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The 2020 CrossFit Games Day 1

Morning Chalk Up

September 18


Happy Friday and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. After what felt like an almost interminable wait, the 2020 CrossFit Games are finally upon us! Now that all of the programming has been released, Tommy Marquez offers up his predictions. Emily Beers digs into the frequently asked question: “can Sara beat Tia?” And, Patrick Clark profiles one of America’s best podium hopes on the women’s side, Kari Pearce.

  • Also, in case you missed it yesterday, Justin LoFranco took on Armen Hammer in a variation of “Nasty Nancy.”

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2020 CrossFit Games Updates


The CrossFit Games have officially begun. Follow all the action with us.

The Morning Chalk Up team will continue providing in-depth coverage, access to scores, interviews and content throughout the competition.

Set a Reminder for Leaderboard Updates:

  • Live shows and leaderboard updates will be available at the CrossFit Games site and on YouTube:
  • Friday, Sept. 18 — 12:00 PM PT (Events 1 and 2).
  • Friday, Sept. 18 — 6:00 PM PT (Events 3 and 4).
  • Saturday, Sept. 19 — 12:00 PM PT (Events 5 and 6).
  • Saturday, Sept. 19 — 3:00 PM PT (Event 7 and winners).

Programming Updates: 

Want to put a few bucks down on your favorite male athletes this weekend? Now you can.

Fun fact: It’s been 194 days since the last in-person Sanctional ended. (Both the Australian and Brazilian CrossFit Championships ended on March 8.)

Want to follow your favorite Games athletes? Here’s a complete list of links to all of their Instagram profiles. 


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Post-Progamming Picks: Tommy’s Top 5

 Post-Progamming Picks: Tommy's Top 5 

The full slate of tests is now known for the online portion of the 2020 CrossFit Games that will be used to officially determine placing and prize money for spots six through thirty and narrow down the field to the top five who’ll travel to Aromas (hopefully) to compete for the CrossFit Games title.

After further examination, below are my top five picks for both the men’s and women’s divisions as well as a selection of bubble athletes that could potentially play spoiler for my top five athletes.


Can Sigmundsdottir Take Toomey this Weekend

 Can Sigmundsdottir Take Toomey this Weekend 

If history predicts the future, then five-time CrossFit Games athlete Sara Sigmundsdottir has a great chance of dethroning the most dominant woman in CrossFit Games history, Tia Clair-Toomey, in stage one of the CrossFit Games.

The rationale: Toomey’s (arguably) biggest weakness might just be Sigmundsdottir’s biggest strength: online competitions.

The evidence: Sigmundsdottir has topped the worldwide leaderboard in the online CrossFit Games Open three of the last four years, while Toomey’s Open finishes tend to be uncharacteristically low for the three-time Crossfit Games champion. Toomey finished fourth in the Open this season, sixth in 2019, 12th in 2018 and 18th in 2017.


Pearce Hoping to Turn Consistency into a Championship

 Pearce Hoping to Turn Consistency into a Championship 

Last year at the 2019 CrossFit Games, Kari Pearce was finally in the position that she had worked so hard for throughout her CrossFit career — she was wearing the coveted white shirt and red shorts that the athlete atop the leaderboard wears. Unfortunately for her, that moment was short-lived as she would only wear that distinction for one event, the last athlete not named Tia-Clair Toomey to wear the “Leader” jersey. She hopes to change that starting today with the start of the online stage of the 2020 Games.

Ms. Consistency: This has been a common theme in Pearce’s career over the last five seasons, as an athlete who captures glimpses of greatness but cannot hold on to it. Over that span only Toomey and Katrin Davidsdottir have been able to hold that claim. However only Toomey has been more consistent when it comes to success.

  • Since placing 21st in her debut at the 2015 Games, Pearce has an average placing of 6.5 at the Games over the last four seasons.
  • She has finished in the top-ten consistently since the 2016 Games including finishing fifth twice, her first time in 2016 and again last year.
  • Pearce has finished in the top-20 in the worldwide Open every year since 2016.
  • She has also been the United States top finisher at the Games the last two years.

Justin v. Armen: 2020 CrossFIt Games

 Justin v. Armen: 2020 CrossFIt Games 

Survey: Fraser, Toomey Overwhelming Fan Favorites to Win Stage One

 Survey: Fraser, Toomey Overwhelming Fan Favorites to Win Stage One 

The Morning Chalk Up took an informal survey of CrossFit Games fans over the past week, asking them which athletes they believe will finish in the top 5 and in what order. No surprise, but fans overwhelming selected reigning champions Mathew Fraser (82.9%) and Tia-Clair Toomey (88.5%) to emerge as overall winners.

The results:

First Place Men — Mathew Fraser – 83% | First Place Women — Tia-Clair Toomey – 89%

  • Patrick Vellner – 9% | Sara Sigmundsdottir – 4%
  • Noah Ohlsen – 4% | Kara Saunders – 2%
  • Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson – 1% | Katrin Davidsdottir – 1%



Haley Adams Unbox Her Reebok Athlete Games Kit

Earlier this week Reebok CrossFit athlete Haley Adams joined Niki Brazier for a live unboxing and exclusive look into how Reebok is outfitting CrossFit Games athletes all across the globe. If you missed it then, get caught up now.

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Chicken Meatballs and Green Beans in a Tomato Broth

This is a perfect late-summer dish that incorporates ground chicken for a protein punch and miso for deep, rich flavor. Here’s a tip: gently poach the meatballs, it’s faster than roasting and none of their flavor is lost on the baking sheet.

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Which CrossFit Games Events Could Be Difference Makers

On this Games week episode of Talking Elite Fitness, Tommy Marquez, Sean Woodland and Brian Friend break down the events that were announced on Wednesday and discuss which ones could be the difference makers. And, they predict which athletes may surprise and which ones could disappoint.



Congratulations to SP J., who was the first to correctly answer which athletes on the 2020 CrossFit Games roster have three or more worldwide Open finishes in the Top 5. The correct answer was Mathew Fraser, Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson, Sara Sigmundsdottir, Samantha Briggs, Jamie Simmonds, and Kara Saunders [Fraser (5), Guðmundsson (3), Sigmundsdottir (5), Briggs (4), Simmonds (4), Saunders (3)].

  • Today’s question: How many athletes on the 2020 CrossFit Games roster have been on a Games podium (any division)?

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Good Read: Will Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey Win Again?

The South China Morning Post on Wednesday posted a story by Patrick Blennerhassett under the headline: “CrossFit Games: Will Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey Win Again, or Are We In for Upsets in 2020?” In the piece, Blennerhassett speculates what might happen if Fraser and Toomey uncharacteristically dropped the ball in the online or in-person stage of the Games, and which athletes might step and take the crown. Here are a few excerpts:

  • “Without a team competition this year,we are left with only the men and women, and for argument’s sake, let us assume Fraser and Toomey somehow do not do what everyone is expecting them to do…Who does that leave as potential winners?”
    • On the men’s side, Blennerhassett profiles Ohlsen, Smith, Vellner, Fikowski, and Gudmundsson as possible contenders. 
    • On the women’s side, he focused only on Sara Sigmundsdottir
  • “When it comes to both the men and women, this year has to favor the Americans and US-based competitors. Not only do they have generally favorable time zones when it comes to the online competition, getting to California in October will be easy and relatively pain-free.”
  • “Fraser and Toomey are probably putting some finishing touches on their preparations together, as they train side by side in the US, so betting against them is not recommended. But if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. Just do not expect perennial champions like Fraser and Toomey to let a wild ride of a year throw them off course without a fight.”

Be sure to check out the full story for more details.

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