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Loehner, Herrera Receive Drug Sanctions

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Loehner, Herrera Receive Drug Sanctions. MisFits Finally Gets MACC Invite.

CrossFit Games officials announced two drug sanctions today for Chantelle Loehner and Lauren Herrera, who were in breach of the drug policy stemming from in-competition tests following the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge (MACC).

That’s a wrap: Loehner’s breach of CrossFit’s drug policy has been known for more than a month after she announced it on Instagram. The cause for the delay in finalizing was due to the back and forth of the appeals process and testing of Loehner’s B sample. She was popped for anabolic steroid Oral Turinabol.

  • Loehner will receive a four-year ban effective April 14, 2019.
  • She also earned an individual spot at the Games through the Open. Her score will also be invalidated.

What happens now: Invictus X’s win at MACC is invalidated and their invite rescinded. Team MisFit is now the official winner.

Team MisFit: Roy Gamboa, Alexis Johnson, Jennifer Smith, and Travis Williams (C).

They will have seven days after receiving their invitation to finalize the roster which includes one male and female alternate.

Check your inbox: The Open leaderboard will now be finalized for women. Via the CrossFit Games Twitter: “the Open Leaderboard will soon be finalized and all pending female invitations will be sent to Open qualifiers and Sanctionals Invitees.”

This will include the backfilling process for Sanctionals which has now grown very, very deep.

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Invitees and Backfilling Updates

The Loehner drug case was holding up a number of pending invites, many of which were already understood to be true but now that it’s concluded, CrossFit is giving the final nod. 

Here’s what happened: MACC, Granite Games and the female Open invites are now confirmed.

  • Team MisFit will now get the Games invite from MACC. 
  • Thuri Helgadottir and Cheryl Nasso are official in via the Open top 20. 
  • Invictus X will get the invite from Granite Games.

Backfilling: Here’s the list of which female athletes will get invites from Sanctionals. 

Our take: We think there will still be at least one shift on this list, namely that Mia Akerlund will decline her invite to compete on Team Barbells Prepared.

Things To…


WATCH: Eight Games Athletes Did Not Do the Open 

Armen Hammer outlines all the important details from Granite Games and Lowlands Throwdown, including what comes next and how the weekend’s winners will affect the rest of the season. He also explains why we’re still seeing trickle down invites from earlier Sanctionals, which is how some of the athletes we’ll see in Madison managed to not do the Open.



HEAR: Next Level Weightlifting on Winning and Cheating

Gabriel Yanez and Arielle Bloom, hosts of the West Coast Advantage podcast, welcome guest Frank Murray of Next Level Weightlifting. Have you ever wanted to win so badly that you’d consider doing anything to get there? Murray chats about winning, cheating, and what it really means to give it your all, wanting to win so badly that you’d consider doing anything to get there?



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  • GUARDIAN GAMES — On Saturday, July 6 CrossFit Superfly is hosting a competition with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #133 in Lebanon, OH. All proceeds will be used to send kids in the community to the Countryside YMCA Junior Academy with any remaining proceeds used to sponsor families in need during the Christmas shop with a cop program.
  • UPCOMING OUTWODS — CrossFit Graviton is hosting an OUTWOD in Arlington, MA on June 15. CrossFit Sunnyside in Sunnyside, NY is hosting an OUTWOD on June 22.
  • TEEN GIRLS SUMMER SHOWDOWN — CrossFit Florian teen girls Summer Showdown competition takes place on June 15 with 30 teams of two participating in an partner in-house partner throwdown. 
  • STRENGTH IN OUR STREETS — The sixth annual Strength In Our Streets affiliate competition will take Saturday, June in Indianapolis, IN. All proceeds will benefit two local homeless service providers, Wheeler Mission and Outreach, Inc.
  • CROSSFIT AND HIGH SCHOOL PE — Ray High School in Corpus Christi, TX had CrossFit Seminar Staff members come teach them CrossFit to bring back into the PE classes there. 

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

Heather Hanks at CrossFit Render got 15 straight DU’s • Nineteen-year-old Guilherme Malheiros snatches 265 poundsNina gets her first rope climb
Brent Fikowski is at the University of Colorado Human Performance LabAnnie Thorisdottir clean and jerks 226 poundsBK Gudmundsson clean and
jerks 331 pounds • Mark Finochiaro gets his first muscle-up • Happy eighth anniversary to Jessica
and Ian RichenbacherKaitlin, who lives with cerebral palsy, deadlifts 230 pounds • Colleen Fotsch hits a 260 pound clean PR. 

…and from our Founder, Justin LoFranco, to you: a gift. 

Ben Smith on Perspective — Ben Smith posted a reflection on not making it back to the CrossFit Games for what would have been his 11th trip.

— “Perspective…Although I finished 10th at The Granite Games last week and missed qualifying for the games this year, I left knowing that I took the chance and gave it my all. I’m not frustrated with my effort, just the result, and that frustration is pointless. I have so many positive takeaways from these last few weeks and am thankful already for the defeat/learning experience.  You either win or you grow… and I guess it’s growing season!! Congrats to all the other athletes this year, it was fun throwing down with you all!”

2020 Brazilian CrossFIt Tickets for Sale — Tickets to the 2020 Brazilian CrossFit Championship are already on sale. 

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Katrin Davidsdottir — Katrin Davidsdottir posted a list of ten fun facts about herself on Instagram. Fun fact: She hates olives. 

Kate Nye On Her Recent Record Breaking Lift — “I made my last Junior World Championships one to remember. After leaving a lift out there in the snatches, I hit this lift (137kg/301lb) for a PR C&J and total and became the lightest American female to ever clean and jerk 300 pounds. I’m so incredibly grateful to be here with a supportive staff and some kickass teammates. I am the 2019 71kg Junior World Champion, and all the glory goes to God. Happy, but never satisfied. We will be going back to work for our next trip in Cuba in a few short weeks. I’m always proud to rep the red, white, and
blue-and we’re going to be doing a lot of it this year.”

The Definition of Teamwork — If you watch only one thing today, let it be this video of teamwork at the Granite Games. 



“The Ergon Training System Wants You to Love the Erg Machines,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up

Everyone has that one thing in the box they hate. For a lot of us, that’s an erg machine. You hop on, go full ham for thirty seconds, and congratulations…you completed two calories and you’ve redlined.

Green Mountain CrossFit owner Nick Petterssen teamed up with Jay Ericson for a solution. Ergon Training is a system dedicated to athlete success with the bike, row and ski.

“The Ergon Training System delivers a goal-based workout each and every time, priming our athletes to chase, catch and conquer. We evaluate each user with a single workout, and then use the power of decades of exercise science research to convert those workout results into valuable information that hides behind the scenes within the Ergon app.”

Yep, the app does the mental work for you so all you have to do is hold on. “Once an athlete chooses their workout for the day, Ergon crunches their past performance numbers and offers very specific pacing targets,” reads their Kickstarter.

But it’s not just the pacing. There’s also loads on there about the machines and proper technique and form. And, the app is an extension of the monitor on every Concept2, called a PM5.

This allows you to program workouts into the machine and then save the results of those workouts to memory.

The Kickstarter campaign is running for about one more week. The company is hoping to launch the app in the fall.



6/7 – 6/8: 2019 Bricktown Throwdown (Oklahoma City, OK)

6/8: The Mountain Meltdown (Park City, UT)

6/8: Battle In The Basin 2 2019 (Joshua Tree, CA)

6/8: Battle on the Creek (Johns Creek, GA) 

6/8: Supergiant Meltdown (Westerville, OH)

6/8: Double Down Skylands Showdown (Sparta, NJ)

6/8: CFE’s Summer Sizzler 2 Masters Competition (Burlington, MA)

6/8: The Charlotte Throwdown for Mental Health Awareness (Charlotte, NC)

6/8: 3rd Annual WODing for SuperTy (Pawling, NY)

6/8: OUTWOD Showdown at Brick (West Hollywood, CA)

6/8: Flex on the Mall (Washington, DC)

6/9: Million Meters Row (Baxter, MN)

6/8 – 6/9: CFCC Triple Threat (Denver, CO)

6/14: 2019 Summer Splashdown (Tuscon, AZ)

6/14: 30 Minute Rowing Challenge (Greenville, SC)

6/14 – 6/15: CanEast Games (Hamilton, ON)

6/15: Best of the Midwest Team Series (Greenwood, IN)

6/15: AZFITCOM (Phoenix, AZ)

6/15: Rep Your Box 8 (Jacksonville, FL)

6/15: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit Mercenary (Owings Mill, MD)

6/15: SweetTatas (Newtown,CT)

6/15 – FireTeam 4 Challenge and Fundraiser (Wheaton, IL)

6/15: Gameday (Rochester, MN)

6/15: Summer Slam 2019 (Staten Island, NY)

6/15: The East Coast Gambit (Brooklyn, NY)

6/15: WOD for Wishes (New Brunswick, Canada)

6/15: Garage Gym Throwdown (Austin, TX)

6/15: Cooler By The Lake Clash (Milwaukee, WI)

6/15: Wags & Weightlifting (Atlanta, GA)

6/15: Summer Series II (Greenville, SC)

6/15: OUTWOD (Arlington, MA)

6/15: The NCR Classic (Ottawa, ON)

6/15 – 6/16: 2019 Tribal Clash (Huntington Beach, CA)

6/16: Three Fathers RCMP Memorial Challenge (Bedford, NS)

6/21 – 6/23: The Bacon Beatdown (Daytona Beach, FL)

6/21 – 6/23: The MiHi Games (Glendale, CO)

6/22: The Brethren Throwdown (Morgan Hill, CA)

6/22: Strength in Our Streets (Indianapolis, IN)

6/22 – 6/23: Clash on the Concrete (Miamisburg, OH)

6/22: Femme Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/22: OUTWOD (Winter Garden, FL)

6/22: Flower City Throwdown – Men’s Division (Rochester, NY)

6/22: Barbells and Beer at CrossFit Electric City (Anderson, SC)

6/22: 2019 Midsummer Melee (Houston, TX)

6/22: Girls of Summer Competition (Katy, TX)

6/22: Asbury Park Games (Asbury, NJ)

6/22: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)

6/22: Trained to Go Summer Series 2019 (Raliegh, NC)

6/22: Fifth Annual Box Crawl (Torrance, CA)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Detroit (Farmington Hills, MI)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Raleigh (Wake Forest, NC)

6/22: Big Orange Brawl (Knoxville, TN)

6/22: Gut Check at Unfinished Athletics (Pottstown, PA)

6/22: OUTWOD (Sunnyside, NY)

6/22: The Rookie Rumble at CrossFit PowerHour (Lebanon, NJ)

6/23: Third annual Bro Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/28: Boomtown Summer Throwdown (Burkburnett, TX)

6/28 – 6/29: The NorCal Classic (West Sacramento, CA)

6/28 – 6/30: CrossFit French Throwdown (Yvelines, France)

6/29: Master’s Of The Midway: Team Edition (Lake In the Hills, IL)

6/29: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Raeford, NC)

6/29: 2019 Chattanooga Classic (Chattanooga, TN)

6/29: Partner Throwdown Part Deux (Apple Valley, MN)

6/29: Unicus Athletics Summer Slam 2019 (Denton, TX)

6/29: 2019 Soul Games (Miami, FL)

6/29: The Freedom Games (Greenwood, SC)

7/6: The Guardian Games (Lebanon, OH)

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