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Why Dallas Thinks its the Best Games Host

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In today’s edition:

  • Dallas weighs in on why they’re the best host for future Games.
  • CrossFit announces a new health conference.
  • Who’s the top male athlete to never podium?
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  Everything Is Bigger In Texas: Sports Commission Representative Says Dallas Has Potential to Grow CrossFit if Approved As Games Host City  

Everything Is Bigger In Texas: Sports Commission Representative Says Dallas Has Potential to Grow CrossFit if Approved As Games Host City

As we continue to wait for CrossFit to reveal where the next Games location will be in 2023, we’re taking a look at what some of the differences are when you compare Madison to a potential new host city, Dallas. Earlier this month the Dallas Sports Commission welcomed Dave Castro and other HQ representatives to the site the city submitted a bid on, Fair Park.

One big thing: One of the main venues would be bigger…much bigger. Cotton Bowl Stadium inside Fair Park seats 92,100 spectators. While that leaves substantial room to grow the sport over time, in the immediate future, there are other ways to make the venue feel full.

  • “Cotton Bowl is way too big but there are ways to shrink that down with sponsorship signage and sweets added in, things like that to make it a little more intimate,” said J.D. Wood, the director of business development for the Dallas Sports Commission

This past summer, Wood attended the CrossFit Games to see how Madison hosted the event — in hopes of getting a better understanding of what Dallas could do if they become the new location.

  • “I think the thing that was interesting was the setup that they had with the indoor and outdoor buildings. I think it would be a similar setup to Fair Park here in Dallas, which got me excited,” Wood said.

Another similarity would be the off-site water events. Dallas has three venues within a ten mile radius of Fair Park including Southern Methodist University, White Rock Lake Park and Lake Ray Hubbard — all viable resources to host swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or any other water adventure Castro cooks up. The biggest difference — room for the sport to grow.

  • “I can see in a couple of years you continue to grow the event and need more space and Fair Park in Dallas could potentially give that to you. My hope would be that they decide to come here in 2023, 2024 and 2025 and it would be even larger than they ever have before and show that this central location in Dallas could be home for CrossFitters around the world,” Wood concluded.

The big picture: It’s still unclear who CrossFit will ultimately pick to be the new host city for the 2023 Games, but it’s easy to see a metropolitan like Dallas as a good contender. The accessibility of travel to the city and entertainment options both in and out of the venue make it a viable location for spectators and athletes, to move the Games back to a larger city.

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  CrossFit Announces 2022 CrossFit Health Conference, Sets January Date  

CrossFit Announces 2022 CrossFit Health Conference, Sets January Date

CrossFit has announced its first conference since the relaunch of CrossFit Health and the creation of CrossFit Precision Care. The organization will hold a two-day conference to discuss Nutrition, Mental Health, Injury Treatment and Prevention, and multiple other topics.

The details: The two-day conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, January 21-22, and will be completely virtual. A panel of experts from a wide variety of medical backgrounds will provide presentations focused on improving overall health and quality of life.

  • The price for attendees will be $69. They can watch live during the two-day conference or come back at any time in the following two months to watch a replay.
  • Each topic will feature multiple presentations from a variety of experts, as well as a panel discussion for each specific topic.

The Agenda: The four primary topics will be split up into two separate days of the conference, each with a specific group of speakers. The panel of experts will directly address some of the biggest questions – and critiques – surrounding CrossFit and its role in daily life.

  • Nutrition and Injuries will be the primary two topics on the first day of the conference.
  • Behavior Change and Longevity will serve as the focus of Saturday’s sessions. These two topics tie directly together based on how Behavior Change can impact Longevity.

Nutrition has always been a prominent point of discussion for CrossFit. The speakers will continue this trend during the conference by addressing several of the biggest questions. The agenda specifically lists intermittent fasting and its place in CrossFit, optimizing ketogenic nutrition, and nutrition’s role as a modifier in health and performance.

Bottom line: CrossFit is placing a larger emphasis on CrossFit Health since an announcement on September 8 confirming its return from hiatus. The two-day virtual conference continues this trend while providing a staggering amount of information from experts, as well as affordable access for as many attendees as possible while reducing logistical challenges.

  CrossFit Announces 2022 CrossFit Health Conference, Sets January Date  

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