“You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.”- Herb Brooks
What You Need to Know Going Into Day Two
It’s a full packed day as we welcome the individual athletes to the competition stage in addition to the age group and adaptive athletes. More fans are starting to trickle into the Alliant Energy Center grounds to cheer on the men and women who made it to Madison after a year’s hiatus.
One big thing: For the first time, we’re seeing the kayak introduced at the Games. While we have the data to predict who might have done well in a paddle board event, the kayak is a completely different beast paired with the longest uninterrupted swim event ever programmed: 1 mile.
But in a fun twist, the swim is programmed with flippers, which may trip up athletes who aren’t used to swimming with those one.
The weather is forecasted to be a high of 91F (32C) and a low of 68F (20C) in Madison, WI.
Follow our live blog to stay up to date with what’s going on around the arena.
Former Regional CrossFit athlete,Maude Charron, took home a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in weightlifting. She joins the elite group of CrossFitters to also compete in the Olympics with Tia-Clair Toomey who placed 14th in weightlifting in Rio and Anna Tunnicliffe who took the gold medal in sailing in Beijing.
Three videos worth watching:
Adaptive athlete Casey Acree kicked off Event 1 with a first-place finish. He also took home $1,000 for sporting a pair of Reeboks through their Bonus Program. But for him, he says, “for a lot of us we’ve been waiting a lot of years for CrossFit to include the adaptive division,” and it’s not as much about the money but being included in the Games.
65-year-old Denise Ristow took third in the run event with a time of 28:06. When talking about how her fitness has improved with age, Ristow said, “I don’t know if I could have made it 30 years ago.”
15-year-old CrossFit Games rookie Olivia Kerstetter snatches 202 pounds/91kg to take the event win. Her snatch would have been good enough to also take first in the 16-17 division by five pounds.
Win a Limited Edition Beam Athlete Bundle
Want to recover like the fittest? Now you can with this limited edition bundle of beam products carefully selected by athletes like Tia-Clair Toomey, Haley Adams, Brooke Wells, and Mat Fraser.
The bundle contains all the beam you need to recover like the very best, and some exclusive swag so you can look as fresh as you feel.
Three Takeaways From Day 1 of the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games
After almost two years the CrossFit Games made its triumphant return to Madison, WI on Tuesday with the Adaptive, Teens and Masters Divisions kicking off the 15th year of the competition. Here are three takeaways from the opening day of the Games.
If you host it they will come: Though not packed to the brim, the stands that surrounded North Park were filled with a lively crowd of fans. This is a far contrast from the 2019 Games when the Masters and Teen divisions competed in front of empty stands with no media coverage. With CrossFit changing the dates of the divisions back to its original format prior to the 2017 Games and dedicating a live feed and broadcast, the divisions were able to showcase their skills and athleticism in front of not just friends and family but the community as well. This is what these amazing athletes in these divisions deserve and finally received after two years.
A young gun waiting: We’ve talked about how talented athlete Emma Lawson is and she proved that during each stage of the Games. Unfortunately, she came up short of joining fellow teens Emma Cary and Mallory O’Brien as individual competitors at the Games. But the 16-year-old Canadian showed that perhaps she could be ready to join her fellow teen alumni after her day one performance. She was five pounds short of sweeping all three events on Tuesday in the 16-17 teen girls division. She opened with wins in the 4.5 mile run in Event 1 and the bi-couplet of deadlifts and legless rope climbs in Event 2. She then ended the day with a second place finish in the one-rep max snatch with a lift of 192 pounds/87kgs.
The Adaptive Division makes its debut: Some of the biggest applause and cheers were left for the much anticipated debut of the Adaptive Division. All 29 athletes spread across the six divisions were finally given the stage to show off their fitness and they didn’t disappoint. Performances like Josue Maldonado’s 525 pound/238kg deadlifts in Event 3 for the men’s Upper Extremity Division was a perfect example. It had fans on their feet inside the electric Coliseum.
Kaiden Hogan Holds 6:04 Mile Pace to Win Event One in Dominating Fashion
As the Age Group and Adaptive divisions took center stage to kick-off the 2021 CrossFit Games, there was one teenage athlete that stood out from the crowd. 15-year-old Kaiden Hogan, who crossed the finish line without a soul in striking distance, winning the 3.75 mile run event for the 14-15 division.
One big thing: Right from the beginning, Hogan separated himself from the pack. You might expect him to have a background in running or maybe an endurance sport, but that’s not the case here. He jokingly said he’s just a good runner, but there’s no real reason for it.
“It was easy!” exclaimed Hogan when asked how the run felt shortly after cartwheeling across the finish line.
Hogan finished the 3.75 run in just 22:46.95, more than two and a half minutes faster than the second place finisher, Caden Poulin, who crossed the finish line in 25:15:74.
That’s an average paceof 6:04 per mile.
At 15-years-old, this is Hogan’s first CrossFit Games appearance.
When asked about the rest of the weekend, Hogan said, “I’m going to give each workout 100% and see what happens. My expectations are only to do the best I can do.”
Shoes sweeten the deal: The win for Hogan was made a little more exciting by the fact that he crossed the finish line with a pair of Reeboks on his feet.
Before the Games kicked off, Reebok announced a Bonus Program, offering $1,000 per event win to age group and adaptive athletes who wore their shoes during the event.
Since Hogan was in Reeboks, he pocketed $1,000.
“I love the Reebok deal,” said Hogan. “…especially now!” he added.
15-Year-Old Gustavo Pusch Demolishes Snatch Event With 237 Pound Lift
The teen divisions kicked off the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games with three events testing a variety of skills. 15-year-old Gustavo Pusch used the opportunity to turn heads during the final event by snatching 237 pounds/107kg.
Follow our live blog to stay up to date with what’s going on around the arena.
One big thing: Locking in 237 pounds/107kgs kept Pusch 17 pounds/7kgs ahead of runner-up Isaiah Weber. He was only one of four athletes to top the 200 pound/90kg mark, and he did so in a decisive fashion while adding even more points to his total.
Ty Jenkins turned in a solid performance during the one-rep max snatch event. The American lifted 215 pounds/97kgs and locked up a third place finish.
Caden Poulin rounded out the group of teen male athletes (14-15), hitting 200 pounds/90kg right on the mark to join his peers in an exclusive club.
Punching above his weight: Pusch’s lift was impressive in its own right, especially considering what some of the older athletes did. For comparison, only four of the athletes in the 16-17 division snatched more than him.
Austria’s Elias Simburger hit 255 pounds/115kgs, while American David Bradley took the event win with 262 pounds/118kgs.
Two more residents of the United States — Nate Ackermann and Jace Peck — both tied for third with 247 pound/112kg snatches. New Zealand’s Hiko o te rangi Curtis rounded out the top five with a 227 pound/102kg snatch.
The snatch event is not the only one that Pusch used to showcase his skills. The Brazilian also took home Event 2 with an impressive finish of 3:06 in the legless rope climb/deadlift event. Weber finished second with a time of 3:34.81. Bottom line: The first day and two event wins catapulted Pusch to the top of the leaderboard. If Pusch continues to fight for wins in the 14-15 age division at the same level that he displayed on Tuesday, he will set himself up for a potential spot on the podium. Achieving this goal will not be a simple task, but the Brazilian is off to a strong start in Madison, WI.
The Fight for Five: A Look Back at Toomey’s Record-Setting Career
The 2021 CrossFit Games starts today. We’ve covered age group divisions, adaptive divisions, teams, and several of the intriguing story lines in the elite individual field. But, there is one story that dominates them all this year: Tia-Clair Toomey’s quest for her fifth consecutive CrossFit Games title.
Toomey first showed up to the Games in 2015 as a wide-eyed rookie that basically no one knew. In fact, even by the end of the weekend when she wound up in second place (and was potentially one scoring decision away from winning), many people still weren’t sure who she was. She didn’t win or even take second in any events that year. She had a couple pretty underwhelming finishes such as 27th on Murph and 31st on Heavy DT (where she got time-capped), and yet, somehow she was there on the podium standing next to a couple of young Icelandic women, Katrin Davidsdottir and Sara Sigmundsdottir.
Single leg work is the best way to develop strength without developing bilateral weaknesses. But too many pistol squats can cause havoc with your knees and blow out your quads. Instead, check out these six progressions of the skater squat, so you can add single leg work no matter your fitness level.
Why have one amazing flavor when you can have 'em all? Get tangy Grapefruit Ginger and smooth Orange Mango with 100MG of natural caffeine, as well as delicious caffeine-free Blackberry Currant and Lemon Lime. The best of everything -- all in one box. 15 calories, 1G total sugar, and 50% more electrolytes than "the Gator."
The kettlebell swing is a fantastic hip hinge exercise that strengthens every muscle in your body...when done right. Check out these four common errors that hold back your progress and see how your form should look.
Start tracking your body's performance like the fittest. Get a free WHOOP strap today to start measuring your body's vital data over 100 times a second and get up-to-the-minute personalized feedback on your recovery, strain, and sleep.
This stuffed pepper recipe provides you all the satisfaction of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich without the added carbs. Use some pre-cooked steak and onions so you can throw this recipe together in just minutes for a quick, healthy, and comforting weeknight dinner.
This email may contain affiliate links. We make a small commision off of purchases made via our affiliate links to help support this newsletter. If you no longer wish to receive the Morning Chalk Up newsletter, unsubscribe here.