Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Patrick
Clark offers up his third of eight age group qualifier profiles, this time focusing on the 45-49 bracket. And, Emily
Beers profiles Canadian athlete, Jolaine Undershute, the third-place finisher in the 45-49 division this year.
What to look for in the 45-49 division.
Undershute manages her Games training and her affiliate during the pandemic.
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2020 CrossFit Games Age Group Preview: Men and Women Ages 45-49
Today we preview the men and women that qualified for the 2020 CrossFit Games 45-49 Age Group division. These standings are unofficial after the Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ) scores were submitted and could change due to score adjustments as the top-25 athletes in each division must submit videos to CrossFit HQ for review. The video review period concludes on April 13 with the top ten athletes in each division receiving an invitation to the Games.
Men’s 45-49 division: All ten athletes in qualifying spots after the AGOQ have all appeared at the Games in the Masters division previously; it’s the only division to feature such a high level of experience. Five of these athletes competed in the age group at this past year’s Games including the returning champion. The division features eight Americans, but the top two spots in the AGOQ are held by international athletes.
Michael Orlov won the AGOQ after recording four top-ten finishes including an event win. The Russian athlete will appear in his second Games, his first appearance in this division. Orlov competed in the 40-44 division at the 2017 Games, finishing 16th. That year he recorded four top-ten finishes with his best finish being sixth in the “Final Couplet” event.
Giulio Silvino will make his fourth-straight appearance at the Games as a Masters athlete and third in this division. Last year he placed eighth at the Games following a sixth place showing in 2018. The Italian is one of two athletes in the division to record multiple event wins in this year’s AGOQ. Silvino won two events including the one-rep max clean and jerk, with a lift of 353 lbs, 33 lbs more than his nearest competitor. His two event wins gave him seven total career AGOQ victories, tied for second all-time in the AGOQ.
Justin Lasala joins Silvino with his fourth-straight Games appearance. Last year he won the AGOQ in dominating fashion with 18 points and five top-five finishes. That translated over to a runner-up finish at the Games after a 13th place showing in 2018, his debut in the division. Lasala also joined Silvino with two event wins in this year’s AGOQ.
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CrossFit Games Qualifier Jolaine Undershute: No Time to Celebrate
Once all the scores were tallied after the CrossFit Games Age Group Online Qualifier on March 16, Jolaine Undershute found herself in unofficially in third place overall in the women’s 45-49-year-old division.
But she had no idea.
The next morning, she was still in the dark about having qualified to her seventh CrossFit Games.
In fact, Undershute, 48, hadn’t looked at the leaderboard all weekend. She was too busy fielding text messages and calls from anxious members, asking her to hold or cancel their memberships because of the growing coronavirus pandemic.
“I just started receiving so many messages of fear and panic. This person was canceling, that person wanted a refund, this person wanted a credit. My phone kept going off like that all day,” said the single mother of a 9-year-old boy, who owns CrossFit Invermere in British Columbia, a town of just 2,900.”
“I don’t even know how many students dropped off in those 48 hours (the day after the AGOQ ended),” she said. She estimates she received calls or messages from close to half her 100 members, as a big part of her membership base are small business owners and people who had just been laid off.”
Undershute added: “It felt like everything I have worked so hard for that I started in 2009 was going down the drain. Like I am on the Titanic and I’m a captain going down with the ship—just this overwhelming sense of failure and that it’s all coming crashing down on me.”
About her Games qualification: While some members reached out for holds and cancellations, others began asking Undershute if she had looked at the leaderboard yet.
“I kept saying no, and then a few of my students and one of my coaches were like, ‘You should really look.’ I had no idea,” she said.
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