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Mat Fraser on the Verge of His Fifth Games Title

Morning Chalk Up

September 21


Happy Monday and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Following his decisive victory in the first stage of the 2020 CrossFit Games, reigning Fittest Man on Earth, Mat Fraser sat down with the Morning Chalk Up’s Patrick Clark to discuss the weekend and his thoughts heading into the finals next month. Emily Beers reports on some of the biggest challenges athletes faced over the weekend. And, if you missed it on Saturday, take a look at Tommy Marquez’s final takeaways and analysis of the “live five” heading to Aromas.

  • Now that stage one is complete, we have a full leaderboard and payouts from sixth through 30th place in the 2020 CrossFit Games.

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2020 CrossFit Games Updates


Stage one of the 2020 CrossFit Games wrapped up on Saturday. Now we look ahead to the finals in Aromas, CA, October 18-25, 2020.

Final Top-Ten Leaderboard (athletes in bold advance to the finals at the CrossFit Ranch in Aromas, CA):

  1. Mathew Fraser – 656 points | Tia-Clair Toomey – 611 points
  2. Noah Ohlsen – 488 points | Brooke Wells – 580 points
  3. Justin Medeiros – 480 points | Haley Adams – 497 points
  4. Samuel Kwant – 449 points | Katrin Davidsdottir – 490 points
  5. Jeffrey Adler – 420 points | Kari Pearce – 451 points
  6. Chandler Smith – 418 points | Kristin Holte – 449 points
  7. Jonne Koski – 410 points | Amanda Barnhart – 446 points
  8. Bjorgvin Karl Gudmunsson – 406 points | Kara Saunders – 444 points
  9. Patrick Vellner  – 405 points | Kristi Eramo O’Connell – 402 points
  10. Samuel Cornoyer – 395 points | Andrea Nisler – 394 points

Fun Facts (h/t to Chad Schroeder for assistance):

  • Mathew Fraser has now won the most CrossFit Games events all time (19 event wins). Fraser passed Rich Froning, who had 16 wins and extended the record to now 19 career Games event wins.
  • Tia-Clair Toomey now has the most CrossFit Games event wins all-time for a woman. Toomey has 15 career Games event wins and passed Annie Thorisdottir who has 13 Wins.
  • Tia-Clair Toomey became the first individual to win the first three events in a single CrossFit Games.
  • The last time an American woman was on the CrossFit Games podium was Julie Foucher at the 2014 CrossFit Games where she took third place.  This year there will be at least one American woman on the CrossFit Games podium.
  • The last time there were four American men in the top five at the Games was in 2015.
  • In the final ten athletes moving on to Aromas, CA, there are a total of nine CrossFit Games individual championships and a total of 15 individual CrossFit Games podiums.
  • Justin Medeiros has already won the 2020 CrossFit Games Rookie of the Year.

Every Second (or Hundredth of a Second) Counts:

  • Chandler Smith — Had he rowed 0.01 second faster or held his handstand for one more second, he would have qualified for the finals in Aromas.
  • Kristin Holte — Had she rowed 0.41 second faster or was two seconds faster on Annie, she would have qualified for the finals in Aromas.
  • Four men were within 15 points of fifth-place Jeff Adler. Fifteen points correlates to just four or five places over the course of all the events this weekend.
  • Three women were within seven points of fifth Place Kari Pearce. Seven points correlates to just two or three places over the course of all the events.
  • Fraser and Toomey both led stage one of the Games from wire to wire. Neither has done that in their previous Games championship runs.
  • The difference between first-place Mathew Fraser and second-place Noah Ohlsen was 168 points. Going 168 points down the leaderboard from Noah’s position total would get you to 17th place. 

Get caught up:

  • Miss any of the action over the weekend? The Morning Chalk Up YouTube page has video coverage of many of the events from the weekend as well as interviews and behind-the-scenes action.
  • Justin LoFranco, Tommy Marquez and Armen Hammer break down the final days’ events and provide some key takeaways on the final Morning Chalk Up Update show.
  • The CrossFit Games YouTube channel has tons of video coverage of the athletes’ individual events as well as episodes of the Update Show with Sean Woodland and Niki Brazier. 

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After Winning 2020 Online Stage, Mat Fraser on the Verge of His Fifth Games Title

  After Winning 2020 Online Stage, Mat Fraser on the Verge of His Fifth Games Title  


Games Athletes Talk About Their Biggest Challenges of the Weekend

  Games Athletes Talk About Their Biggest Challenges of the Weekend  

The day after qualifying for the CrossFit Games Finals, fifth place finisher Jeffrey Adler was adamant that the hardest part of the weekend was starting out with the “not so friendly” Fran.


Tommy’s Takeaways: The Live Five

  Tommy’s Takeaways: The Live Five  

The first chapter of the 2020 CrossFit Games has officially come to a close and we now have the “Live Five” men and five women who will make the trip to the Ranch in Aromas to compete for the CrossFit Games title.

Seven tests across two days, and no shortage of leaderboard drama gave us razor thin margins separating athletes on the bubble inside the top 10.


2020 CrossFit Games Stage One Payouts

  2020 CrossFit Games Stage One Payouts  

Stage one of the 2020 CrossFit Games wrapped up earlier today and with it, we have an official leaderboard for athletes who have completed their season placing sixth through 30th. Athletes placing between sixth and 20th earned prize payouts. The total prize purse this year tops out at over $1.8 million. Athletes also won payouts by event: first place – $3,000, second place – $2,000, third place – $1,000.

The “Live Five”: The top five men and top five women advance to compete in person in Aromas, CA at the CrossFit Ranch, October 18-25, 2020 for up to $1.3 million in prize money, with the Fittest Man on Earth and Fittest Woman on Earth earning $300 thousand each.




The Morning Chalk Up Update Show

On this final episode of the weekend, Justin LoFranco, Tommy Marquez and Armen Hammer break down the final results from stage one of the 2020 CrossFit Games. If you missed it over the weekend, check it out here.

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Katrin Davidsdottir’s Incredible 2:54 Handstand Hold

We know she’s one of the best in the world on her hands and event 6 at the 2020 CrossFit Games, the max freestanding handstand hold, gave her an opportunity to show it. She beat the second-place athlete in the event, Kari Pearce, by 41 seconds.

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Get Over The Bar

Struggling to get your first bar muscle up? Give Brent Fikowski’s 6-week bar muscle up program a try. The program only takes 30 minutes a day 3 days a week so you can easily add it into your normal programming and by the end, you will be up over the bar.

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The 20-Minute Squat Challenge

We’ve all done EMOM workouts and know how brutal and mentally difficult they can be. Here’s the challenge: a 20-minute EMOM, 3 reps of back squat per minute with 80% of your total body weight on the bar. If you’re obeying the clock, using the full range of motion, and following the tempo guidelines, you should be drenched by the second half of the workout.



Congratulations to Sergio H., who was the first to correctly answer how many athletes on the 2020 CrossFit Games roster have been on a Games podium (any division). The correct answer was 16 athletes (Fraser, Vellner, Gudmundsson, Ohlsen, Fikowski, Toomey, Davidsdottir, Briggs, Sigmundsdottir, Saunders, Holte, Horvath, Simmonds, Nisler, Adams, and Migala). This was the twelfth time Sergio was the first person to correctly answer the trivia question.

  • Today’s question: The 2020 CrossFit Games Stage 1 had four variations of CrossFit benchmark workouts, the most in Games history. Which Games had the second most CrossFit benchmark workouts or variations as Games Individual events?

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Two Upcoming OUT Foundation Events

The OUT Foundation, an organization devoted to removing the barriers that block LGBTQ+ individuals access and participation in health, wellness and fitness to ensure their success, has several important events coming up soon. Here are two we have our eyes on right now.

  • #SweatforaCause: At CB Fit in Portland, ME, OUTAthletics will host #sweatforacause on October 10 at 10 AM and 1 PM. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the OUT Foundation and its programs. Learn more about hosting an OUTAthletics event and register for #sweatforacause
  • OUTAthletics Burpee-A-Thon for National Coming OUT Day: To celebrate National Coming OUT Day on Sunday, October 11, OUTAthletics is hosting a Burpee-A-Thon to raise money for their programs. OUTAthletics will be live streaming the event and is asking athletes to join in to show their pride (and allyship) by completing as many burpess as they can in ten minutes. Those interested can  register online, set up a pledge campaign page, and ask their friends, family, coworkers, etc. to pledge an amount per burpee they complete. It could be 25 cents, 50 cents, or more. 
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9/23 – 10/7: The Greatness OnLine (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
9/26 – 9/27: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola, FL)
9/26: Big Impact Games (Kimberly, WI)
9/26: Jurassic Throwdown 2020 (Bonaire, GA)
9/26: RXSG x Kaela Foundation: Cowels Mountain (San Diego, CA)
9/26: Warrior Affiliate League Three Amigos (Chino, CA)
10/1 – 11/2: Fittest of the Coast – Coastal Qualifier (Mt Pleasant, SC)
10/3: RedZone Summer Classic (Newtown, CT)
10/3: Legends of the Falls (Gadsden, AL)
10/3: Capitol Throwdown (Washington, DC)
10/3: Iron Anchor Throwdown (Batavia, OH)
10/6 – 10/11: Virtual Shoofly Lift Off (Fuquay-Varina, NC)
10/9 – 10/10: Crash Crucible (Spartanburg, SC)
10/17: The Sacred Pine Throwdown (Ladson, SC)
10/28 – 11/10: The Fittest Experience Online Qualifier (Austin, TX)
11/7 – 11/8: The Bay Games [Unstoppable (online) Edition] (Jervis Bay, Australia)
11/7: Turkey Throwdown (6th Annual) (Limestone, TN)

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