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Roldan Goldbaum? Meet The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Open Top Finisher You’ve Never Heard Of
Every year new names emerge during the CrossFit Games Open, some of which stick and become household names in the sport.
Admittedly, it’s sometimes difficult to predict who will breakthrough as a new star after the Open, but after this year, one of these no-brainer predictions is Mexico’s Roldan Goldbaum.
The 23-year-old placed an impressive fifth in the world in the 2023 Open, his best finish coming on 23.2’s max thruster workout, where he lifted 317 pounds and placed 28th overall.
Of course, the CrossFit world might still be skeptical of this young athlete’s potential to hang with the best during the next two stages of competition this season, but it’s important to note that Goldbaum isn’t exactly brand new to the sport. He has been competing since he was a teenager, and placed a respectable 22nd at the Syndicate Crown Semifinals in Knoxville, TN last season.
And possibly even more importantly, Goldbaum has all the confidence in the world that his Open finish was no fluke.
When asked what he wants the CrossFit community to know about it, he boldly said: “I will be the CrossFit Games champion one day.”
Goldbaum’s CrossFit Journey
Goldbaum first found CrossFit when he was in high school and playing American football.
His football coach told him he needed to become stronger and more powerful, and took Goldbaum to Strong Suit CrossFit in Ensenada, Mexico, where the owner Mario Fernandez recognized Goldbaum’s talent and let him train at his gym for free.
Goldbaum took to CrossFit right away, and seven years later gives huge credit to Fernandez for giving him that opportunity as a teenager and for always “believing in me and being there for me,” Goldbaum said via a translator.
After placing 22nd at Semifinals last season, Goldbaum began following five-time CrossFit Games Champion Mat Fraser’s HWPO programming, and has also been hugely focused on improving his aerobic capacity. This has led him to spend a ton of time rowing, ski erging, biking, swimming and running in recent months, he explained.
Further, he also started working with a sports psychologist this season to have more “mental awareness and mental toughness,” which he’s hoping will translate to the competition floor.
If all goes as planned during Quarterfinals, then Goldbaum will have the chance to put all of his new skills, physical and mental, into action at Semifinals this spring, where he said he won’t be concerned about what types of movements or workouts show up.
Instead, Goldbaum’s just focused on what he needs to do everyday, and on “enjoying every training session and accepting the pain that comes with every session,” he said, but with the ultimate goal being, not only to earn his first ticket to the CrossFit Games, but also to finish in the top five in Madison, WI.
After that, Goldbaum hopes to, at some point, move to Vermont to train in person at HWPO with Fraser, and, of course, win the whole thing one day.
The Future of Your In-Class Experience is Here
Ever wondered what the future of in-class experience would look like?
It looks like a customizable, multi-column digital display that creates a modernized in-class experience for your athletes… and it’s called Kiosk+.
Kiosk+ was designed to make it easy to inspire your athletes to set and achieve new goals through your personalized mulit-column set-up.
Next up: The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games season continues, and next is individual quarterfinals, which take place March 16-19, and will feature five workouts over three days. Check our Morning Chalk Up’s Joey Adduci who has a analysis piece on how much of the past we will see in the present. 🤓
Local love: Great story about how CrossFit Aero is helping those with limited mobility at their Pasco County gym close to the Tampa, Florida area.
More local love: Great story on all the CrossFit athletes who have qualified for the quarterfinals out of the Abbotsford, BC area.
23 Questions with Joshua Al-chamaa: Guinness, Chick-fil-A, Love Island and CrossFit After Parties
Splitting his time between LA and San Diego, CrossFit Invictus team star and loveable Brit Joshua Al-chamaa has made America his new home and the sport is better for it. Now that the team division is wide open, Al-chamaa and his teammates are ready to make a push to finally get all the way to the top of the podium.
But who is the man behind the man-bun, and that cheeky smile and cool tattoos? Morning Chalk Up sat down with Al-chamaa for 23 questions (in honor of the year) to find out the guy behind the accent who is lifting heavy and crushing beers after workouts.
Morning Chalk Up’s Guide to the 2023 Individual Quarterfinals
The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games season has finally arrived. Thousands of athletes around the globe have just finished the Open, which brought on some new movements like the shuttle run and brought back some crowd favorites like the ring muscle-up.
But what comes next is Quarterfinals— bringing athletes one step closer to Madison, Wisconsin. The next set of tests, of which floor plans were released Monday, will begin on March 16. Here is a breakdown of how the individual quarterfinals will work, according to information provided by CrossFit HQ.
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