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Paying Noah Ohlsen His Due

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October 2

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Happy Friday and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Noah Ohlsen is heading to Aromas, CA for the CrossFit Games finals and Tommy Marquez digs into his overall Games career. Individual and team Games veteran, Jessica Griffith, issued a video apology on Instagram yesterday after an extended social media hiatus.   

  • Kristi Eramo O’Connell placed ninth in stage one of the 2020 Games, missing the finals by only 49 points, instead of taking a vacation, she teamed up with Dan Bailey and Margaux Alverez the following weekend for the 12th Annual Heart of America competition in Springfield, MO.
  • Also, CrossFit 313 in Burleson, TX has made coaching development the cornerstone for their gym and they’ve put their money where their mouth is. Emily Beers has more. 

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Paying Noah Ohlsen His Due

  Paying Noah Ohlsen His Due  

The past two seasons have been quite the turnaround for Noah Ohlsen.

A year after finally making the podium following years of coming heartbreakingly short, the seven-time CrossFit Games qualifier has secured another top five finish and is in tremendous position to earn back-to-back medals.

Although his recent performances are not entirely surprising, they are helping write a new chapter in his career that makes his place in history worth re-examining.


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Jessica Griffith Breaks Media Silence, Apologizes on Instagram

  Jessica Griffith Breaks Media Silence, Apologizes on Instagram  

After four months of silence, former CrossFit Games athlete Jessica Griffith offered an apology on Instagram to her fans, community and those she offended with racist comments back in May.

Remind me: After screenshots of text and group messages were leaked on Reddit from a May 25 conversation with team members of Misfit Athletics, Griffith disabled her Instagram account. She was subsequently unable to reactivate it due to community standards violation.

  • She then released a statement through the Morning Chalk Up in which she apologized, taking full responsibility for what she said.
  • In the aftermath of her comments and subsequent apology the two-time Games athlete took racial sensitivity classes.
  • Griffith’s Instagram page was reactivated three weeks ago with the noticeable inclusion of an article from The Cut in her bio.
  • The article by Claire Lampen discusses what people can do to combat police brutality in the wake of the George Floyd murder that occured on Memorial Day.

No Rest for the Weary: Kristi Eramo O’Connell Competes at Heart of America One Week After 2020 Games

  No Rest for the Weary: Kristi Eramo O’Connell Competes at Heart of America One Week After 2020 Games  

Most CrossFit Games athletes take a couple of weeks or even a month off at the end of the season. They spend time away from the gym, the strict diet they have during training is thrown out the window, they relax and step away from competition. Kristi Eramo O’Connell is not like most athletes, less than a week after competing in the online stage of the 2020 Games she was back at it on an in-person competition floor.

The 2020 CrossFit Games: O’Connell made her fifth-straight Games appearance this season, her fourth as an individual athlete, placing ninth in the 30-woman field. For O’Connell it was her third top-ten finish as an individual at the Games. She started this year’s competition off strong, recording a pair of top-ten finishes and standing in one of the coveted top-five spots after the first two events of the day. A sixth place in “Nasty Nancy” to start day two gave her some hope but would eventually fall short of her goal of competing at the Ranch in Aromas, CA.


CrossFit 313 Invests Tens of Thousands in Developing Coaches, Creating Family

  CrossFit 313 Invests Tens of Thousands in Developing Coaches, Creating Family  

Ashley and Clint Thompson opened their doors at CrossFit 313 in Burleson, Texas in January, 2017. Since then, they have made coach development a cornerstone of their community.

One big thing: Since opening their doors, the Thompsons have invested close to $30,000 in coaching education, not just for themselves, but also for their growing herd of coaches.

The details: Ashley and Clint were CrossFit Level 2 coaches when they became affiliate owners, and most recently they completed their CrossFit Level 3 education. They also have 10 coaches, who are a mix of Level 1 and Level 2 trainers, and have paid for eight of them to become certified.

  • “We hold our coaches to a high standard, because good coaches mean happy athletes, and education helps us all be on the same page,” said Ashley, who is also a Precision Nutrition Level 1 coach, while Clint has his bachelor’s degree in exercise science.”
  • She added: “It’s both mine and Clint’s full-time job. We’re all in, so we really see the value in (investing) in education…Never stop learning. We take that motto to heart.”



How Legion Coaches Program Workouts

As a response to Hilary Achauer’s Morning Chalk Up story on gyms programming their own workouts, Todd Nief and the Legion Strength and Conditioning team recorded an in-depth discussion on the pros and cons of programming your gym’s workouts or buying into an online programming system.

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Congratulations to Sergio H., who was the first to correctly answer which 2020 CrossFit Games Stage Two athletes qualified for the CFG20 via a Sanctional. The correct answer was Haley Adams and Justin Medeiros (Haley – Strength in Depth and Justin – Filthy 150).

  • Today’s question: Which 2020 CrossFit Games Stage Two athletes were Open National Champions this season?

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10/1 – 11/2: Fittest of the Coast – Coastal Qualifier (Mt Pleasant, SC)
10/3: Rumble in the Jungle (Sterling, VA)
10/3: RedZone Summer Classic (Newtown, CT)
10/3: Legends of the Falls (Gadsden, AL)
10/3: Capitol Throwdown (Washington, DC)
10/3: Iron October Outdoors (Sacramento, CA)
10/3: Iron Anchor Throwdown (Batavia, OH)
10/6 – 10/11: Virtual Shoofly Lift Off (Fuquay-Varina, NC)
10/9 – 10/10: Crash Crucible (Spartanburg, SC)
10/10: 5th Annual Babes W/ Barbells (Huntington, WV)
10/10 – 10/11: Team Pack Series 2020 : Back to School Edition (Vienne, France)
10/10: OUTAthletics presented by the OUT Foundation (Portland, ME)
10/12 – 10/18: The Padawan Games (Norman, OK)
10/17 – 10/18: First Timers XIX (Køge, Denmark)
10/17: The Sacred Pine Throwdown (Ladson, SC)
10/24: Fittest in the Fall (Indianapolis, IN)
10/28 – 11/10: The Fittest Experience Online Qualifier (Austin, TX)
10/31: Come as You Aren’t (Jacksonville, FL)
10/31: BOA – Season 5 – Challenge of The Decades (Bensenville, IL)
10/31: CrossFit Imagine’s Wodtober Fest (Smyrna, TN)
10/31: WOD-o-WEEN (Minnetonka, MN)
11/6 – 11/7: Strength Wars 2020 (Blacktown, Australia)
11/7 – 11/8: The Bay Games [Unstoppable (online) Edition] (Jervis Bay, Australia)
11/7: The Battle at Branded One 2020 (Las Vegas, NV)
11/7 – 11/8: Barbells & Bacon (Erlanger, KY)
11/7: Battle at the Bridge (Windsor, ON, Canada)
11/7: The FORGE Partner Challenge 2020 (Plantsville, CT)
11/7: Turkey Throwdown (6th Annual) (Limestone, TN)
11/7: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Conroe, TX)

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