The Open is Over, How’s the Verification Process Going to Work?
After five weeks and five events, the 2019 CrossFit Open has officially ended.
What’s happening: Now that the Open has concluded, CrossFit HQ is undergoing a thorough verification process to vet scores, crown national champions and certify the top 20 worldwide. Here’s what the process looks like:
Letting the leaderboard settle: Affiliate owners had until last night to validate scores. By now, the leaderboard should be pretty well firmed up.
Verifying citizenship: Each national champion will be required to submit proof of citizenship (See rulebook 1.32) through passport or other verification means.
Requesting videos: CrossFit HQ will begin requesting videos starting today at 5:00 PM PT and conducting a thorough review of submitted scores. According to the rulebook (1.30) “The top five men and women from each eligible country may be required to submit videos for review.” Also, “The top 40 men and women on the overall worldwide CrossFit Games Leaderboard.” HQ indicated at least the top 40 will be asked to submit 19.1 and 19.3 videos for review, perhaps more depending on what they see. Given that the qualification line is already at 28th for men and 31st for women this isn’t surprising.
Assessing penalties: If you haven’t already noticed, HQ has been assessing penalties at the top of the leaderboard. They’ve docked athletes during 19.1, 19.2 and 19.3 — the only week’s we have official scores for so far. We’d expect that pattern to continue.
The dates to pay attention to:
— Today: When HQ will begin requesting videos.
— April 1: The deadline for athletes to submit their videos.
— April 12 – 14: Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge
— April 26 – 28: CrossFit Italian Showdown
— April 27 – 29: Asia CrossFit Championship
— April 29: HQ’s deadline for completing the video review process for all athletes.
— May 1: When HQ will email all individual athletes notifying them that they’ve qualified for the 2019 CrossFit Games.
— May 3 – 5: Reykjavik CrossFit Championship
Yes, that means that athletes’ qualification status will be pending during three Sanctionals (MACC, CFIT, and ACC). In reality, as Reykjavik takes place only a couple days after the final notification date, athletes probably should keep their flight and hotel reservations for that Sanctional too.
Bottom line: It’s going to be about a month before we know who has officially qualified for the 2019 CrossFit Games.
But what about the five teams who have already qualified?
From section 4.05: “For the 2019 season, any teams that have been invited prior to the conclusion of the 2019 Open will be required to declare a roster after the completion of the Open competition.”
Check your inbox: Team invites are going out on Monday.
Clock is ticking: “Teams will have seven days after receiving an invitation to declare their roster. The team roster will be frozen after the seven days.”
Open Journal: Dani Speegle Analyzes Her Performance and Strategy Week-by-Week
Dani Speegle is currently in line to qualify as the United States National Champion, and now that the Open is in the rearview, she took the time to reflect on each workout and the major takeaways from each week.
Score: 344 Reps – 13th Worldwide, 13th place Overall after week 1
Dani’s Take: The first attempt of 19.1 was fantastic because it was during the SiD competition. Being out on the competition floor always inspires good scores so it was a great time; with a lot of amazing athletes.
For me the wall balls were the easy part so as I would start, I would relax 1-2-3-4 ok this isn’t so bad…breathe. 14-15-16 damn I have to get back on the rower really soon.
The redo on this one was rough. Going straight from the competition to a box to redo 19.1 was mentally, emotionally, and absolutely physically draining. I was burnt out from the competition, my body was tired, and my mind was not ready for 15 more minutes of pain.
I went into the Open saying I wanted to qualify for the Games through a top 20 spot. Of course, I would have ecstatically accepted a passed down sanctioned event invite; but I wanted to really “earn” it. In my head that validated that I deserved to be at the games. So I strapped in for 15 more minutes.
During that redo the whole time I just kept one thing on repeat, “Don’t do it for nothing.”
The next time your SO surprises you with a night out…
Just roll with it, after you tend to those lingering DOMS from 19.5 that is.
WATCH: 19.5 in Ireland
Armen Hammer and Justin LoFranco were in Dublin, Ireland for the 19.5 live announcement with CrossFit Filthy 150. Watch as day two unfolds, CrossFit Bua is transformed to hold 350 people, and Sean Sweeney sets off some fire alarms.
HEAR: Ryan Michler on How to Set Up a System of Success
Ryan Michler, founder of Order of Man, was on the Compete Every Day podcast to discuss how to seek out ways of being accountable, develop a system to work more efficiently and learn to share tasks with others who may be able to do them better than you.
So the 2019 CrossFit Open exposed a few holes in your fitness? Great, now you know just want to tackle while you train for the Sport of Fitness properly with one of the most consistently successful OG CrossFit coaches, C.J. Martin.
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PRO-TIP: WINDMILLS — Mia Akerlund demos how to use windmills to warm up your shoulders, but also to identify strength imbalances from your left to right side. Advanced athletes should try with a plate instead of a kettlebell.
CROSSFIT CLOSED DOWN — CrossFit 929 in Falls Church, VA announced they have closed their doors effective immediately, citing a lack of money.
GRAND OPENING — Infinitely Health Physical Therapy has just opened inside Bitterroot CrossFit in Hamilton, MT and are holding an open house Monday, April 1.
Becky Conzelman Underwent Brain Surgery, Induced in Coma — The co-founder of Faith Rx’d and Games individual, team and masters athlete was rushed to the hospital Monday night and is currently in a coma:
— “Late [Monday] night she had a bad headache, vomited, and immediately went to the hospital by ambulance in Naples, FL where she was on a girls trip with her daughter. Doctors found an aneurysm bled into her brain and had to conduct surgery for several hours. The surgery was successful in several ways so we are hoping for God’s best, and praying for full recovery.
— “As part of the recovery process from surgery, Becky will be sedated until Friday. We won’t know the full extent of her condition until the doctors bring her out.”
— According to her brother, “The doctor, who is top in his field, has not given the family much hope of a recovery or full recovery for that matter.
Rich Froning Says Going Team Made Him a Better Athlete — Fittest Man in History Rich Froning spoke with Men’s Health on why going team has made him a better athlete than he was as an individual.
— “Over the years of competing as an individual, I got a little bit burned out and tired of competing for myself,” he tells MensHealth.com. “Being on a team you push a lot harder for other people.”
— “We’ll kind of look at the white board, discuss what we’ve done or haven’t done, how everybody feels. It’s more valuable than people think, in that for the CrossFit Games we don’t really know what we’re training for or what’s going to show up. This way we’re ready for anything.”
— “You don’t want to be the weak link or the person who lets other people down. I actually think it’s a lot more motivating to do it on a team than individually.”
On March 8, all 28 players on the United States women’s soccer team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation, an escalation in their increasingly public battle for equality.
The players have said that they play more games than the men’s team, and win more of them, yet still receive less pay. They said “institutionalized gender discrimination” affected not only their paychecks, but also where they played and how often, how they trained, the medical care and coaching they received, and even how they traveled to matches.
They are not alone in their fight for fairer pay and better treatment. Here are eight times in recent memory when women fought for equality in sports.
Experts claimed for years that distance running was damaging to women’s health and femininity.
In 1967, women weren’t allowed to officially enter the Boston Marathon, so Kathrine Switzer entered that year as “K.V. Switzer” to hide her gender.
Two miles in, an official tried to eject her from the course, a moment captured in dramatic photographs. She finished anyway, becoming the first woman to complete the race as an official entrant.
“We learned that women are not deficient in endurance and stamina, and that running requires no fancy facilities or equipment,” Switzer wrote in The New York Times in 2007.
Women were officially allowed to enter the race in 1972. Women’s marathoning joined the Olympics in 1984.