the Rogue Invitational on Thursday, October 28 from 5-7PM CT.

MUST READ: Harvard Business Review’s story on the Swedish CEO who runs his company like a Crossfit Gym

Wodapalooza early bird tickets are now on sale.

Goruck will be hosting a select number of Chad Hero WOD events on October 29 at the Rogue Invitational.

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Today is the last day to complete the 2021 CrossFit Lift Move Work. Scores must be submitted today at 12 PM PT.

Dani Speegle confirmed that she’s going to be competing at Wodapalooza.

  22 question with Justin Medeiros: Jennifer Aniston, would he beat Rich Froning and how to get a good night’s sleep 


22 question with Justin Medeiros: Jennifer Aniston, would he beat Rich Froning and how to get a good night’s sleep

Twenty-two year old Justin Medeiros is the future of CrossFit, and the future is now. The American burst onto the scene first as a rookie, then lined up against retired champion Mat Fraser at the 2020 CrossFit Games at the ranch.

Many pundits thought he may need a few years of maturation before he could take the step to number one, however Medeiros bypassed a whole generation of CrossFitters and nabbed his first title in his second CrossFit Games appearance.

With that in mind, let’s get to know Medeiros a bit better with 22 questions (his age), and what makes the man with the mullet tick.

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  CBS to Broadcast Edited Features on the 2021 Rogue Invitational 

CBS to Broadcast Edited Features on the 2021 Rogue Invitational

Rogue announced that CBS will air edited broadcasts of next week’s 2021 Rogue Invitational. CBS will broadcast three, 1-hour programs with the first program to debut on Nov. 13. The final two programs will debut back-to-back on Christmas Day

Rogue Invitational – CBS Schedule

  • Nov. 13 – Part 1, 1:00pm ET
  • Dec. 25 – Part 2 & 3, 3:00pm & 4:00pm ET

Why it matters: In 2019 CBS partnered up with Rogue to show the inaugural competition on the CBS Sports Network, showing the two-day competition in seven segments six months later. This year’s broadcast has a more favorable broadcast schedule as well being shown on the network’s flagship channel.

The bottom line: CBS has become a major broadcasting partner for the sport of CrossFit and the major TV network’s inclusion of the Rogue Invitational is another step forward towards increasing the growth and visibility of the sport of CrossFit.

  Beyond Caffeine and Pre-Workout: Why Games Athletes Travis Mayer and Emily Rolfe are Turning to Carbs Instead 

Beyond Caffeine and Pre-Workout: Why Games Athletes Travis Mayer and Emily Rolfe are Turning to Carbs Instead

Emily Rolfe admits she was hesitant to take carbohydrates in drink form at first.

“I was pretty reluctant to take carbs…because, you know, I don’t like the sweet taste in my mouth, and (with a lot of products) it tastes like you’re just drinking sugar all day,” This attitude led to Rolfe not being 100% on board when husband, Kyle, suggested she take UCAN’s SuperStarch before and during her long training sessions.

The up-and-coming CrossFit athlete listened anyway, and quickly realized the product didn’t have that sugary taste she disliked so much. Not only that, but her long training sessions started to feel more productive than when she relied on a traditional pre-workout and caffeine from a coffee to carry her through training.

That was back in 2015, long before Rolfe was a two-time CrossFit Games athlete.

Six years later, Rolfe is a UCAN athlete and is more dedicated to their products than ever. While she still drinks one coffee a day, she doesn’t take any other pre-workout products except the SuperStarch powder, which she drinks in liquid form before each session. She also makes use of UCAN’s protein and electrolyte products, as well as their on-the-go gels, often utilizing them during and after training sessions.

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