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August 19   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  1. Ellie Turner has to spend a month in quarantine
  2. The biggest comeback at the CrossFit Games.
  3. Wodapalooza 2022 dates.
  4. We confirmed that backfilled teams were drug tested.
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“Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.” - Kobe Bryant

  10 Quarantine Questions with Ellie Turner  

10 Quarantine Questions with Ellie Turner

Fresh off her first CrossFit Games, Ellie Turner is currently under a mandatory two-week quarantine at a hotel in Australia. Citizens are required to stay in a hotel for a full two weeks upon re-entry, one of the contributing factors to why it cost her around $20,000 to compete at the CrossFit Games.

We caught up with Ellie Turner while she’s quarantined to ask a few questions.

MCU: How long have you been quarantined so far? And when are you able to return home?

ET: I am currently on day 9 of hotel quarantine in Sydney and am due to get released – yes released because it feels like a prison, on the 23rd. I am from South Australia, so I will fly back there but unfortunately, the border between SA and NSW (which is where I am) is shut because of a COVID outbreak so I will have to do an additional 14 days in a hotel when I land in Adelaide.

MCU: Describe the experience overall?

ET: At the start it was nice to get some downtime and I was just grateful to be back in Australia after having my flights rescheduled numerous times. However, I then found out that I was going to have to quarantine again when returning to Adelaide and it was hard to remain positive and hopeful when I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. This time has definitely taught me how to sit and deal with uncomfortable emotions especially when you have absolutely no control over the situation.

MCU: What does a typical day look like?

ET: I wake up, plan my day and make lists, breakfast, stretch, workout, lunch, puzzles, read, meditate, watch TV in the arvo, dinner, shower, bed.

It may change slightly but I have tried to keep a bit of a routine so I don’t go too stir crazy.

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Launching today at 11:00 AM PT, a limited 17 piece set from the Sara Sigmundsdottir collection. The fashion show will be livestreamed on WIT Fitness and the items will be available for purchase online.

  • Sneak peak of the line.
  • Sigmundsdottir: “I’m very involved. People are like ‘oh so you’re getting your collection, are you choosing the colors?’ I’m like no, I’m designing the thing.”

😭😭😭 Damn those onions. Watch Kara Saunders reunite with her daughter Scotti after nearly a month of being apart.

The 2021 Wodapalooza dates are finally here. Set your calendars for January 13-16, 2022.

  • Individual Online Qualifier: October 4 – 13, 2021
  • Teams of 3 Online Qualifier: November 1 – 10, 2021

🧀🧀🧀 In other non-paleo news, Kellogg’s launched a website dedicated to buying Cheez-It branded products like koozies, very orange hoodies a Cheez-It onesie, and, of course, limited edition Cheez-Its.

Alison Scudds, who just wrapped up a stint as 2021 CrossFit Games demo team captain, has moved to Las Vegas to begin training under Justin Cotler alongside Bethany Shadburne, Kari Pearce and Danielle Brandon.

Trifecta, an official sponsor of the CrossFit Games and one of the largest meal delivery services in the U.S., announced they have closed a $20 million series-B funding round.

  • Trifecta’s athlete roster includes Sara Sigmundsdottir, Alison Scudds, Cole Sager, Rich Froning, Samantha Briggs, Kelsey Kiel and Haley Adams.
  Cancer, Shoulder Surgery, Global Pandemic: Ken Ogden’s Road to Becoming the Fittest 66 Year-Old in the World  

Cancer, Shoulder Surgery, Global Pandemic: Ken Ogden’s Road to Becoming the Fittest 66 Year-Old in the World

“Don’t worry about George. He’s too far ahead of you.”

That’s what Ken Ogden’s long-time coach Matias Rodriguez told him before the final event of the Men’s 65-plus division at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

After eight events, George Koch was sitting 50 points ahead of Ogden, while three-time Games champion David Hippensteel and Thomas Ackerman were close on Ogden’s heels.

The truth is, Ogden was used to Koch beating him. Koch had edged him out at both the Masters Fitness Collective in the summer of 2020 and the Legends Masters Comp in early 2021.

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  Confirmed: Backfilled Teams Were Tested at the Games  

Confirmed: Backfilled Teams Were Tested at the Games

Four Semifinal teams that were extended invites to the CrossFit Games after four other teams tested positive for a banned substance were all tested at the CrossFit Games, the Morning Chalk Up confirmed.

One big thing: The four teams — Timberwolf CrossFit, 12 Labours, CrossFit Reignited Wilmington and Team Man-Made — were not tested before arriving at the CrossFit Games because they originally did not qualify as one of the top five teams and CrossFit typically only tests the qualifying athletes, though there have been exceptions to this.

  • According to the CrossFit Games rulebook, section 4.15 states: “Drug testing is required for any individual athlete or team to advance to the Games or to collect prizes.”
  • An athlete or representative for all four teams confirmed to Morning Chalk Up they were tested on either day 1 or day 2 of competition.

In addition to the four-team disqualifications this season, one individual athlete also tested positive, bringing the total to five sanctions issued this season.

  Confirmed: Backfilled Teams Were Tested at the Games  

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  • 🎂🎂🎂 Happy 138th birthday to Coco Chanel.
  • 12-year-old Evelyn Brady from Jamerson CrossFit in Lynchburg, VA hits a 130 pound clean and jerk.
  • 15-year-old Brody Head of Karhu Training in Austin, TX hits a 185 pound snatch PR.
  • Mikey Zadroga from CrossFit King of Prussia in Bridgeport, PA deadlifts 500 pounds for five.
  • 🏋️‍♀️🏋️‍♀️🏋️‍♀️ FUN FACT: The heaviest female snatch at the 2021 CrossFit Games belongs to 15-year-old Olivia Kerstetter, who snatched 202 pounds to beat Tia-Clair Toomey and Annie Thorisdottir who both snatched 200.
  • 🤯🤯🤯 Andrea Nisler returns to training after winning the CrossFit Games affiliate cup with a 350 pound back squat.

And last but certainly most lucrative, a group from Milton’s FirePower CrossFit won the weekly Milton, Ontario raffle, collectively paying out $27,941. Try not to spend it all on Nanos.

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