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Why Roman Khrennikov Can’t Get a Visa

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VIDEO: Why Roman Khrennikov Can’t Get a Visa


Roman Khrennikov is easily the most prominent Russian athlete in the sport of fitness. After bursting onto the scene by winning the 2018 Europe Regional as a relative unknown, Khrennikov has now (unofficially) qualified for his third straight CrossFit Games.

There’s one major problem: He’s yet to step onto the competition floor in Madison due to persisting issues obtaining a visa to the United States. In between competition at the CrossFit Filthy 150, the Morning Chalk Up had the opportunity to sit down with Khrennikov, and discuss the issue in hopes of clearing up any rumors or speculation on the issue.

Things to consider

  • Twice Khrennikov has applied for a visa to travel to the CrossFit Games and has come away empty-handed.
  • CrossFit Inc. has provided assistance on his behalf, writing letters detailing his role as an athlete and intent to compete at the CrossFit Games.
  • Khrennikov applied for a tourist visa the past two years, and indicated he will be applying for an athlete visa this year.
  • To help his case, Khrennikov stayed busy last season, competing in five Sanctionals, winning nine workouts along the way, and taking the overall win at the 2019 CrossFit Italian Showdown.

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Why You Should Care About New Laws For Sport Supplements in Australia


What’s going on: In a nutshell, the Australian Government plans to change the categorization of sport supplements and clarify products which should instead be classified as medicines or therapeutic goods. It’ll help them get unsafe products off the shelves faster.

Why you should care: Those behind the Save Aussie Supplements campaign say 70 thousand products – from protein powders, pre and post workouts to electrolyte blends – could be taken off the shelves – and unavailable to consumers – while they’re tested during the consultation period.

  • Even for those not living in Australia, supplements produced in the country (think ATP Science, True Protein) could be at risk.  
  • The crux of the campaign is that local suppliers and manufacturers don’t have enough time to pull a case together. The deadline for submissions is December 3.
  • The TGA gave the industry six weeks for consultation (from October to December) but the timeline for the investigation is still unclear. In effect, the timeline that products could potentially be unavailable is also unknown.

We spoke with Professor John Kerritt, the head of Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) the government body heading up the review and he said: “For several years, there’s been a history of problems with contaminated sports supplements or sports supplements that really are medicines.”

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WATCH: Buttery Bros at the NOBULL Fitness Festival
The Buttery Bros were at the NOBULL Fitness Film Festival in New York City, alongside Katrin Davidsdottir, Brooke Wells, Tia-Clair Toomey, and Mat Fraser. There are also dinosaur shirts, ice skating with Brooks Laich and the Buttery Bros take the stage themselves, sharing about their upcoming documentary.


HEAR: Talking Elite Fitness on the Opening of Sanctional Season
Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez are back from Ireland and take a look back at the first Sanctional of the season, the CrossFit Filthy 150. Who is heading to the CrossFit Games and what questions do they have after watching three days of competition.


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Chalk Up Community

  • NEW ABILI-FIT CLASS — CrossFit Auctus in Winnipeg, Manitoba has started a new class, Abili-Fit, for community members with intellectual and physical disabilities.
  • FACILITIES FOR THE USAFF — The USA Functional Fitness is looking for volunteer facilities to help them host their 2020 National Championship. They will be accepting bids in December with selections taking place in January.⁠ Nationals will take place May 1 – 3.

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

Guilherme Malheiros clean and jerks 368 pounds for a PR • Emma Baumert does a high hang clean PR at 220 pounds • Mariah Thompson back squats 335 pounds for a PR • Congratulations to Gabe Yanez and Arielle Bloom of the West Coast Advantage podcast on their engagementArmen Hammer has holiday merch on pre-sale until December 6.

…and this little one takes the saying “getting fitness in when you can” seriously.

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Christian Lucero 20.5 Appeal Under Review — Christian Lucero, who received a 20.5 penalty for his wall balls, appealed the decision with CrossFit HQ. He also posted screen shots of every wall ball in question on his Instagram before announcing that HQ will take a second look at his video.

— “Well guys, looks like CrossFit is going to be taking another look at my 20.5 video and reassessing their original penalty (swipe to see their email response). The appeal process is officially underway! Until then, you know where to find me.”

CrossFit Lowlands Qualifiers Registration Open — The 2020 CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown qualifier registration is open. A total of 480 athletes will advance to the final competition floor Sanctional in May. 

Dubai CrossFit Championship Roster — The Dubai CrossFit Championship is less than two weeks away. Here is how the roster is shaping up so far.

— Men: Jeff Adler, Patrick Vellner, Brent Fikowski, Roman Khrennikov, BK Gudmundsson, Willy Georges, Jonne Koski, and Travis Mayer.

— Women: Sara Sigmundsdottir, Alessandra Pichelli, Jamie Greene, Sam Briggs, and Katrin Davidsdottir.


“Rainstorms Flood Two Affiliates in South France,” by Justin LoFranco, Morning Chalk Up 

Rain-swollen rivers flooded two French affiliates after days of rain pounded southern France and northern Italy according to Willy Georges, France’s national champion CrossFitter.

Both CrossFit French Riviera and CrossFit Frejus, about an hour outside of Nice, France, flooded. CrossFit French Riviera was under 1.6 meters, or 5.2 feet of water ruining all their bikes, skis and rowers. The storms, which have spread across France, Italy and Greece have killed nine according to the Independent, a UK-based newspaper.

“We were fortunate to have the support of many of our members who are here to help us,” said Fanny Debiage, French Riviera’s communications manager. “All our row, bike and ski are dead. We can [still] WOD with some material, but everyone is understanding.”

After days of cleanup, both gyms are operational and holding classes, but Debiage expressed concern for replacing equipment. CrossFit Frejus opened for classes at 12:30 PM on Wednesday.


12/6 – 12/8: SouthFit Challenge (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
12/7: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)
12/7: Granite Games Winter Throwdown (Lubbock, TX)
12/7: Warrior Affiliate League Battle Royale (Whittier, CA)
12/7: Game of Rowers (Norwood, MA)
12/7: 2019 Local RIVals Series (Colchester, CT)
12/7: Granite Games Throwdown at Slate CrossFit (Seattle, WA)
12/7: 4th Annual Reindeer Games (Bismarck, ND)
12/7: Granite Games Throwdown at Snake River CrossFit (Nampa ID)
12/7: Granite Games at Crossfit North Charleston (Charleston, NC)
12/7 – 12/8: Pandaland CrossFit Challenge (Chengdu, China)
12/7 – 12/8: CrossFit Winter Classic (Cleveland, OH)
12/11 – 12/14: Dubai CrossFit Championship (Dubai, UAE)
12/15: Strong New York (New York, NY)
12/15: Syndicate Vault (Columbia, MD) 
12/18: 2nd Über Belles and Balls (Bandera, TX)

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