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The workout immediately stood out to me as the perfect combination of skill and strength.
Here’s why I think this might not be the craziest possibility: In recent weeks, Dave Castro has been showcasing his workouts of the day, explaining how he’d program the WOD for an affiliate then how he’d adjust for a Games event. Here’s one of several posts in recent weeks.
Using the main site WOD as event 1 would be a meaningful nod to CrossFit’s affiliate roots.
Greg Glassman, when outlining changes to the Games after last season, repeatedly made it clear that CrossFit would renew focus on training and affiliates.
CrossFit.com’s programming has reflected a more inclusive direction, demonstrating how infinitely scalable workouts can be for everyone from the elderly to elite athletes.
Using a main site workout would be a perfect way to demonstrate that scalability.
Castro could decide to supersize this workout, adding a few extra pounds to the snatch to really separate the field.
We could be reading into this a little too much, but it seems plausible.
Event 1 starts at 11:30 AM Central and you can watch it live on YouTube.
Quick Reads for the Day
1. Greg Glassman spent thirty minutes answering questions from the press yesterday on the changes to the season and how he feels about them.
2. Episode 1 of the Morning Chalk Up Live from the FITAID Beer Garden aired yesterday, where Tommy Marquez, Justin LoFranco and Brittney Kleyn share what they know so far and offer their podium predictions.
3. Since there is no coverage provided for Masters, here is a rundown from WODPREP of some of the Masters Athletes competing this week.
148: The number of men taking the field in Event 1.
131: The number of women taking the field in Event 1.
75: The planned number of individual athletes left remaining on the floor after Event 1.
100: The number of points an athlete will gain in an event win.
3: The amount of women vying for their third time being crowned Fittest on Earth.
11: Games appearances that Ben Smith has made.
7: Year gap between Games appearances for Cheryl Nasso.
667: The weight in pounds of Big Bob without any additional plates added.
THINGS TO WIN: When Kari Pearce Scores, You Score!
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Photo of the Day: The doors open tomorrow morning at the Alliant Energy Center for the 2019 CrossFit Games. (Photo Credit: Patrick Clark)
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