Happy Monday and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The 2020 CrossFit Games online stage one is only days away now and our analysts are profiling athletes, analyzing past performances and making predictions. Today’s newsletter focuses in on previous Games podium athletes Laura Horvath and Jamie Simmonds, and Canadian rookie, Pete Shaw.
Also, don’t miss Niki Brazier and Justin LoFranco’s recap of everything we know heading into stage one of the CrossFit Games on The Bottom Line.
“Nobody else can take you to the place you want to end up. You have to get there yourself.”– Tia-Clair Toomey
2020 CrossFit Games Updates
It’s only four days until stage one of the 2020 CrossFit Games begins. Sixty athletes around the globe will take to the virtual competition floor on Friday morning to fight for one of five spots in the finals at the CrossFit Ranch in October.
There will be live updates, leaderboard analysis and event results streamed on the CrossFit Games website at the following times:
Athletes will compete inside specified time slots throughout both days starting Friday morning in Sydney (Thursday afternoon Pacific Time). They will only be able to complete each workout once in their time slot.
Fun Fact: Among the men’s and women’s fields, eight athletes will be competing in their seventh or eighth CrossFit Games — Samantha Briggs, Kara Saunders and Katrin Davidsdottir will be making their eighth appearances, while Mathew Fraser, Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson, Noah Ohlsen, Cole Sager and Kristen Holte will make their seventh each.
Jacob Heppner plans his post-competition treat while dialing in his Games conditioning with assault bike and thruster intervals.
Brooke Wells trains, well, everything in this montage from the end of last week.
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Ask anyone two years ago which athlete in the already stacked women’s field was the “next big thing,” and their answer would almost certainly be Hungary’s Laura Horvath. Horvath, who at the time was just 21 years old, was coming off a stunning performance at the Games that saw her win three events as a rookie en route to a 2nd place finish behind champion Tia-Clair Toomey.
Fast forward two years, and the journey for Horvath since her podium finish at the Games has been a rollercoaster of peaks and valleys that have slowed the hype train a little bit, but more importantly have made her overall finish largely depending on the prevalence of one movement and its variations: parallette handstand pushups.
Last August, Pete Shaw was winding down from his high of being on the Coliseum floor of the Alliant Energy Center at the 2019 CrossFit Games. However Shaw wasn’t competing, he was instead judging the athletes as they battled it out to determine the “Fittest.” Some of those same athletes he judged, he now joins on September 18-19 in the online stage of the 2020 CrossFit Games.
Remind me: Shaw is one of ten athletes who will be making their very first Games appearance. At 30 years old he is also one of the elder statesmen in the men’s field but his story goes further than his Games journey.
He is a member of the CrossFit Level 1 seminar staff and that has allowed him to judge at the Games in Madison the last two years. He is the first CrossFit employee to compete at the Games as an individual since Margaux Alvarez did in 2018 and first male since Spencer Hendel at the 2016 Games. As far as athletes who have judged at the Games one year and competed the next, he and Cheri Chan (2010-2011) are the only ones to accomplish this feat.
There are plenty of athletes who can do a single bar muscle-up but struggle to string them together or complete them efficiently in workouts. In this video, Games veteran, Dan Bailey provides some helpful tips and techniques for improvement, focusing on the “big movers” — the hips and glutes — to shoot your bodyweight over the bar.
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In this brief video, CrossFit Director of Sport, Dave Castro explains why it was so important to him and the Games team to hold a competition this year despite all the difficulties. It’s a message of community, hope and getting stronger through adversity.
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In this training video, Dark Horse Rowing coach, Shane Farmer guides you through a ten-minute rowing workout that is perfect for athletes who are new to rowing. The workout is packed full of helpful tips that will allow you to learn the basics of the Concept2 rower.
Here’s a quick round-up of fundraisers, events, and other good works happening around the community right now:
Benefit for Officer Keith Inman: On Saturday, September 12, CrossFit North Augusta, in North Augusta, SC hosted a fundraiser for Richmond County Deputy, Keith Inman who was injured during a traffic stop on September 2. The fundraiser was set up to help the Inman family pay medical bills as the deputy recovers from his injuries. There is a GoFundMe page that was set up for donations and has raised close to $10,000 over the past week. Donate now.
Battle at the Ballpark: The 7th Annual Battle at the Ballpark took place at Dozer Park in Peoria, IL. The event featured 80 teams from around the Midwest who competed during the one-day, in-person competition, one of the biggest in the area. Despite
being postponed due to COVID-19 and ongoing restrictions, event organizer and owner of CrossFit 309, Holly Mosack put together the first in-person fitness competition in the region in months and already has plans in the works for the 8th Annual event in summer 2021.
The Savage League: Malta’s first-ever elite CrossFit league kicks off on September 27. The Savage League, organized by Tripod Fitness, features 12 teams and 72 top-tier athletes from different gyms across the Maltese Islands. The season will unfold
across seven weeks as the teams fight for a place in the finals every Sunday. After five weeks, the four top teams will continue on for a two-week, playoff knockout with the overall winner being crowned at the end.