Who Will Make the CrossFit Games from the Lowlands Throwdown?
May 19 |
Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Competition kicks off today in Australia as day 1 of the Torian Pro semifinal event will begin later tonight at 4:15 PM PT. We have all the details down below.
In today’s edition:
Everything you need to know about Torian Pro
Syndicate Crown Semifinals preview, who will qualify for the Games?
Steph Roach becomes first CrossFit Level 1 coach with cerebral palsy
Lowlands Throwdown Semifinals preview article and video
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“Nothing can be done except little by little.”- Charles Baudelaire
The Torian Pro semifinal is the first to kick off the 2022 CrossFit Games semifinal events across the globe. Over the next four weekends, 300 men and women and 200 teams will square off in ten events across six continents to earn one of 38 individual and team spots to compete at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games.
How to catch up: Start by reading Patrick Clark’s deep-dive preview of the Torian Pro.
5 rounds for time:
40 toes to bar, sync (20 each MF pair)
300m run, sync (150m each MF pair)
20 worm burpees
10 worm cleans
Time Cap: 26 minutes
Individual Event 1
15 overhead squats 70/52kg
15 burpee box jumps overs 24/20”
15 thrusters 61/43kg
15 power cleans 93/61kg
15 muscle ups
15 muscle ups
15 power cleans 93/61kg
15 thrusters 61/43kg
15 burpee box jump overs 24/20”
15 overhead squats 70/52kg
Time Cap: 23 minutes
Team Event 2
For time, starting with the female pair:
40 thrusters 43kg
6 legless rope climbs
30 thrusters 43kg
4 legless rope climbs
20 thrusters 43kg
2 legless rope climbs
Immediately followed by the male pair (thrusters at 61kg).
Time Cap: 20 minutes
Individual Event 2
10 rounds for time:
1 legless rope climb, 15’
Time Cap: 11 minutes
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Big words: “Our goal is not a secret. Our goal is to win the CrossFit Games.” The first episode of the Yerbae docuseries following CrossFit Reykjavik drops today, and it will get you pumped for this weekend’s semifinal.
In case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to Brian Friend, Tommy Marquez and Patrick Clark about who they think will qualify for the CrossFit Games from Syndicate Crown.
Another deal: TYR continues to assert itself within the CrossFit space as they have inked the one and only BKG, also known as Bjorgvin K. Gudmundsson. 😎
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2022 CrossFit Semifinals Preview: Syndicate Crown
The first Semifinal to take place in North America will actually be a first timer in the CrossFit Games system, the Syndicate Crown will lead things off at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee. After the West Coast Classic postponed their event for the year, the Syndicate Crown team stepped up to the plate to fill the void and will be sending five men, five women, and five teams to the Games as the first representatives from North America.
The first of back-to-back Semifinals in Knoxville, all eyes will be on the Syndicate athletes as they become the standard bearers for North America in week one, with three more North American Semifinals following in their footsteps in subsequent weeks. With two common workouts shared amongst the Semifinal lot, their performance will also serve as valuable data points moving forward.
A total of eight men and five women in the athlete field enter with individual Games experience. On the men’s side Justin Medeiros, Scott Panchik, Jayson Hopper, Griffin Roelle, Will Moorad, Ben Smith and Alec Smith have qualified via live competition, while Scott Tetlow is the lone athlete to qualify for the Games via an online format.
Haley Adams, Kristi Eramo O’Connell, Paige Semenza and Arielle Loewen have all qualified through a live competition during their careers while Kristine Best earned her Games bid in 2020 via the Open.
It should also be noted that a considerable number of former teenage division Games athletes–eight across both divisions–are competing to earn their first bid as an individual. For the men that list includes Cole Greashaber, Tudor Magda and James Sprague, and for the women it includes Alexis Raptis, Olivia Sulek, Sequoia Barrera, Annalise Moore and Paulina Haro.
In the team division CrossFit Mayhem Freedom leads the way for a group of four Games qualifiers from 2021 that also includes 8th Day CrossFit, TTT CrossFit and Blues City CrossFit.
Steph Roach Becomes First CrossFit Level 1 Coach with Cerebral Palsy, Writes Book to Motivate Others
Living with Cerebral Palsy is all 32-year-old Steph Roach knows.
“I’m a twin, and he got a little more oxygen than I did, and we were born three months premature,” said Roach said of how she ended up with a “mild form” of spastic Cerebral Palsy, a neurological condition that stems from abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance and posture.
Roach’s upper and lower body are affected by her condition, but her lower body is more severely affected, she explained.
“Basically the messages from my brain to the rest of my body are on a little bit of a delay,” she explained. “So for me, if I drop my keys on the ground, it probably takes me anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute to actually retrieve them. So it’s just having those messages on a delay.”
The first cohort of European athletes will take the floor in week one as the 2022 Lowlands Throwdown will get underway at the RAI Amsterdam in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Five spots will be up for grabs in each division as some early podium contenders for the Games will take the floor in live competition for the first time this season.
Europe has been on fire in recent years, growing their relative registration, affiliate numbers, and improving their performance at the Games. They are a prime candidate to be the beneficiary of Semifinal expansion in 2023, and the Lowlands competition field has a huge potential to further embolden Europe’s case.
A whopping nine men and nine women in the current Lowlands field have individual Games experience.
On the men’s side only Bjorgvin Karl Gumundson and Adrian Mundwiler have qualified via a live competition, while Nikita Yundov, Sam Stewart, Lazar and Luka Djukic, Michael Smith, Casper Gammelmark and Uldis Upenieks have yet to qualify for the Games in a live competition scenario similar to this year’s competition.
For the women, Laura Horvath, Sara Sigmundsdóttir, Sanna Venalainen, Andrea Solberg, and Eik Gylfadottir in this field have qualified via live competition, while Gabi Migala, Karin Freyova, Julie Hougard, and Tatiana Diakou have all qualified for the Games via an online format at least once each.
In the team division CrossFit Portti, Blueprint CrossFit, and CrossFit Genas are the returning qualifiers from 2021, and are joined by the newly formed CrossFit Reykjavik team led by Annie Thorisdottir.
Last Chancers: Karin Freyova, Elana Carratala Sanahuja, Matilde Garnes, Oihana Moya, and Fabian Beneito were part of the initial batch of athletes just on the cusp of qualifying from Europe, making the Last Chance Qualifier in 2021.
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