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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Rest easy, no major changes expected for 2022 season.
  • Suns out, guns out. Wodapalooza starts today.
  • Rookie Ellie Turner moves from Australia to Canada to train.
  • Tommy and Brian analyze Dave Castro’s Regionals programming.
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  No Major Changes for 2022 Games Season Despite Dave Castro Firing  

No Major Changes for 2022 Games Season Despite Dave Castro Firing

News of Dave Castro’s firing last week brought forth questions about the 2022 CrossFit Games season regarding formatting, which kicks off February 24 with the Open.

One big thing: CrossFit’s head of communications made it clear no significant changes to the 2022 season structure will be made at this point.

  • Andrew Weinstein: “We know how important predictability is for our athletes’ training, and we want to ensure this season provides that consistency for affiliates and participants, so the 2022 season will run as announced.”

Why it matters: The CrossFit Games season has undergone significant changes over the past several years, with almost no continuity since a complete reformatting after the 2018 CrossFit Games.

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Wodapalooza officially kicks off today…thank heavens.

  • Meg O’Donnell has been added to the elite individual roster.




The Community Gyms Coalition, of which CrossFit makes up a large part, is urging the House Majority Leader to include financial relief for gyms in new COVID relief bill:

  • “…we are strongly urging the Majority Leader to include direct aid for small gyms and fitness facilities (who have yet to receive federal aid) in any legislation that is considered. Small gyms are continuing to suffer disproportionately from the pandemic.”
  • Not sure what we’re talking about. Read this. 

Emily Rolfe joins the HSTL Made team alongside Jacqueline Dahlstrom.

🤢 Registration is now open for the Rogue 50 Cal challenge. Good luck.

  “As long as I’ve got my layers on, I think I’ll be fine.” Ellie Turner Moves From Australia to Canada to Train in Person with Coach, Michele Letendre  

“As long as I’ve got my layers on, I think I’ll be fine.” Ellie Turner Moves From Australia to Canada to Train in Person with Coach, Michele Letendre

Rookie Aussie Games athlete, Ellie Turner, is trading in the tank top for a winter coat. After making her first CrossFit Games appearance in Madison this past summer, she’s looking to take the next step forward in her athletic career by moving from Australia to Montreal.

“Moving across the country is pretty scary and uncomfortable, so it’s something I had to really think about. But after the Games, I just realized that I’m willing to do anything to make my career even better and this just seemed like the right thing to do.”

The 23-year-old is making the move to Montreal ahead of the new year to train in person for the first time with her coach, Michele Letendre. Letendre, a multi-year Games veteran herself is the founder of Deka Comp and trains Games athlete Pat Vellner – potentially giving Turner a training partner.

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  Dave Castro's Programming Legacy: Regionals  


Dave Castro's Programming Legacy: Regionals

Continuing our tribute to Dave Castro’s lasting programming influences of the sport, we shift focus from the global net cast by the CrossFit Games Open, and narrow in on Regionals – the arena where CrossFit Games dreams came true from 2011-2018.

Within that eight year timespan, the Regional format changed three times to better accommodate the burgeoning regions outside of the United States, and each time the test that decided who would earn the title of “games athlete,” evolved to filter accordingly.

The importance of Regionals programming and the evolution of its presentation cannot be overstated. It is the forerunner for almost everything off season competitions, Sanctionals, and semifinals have become.

  • Beyond the immediate impact, Regionals also served as an intermediary step for programming elements to make their way to the Open and the community at-large. In many cases, once something made its presence felt at Regionals, the clock was running for everyone to prepare accordingly, because it was only a matter of time before it showed up in the Open, and in affiliates everywhere.
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  • 🎂 Happy Birthday Mackenzie Bloom, marketing manager and brand strategist for WIT.
  • Congratulations Jason Davis from Dignified CrossFit in Clarkston, MI on the 285 pound/129kg clean and jerk PR.
  • Congratulations Kara Halewood from CrossFit ABF in Clearwater, FL on your first bar muscle-up.
  • Rich Froning hits a set of 3 beltless push jerks at 315 pounds/143kg in preparation for Wodapalooza.
  • Congratulations Rodrigo Garcia from Los Angeles, CA on the 315 pound/143kg front squat.
  • Congratulations Alana Middleton from Clermont CrossFit in Minneola, FL on the split jerk PR of 145 pounds/66kg.

CrossFit Morgantown in Morgantown, WV is hosting a memorial WOD next Saturday, January 22 in honor of previous owner Jeff Giosi who passed away one year ago from a genetic aortic aneurysm. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Forgiven Warrior Startup Fund.

  • Anyone interested in helping via sponsorships, donations, or volunteering can contact Lauran DeWitt at [email protected].
3/1 - 3/31: Sit Ups For Pups (Everywhere, Anywhere Online)
3/2: The LKW Games (Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina)
3/9: The Valkyrie Fitness Competition (Tampa, FL)
3/16: Upper Hunter Strongest Novice (Muswellbrook, Australia)
3/16: Oceanside CrossFit 1st Annual Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (oceanside, ca)
3/23 - 3/24: Beach Brawl (Spring) (Pensacola Beach, FL)
3/23: Masters Distinguished Games (Fort Wright, KY)
3/23: CFL Teen Take Over (Lorton, VA)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
4/6 - 4/7: SeaDog Summer Showdown (Jupiter, Florida)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Minnesota (Austin, Minnesota)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Richmond, Kentucky)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, Alabama)
4/6: Best Babes 608 (Janesville, Wisconsin)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beufort, South Carolina)
4/6: Best Babes Houston (Houston, Texas)
4/6: Best Babes Wyoming (Cheyene, Wyoming)
4/6: War Off I-4 (Deland, FL)
4/6 - 4/7: No Pain No Game (Legnano, Italy)
4/6 - 4/7: Shack Team Edition (Rome, Italy)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beaufort, SC)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, AL)
4/6 - 4/7: Landifornian Battle (Seignosse, France)
4/6: Two Peas in a Pod: Mixed Gender Partner Comp (Burlington, MA)
4/6: Best Babes Tampa (Tampa, Florida)
4/13: Queens of Oly Rockledge (Rockledge, FL)
4/13: Queens of Oly East Tennessee (Bulls Gap, TN)
4/13: Fittest on Main (Boaz, AL)
4/19 - 4/21: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)
4/20: Barbells For Bullies: Community Workout Savannah (Savnnah, Georgia, US)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Masiphumelele (Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa)
4/20: Festivus Games (Goderich, Canada)
4/20: Festivus Games (Clermont, FL)
4/20: Festivus Games @ The Gym – CrossFit Kilo (Cedar Falls, IA)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CBM Sirens (Caledonia, MS)
4/20: Festivus Games @ Coyote Valley (San Jose, CA)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia)
4/20: The Fittest 4 (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
4/20: Embrace the Challenge (Mentor, Ohio)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Pagosa (Pagosa Springs, CO)
4/20: First EVER Adaptive Festivus Games Competition (Waterford, United States)
4/20: Festivus Games (WAUKESHA, WI)
4/20 - 4/21: BGR Contest Spring Edition (Bergerac, France)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada)

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