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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Some subtleties to discuss when it comes to Semifinals seeding
  • What are the daily habits of fit and healthy people?
  • CrossFit sells out coliseum for Games
  • How can CrossFit gain back the trust of the community?
  • British rower breaks 5,000 meter world record on Concept2
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  Semifinal Seeding Subtleties and the Finalization of Individual Rosters  

Semifinal Seeding Subtleties and the Finalization of Individual Rosters

CrossFit announced the finalization of the Semifinal rosters for individuals at the ten Semifinals on May 5. For those counting, that’s 39 days after Quarterfinals ended and 15 days before the first weekend of this stage, featuring three Semifinals.

In the last week prior to that there were several changes to Semifinal rosters that probably went unnoticed by most:

Men’s Roster Changes
  • Seth Stovall was removed from the Syndicate’s men individual roster because he is going team with CrossFit Mayhem Justice.
  • Tristan Maiorano was moved from the Atlas Games men’s field to the Syndicate men’s field replacing Stovall.
  • Kyle Bernier withdrew from the MACC men’s field.
  • Logan Collins was moved from the Atlas Game’s men’s field to the MACC men’s field.
  • Ryan Sowder withdrew from the Atlas Game’s mens field.
  • Parker Foster was added to the Atlas Game’s mens field.
    • That makes him the seventh backfill athlete in the men’s field at Atlas Games.
    • There are 0 backfill athletes in the other three men’s field for North American Semifinals.
  • There are now 29 men in the Atlas Games men’s field and it appears they will not be backfilling the final spot.
Women’s Roster Changes
  • Taylor Streid withdrew from the Syndicate women’s individual roster because she is going team with Blues City CrossFit.
    • It appears that spot is not going to be backfilled.
  • Hannah Hardy withdrew from the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge women’s individual roster because she is going team with CrossFit Westchase.
  • Hardy’s spot at the MACC was backfilled to Kenzie Nolte who was 136th in North American Quarterfinals.
  • Both Jenn Ryan and Rebecca Voigt Miller opted to go the Masters route for Semifinals and were therefore removed from the Granite Games women’s field.
  • The two Granite Games spots were backfilled by Chlose Carano (133rd in Quarterfinals) and Brittany Bolella (137th in Quarterfinals).
  • Jane Silva withdrew from the Copa Sur women’s field.
  • Silva’s spot at Copa Sur was backfilled by Mailen Mauccione (33rd in South American Quarterfinals).
  • Sabrina Gordon (139th) and Ally Duckworth (140) were backfilled into the final two spots for the Atlas Games women’s field.
    • That brings the total number of backfill athletes in the women’s field at Atlas Games to seven.
    • There are a total of nine backfill spots between the other three North American Semifinals for women (Syndicate has two, MACC has three, Granite has four).
  • There is still one opening for women in the Far East Semifinal (and one in the Syndicate Crown, mentioned above) that appears is not going to be backfilled.
Worth noting

Athletes who are known to have travel issues and will not be attending in-person Semifinals, specifically in Asia, are still on the rosters for that competition. While it is also known that they have been offered a spot in the LCQ, it appears that CrossFit is still holding their spots in the Semis in case they somehow can make it in the last hour.

This is not unprecedented for CrossFit to do with athletes like Roman Khrennikov or Samantha Briggs for Games spots in years that their attendance was in question, but it would establish a new standard for that also being the case for the Semifinals stage of competition.

Note: As of the time of writing this, both CrossFit’s Instagram post and the May 6 Email of the Day feature images with athlete rosters that are not congruent with the athlete rosters displayed on the CrossFit Games leaderboards. The bullets outlined above mirror the leaderboards displayed on the CrossFit Games website at the time of publishing.

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In case you missed in, Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, was joined by Patrick Clark for our new Weekly Whiteboard segment where they recap the top news in CrossFit. Lots went on this week so check out the show, which will run every Friday.

The athlete lists for the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games Semifinals are here, and wow there are some stacked cards.

Great local piece on how the city of Madison has benefited from hosting the CrossFit Games. We’ve got our own insight and analysis on it too for you to check out, on how the plan appears to be to go international in 2024.

Ten things you didn’t know about Lauren Fisher. Smooth jazz anyone? 🎵

  The Five Habits of Highly Successful (and Fit) People  


The Five Habits of Highly Successful (and Fit) People

Over the past three years, my partner Alex Parker and our team of coaches at Tactic Nutrition have had the great honor of working with almost 2,000 people on their fitness and nutrition. This is not to brag, it’s just to say that the patterns I am about to highlight have some meat behind them.

This needs to be said first – not everyone has the goal of getting lean, ripped, or muscular. Those physical attributes are not required to live a happy and healthy life, and honestly a lot of people would be happier and healthier if they stopped chasing purely aesthetic goals. But the reality is, weight loss and leaning out is the most common goal that comes across our desk.

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  2022 CrossFit Games Sells Out Coliseum  

2022 CrossFit Games Sells Out Coliseum

CrossFit’s general manager of Sport Justin Bergh announced that the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center sold out for the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games on a recent press conference with media.

  • Bergh: “The coliseum right now is sold out so there’s certainly demand and interest to be back to in-person competitions at the finals and that’s such a magical environment.”

One big thing: While CrossFit doesn’t release ticket sale numbers for the entire week that include both coliseum and festival packages, the seating arrangements for the coliseum will accommodate around 9,320 spectators.

  • CrossFit has indicated that an average of 14,000 people attend the Games each day, according to a 2022 vendor information deck distributed to interested parties.
  • In the RFP for a host site for the 2024 Games, CrossFit laid out a need for a minimum of 15,000 seats in both their primary and secondary venues.

Why it matters: Ticket sales are an important indicator of interest but it’s also a significant revenue opportunity for more than just the CrossFit Games.

    • With the minimum coliseum ticket price of $225, a sold out coliseum equals a minimum of $2,097,000 in ticket sales, not including the festival tickets and higher price tags.
    • The 2022 Torian Pro Oceania Semifinal sold out Saturday and Sunday at 5,500 tickets each day.
    • Despite these two sell outs, Semifinal sell outs are still few and far between.
  CBD and the Importance of Being NSF Certified for Sport in CrossFit  

CBD and the Importance of Being NSF Certified for Sport in CrossFit

If 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games qualifier Larissa Cunha taught the CrossFit athlete anything, it’s to be extra diligent with exactly what they put in their body.

Remind me: Cunha received a two-year sanction from CrossFit LLC last summer after two of her supplements were contaminated with the banned substance Ostarine.

It’s stories like Cunha’s that led CBD company cbdMD to go through the rigorous and expensive process of ensuring their products are recognized and trusted by NSF International—a product testing, inspection, and certification organization—explained cbdMD’s Senior Director of Communications Tyler Miller.

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  CBD and the Importance of Being NSF Certified for Sport in CrossFit  

VIDEO: How Does CrossFit Gain Trust Back From Community?

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  CBD and the Importance of Being NSF Certified for Sport in CrossFit  

VIDEO: The Community Speaks Up About What They Want From CrossFit

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  British Rower Tom George Breaks 5,000-Meter World Record  

British Rower Tom George Breaks 5,000-Meter World Record

Tom George, a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team, kicked off his year with a major accomplishment. He broke the world record for a 5,000-meter row with a time of 14:53.9 on his Concept2.

The details: George, who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games and a gold medal at the European Rowing Championships, maintained a consistent pace of 1:29.3 while pursuing history. His first 500-meter was 1:29.2, and he kept the rest of the segments in this timeline. His slowest pace for a 500-meter segment was 1:30.6.

  • George actually broke the record back in February. He kept the accomplishment to himself until late April due to focusing on his season schedule.
  • George had nearly broken this record multiple times over the course of his training, but he hadn’t quite maintained his required pace late in the session.
  • He snapped this trend on his record-breaking attempt by keeping a perfect pace in the first half. There was a moment with just under 2,000-meters to go where he started to doubt himself, but his coaches pointed out that he was still in the right spot and that he just needed to keep pushing.
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🎂 Happy birthday, Alessandra PichelliJennifer Smith, and Alexandr Ilin (Friday),

  • 💐 Cole Martinez from CrossFit VTG in Smyrna, TN celebrated Mother’s Day weekend doing a Mayhem athlete partner WOD with his mom.
  • Congratulations Sabrina Raahauge from Butcher’s Lab in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 243 pound/110kg clean PR. Raagauge is competing with Team Butcher’s Lab Rip in the Strength in Depth semifinal June 10-12 in London.
  • Congratulations Kayla Cytron-Thaler from 720 Athletics in Denver, CO on your first “non chicken-wing” muscle-up.
  • Mike Breuker from CrossFit Siargao in the Phillippines gave a heart-warming nod to his mother who still lives a very active life at 75 years young— including her annual full length marathon.
  • Nina Vragovic, Owner of Grace & Power from Orlando, FL shows perseverance in this max push jerk.
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9/23: Ladies of Power: Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/23: Warrior Games 2023 (Suffield, CT)
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