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With Camille Leblanc-Bazinet joining Team ROMWOD/WIT as the alternate yesterday, she essentially walked away from what could have been her 10th consecutive individual CrossFit Games appearance; something only one other athlete has accomplished: Ben Smith.
CrossFit as a sport, only in it’s 13th year, is relatively new compared to every other mainstream sport. Therefore, records are going to be set and broken fairly often, but this one could be fairly hard to beat.
The Race to 10: A quick look at who’s qualified 10 years as an individual and who’s close.
10: Ben Smith, who has the opportunity to extend that to 11 if he qualifies in 2019. Smith is the only athlete with 10 consecutive appearances as an individual.
10: Becca Voigt. After failing to qualify in 2017, she missed out on a 10th consecutive appearance. She came back to qualify in 2018 to get her 10th and has the opportunity for an 11th if she qualifies this year, but her streak ended at nine.
10: Annie Thorisdottir, not consecutive and pending final qualification through the 2019 Open.
9: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. Consecutive, but she’s competing on a team this year which will break the streak. Leblanc-Bazinet is tied with Voigt for the most consecutive appearances.
8: Scott Panchik. Consecutive, pending qualification through the 2019 Open.
Bottom Line: Ben Smith currently holds the longest consecutive streak with 10 straight, and if he fails to qualify this year Scott Panchik is the next closest with eight. With Panchik’s unbelievably consistent Open performance, 32nd or better every year since 2012, Mr. Consistency looks to be in a solid position.
Ben Smith will have his work cut out for him if he’s going to qualify in 2019.
Smith has been working his way back from minor knee surgery during the off season and finished 4771 in the Open this season.
The only Sanctional Smith is confirmed to compete at so far is the Rogue Invitational, and that might be his best chance to qualify. Even though the competition will be fierce, only three athletes on the current roster have NOT qualified which increases his chances.
It Pays To Be A Winner: Patrick Vellner Sets his Sights on the Next Phase of the 2019 Games Season
Patrick Vellner secured his spot at the 2019 CrossFit Games with a decisive win at Wodapalooza in January, setting himself up for his fourth individual Games appearance.
With a spot at the Games locked up, this year’s Open was a different affair for the 28-year-old Canadian. Vellner admits that it was “a bit weird knowing it didn’t matter a lot,” but that didn’t stop him from putting out a solid Open, finishing in 31st worldwide.
His coach, Michele Letendre, was also happy about Vellner’s performance this year. “I would be disappointed in Pat if he didn’t give his best effort,” Letendre said. “His results show he’s still fit even though that’s not the priority at this point.”
Editor’s Note: In yesterday’s Morning Chalk Up, we listed Mat Fraser as having joined other athletes for a workout at the Reebok Athlete Summit. Fraser is a NIKE athlete and is not in attendance at the summit. We apologize for the error.
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2019 GROWLER GAMES — CrossFit Hog Town and Bull City Ciderworks in Lexington, NC are hosting the 2019 Growler Games on April 27. There are cash prizes for podium finishers, hard WODs, hard cider, food trucks and live music.
INVICTUS GYMNASTICS — CrossFit Winter Park in Winter Park, FL is holding an InvictusGymnastics seminar with Travis Ewart on April 13. And for all of you who can’t make it, here’s how you can tune-up your gymnastics from your own box.
ROW FOR WISHES — Telluride CrossFit is hosting Row for Wishes on May 4. Here’s how it works: Athletes get five minutes to row as many meters as possible, then multiply the meters rowed by the amount pledged to them and 100% of funds will be contributed to the Make-a-WishFoundation.
HIRE HEROES USA — Faith Mantia is training to run the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. in October, her first full marathon, for Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit that helps veterans and their spouses find civilian jobs and is fundraising as she trains for the race.
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SOLD OUT…All general admission tickets to the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship are now sold out, totaling more than 3,000 seats. The RCC just introduced standing room only passes to allow more spectators into the arena. Those “competition passes” and VIP tickets are all that remain.
2019 Rogue Invitational Online Qualifier WODs Released — Yesterday, all four of the 2019 Rogue Invitational online qualifier WODs were released. The deadline to sign up for the qualifier and submit scores is April 8, 5:00 PM PT. Top 10 men and top nine women will qualify for the Rogue Invitational on May 18-19.
...But I thought this was an Invitational? It is. But on top of the athletes already invited, the final competition spots will be filled through the online qualifier.
Reebok Launches Be More Human Pack — Yesterday Reebok introduced the Nano Be More Human Pack, which celebrates Reebok’s athlete partners that embody the Be More Human mantra.
— Pat Vellner on being more human: Pat Vellner worked with Reebok on the launch and shared how he balances school, training and competition. “There’s a little bit of give and take everywhere. In the off-season of CrossFit, I really focus a lot more on school and I make sure I work ahead and get as much done as I can. Then when the time comes to invest more time into CrossFit and prepare for the Games, I can afford to do that because I’ve worked ahead.”
This year, CrossFit HQ has been doling out harsher penalties and requesting more video verification from top athletes looking to qualify for the CrossFit Games. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given the raised stake for the Open in comparison to previous years.
CrossFit Games General Manager Justin Bergh: “We’re reviewing video from more athletes, and further down the leaderboard than in previous years. It’s more time consuming but necessary. This is what top athletes should expect going forward.”
In talking about 19.4 with Tommy Marquez on Talking Elite Fitness, which Mathew Fraser nearly won, he brought up a concern about barbell cycle speed and showing quality reps especially at the top of the snatch:
Fraser: “For a workout like that…I’m pushing the pace so much where there’s literally zero pacing. You’re going as fast as possible the entire time. Where it’s a workout like that I’m like ‘I wish it was a little bit longer where there was a tiny bit of pacing’ just so I’m 100% confident in my movement standards. If I’m snatching 95 pounds like my life depends on it as quickly as possible I’m concerned that my movement standards are staying legit…I would love that at the top of every lift I could pause, so there is a distinct moment at the top of the lift. You’re going so fast that you’re getting to that point where you’re towing the line.”