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Who Will Win the Madrid Championship?

Morning Chalk Up

September 8   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Madrid Championship set to launch busy CrossFit offseason
  • Roman and Ricky: a 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games breakdown and analysis
  • Who are the qualifiers to watch in Austin, TX when Rogue rolls around Oct. 28-30?
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“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” - William Shakespeare

  Madrid Championship Kicks-off Exciting Offseason Competition Schedule  

Madrid Championship Kicks-off Exciting Offseason Competition Schedule

The 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games completed just over a month ago but fans don’t have to wait long to see elite athletes on the competition floor. The Madrid Championship takes place this weekend September 9-11 in Caja Mágica in Madrid, Spain. The three-day CrossFit licensed competition, programmed by HWPO and presented by Loud And Live Sports, is one of the first major offseason CrossFit competitions, featuring some of the top stars in the sport.

What’s on the line:

The total prize purse is 170,000 Euros ($168,215 USD) which includes payouts to the top three elite individuals in both the men’s and women’s division as well as the top three elite teams.

Elite Individual Payout

  1. 30,000 Euros ($29,685 USD)
  2. 15,000 Euros ($14,842 USD)
  3. 6,000 Euros ($5,937 USD)

Elite Team Payout

  1. 20,000 Euros ($19,790 USD)
  2. 12,000 Euros ($11,874 USD)
  3. 6,000 Euros ($5,937 USD)


Over 70 men from all over the world will be competing in this division. Ten athletes who have appeared at the Games are among that field highlighted by two-time top-10 Games finisher Lazar Đukić. The Serbian is fresh off an 8th place finish at the Games.

Eight-time Games veteran Travis Mayer makes the trip across the pond to give the field an American contender. Mayer placed 18th at the Games in August.

Briant Guillaume and Giorgos Karavis each placed 26th and 37th respectively at the Games to round out the athletes from this past season.

Four-time Games athlete Adrian Mundwiler leads a group of past Games qualifiers looking to push the recent athletes for podium finishes. He’s joined by Alex Kotoulas, Bronislaw Olenkowicz, David Shorunke, Elijah Muhammad and Luka Đukić.

Aleksandr Plyushkin competed at the Games this year as a member of the KT CrossFit team from Russia.

The field also includes 11 additional athletes that competed at a Semifinal as an individual this past season including American Leonel Franco and Brit Zack George.

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Madrid bound: Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil and Preslie Hirsch will be on the ground this weekend in Spain, so keep your eyes on our YouTube page and website for anything and everything related to the competition. 🇪🇸

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WZA update: TYR Wodapalooza in Miami this January is changing its competition structure: “Thursday & Friday, we’ll host the Elite Individual competition, and then separately, on Saturday & Sunday, we’ll watch the Elite Teams of 3 take the stage.”

Brain power: Yet another study has found that the best way to fend off Alzheimer’s and dementia is in fact, daily exercise, at every and any age.

  Roman Khrennikov and Ricky Garard: 2022 CrossFit Games Athlete Studies  


Roman Khrennikov and Ricky Garard: 2022 CrossFit Games Athlete Studies

Last week we rolled out the first in a series of articles in which we take a deep dive into the performances of a pair of athletes from the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games. The first article featured Haley Adams and Gabriela Migala and explored whether or not this year was actually a worse performance by them on the field of play, despite their worse finish on the leaderboard.

In part two of the series we are focusing on the second and third place finishers in the men’s division, Roman Khrennikov and Ricky Garard, who both missed out on a majority of the prime of their athletic career in the sport, at the Games, for very different reasons.

There are three primary questions we want to explore today:

  1. How different were their performances at the Games this year?
  2. Who has more potential in 2023?
  3. How impressive were these 2nd and 3rd place performances historically?
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  Roman Khrennikov and Ricky Garard: 2022 CrossFit Games Athlete Studies  

Best Group of Rogue Invitational Online Qualifiers Yet?

The Rogue Invitational online qualifier leaderboard has been finalized and we’re taking a first look at which athletes will be heading to Austin, TX to prove their fitness. Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil sits down with Brian Friend to discuss how they might stack up against the rest of the field, and answer the question of whether this is the best group of “Q” qualifiers yet.

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  Rogue Finalizes RX Leaderboard: Best Group of Rogue Qualifiers Ever?  

Rogue Finalizes RX Leaderboard: Best Group of Rogue Qualifiers Ever?

This year’s Rogue Online Qualifier, often referred to as the “Q”, ran August 25-28. A minimum of five men and five women were guaranteed spots to the live Rogue Invitational which will take place October 28-30 in Austin,TX.

There has been quite a bit of shuffling around on the leaderboard as several athletes failed to meet the guidelines as outlined in the directions for the competition since the window to enter scores ended.

On September 6, the asterisks denoting a “not finalized leaderboard” were removed for the Rx division (as of this writing the scaled leaderboard is still listed as not finalized), meaning we know of at least five men and five women who have earned their spot to compete in the live event at the end of October; and it’s a pretty noteworthy list, though with only one 2022 CrossFit Games individual athlete, not necessarily for the traditional reasons.

Male Top 5:

  1. Chandler Smith
  2. Jorge Fernandez
  3. Scott Tetlow
  4. Jack Farlow
  5. Tim Paulson

Female Top 5:

  1. Manon Angonese
  2. Olivia Kerstetter
  3. Andrea Solberg
  4. Anikha Greer
  5. Bailey Rogers

Some of the names are more recognizable to the casual fan than others, but each of them has a compelling storyline, which can really be broken down into five groups:

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Is She or Isn’t She?

We’ve all been wondering…will Tia-Clair Toomey retire? There have been hints going either way. Tune in to this “Bottom Line” episode to watch Lauren Kalil and guests analyze the information we have so far.



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Mastering Butterfly Pull Ups

When you are used to the life of kipping, transitioning to butterfly pull ups can be a process. Simple drills are the way to build up the fundamentals to have you cranking out pull ups in no time. And if anyone is going to give us tips, we’ll take them from James Newbury any day.


Share Your CrossFit Story


Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a tip.

  • 💍 Congratulations to Meredith Root and Alex Parker of Tactic Nutrition on their wedding last weekend.
  • 🏆 Congratulations to Chandler Smith on his first place overall finish in the Rogue Invitational Qualifier.
  • Torian Pro standout Bailey Martin works his way up to a 265 pound/120kg snatch.
  • Mikey Witous hit a new 5RM clean PR at 135 pounds/61kg; Witous took 3rd place in the 2022 CrossFit Games Semifinals Short Stature division.
  • 2022 Games Rookie Rebecca Fuselier is looking strong with this snatch work.
  • 😳 Gutti stone-lifting is a long-standing Pakistani tradition- the man in this clip lifts a 331 pound/150kg Gutti stone to his shoulders, and then squats for reps. Take notes, athletes!
9/22 - 9/24: Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)
9/23 - 9/24: Madrid Fitness Challenge (San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid, Spain)
9/23: Ladies of Power: Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/23: Warrior Games 2023 (Suffield, CT)
9/23: Thrive Throwdown (Lynchburg, VA)
9/23: Warrior Games 2023 (Suffield, CT)
9/23: The Gulf Coast Games (Pinellas Park, FL)
10/6 - 10/8: Marbella Championship (Marbella, Spain)
10/7: Battle of Branded One at Redstone CrossFit (Littleton, CO)
10/13 - 10/15: Midwest Championship (Rochester, MN)
10/13 - 10/15: Midwest Championship (Rochester, MN)
10/14 - 10/15: 059 Classic (Modena, Italy)
10/14 - 10/15: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/14: Strength and Speed (Feasterville, PA)
10/20 - 10/21: AAYMCA CrossFit Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/20 - 10/21: AAYMCA CrossFit Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/21: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/27 - 10/29: Oslo Throwdown (Oslo, Norway)
10/29 - 11/19: CHLKDUP BOX LEAGUE – NASH (Nashville, TN)
10/29 - 11/19: CHLKDUP BOX LEAGUE – BHAM (Birmingham, AL)
11/4 - 11/5: Costa Barcelona Fitness Challenge (Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain)
11/4 - 11/5: Hold Fast Competition Individual (Gerenzano, Italy)
11/11: War of the Masters (Elkton, MD)

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