Reykjavik Preview: Games Tickets in Short Supply at 9th Sanctional
Now that the Open is concluded the pathway to the CrossFit Games is narrowing and the urgency for prospective qualifiers has ramped up. Only seven Sanctionals remain on the season calendar, but they take place on just four different weekends (there are two multiple competitions weekends in the next nine weeks). Realistically athletes have one or two opportunities left to grab a Games invite.
Six female and five male athletes have already qualified, making the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship a great opportunity for contenders to snag an invite.
Six women who have current Games tickets — Jacqueline Dahlstrom, Haley Adams, Emilia Leppanen, Carole Castellani, Anna Fragkou, and Thuri Helgadottir. Dahlstrom and Adams earned spots via the Open (22nd and 32nd respectively). Open national champions are Leppanen (Finland), Castellani (France), and Fragkou (Greece). Helgadottir is in the qualifying position from Strength in Depth.
Four men for sure have Games spots — Streat Hoerner, Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson, Lefteris Theofanidis, and Roman Khrennikov. Hoerner earned his spot via the Open in 14th. Gudmundsson is the Iceland Open national champion and Theofanidis is the Greece national champion. Khrennikov is in the qualifying position from the Dubai CrossFit Championship.
Potentially Lukas Esslinger and Tim Paulson may also have done enough to qualify. However, their games tickets are tied up in potential Open declines, video verifications, and backfill scenarios. Esslinger may potentially qualify through the Italian Showdown (here’s why) and Paulson through the Open in 31st.
Note: National Championships are pending video verification and will be confirmed today.
Individuals Roster Experience
The men’s field is quite experienced with eight former Games individuals and four former Games team members.
Conversely, the women’s field is fairly inexperienced at the Games: just one former Games individual (Helgadottir), two former Team members, and one Teenager (Adams).
This is also the second or third attempt to qualify for 11 athletes. Among athletes who don’t yet have a qualifying spot, 10 men and 1 woman have competed in a previous Sanctional already.
Fresh off her second CrossFit Open win, Sara Sigmundsdottir joins Morning Chalk Up’s Editor-in-Chief Justin LoFranco to discuss how she’s pivoting her training for the Games, how she won the 2019 Open, and finally getting to wear Nike’s on the competition floor.
HEAR: A New Model for Primary Care with Dr. Ken Rictor
Dr. Julie Foucher invited Dr. Ken Rictor on the Pursuing Health podcast to discuss how he made the choice to switch to direct primary care, the benefits he and his patients enjoy from this model of practice, and some of the commonalities he sees between CrossFit and direct primary care.
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GIVE ALOHA CAMPAIGN — The Keala Foundation has raised over $59,000 to help rebuildCrossFit Anahola to provide transportation, food and a CrossFit community for Anahola, HI. This is the last week to Give Aloha to help CrossFit Anahola.
PERFECT BAR — Perfect Bar just celebrated their 14th birthday and to celebrate they are giving away a year’s supply of their new flavor, birthday cake.
SUPPORT HIGH SCHOOL CROSSFIT — The PPS CrossFit Spring Showdown is an annual event hosted by Portland Public School teachers to raise funds for the weight training and CrossFit programs within PPS. The second annual PPS CrossFit Spring Showdown at the Cleveland High School Stadium is May 31. Teens compete for free.
OUTWOD SWEAT FOR A CAUSE — Roy CrossFit in Roy, UT is holding a Sweat for a Cause fundraiser WOD with the OUT Foundation. All funds raised go to he OUT Foundation OUTAthlete scholarship program.
MURPH FOR VALORFIT — Ten CrossFit affiliates in the Des Moines, IA area are coming together on May 27 to do ValorFit Community Murph. The mission of ValorFit is to help veterans and their families by pairing them with other veterans and mentors in local gyms and fitness facilities that ensures veterans are surrounded by positive influences.
CROSSFIT KIDS CLASSES ADDED — Rim Country CrossFit in Payson, AZ has added CrossFit kids and also youth sports and performance programs for children ages 7 to 17 to their schedule.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
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Volunteer Registration for the 2019 Games Opens Toay — Registration to be a volunteer at the 2019 CrossFit Games opens today.
2019 CrossFit Games First Responder Day — Thursday, August 1 is First Responder Day. All active, reserve and retired members of the military with a valid ID will be granted free festival access to the CrossFit Games. Fire, police, and EMT personnel with a valid ID also will be granted Festival access. Interested parties should present their ID at will call to receive free admission.
FLASHBACK TO 2008…Freddy Camacho shared a blog post from 2008, which highlighted some athlete PRs including one by Jolie Gentry who won the 2007 CrossFit Games.
— “Jolie did “Grace” rx’d (her and Stephanie were the only girls who completed it rx’d) in 6:22. Killer time…she won the CrossFit Games last year. Would we expect anything less?!?!”
— Just sit back and think how far this sport has come in 12 years.
Nine-Year-Old Dresses as Tia-Clair for Role Model Day — Jeanni Foss tweeted, “My 9-year-old Sydney on her own decided to dress up as Tia Toomey as her role model for the schools wax museum. She read about Tia in front of parents and other school children (more than 500) today! Thank you Tia for inspiring young ladies to be strong and kind!”
Ant Haynes on Keeping Up with Brent Fikowski — Ant Haynes, who took third at the Asia CrossFit Championship and looks like he will be the fittest man in China, on what it is was like competing against Brent Fikowski all weekend.
— “Haynes noted the last time he competed in a CrossFit sanctioned event was at the regionals last year (he competed in the Pacific division and came 18th), and… Haynes relished the opportunity in Shanghai, especially against Fikowski.
— “I know naturally he’s a really good pacer,” Haynes said. “So it was really good to have him next to me and see where I was at.”
— “One thing for me is I’ve always been a very internally motivated guy, I don’t need anything to help me along the way.”
The CrossFit Italian Showdown wrapped up last weekend in Milan, Italy. Roman Khrennikov and Erin Vandendriessche won the elite division. While Vandendriessche will receive the invite for the women’s competition, things are not so straightforward for the men.
The top 5 at CrossFit Italian Showdown: 1). Roman Khrennikov, 2). Scott Panchik, 3). Noah Ohlsen, 4). Lukas Esslinger and 5). Stefano Carosso.
Why this is so complicated: There are 15 Sanctionals and athletes are competing at multiple Sanctionals. Coupled with qualification scenarios from the Open and athletes declining invites to go team and we’ve got quite a few balls up in the air right now.
Roman Khrennikov is already getting an invite from his fifth place finish at the Dubai CrossFit Championship. While Khrennikov didn’t qualify through the Open, his finish in Dubai is good enough for an invite because the four athletes above him on the leaderboard (Fraser, Gudmundsson, Georges, and Mayer) all qualified through the Open.
Khrennikov’s fifth place at Dubai trumps winning in Italy. This is outlined specifically in section 4.04 of the rulebook: the backfill process “will follow the chronological sequence of the Sanctionals. For example, if an athlete wins multiple Sanctionals, CrossFit Inc. will backfill to the second-place athlete from the second Sanctionals win, not the first.”
Don’t think of it in terms of “winning” but rather, from which Sanctional did the athlete first receive the invite.
Scott Panchik qualified through the CrossFit Open so he’s all set.
Noah Ohlsen is (fingers crossed) now getting an invite for his third place finish at Wodapalooza. With Devin Ford declining his invite and assuming that Rich Froning also declines, which is a very good assumption, then Patrick Vellner will sneak in opening the Wodapalooza spot for Ohlsen.
That leaves Lukas Esslinger as the next athlete without an invite.