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New CrossFit Games Semifinal Info Revealed

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  • Four takeaways from the CrossFit Games meeting with athletes.
  • Ben Smith is building strength and preparing to make another run at the CrossFit Games podium.
  • Elliot and Jamie Simmonds have made some big changes this year, but their goals for the Games season remain the same.
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  Four Takeaways From the CrossFit Games Meeting with Individual Athletes on the 2021 Season 

Four Takeaways From the CrossFit Games Meeting with Individual Athletes on the 2021 Season

On Wednesday, the CrossFit Games released a video of a ZOOM meeting held two weeks ago with Games athletes on its official YouTube Channel.

The 35-minute long video was hosted by CrossFit Games Head Judge and Competition Director Adrian Bozman as he gave a presentation and discussed in further detail what the 2021 season will look like for athletes, discussing important dates, best practices, pertinent rules of competition and the format. Here are four big takeaways from that meeting.

Semifinal contingency planning: Even with the announcement of ten live, Semifinal competitions, CrossFit recognizes that the world is still in the midst of a global pandemic and because of that they have created contingencies in case the events or athletes are affected by restrictions due to COVID-19.

  • There are a number of athletes who currently live in countries outside of the ones they are citizens of that will host a Semifinal. Four-time, reigning “Fittest Woman of Earth” Tia-Clair Toomey headlines that group. She lives in and trains in Nashville, TN but if she qualifies for the Semifinals, she would have to travel to her native Australia to compete at the Torian Pro in Brisbane, Queensland.
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  • CrossFit Open Equipment List Update: Though not originally listed in the 2021 CrossFit Games season rulebook, it was revealed during Adrian Bozman’s Zoom meeting with individual athletes, that athlete competing in the Open “Rx” will need access to “Wall Space” in addition to the other equipment previously outlined.
  • The 2021 Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge, one of the ten Semifinal events this season, announced a new venue and location yesterday. It will be held in Knoxville, TN, at the Knoxville Convention Center, May 28-30.
  • The 2021 Rogue Invitational now has an official date — October 29-31. It will be held in Austin, TX (venue coming soon).
  • The CrossFit Games unveiled The Occupational Games this week.
    • Athletes who are in college or the military, or who work in law enforcement, healthcare, or are firefighters or teachers, are eligible to enter. And, if they finish in the top ten percent of their occupational group, will be invited to compete in the online Occupational Games running concurrently with the Age Group Online Qualifier, May 6-10.
  • The CrossFit Asia Invitational is hosting an Open Registration Gift Code competition and will award 40 codes to athletes who participate. Learn how to enter in this Instagram post.
  • Clinical CrossFit: The Drop-In Doc is kicking off a new series of videos and content that focuses on actual clinical cases of athletes they are treating. The goal is to show how the clinic, which is housed inside a CrossFit affiliate manages medical issues differently than a run-of-the-mill medical office.
  Programming Shift, Strength Gains and a New Format: Can Ben Smith Get Back to the Podium 


Programming Shift, Strength Gains and a New Format: Can Ben Smith Get Back to the Podium

Eleven consecutive CrossFit Games: It’s an accomplishment that belongs to just one man in the sport.

That’s Ben Smith.

Smith, now 30, burst onto the CrossFit Games scene as a young 19-year-old in 2009, and quickly became a household name in the sport.

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  • CrossFit Waymaker Opens: In Peachtree Corners, GA, CrossFit Waymaker, owned by Val and Davis Burnett opened its doors on February 27.
  • Cohort CrossFit in Erina, Australia celebrated its eighth anniversary earlier this week.
  • The Sampley Family and some of their friends from Three Sons CrossFit in Elizabethtown, KY are documenting their Open journey with a video series on YouTube.
  • CrossFit Shapesmiths Masters athletes are ready for the Open. The gym in London, England boasts seven 60+ athletes who will do the Open this year. Many of them are taking on the test for the first and had never done CrossFit prior to joining Zoom classes in 2020.
  • #MilesforMentalHealth: The Suffer with Friends organization is hosting #milesformentalhealth during the month of March to raise money for Active Minds. Last year they raised over $3,000 for To Write Love on Her Arms “Between the Bells” program. Active Minds is “dedicated to saving lives and to building stronger families and communities. Through education, research, advocacy, and a focus on young adults ages 14–25.”
  • One Year Later: CrossFit Hermitage in Hermitage, TN was devastated by a tornado in the spring of 2020. The CrossFit community rallied around the gym and one year later the gym and its athlete community is thriving.
  Elliot and Jamie Simmonds: New Location, Same Focus 

Elliot and Jamie Simmonds: New Location, Same Focus

With so much new in the world of CrossFit in these past twelve months, we decided to check in with one power couple in the sport who despite all the newness remain committed to their focus, commitment, and goal, albeit in a, yes, new, location.

Remind Me: Jamie Simmonds (Greene back then) broke onto the scene when she won the 2016 CrossFit Open. That season she competed as part of Team Yas and ultimately took third place at the Games. Elliot Simmonds was also a member of that team, although no one was really giving him much attention yet.

  • Since then, they’ve both abandoned the team competition at the highest level. Jamie has qualified and competed as an individual at the Games each of the last four seasons, earning a career best finish of third in 2019. Elliot qualified as an individual in both 2018 and 2019. He placed 19th in 2019 and was part of the final, controversial cut after the Sprint event that season.

Sanctional success: Both Jamie and Elliot competed three times in the first Sanctional season (2018-2019), but not necessarily at all the same competitions. Jamie finished second at all three competitions that season; while Elliot had a pair of fifth place finishes and a thirteenth at a deep field at Wodapalooza.

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