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Weighing the Fallout from Spanish Throwdown

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“If you do what you always did, you will get what you have always gotten.” — Tony Robbins 

Weighing the Fallout from Spanish Throwdown


If we’ve learned one lesson from Monday’s story about the Spanish Throwdown denying the second place RX athlete her prize purse because she couldn’t make the ceremony it’s the risk of standing your ground amid a very unpopular decision. 

Be smart: The smart thing would have been to pay out the athlete after several olive branches were extended rather than cause this much of a stir over €300.

The fallout: In the wake of Spanish Throwdown’s decision to hold the line and refuse payment multiple companies and events have stepped in to right what the community sees as mistreatment of an athlete.

  • FITAID announced they would cover the prize purse in full. 
  • Morning Chalk Up partnered with Noah Ohlsen on a gofundme campaign to raise the money for the community. That fundraiser has now raised more than $1200 which will be donated to Down Syndrome Cork. 
  • The Spain-based PicSil Sport offered to pay the prize purse. 
  • Filthy 150 the Irish Sanctional attempted to operate as a mediator between events to collect the prize purse with no success.
  • The Norwegian CrossFit Championship sanctioned event offered her free entry to their online qualifier and free hotel if she qualifies for the event.
  • The incident sparked an opinion piece in the Spanish sports magazine Diario AS, the topic of the day on the WODDITY podcast and more than 1,000 comments on social media posts.

For what it’s worth: The rules technically state that she forfeited her prize purse by not attending the award ceremony, but the ceremony also started late. Attending would have caused Cliona to miss her flight. 

10-Year Affiliate Summit: What to Expect


On Friday, 200 affiliate owners will descend on Whistler for the 10-Year CrossFit Affiliate Gathering, a three-day lightly scheduled gathering of owners of affiliates open for 10 years or more. 

What’s on the agenda: This isn’t a corporate conference with 30-minute breakout sessions and big conference lectures. The specific itinerary is lightly scheduled with community activities, but there’s a good chunk of time dedicated to having Greg Glassman on the mic speaking directly to affiliates. 

  • Glassman told me last week that he wants this to be an opportunity to hear directly from the 10-year affiliate community. Glassman likes loosely planned gatherings that can develop naturally and allow for some improvisation. 
  • Glassman: “Let affiliates talk and me listen.”
  • CrossFit Health and CrossFit’s various health initiatives like MDL1 and getting more doctors in boxes will be a topic of discussion.

What’s unlikely to be on the agenda: Anyone looking for CrossFit HQ to announce they’re changing course to provide affiliates with more business resources, how to guides and hands on instructions won’t find much. Simply put, CrossFit wants to build better trainers not better business owners.

Stats de jure: There are 800 ten-year plus affiliates by our last counting in June, 175,000 active level 1 certifications and 30 flowmasters.

  • Glassman is very focused on continuing to educate these communities specifically. 

How to stay up to date: Morning Chalk Up will be reporting from the summit all weekend so follow along on Instagram and Twitter for updates.

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“No Podium, No Prize.” Second Place Athlete Denied Prize Purse for Catching Flight Home” by Justin LoFranco

Two weekends ago, at the three-day Spanish Throwdown in Madrid, Spain, Cliona NíCheallacháin NicChárthaigh finished second in the RX division, a placement which would have awarded her €300 in cash, the trophy/medal, plaque and some other small bits. Due to the event running nearly two hours late and a 5:15 PM plane to catch back to Dublin, Ireland, Cliona had to leave. Before departing, she spoke to the head judge, explained the situation and asked that her prize be sent to her. He took down her information and agreed, according to Cliona.

When Cliona reached out on Facebook Messenger regarding her prize, she received this response:

  • Spanish Throwdown: “No podium, no prize…you can read regulation, web Spth.”
  • According to section 7a of the rulebook, “In case of personal absence, from the finalists to the final ceremony and rise to the podium, said athlete will lose the right to the delivery of the prizes in cash and as to the pack of the established brands. Having only the right to the trophy.”
  • Even worse, Colina pleaded with the event to allow her friend still in Madrid to pick up her prizes. She received no response.

Adding fuel to the fire, Alberto Hornero, who is a volunteer with Spanish Throwdown, responded on her Instagram post: “The easiest thing in life is to complain. The hardest thing is to read. I invite you to read the rulebook on the website. Everything is clearly explained.”

Morning Chalk Up’s multiple attempts to reach Spanish Throwdown staff on email and Facebook have gone unanswered.

When Cliona pointed out the hour-long time delay which caused her to miss the ceremony, Spanish Throwdown sent back a photo of the scheduled, underlining “APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE” in red.


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