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Who’s Going to Win in Dubai?

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The Dubai CrossFit Championship kicks off later this week so today’s edition is going to be a tad more sports heavy.

In today’s edition:

  • 16 very ridiculous lifts from high school CrossFit athletes.
  • Who are the podium contenders for Dubai?
  • Brian Friend’s picks to win it all.
  • Why winning the strength events doesn’t usually translate into an overall win, especially at the CrossFit Games.
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  The Three Men and Three Women Who Can Win the Dubai CrossFit Championship  


The Three Men and Three Women Who Can Win the Dubai CrossFit Championship

With many of the top athletes seemingly making the choice to do either the Dubai CrossFit Championships or Wodapalooza, it may at first seem like the caliber of athlete in Dubai this year isn’t what we’re used to; but that doesn’t mean we won’t have a fierce battle for the top of the podium.

The competition kicks off on Thursday with 20 men and 20 women fighting for a slice of a very lucrative $50,000 first-place pie, and here are my picks for taking the top spot this weekend.


Jeffrey Adler

There are four men from the top 20 at the Games this year who will be competing at Dubai, but only one of them clocks in on this list, and that’s Canadian Jeffrey Adler. Adler placed 8th the last time he competed in Dubai (December 2019), but six of the eight men who beat him that year won’t be here this time, and Adler has evolved as an athlete since then.

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3 days until the Dubai CrossFit Championship…

16 ridiculous lifts from high school (and a couple of middle schoolers) CrossFit athletes that should make the individual field very worried.

Red Eagle CrossFit was completely destroyed during the recent tornado that swept through Mayfield, KY that has claimed more than 60 lives.

  • Coach Leah: “I saw it last night and didn’t want to believe it. The whole town is hurting. I know the gym is just a small part but it’s a big part of me and a devastating loss. So thankful no one was in the building. I don’t even have the words to express how sad I am.”
  • Photos of the damage.
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Team USA lifting schedule at the IWF World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

  • Meredith Alwine (71kg A) Monday, at 9 a.m. ET
  • Olivia Reeves (71kg A) Monday at 9 a.m. ET
  • Mattie Rogers (76kg A) Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET
  • Ian Wilson (109kg A) Thursday at 6 a.m. ET
  • Laura Alexander (87kg A) Thursday at 9 a.m. ET
  • Juliana Riotto (87kg A) Thursday at 9 a.m. ET
  • Keiser Witte (+109kg B) Friday at 12 a.m. ET
  • Sarah Robles (+87kg A) Friday at 3 a.m. ET

Madrid CrossFit Challenger Series results from over the weekend.

  1. Giorgos Karavis | Ohaina Moya
  2. Adrian Mundwiler | Valentina Rangel
  3. Kristof Horvath | Megan Lovegrove
  4. Axel Lundgreen | Linda Keesman
  5. Gabi Castro | Silvia Garcia
  Winning the Strength Event Means Missing the Podium; Unless You’re Rich, Mat, or Tia. So How Strong Do You Need To Be to Win the CrossFit Games?  

Winning the Strength Event Means Missing the Podium; Unless You’re Rich, Mat, or Tia. So How Strong Do You Need To Be to Win the CrossFit Games?

With the Dubai CrossFit Championship kicking off this week — an event that has traditionally featured heavy events — and in light of how well Guilherme Malheiros has performed in strength events at the 2021 CrossFit Games and Rogue Invitational, CrossFit data nerd John Young and I were curious how strong you need to be to win the CrossFit Games, whether winning a strength even correlates to a podium finish and how strong is maybe too strong.

Strength Event Winners:

  • Unless your name is Rich Froning, Mat Fraser, Tia-Clair Toomey or Kara Saunders; winning the strength event at the CrossFit Games means missing the podium by the end of the weekend.
Other than Toomey, the women who have won the strength event at the Games have an average competition placement of 15th.

Excluding Froning and Fraser, the male strength event winners average an eventual finish of 17th place at the Games.

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Podium Contenders for the Dubai CrossFit Championship | The Bottom Line

Podium Contenders for the Dubai CrossFit Championship | The Bottom Line


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  • 🎂 Happy 43rd birthday (Saturday) Wes Maxwell, co-owner of CrossFit Goliath in Raleigh, NC.
  • Alex Gazan hits a 167 pound/76kg strict press PR.
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  • Taylor Williamson hits a 245 pound/111kg clean and jerk.
  • Danielle Brandon hits a 245 pound/111kg push jerk.
  • Cedric Lapointe hits a 255 pound/116kg snatch + two hang snatch complex.
  • Matt Dlugos hits a 570 pound/258kg clean grip deadlift PR.
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