“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”- Arnold Palmer
Asian Semifinalist Champions Kubyshkina, Solodov Will Not Travel to Madison for the Games
Both champions from the Asia Semifinal, Russians Svetlana Kubyshkina and Stas Solodov, will not be making the trip to the 2021 CrossFit Games, citing visa issues. This comes on the heels of news that the first Russian team to ever qualify for the Games is also facing visa issues.
Stas Solodov: “It would be nice, but unfortunately it is not possible. I could not get a visa.”
Svetlana Kubyshikna: “No, next year it will definitely happen!”
One big thing: As CrossFit Games staff recently stated in an email, “At this point [CrossFit] will not be backfilling any further if athletes are unable to make it to the Games,” so it means only 39 women and 39 men will take the Games field.
Roman Khrennikov’s name could also be added to the list of no-shows if he’s also unable to secure a visa, bringing the total to 38 male competitors.
CrossFit Games staff even went so far as to write a letter recommending that Svetlana be granted a visa to compete (slide 2).
The big picture: Outside of 2019 and 2020,it’s relatively uncommon but not unprecedentedfor individual men and women divisions not to field a full roster of forty.
In 2018 and 2017, only 39 men took the field.
In 2015, only 39 women.
It is worth noting that Aleksandar Ilin, also from Russia who finished second in the Asian Semifinal, was able to procure everything needed to make the trip and intends on arriving in Madison on Saturday, July 24. This will be his second appearance at the CrossFit Games.
Always Have a FITAID in Your Pocket
Is it just us? Or does every run, bike ride, and hike have a point where you would kill for a refreshing FITAID?
But lugging a can around…not the best way to set a new PR.
The crew at FITAID has you covered though. They’ve taken all the good stuff that goes into their cans and created FITAID GO. A handy packet of goodness you can keep in your pocket for those FITAID emergencies.
Team Events announced: Dave Castro gave us a preview of what Team Event 1-4 will look like at the CrossFit Games.
CrossFit Games Demo Team: With Alison Scudds as team captain, Chyna Cho, Christine Kole, Khan Porter, James Newbury, and Tola Morakinyo will make up this year’s CrossFit Games Demo Team.
United States bound: Games athlete Emilia Leppanen is officially on her way to Madison, WI, from Finland.
Four contenders for the crown: Mat Fraser is out, and the men are hungry for that coveted “Fittest on Earth” title at the CrossFit Games. But although the number one spot is open, there seem to be only four serious contenders based on recent and past in-person performances.
Veterans: Patrick Vellner and Brent Fikowski.
Young guns: Justin Medeiros and Jayson Hopper.
April July Fools: CrossFit Mayhem Games athlete Samuel Cournoyer gave us a mild heart attack yesterday afternoon. In a post labeled “breaking news, Cournoyer Games appearance in jeopardy. Sam wasdetained at the US/Canadian border for transporting unregistered weapons (guns).
Swipe left, phew. Crisis averted. It’s just him flexing his biceps.
SOS! Annie Thorisdottir is looking for anyone with a connection to the Department of Homeland Security to get one more person to the US for the Games.
Thorisdottir, her coach, and baby Freyja were approved for travel, but she needs one more person to come along as a babysitter for Freyja while she competes.
Join Team WIT at the Games: WIT Fitness is looking for people to help work in Vendor Village at the CrossFit Games. Sign up now if you want to model their clothes and talk about the latest gear.
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Tommy Tackles the History of Sprint Events
We are just over a week out from the official kick off of “Games week,” and clues and reveals for CrossFit Games events are rolling out like audience gifts at a taping of the Oprah Winfrey show.
In one week’s span we got three announcements revealed in a multitude of ways. Hollywood star Max Greenfield method acted his way to announcing details for individual event 2. Demo Team captain Allison Scudds (alongside fellow Santa Cruz-ian Kelly Clark) revealed individual event 3 as they sprinted the road in front of the Ranch.
Thursday afternoon Dave Castro gave us an ASMR worthy announcement, revealing the details of individual event 5 with an intimate scribbling of the test on a crisp, yellow legal pad with a freshly opened sharpie.
I am particularly intrigued by the sprint event for event 3, and for this week’s column I will be diving into the history of sprint events at the Games. By sprint events I mean a pure sprint event.
Meet the “Iron Cowboy”: 101 Triathlons in 101 Days
Finding someone who has done an Ironman distance triathlon (2.4 mile/3.9km swim, 112 mile/180.2km bike, 26.2 mile/42km run) is rare. So rare, that only about one in 1,000 people in the US have completed one. But James Lawrence is that .1%.
Since March, Lawrence has completed 101 triathlons.
That’s over 14,060 miles of triathlon racing.
Over 2,620 miles of running, 240 miles of swimming, and 11,200 miles of biking across a fourteen-week period.
How to train for 14,000 miles: On social media, people know Lawrence as “Iron Cowboy.” If you take a look at his accomplishments, the name seems pretty fitting.
From March 1st-June 9th, Lawrence swam from 5:30 in the morning until 7:30 at night.
But other than that, there really wasn’t much pre-planning.
In an interview with Triathlete.com Lawrence said, “there’s no such thing as training for 101 successive 140.6-mile long triathlons.”
It takes a team: Over the course of the 101 days, Lawrence wasn’t alone in the pool or on the trails. He had an entire team helping him through each event as well as several athletes who traveled in to spend the day racing with him.
Even the CrossFit community’s own Heber Cannon decided to jump in on a whim, giving himself just eight hours of prep time.
“I’m blown away by the accomplishment of 101 full-length triathlons in 101 days. I’m equally impressed by the community that came out to support,” said Cannon in an Instagram post.
“Literally nationwide, people rallied behind the endeavor. Locally, it was almost a madhouse of supporting people who were engaged in all different elements of the conquer 100 experience,” he concluded.
Reflections on the event: Completing just one Ironman distance triathlon is a feat in itself but completing 101 in 101 days is superhuman.
“I believe we reset history, made sports endurance history, and completely defied logic. A new bar has been set to what the mind, body and spirit can accomplish,” Lawrence said.
His 101st day was not what he originally set out to do. In fact, the final day of racing was something that Lawrence added on.
“I love the fact that after reaching 100 completions, I threw down one more on my terms,” he said in an interview with Triathlon.com.
This Week in CrossFit
If you thought the weeks leading up to the CrossFit Games would be slow, you my friend were mistaken…you and us both. It was a non-stop week of leaderboard shake-ups due to a handful of positive drug tests, and Dave Castro teasing a couple of more Games Events. Let’s dive right in…
Three teams failed drug tests, new teams are being called up to compete at the Games:
We won’t get into the nitty-gritty details here, as each situation is very different. But here is who’s invites have been revoked and which teams will now head to Madison:
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