It’s a wrap for the Semifinals in Europe and South America. One week to go; an in-person event at the West Coast Classic and two more virtual throwdowns for the Atlas Games and the CrossFit Asia Invitational.
A mix of veterans and rookies punched their tickets to the 2021 CrossFit Games this weekend at the Lowlands and German Throwdowns and in Brazil. Find who they are below.
Four weird questions with the Buttery Bros.
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Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, CrossFit has not yet finalized these leaderboards. Some shifting may still occur.
How Haley Adams is Preparing for the Games
Preparing to compete in Madison consists of two things:
Working out…a lot.
As much recovery as humanly possible.
That’s why Haley Adams uses beam’s The Fixer to enhance her recovery and get straight back to the box tomorrow.
Soothing, all-natural, and cbd-infused, just rub The Fixer directly into your muscles to relieve soreness and fatigue. And like all beam products, it uses only the highest quality nano-cbd, and is third-party tested.
So when you’re lying on the couch cursing your decision to Rx the WOD, Make sure The Fixer is within reach.
Lowlands Throwdown: Veterans Dominate on Day Three, Storm CrossFit Games Fields
Make room on the leaderboards at the CrossFit Games; because a slew of veterans were impressive as expected this weekend, many of whom should be poised for top ten runs at worst, and podium runs at best.
Women: All five qualifying women were in qualifying spots after day two. All five are Games veterans. And all five will likely be projected as being in the top half of the Games field once it’s fully established. And a few of them will be looking to make return trips to the podium.
Finishing first is Ireland’s Emma McQuaid. This will be her third consecutive trip to the Games. Her previous best finish was 19th last season. This is the best performance of her career so far. She finished in the top five in every event, and won workout three. Beating the four women that are about to be listed is no small feat either.
Just like she was at the Games in 2018, Laura Horvath is second here. She rode three event wins to a second overall finish. With only a costly ninth on workout three preventing her from beating McQuaid for the top spot.
Qualifying for the Games for the eleventh time in her career, only doing so as a mother this time, is the original sweetheart of CrossFit, Annie Thorisdottir. Whether she can podium again remains to be seen, but every fan of the sport will be happy to have both sides of Annie (the ferocious athlete and the smile at the finish line) there for the 2021 NoBull CrossFit Games.
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New Gym Opening Soon:CrossFit Covey in Wenatchee, WA will open its doors on June 19. CrossFit Covey is unique in its structure and namesake. It is a Co-Op Gym, making every member part-owner. The name “Covey” is in honor of Cathy Covey who was known for her huge smile, gigantic giving heart, encouraging words and bringing people together. The grand opening celebrations will take place celebration Saturday, June 19, from 9 AM-1 PM and Sunday, June 20 from 10 AM-2 PM.
New Podcast: Chris Peak just launched a new podcast called “Steal Your Weights.” The host, Peak, travels from gym to gym in Pittsburgh and western PA to drop in and interview gym owners.
Riley Howell Memorial WOD:CrossFit Asheville in Asheville, NC will be honoring Riley Howell a student at UNC Charlotte who gave his life to protect others during a mass shooting. The WOD and fundraiser benefits the Riley Howell Foundation, which supports organizations that help victims of gun violence.
Wayfarer CrossFit x March of Dimes:Wayfarer CrossFit in Irwin, PA recently connected the Burpee Hour with a benefit for the March of Dimes. They had auction baskets, a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle. The affiliate owner, Nate Kozma, and his wife, Lara, lost their first baby, Eli. The gym did over 22,000 burpees for Eli during the event. They raised over $4,000 to donate to the March of Dimes to support their mission.
Pulse Nightclub Tribute WOD: The five-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL passed on June 12. As a tribute, CrossFit Winter Park held a WOD to honor and remember the victims.
Kayla Wall Fundraiser: On June 5, CrossFitter Kayla Wall, who was preparing for a competition, experienced a stroke and is experiencing residual symptoms impairing her speech and motor skills. Her community held a fundraiser WOD this weekend and has created a GoFundMe to help cover medical bills.
WarriorWOD: Committed to reducing the impact of both mental and physical wounds of veterans through fitness programs in order to empower our veterans to realize their full potential, confidence, and self-worth, WarriorWOD is a new organization (nonprofit status pending). Learn more and support their mission.
The CrossFit German Throwdown: Day 3 Recap
The third week of the CrossFit Semifinals came to a close on Sunday, June 13, sending another group of athletes to the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games. The group included a former champion and perennial contenders. Although one athlete, Samantha Briggs, finished the weekend just below the cutoff line and will have to fight her way back up through the Last Chance Qualifier.
The women’s division:
Kristin Holte spent the weekend atop the leaderboard with a very strong performance and two event wins in the first two days. Holte capped off the CrossFit German Throwdown in dominant fashion, winning both events on Sunday. She is now heading back to the Games for the eighth straight year.
Norway’s Jacqueline Dahlstrom fought for the top spot on the leaderboard all weekend long, finishing Friday in a tie for first and taking sole possession on Saturday. Dahlstrom didn’t perform as well as Holte during the final day, but she still secured second place with back-to-back fourth-place finishes on Sunday.
Katrin Davidsdottir is heading back to the CrossFit Games after a strong performance in the CrossFit German Throwdown. The Sled Dog made the leap from fifth to third on Saturday, and she maintained her hold on the spot by finishing seventh and 10th in the final two events.
The Brazil CrossFit Championship Crowns Richelme, Cunha and Fourmixx Brazil as Champions
Six more athletes/teams punched tickets to Madison, WI for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games on Sunday afternoon as the Brazil CrossFit Championship crowned Agustin Richelme, Larissa Cunha and Fourmixx Brazil as their champions. Guilherme Malheiros, Sasha Nieves and CrossFit Villa Luro received additional Games invites as their respective division runner-ups.
The women’s division:
The 30-year old Cunha will make her first appearance at the Games after a dominating final day of competition. Sitting in a tie with the Argentinian Nieves after day two, Cunha recorded her third runner-up finish in the virtual competition, completing Workout 5 in 27:00. That finish clinched the Brazilian her Games berth but she would later make it official by winning Workout 6, “Grettel” with a time of 2:41.
Cunha’s time in “Grettel” is the fourth-fastest in the Semifinals behind Kristin Holte’s 2:34 at the German Throwdown and Gabriela Migala (2:37) and Annie Thorisdottir’s (2:38) times at the Lowlands Throwdown.
Cunha finished the Semifinal with two event wins and three second place finishes. Her worst finish was an eighth place in Workout 4.
Four Weird Questions with the Buttery Bros: Deserted Islands, Cheat Meals, Cutting Room Floors and Ren & Stimpy
They are CrossFit’s one and only filmmaking duo, the high energy, high octane, high, pretty much everything Heber Cannon and Marston Sawyers — more famously known as the Buttery Bros. — who have turned themselves into must watch YouTube when it comes to the sport.
The combo are also set to release their sixth documentary about the CrossFit Games, this year’s title, Resurgence, on July 20th. The movie dives into the absolutely crazy 2020 season which saw the global pandemic almost cancel the CrossFit Games, and the ouster of founder Greg Glassman, who was replaced by Eric Roza.
Fans can pre-order their copies right now, and ahead of that, Morning Chalk Up caught up with the two for a hot minute, to ask them four questions they’ve never been asked before.
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An Interview with a Three-Time CrossFit Games Champion
At 19 years old with three Teen Titles and a 300 pound snatch, Dallin Pepper is ready to take his place among the best in the world at the West Coast Classic this week. Hear how Dallin has found a balance between training and life and what it takes to become a Games Champion.
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