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Incorrect Shuttle Run Scores Throw Finalized Quarterfinals Leaderboard into Disarray
The CrossFit community and a number of athletes have raised concerns about the shuttle run scoring in workout 3 of the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games Quarterfinals. The subsequent impact on the leaderboard for Semifinals placements–which CrossFit confirmed is finalized–has also become a point of contention given the potentially high number of incorrect scores.
An athlete who completed workout 3, and spoke to the Morning Chalk Up on condition of anonymity said they completed the shuttle run portion of the workout incorrectly, however, their score remains valid and they sit in a top 20 spot on the first page of the leaderboard in North America for workout 3.
Remind me: Workout 3 was for time:
8-16-24-32-24-16-8 Wall Ball Shots
4-8-12-16-12-8-4 Shuttle Runs
1-2-3-4-3-2-1 Rope Climbs
The shuttle run is a 50 foot (15.24 meters) shuttle run and the official scorecard reads: “One repetition of the shuttle run = down the length of the competition floor and back.”
The athlete shared a text exchange between themselves and their accredited judge after completing the workout:
“I did that workout wrong, you need to invalidate my score,” they communicated to their judge after completing workout 3.
“Literally nowhere for me to invalidate it,” the judge replied, noting it was after the time of submission deadline, but before CrossFit finalized the leaderboard, and the judge was unable to invalidate the score via CrossFit.
“Well, they will watch it and be like [bleep] this dude. Obviously, I wouldn’t do this on purpose.”
On April 1 (the day the leaderboard was finalized) Morning Chalk Up reached out to long-time head judge and now CrossFit Games Competition director Adrian Bozman. Morning Chalk Up then presented a rundown of the approximate potential impact on the leaderboard (below) due to people incorrectly completing the shuttle run, which included:
Among the top 150 men in North America at least 25% of the scores appear inaccurate.
Among the top 150 women in North America at least 22% of the scores appear inaccurate.
Among the top 100 men in Europe at least 46% of the scores appear inaccurate.
Among the top 100 women in Europe at least 28% of the scores appear inaccurate.
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Oceania 1) Ricky Garard (31) | Tia-Clair Toomey (7) 2) Jay Crouch (32) | Kara Saunders (14) 3) Bayley Martin (46) | Ellie Turner (26) 4) Bayden Brown (51) | Bailey Rogers (51) 5) Ben Fowler (77) | Madeline Sturt (55)
South America 1) Guilherme Malheiros (15) | Luiza Marquez (27) 2) Agustin Richelme (33) | Julia Kato (31) 3) Nicolas Bidarte (37) | Melina Rodriguez (37) 4) Kaique Cerveny (67) | Valentina Rangel (39) 5) Anderon Primo (87) | Victoria Campos (47)
Europe 1) Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson (98) | Gabriela Migala (46) 2) Willy Georges (117) | Emma McQuaid (71) 3) Lazar Dukic (126) | Sara Sigmundsdottir (73) 4) Jonne Koski (152) | Jacqueline Dahlstrom (75) 5) Moritz Fiebig (217) | Lucy Campbell (79)
Asia 1) Roman Khrennikov (18) | Seungyeon Choy (16) 2) Aleksandar Ilin (29) | Shahad Budebs (26) 3) Hamzeh Tarefi (36) | Seher Kaya (27) 4) Denis Samsonov (42) | Svetlana Veselova (32) 5) Anthony Haynes (81) | Dawon Jung (34)
Africa 1) Jason Smith (30) | Michelle Merand (28) 2) Ruan Duvenage (36) | Michelle Basnett (42) 3) Kealan Henry (39) | Lee Keyrouz (45) 4) Richard Wollboldt (43) | Gemma Rader (51) 5) Darren Zurnamer (67) | Dina Swift (57)
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Anikha Greer spoke to Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, about the scoring issue that has cost her the 2022 CrossFit Games season.
“I was like, ‘Where is my score? What is going on?'”
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Miami Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli Gets Cooking with CrossFit
Last August, Miami chef Giorgio Rapicavoli knew he needed a change. He’d been keeping in relatively good shape, hitting the gym, playing roller hockey with his buddies and completing a few triathlons. But he was finding it hard to incorporate daily workouts into his schedule, which has his day start late and end late in the kitchen with access to all kinds of food.
He’d slowly packed on 40 pounds, and soon found that keeping in shape was getting away from him. Rapicavoli knew Daniel Lopez-Calleja, who runs CrossFit Soul in Miami, and was always egging him on to come in and try out a CrossFit class.
“He’d always tell me and I always made excuses,” said Rapicavoli, 36, who most famously won the television cooking show Chopped at 26 and made Forbes’ 30 Under 30. “And then finally I put my son Luca in school last August and went.”
Rapicavoli said his competitive personality was a perfect fit, hitting late morning classes before he headed off to the restaurant.
“I said I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna commit to this and I’m going to diet and lose weight, I just didn’t think I would love CrossFit the way I ended up. I had no idea, and I had the same mentality that so many people had that CrossFit is just what you see at the Games on TV, you know, ‘How am I ever going to do that?’ And I think that’s what happens when many people see CrossFit, they don’t see the scalability and how you can level up and grow.”
Rapicavoli recently opened Luca Osteria, an Italian restaurant named after his son, and is in the process of moving his first restaurant, Eating House, a Cuban-styled restaurant, into a new location close to Luca. He said CrossFit has slid perfectly into his busy life, and gives him a daily hit of exercise in a style suited for him.
“I am very competitive, and a lot of what has brought my career to me was winning Chopped on the Food Network, so I’ve always loved competition. And finding CrossFit, I mean there is camaraderie and a little competition amongst the group, but you are competing against yourself, with trackable data, which I love. I can see what I did, I can see my growth.”
One of Miami’s most beloved chefs was soon finding CrossFit presented small challenges he could attack every day before heading to the restaurant. He noted doing his first wall walk, his first rope climb and stringing together four double unders as wins he’s taken to the bank already.
“First the gym disrupts your life, then you are going to get to a point where no gym disrupts your life. And it has become such a cool mentality to think like that and I think also the box setting is so different than the traditional gym where there is no intimidation. How do you not want to start your day with not only a challenge, but motivation and everybody there has the same goal, to be better, to do better and take care of themselves.”
He’s also eating keto, which he said is odd given he runs an Italian restaurant, but his mood and energy levels rising as a result have kept him on the straight and narrow even with plates of pasta flying through his face on a daily basis.
Of course, after Noah Ohlsen–a regular at Eating House and Luca–won the Wodapalooza team competition, Rapicavoli invited him in for a celebratory dinner. He said Ohlsen is one of the nicest guys he’s ever met, and gave him some sage advice moving forward in the sport.
“Right now it’s such a fun stage in CrossFit,” Rapicavoli said Ohlsen said to him. “Everything is a new PR, but the goal is to still have that fun and excitement when you plateau.”
Ohlsen’s partner Joann Leigh also had some great advice for him, a saying Rapicavoli said he has been unable to shake.
“Joann said CrossFit is P.E. for adults, it’s the same kind of thrills. When do you have a chance to do so many random things a day and have fun with it?”
Opinion: Score Submission Word To The Wise, Cross Your T's and Dot Your I's
There has been significant chatter online regarding issues on the athlete’s end with score submissions and getting their performances turned in before the deadline. There is a simple solution to all of this, and it starts and stops with personal accountability. I’ll expand on this momentarily but first a word to the wise.
Athletes, turn your scores in on time. Triple check, screenshot, and do not consider the job finished until you do. If there is an issue with submitting it, and you do your due diligence to not wait until the 11th hour, then believe it or not the Games support staff is there to help you.
At the risk of sounding callous, if you do not meet the agreed upon standard for score submission, something that no one seemed to have an issue with beforehand, then you must take accountability for your actions in what you had control over as an athlete, and accept the consequence thereafter.
Responsibility in the sport has always been three-fold for me. First it is the organization’s role to provide the rules and regulations clearly. Second, it is the participating parties (athletes) responsibility to adhere to those rules. Lastly, it is the organization’s responsibility to regulate accordingly when those rules are not met. In the instance of score submission deadlines only one piece of this equationdid not hold up their end of the bargain.
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