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June 21   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • It’s a wrap for the 2021 CrossFit Games Semifinals. Up next is the Last Chance Qualifier which will take place June 28-July 4.
  • The stacked field at the West Coast Classic rounded out the weekend with two more revamped tests from past regionals and at the end of the day, 15 more Games invitations were handed out.
  • Moving day is usually Saturday, but Sunday at the Atlas Games witnessed some incredible shifts on the leaderboard.
  • The Asia Invitational finished with a strong showing by Russian Federation athletes.
  • Get to know Dan Williams, WIT Fitness Founder and CrossFit’s New Apparel Partner.
  • The winner of the Rogue Home Gym Giveaway is Lukas Bell from Chilton County, AL.

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  West Coast Classic Day Three Recap: History Relived as Games Vets Monopolize the Leaderboard 

West Coast Classic Day Three Recap: History Relived as Games Vets Monopolize the Leaderboard

It’s been fifteen months in the making, but the inaugural West Coast Classic has finally concluded. The vision for this event was always to pay tribute to legendary workouts from the past, and despite the change in season structure, that vision was upheld. In this new format, it also means qualifying five men, women and teams to the 2021 NoBull CrossFit Games. Each division had small margins between the fifth and sixth positions to begin the day, and two opportunities to either hold on to, or move into one of the top five positions.

Men: When it comes to the Games spots, the last day featured six men fighting for five spots.

  • Cole Sager was in a dominant position starting the day. He had all top five finishes heading into the last event, and just needed to finish to earn his first ever victory at a competition of this caliber (Regional, Sanctional, or Semifinal). With this performance he firmly puts himself in the conversation as a top five contender at the Games.
  • In part that’s because of who he beat. Noah Ohlsen has been sixth or better at the Games four years running. He had one hiccup on event five, but was otherwise extremely consistent with top tens across the board. His mindset this weekend was to get back into live competition mode and secure a trip to the Games. He accomplished both those things handily and, having now done so, will once again set his sights on the podium in Madison.
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  Atlas Games Crowns Patrick Vellner, Carolyne Prevost and PRO1 Montreal Champions 

Atlas Games Crowns Patrick Vellner, Carolyne Prevost and PRO1 Montreal Champions

Canadians swept the top podium spots in all three divisions at the Atlas Games this weekend. The two individual champions and one team will be joined by eight more athletes and four additional teams at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games in Madison, WI.

The women’s division: Carolyne Prevost bounced back from a disastrous Saturday to reclaim the top spot on the leaderboard and take the Atlas Games title. The Canadian won by just one point over Americans Mekenzie Riley and Baylee Rayl.

  • She picked up her third event win of the competition, recording a world-record time in “Grettel” at 2:32, beating Kristen Holte’s previous record by two seconds.
  • Riley fell from the top spot to finish tied for second, qualifying her for her fifth Games.
  • Riley never finished worse than 12th in any workout throughout the weekend with three of those finishes in the top-five.
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  The CrossFit Asia Invitational: Day Three Recap 

The CrossFit Asia Invitational: Day Three Recap

The CrossFit Asia Invitational came to an end on Sunday, June 20, with the final two events of the weekend. Two male and female athletes punched their tickets to the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games, as did two teams. Three others from each division secured spots in the Last Chance Qualifier. Interestingly enough, the list of men headed to the LCQ included a man who entered the weekend as a favorite to win.

The women’s division:

Russian Federation athlete Svetlana Kubyshkina started the weekend in the second position behind fellow athlete Svetlana Veselova, but she quickly took control of the CrossFit Asia Invitational. Kubyshkina took the top spot on the second day with an event win and then she turned in another strong performance on the final day. She finished second in Event 5 and fourth in Grettel, racking up 544 points across three days and punching a ticket to the CrossFit Games.

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  Who is Dan Williams, WIT Fitness Founder and CrossFit’s New Apparel Partner 

Who is Dan Williams, WIT Fitness Founder and CrossFit’s New Apparel Partner

On paper, Brit Dan Williams doesn’t sound at all like the type of guy who would launch a sportswear retail business.

The WIT Fitness founder, who just signed a large-scale deal with CrossFit, studied international politics at the University of Leeds, focusing on African nations and graduated in 2007. Then the year after he founded a cleaning company out of Leeds.

“We literally started cleaning student’s houses and kind of did this end of tenancy thing,” said the 38-year-old. “And we actually used to do the cleaning ourselves and that kind of snowballed.”

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