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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games are here, and we will have you covered for everything and anything you need to know.

Note: The Morning Chalk Up will not be publishing the newsletter August 8-12, as we will be taking some much needed R&R, but we’ll be back in action the following week, so don’t go anywhere.


Day 1 Lay of the Land

The first day of the 16th annual NOBULL CrossFit Games in Madison, WI is over. Over the next four days, there will be 10 individual events, 9 team events, and eight age group and adaptive events to crown the fittest athletes on earth.

Today, the individuals tackled three events due to a weather delay and will lose their rest day tomorrow as Event 2a and 2b will take place on Thursday.  All known event details and a detailed schedule are below.

How Event 2 will be scored (on Thursday): Unlike a traditional CrossFit event that awards 100 points for the highest performance, event 2 is awarding 100 points for the fastest accumulated run time as well as for most jerks.

  • This isn’t the first time the CrossFit Games has scored different portions of an event. Two big examples are the 2013 half marathon row which scored the first 2K portion as well as the entire row, and Pendleton 1 in 2012 where the checkpoint 150m into the run was scored as well as the entire event.
  • Given how Event 2 is structured — three AMRAP intervals with running and max rep jerks — it’s a little unorthodox. Athletes won’t really know their cumulative run time compared to other athletes in their heat or across the field so it’s hard to know where to make-up time. Whereas, in a straight run, it’s pretty obvious, just beat the athlete out front and the 100 points is yours.

One big number: 8 – That’s the place on the leaderboard where Tia-Clair Toomey sits after day one. She hasn’t been in this position since 2016.

For the statisticians: 

How to stay in the know: 

  • Make sure to follow our live blog, which will be aggregating the top stories and news on the ground.
  • Set a reminder to watch our Day 2 recap with special guests James Hobart and Kari Pearce.
  • How to watch and schedule of events in your local time zone
  • Subscribe to our Instagram and YouTube.

Today’s top stories: A few stories to help kick off the games.

  • Ricky Garard is rolling at the CrossFit Games and the Australian leads the men’s division after the first day of competition.
  • Tia-Clair Toomey is in an odd spot, not wearing the leader’s jersey, as a crop of up and coming teens are bringing some serious heat.
  • Check out our full event recap story for all of the individual action.
  • Emily Rolfe, an outside podium threat, has withdrawn from the Games due to an injury
  • There was chaos yesterday morning as a number of athletes were penalized for missing laps in “Bike to Work”
  • Don’t forget to check out our YouTube page as Lauren Kalil has guests galore and has recapped day one in its entirety
  • Oh yeah, and here’s some podcasts to listen to during the Games to keep you up to date on everything that is going down

One last thing: There have been cuts at the CrossFit Games in ten of 16 Games or 62.5% of the time. Here’s a breakdown by year.

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Each day, we will have the top athlete scores across all divisions detailed below. Only individuals and teams are competing today. This leaderboard will update throughout the competition.

Individuals and Teams

  1. Ricky Garard – 270 | Mallory O’Brien – 270 | CrossFit Mayhem Freedom – 194
  2. Justin Medeiros – 258 | Emma Lawson – 246 | CrossFit Oslo Navy Blue – 179
  3. Jonne Koski – 243 | Arielle Loewen – 237 | CrossFit Mayhem Independence – 179
  4. Patrick Vellner – 237 | Kristi Eramo O’Connell – 228 | CrossFit Invictus – 170
  5. Roman Khrennikov – 231 | Haley Adams – 225 | CrossFit Omnia Black – 152
  6. Lazar Đukić – 231 | Alexis Raptis – 219 | 8th Day CrossFit Black – 146
  7. Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson – 211 | Danielle Brandon – 213 | CrossFit Pro1 Montreal – 146
  8. Nick Mathew – 200 | Tia-Clair Toomey – 209 | CrossFit Portti – 143
  9. Noah Ohlsen – 198 | Kara Saunders – 207 | CrossFit Selwyn – 137
  10. Uldis Upenieks – 192 | Rebecca Fuselier – 183 | CrossFit Taranis LifeTree – 131

Full leaderboard


Day 1 By the Numbers

Here are some key number heading into day 2 of the 2022 CrossFit Games:

2 – The 2-part event Shuttle-to-Overhead was moved to Day 2 taking away the rest day for the individual divisions.

2 – 2 events for the Teams moved from Day 1 to Day 2; ‘Strong’ & ‘Fast’.

2 – Athletes completed the Skill Speed Medley, Nick Mathews and Gui Malheiros.

2 – Teens in podium position after day 1, Mal O’Brien & Emma Lawson.

2 – Mayhem Teams finished in the top 3 in ‘Biker Bob,’ Mayhem Freedom and Mayhem Independence.

2 – The best placing by Tia-Clair Toomey on day one, she finished 2nd in ‘Bike to Work.’

2 – Two 2nd place finishes for CrossFit Mayhem Freedom put Rich and the team from Cookeville in 1st place to start day 2.

2 – Mayhem teams starting in podium position on day 2, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom and CrossFit Mayhem Independence.

2 – Women wore the leader jersey on day one, Haley Adams and Emma Lawson.

2 – Women got their first CrossFit Games event win on day 1, Haley Adams and Arielle Loewen.

2 – Rookie women will start day 2 in the top 10, Emma Lawson & Alexis Raptis.

2 – Teams are tied in points in 2nd place, both CrossFit Oslo Navy Blue and CrossFit Mayhem Independence earned 179 on day 1 (Oslo Navy Blue wins the tiebreaker for 2nd).

2 – Athletes had to withdraw after day 1, Emily Rolfe & Masters athlete Tom Muhlbeier

2 – Athletes that didn’t originally qualify from Semifinals win events on day 1; Arielle Loewen won Elizabeth Elevated and qualified through the Last Chance Qualifier and Nick Mathew won the Speed Skill Medley and qualified 6th from Granite Games and was added to the Games roster after Phil Toon was disqualified.


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Schedule, Workouts and How to Watch

Due to the weather, this is all that we knew as of press deadline Wednesday night for Thursday’s schedule. You can watch all events live on YouTube as well as embedded on

  • Age Group and Adaptives: 7:00 AM PT | 9:00 AM CT | 3:00 PM GMT+1
  • Opening Ceremony: 11:00 AM PT | 1:00 PM CT | 7:00 PM GMT+1
  • Age Group and Adaptives: 12:30 PM PT | 2:30 PM CT | 8:30 PM GMT+1
  • Individual Event 2: 12:45 PM PT | 2:45 PM CT | 8:45 PM GMT+1
  • Team Events 2 and 3: 2:15 PM PT | 4:15 PM CT | 10:45 PM GMT+1

Want to see the schedule in your local time zone? Our schedule will automatically update to where you are on

Thursday’s Workouts: Workout descriptions for individuals and teams only.

Individual Event 2 – Shuttle to Overhead (North Park)

  • From 0:00-2:00 (2 minutes)
    Run 400m
    Max jerks (300/200)
    Rest 1 minute
  • From 3:00-6:00 (3 minutes)
    Run 600m
    Max jerks (300/200)
    Rest 2 minutes
  • From 8:00-12:00 (4 minutes)
    Run 800m
    Max jerks (300/200)

Team Event 2 – Strong

  • For load:
    1-rep max jerk, F1
    1-rep max front squat, F2
    1-rep max jerk, M1
    1-rep max front squat, M2

Team Event 3 – Fast

  • 1,600-m run (as a team)
    1,600-m run (2 members)
    1,600-m run (2 members)
    Time cap: 23 minutes

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