Should pregnant athletes be dropped from contracts?
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In Signing Thorisdottir, Nuun Brings Pregnancy Protections Debate to the CrossFit World
Last week, when Annie Thorisdottir announced her new partnership with Nuun, her contract came with something unique: a pregnancy clause ensuring that she would continue to receive financial support if she were to decide to take time off to start a family.
[I am] very honored to be aligned with a partner who shares my commitment to advocating for female representation in sport,” Thorisdottir, who is not pregnant, said in a statement.
Nuun, the makers of hydration products like electrolyte tablets and powders, recently overhauled their existing contracts for their twenty-plus female athlete roster to formalize pregnancy clauses and support athletes throughout the term of their contract, “including through pregnancy.”
“Nuun is on a mission to inspire more movement and a key value in bringing this to life is fostering a level playing field for all athletes,” said Kevin Rutherford, Nuun President and CEO. “We are honored to welcome Annie into the Nuun family and support an extraordinary athlete that demonstrates that success in sport is equally measured through both: results and the way in which you accomplish them.”
Essentially by doing this, Nuun is contractually recognizing that female athletes still have value when they’re pregnant, not just when they’re competing.
“We have always continued to support our athletes whether or not they podium, PR or become pregnant. We’ve never included termination clauses that would allow us to back out of our supported sponsorship of a partner in sport,” Rutherford wrote in a blog post announcing the change.
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— “Across the United States, CrossFit, Inc. is challenging such restrictions of free speech. It should not be a crime to support people in their fitness endeavors, nor to counsel them to stop eating foods and drinking beverages that are killing them. Yet CrossFit trainers and affiliates have been targeted by sting operations, fined, and threatened with jail time, simply for providing this lifesaving service.
— “An important milestone was reached in Maine this month in the fight against such restrictions: On June 11, LD 364 became law in Maine, affirming an individual’s right to access health care outside the medical establishment. The law protects the right of CrossFit affiliates to share the foundation of CrossFit — nutrition — with its clients.”
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Ben Garard and Manila Pennacchio both tested positive for banned substances and received a four-year ban from competition. Garard is the older brother of Ricky Garard, who also tested positive for a banned substance after placing third at the 2017 CrossFit Games.
Here’s the funny thing: Both the Garard brothers — as well as Pennacchio — tested positive for the same substances: endurobol.
Garard was drug tested on April 16, 2019 after withdrawing from the Down Under CrossFit Championship. Pennacchio was tested the same day at the CrossFit Italian Showdown.
Garad will be banned until May 17, 2023. With the new Sanctionals system, it would be possible for 30-year-old to qualify for the 2023 CrossFit Games. Ricky Garard will be able to compete in the 2021-2022 CrossFit Games season.
Also causing waves yesterday was the re-emergence of Bryan Miller, a 2013 individual Games athlete and member of the 2014 Invictus team that won the CrossFit Games. Miller admitted to completing a 12-week cycle of testosterone cypionate in 2016 when he was an individual Regionals athlete.
Miller: “#fbf to when I did a 12 week cycle of testosterone cypionate. Steroids work just in case you were wondering. The main reason I did it was to see the results firsthand, use the knowledge I gained for any future endeavors, but mostly to make this post, and to chase the Crossfit?.”