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Why Fikowski Probably Isn’t Getting the Dubai Invite

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I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”  — Stephen Covey

Why Brent Fikowski Probably Isn’t Getting the Dubai Invite

 

After four days of competition, 11 scored events the 2019 Dubai CrossFit Championship is over. In a field stacked with nearly 30 athletes already qualified, albeit unofficially, it can be a little hard to tell who will actually wind up with the Games invite.

Who’s already qualified (unofficially) for the CrossFit Games:

  • Men: Patrick Vellner, Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson, Travis Mayer, Lefteris Theofanidis, Willy Georges, Jonne Koski, Elliot Simmonds, Alexandre Caron, Jeff Adler, Patrick Vellner, Zack George, Uldis Upeneiks, Roman Khrennikov, Jason Smith, Fabian Beneito, Karar Margrander, Mahmood Shalan and Lazar Dukic.
  • Women: Sara Sigmundsdottir, Jamie Greene, Karin Frey, Julie Hougard, Shahad Budebs, Lari Cunha, Gabriela Migala, Alessandra Pichelli, Emma Tall and Manon Angonese.

Why Fikowski probably won’t get the invite:

  • Fikowski finished 32nd in the Open, four spots away from a qualifying spot.
  • The three athletes ahead of him, but only two do not have spots: Sean Sweeney (29 — unqualified), Willy Georges (30 — France national champion), and Connor Duddy (31 — unqualified).
  • There are three athletes currently in qualifying spots that plan to compete on a team: Rich Froning (Mayhem Freedom), Brandon Luckett (Odd Squad) just qualified by winning SouthFit, and Roy Gamboa (MisFit P10 Performance) who just qualified by winning Dubai.
  • With those three athletes going team, that would mean Fikowski would secure an invite via the Open.

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Chalk Up Community

 
  • HONOR AN OFFICER — A.S.A.P CrossFit in Fayateville, AR held a memorial WOD on Saturday to honor fallen police officer Stephen Carr.
  • STRONGMAN SEMINAR — CrossFit Shallow Lake in Shallow Lake, ON is hosting a StrongMan seminar on Saturday, February 1. Hosted by Emilie Morin, Canada’s strongest woman and Antoine Marchand, Canada’s strongest man.
  • VALKYRIE PERFORMANCE INTERN — Valkyrie Performance is looking for a part-time intern to start in January. The intern would work directly with CEO Taylor Galadyk. 

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Happy sixth anniversary to Jared Enderton and Tamara GrayHappy birthday John BoutonTiffany Szemplinski back squats 305 poundsLayne Norton deadlifts 565 pounds for a set of 5 • Harrison Maurus snatches 331 pounds.

Jacob Morris Memorial WOD — CrossFit Games Teen athlete Jacob Morris passed away last week and a memorial WOD has been developed to do in his honor. 

Event One Morris:

50 Wall balls (20/14 pounds)
40 cal ski erg
30 dumbbell snatch (50/30 pounds)
20 box jump overs (24/20 inches)
15 bar muscle-ups

Rogue Invitational Online Qualifier — Registration is open for the Rogue Invitational qualifier, which will take place from January 10 – 20.

— “Registration for the Rogue Invitational qualifier is now open! The Q will take place from January 10th-20th, 2020 where athletes will have the chance to qualify for the Rogue Invitational and compete against the top CrossFit athletes in May.”

Tickets to the Rogue Invitational are now available, too. 

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“CrossFit Games Teen Athlete Jacob Morris Passes Away,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

Eighteen-year-old CrossFit Games athlete Jacob Morris passed away on December 13, just weeks after having heart surgery.

In late 2017, Morris and his family discovered he had a bicuspid aortic valve and an enlarged heart. After having a stress test done and an MRI, Morris’s family and doctors determined he would be able to safely continue training.

In an Instagram post Morris wrote, “After all the tests my doctor and parents agreed that I could continue CrossFit but I had to be very aware of my body and if I ever got symptoms I would have to let them know immediately. I also needed to see my cardiologist every 6 months to redo my echo to make sure my heart was still ok for me to keep training.”

Morris did keep training, taking second in the Boys 16 – 17 division in the Open, qualifying for the CrossFit Games. But just one month before Morris was to leave for Madison, his doctor requested another MRI to make sure that his heart would be able to withstand competing at the Games. All tests showed it would be safe for him to compete, on the condition that he lower his training volume once he returned.

Jacob and his family went to Madison, where he placed 7th in his division. But just six weeks later, Morris woke up one night not being able to breathe. After another follow-up with his doctor, they discovered that Jacob would need surgery.

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CHALK UP CALENDAR

12/18: 2nd Über Belles and Balls (Bandera, TX)
1/10 – 1/12: CrossFit Mayhem Classic (Cookeville, TN)
1/11: Unbroken Ocala (Ocala, FL)
1/11 – 1/12: CrossFit Mayhem Classic (Cookeville, TN)
1/18: The Force Wars 2020 (Pembroke Pines, FL)
1/18: 3rd annual Battle For The Axe (Brainerd, MN)
1/18 – 1/19: CrossFit Krypton V.2 (Chesapeake, VA)
1/24 – 1/26: CrossFit Strength in Depth (London, UK)
1/25: Lost River Rumble II (Bowling Green, KY)
1/25: The Steeltown Throwdown (Sterling, IL)
2/1: Warrior Affiliate League Fantastic 4 (Chino Hills, CA)

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