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The Curious Case Of Samuel Kwant

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. We were among the only analysts to suggest that Samuel Kwant was a podium threat this year, Tommy Marquez breaks down why. And, San Francisco CrossFit closes its doors after 15 years due to the pressures of COVID restrictions.

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“Honestly the whole time I expected I would get on the podium but I would say after day two of the games I knew I could get on the podium, I just had to hang in there.” - Samuel Kwant

  The Curious Case Of Samuel Kwant  

The Curious Case Of Samuel Kwant

Samuel Kwant is the 2nd fittest man on the planet.

Not Noah Ohlsen, not Patrick Vellner, nor any of the previous runner-ups to Mat Fraser during his now five year reign at the top. 

Let’s be very clear on this, that is not a dig at any of those athletes whatsoever, but given the choice prior to stage one of the CrossFit Games and money on the line, 99.9% of the community would have chosen one of those athletes over Kwant to take home the silver medal. 

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  San Francisco CrossFit, 15-Year-Old Legend Affiliate, Closes Up Shop  

San Francisco CrossFit, 15-Year-Old Legend Affiliate, Closes Up Shop

San Francisco CrossFit will officially close on November 15, 2020.

It’s the end of a legendary gym in the industry. The reasons behind its closing are many, but they all stem from the same thing: COVID-19. 

In an email sent to the membership announcing the closure, Kelly and Juliet Starrett, the owners of the gym, said they were optimistic during the first few weeks of sheltering in place:

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Community Round-Up

In today’s community round-up, we have some affiliate milestones to celebrate and registration opens for the 2021 Tough Mudder season:

  • Grand Re-Opening: CrossFit Brookhaven in Brookhaven, GA is hosting a Grand Re-Opening on November 7, 9 AM to 1 PM with free workouts starting every hour. Join them in their COVID-safe environment and get 50% off your first month. Learn more.
  • Nine-Year Anniversary: Naptown Fitness, the first CrossFit gym in downtown Indianapolis is celebrating its ninth anniversary this week. And event though COVID-19 shut them down, 90% of the members returned.
  • 2021 Tough Mudder Registration: The registration for the 2021 Tough Mudder season is now open. Now through November first time participants can use discount code “BRAND91B8649” to save 20% off registration of a 5K, Full or World’s Toughest. After December 1st, the code can be used for $10 off the 5K and Full.
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