CrossFit Cliffnotes – July 2019

Here’s the latest on what’s happening around the CrossFit Community:

  • The first Sanctional season officially came to a close in France this past Sunday ending a 7 month battle for individuals and teams to earn their spot to the Crossfit Games. Ben Smith, the only athlete to have 10 consecutive individual Games appearances, has not qualified (he is coming back from knee surgery this winter). Many are rallying for him to earn one of the “blow hard” wild card invites – do you think he deserves it?
  • Several more athletes have tested positive for banned substances and most notably was Crossfit Mayhem Independence Team member Elly Kabboord. Kabboord’s positive test got the community up in arms because she has trained with Rich Froning for years and is adamant about the fact that she must have ingested tainted supplements or food (a claim several other athletes have made as well). She is currently having her supplements tested and appealing her 4-year sanction.
  • It has been confirmed that there will be a way to watch the 2019 Games this summer which begin on August 1st! Crossfit will be streaming the Games live through a world feed. Don’t expect all of the theatrics of previous Games broadcasts, but this feed will give anyone the chance to commentate or create whatever Games story or production they choose. Click here for more information.
  • Some “Fun” Stuff: Mat Fraser just released his own shoe, the Nike Metcon 5 MF. Tia-Clair Toomey and Katrin Davidsdottir both ended their contract with Reebok. Davidsdottir is now a NOBULL athlete. Dave Castro got a new puppy; a female Dogo Argentino named “Doug.” Check out “dougthedogo” on Instagram to follow all the cuteness. Stacie Tovar gave birth to a baby boy, Gavin George. Ben Smith is listed as an alternate on Rich Froning’s Crossfit Mayhem Freedom team for the Games this summer.

And a few highlights from our own CFMY community:

  • Meg B crushed it at the Asbury Park Summer Games, which will be a sanctioned event next year. She and her team placed 7th our of 40 teams in the Women’s RX division, raking in first and second place event finishes.
  • Congrats to Lizzy for finally hitting her 100# snatch – a goal she’s been relentlessly chasing!
  • Love is in the air! Cheers to several of our members for recently getting engaged – Rachel and Justin, as well as Bree!

CrossFit Cliffnotes – June 2019

Here’s the latest on what’s happening around the CrossFit Community:

  • Need to get pumped up, girls!?!?  Check out this hype video that was played before the “DÓTTIR WOD” at the Reykjavík Crossfit Championship. This WOD is a collaboration between Annie, Sara, and Katrin, and they hope it becomes a benchmark WOD across all boxes.

  • Turns out being a great trash talker can get you an invite to the Crossfit Games! Love him or hate him, Hunter McIntyre has received a wild card invite to the 2019 Games. McIntyre is a professional athlete and has been doing Crossfit for years but never qualified through the traditional process. Click here to watch his interview about why he should go to the Games.

  • The Rogue Invitational had several highlight moments and was considered one of the best Sanctionals this season! Tia-Clair Toomey and Mat Fraser showed us that there is no sign of them slowing down, as they both coasted to 1st place finishes. One of the most iconic moments was the Legends Division “Amanda” WOD where Crossfit OGs threw down just like they did back in 2010. Click here to watch them go at it.

  • Some “Fun” Stuff: Lauren Fisher got engaged to teammate Rasmus Andersen. Katrin Davidsdottir is releasing her first book in August. Crossfit deleted its Facebook and Instagram accounts over concerns about user privacy and data sharing. Will Moorad is going back to the Games- he hasn’t been there since 2014! Team Invictus X earned themselves another Games invite with their new team roster after their previous invite was revoked.

And as promised, some highlights from our own CFMY community!

  • Coach Meg and Bobby bought a house, got married on May 18 and just recently returned from their beautiful honeymoon in St. Maarten. Fun fact – they met at Crossfit Manayunk!

  • Krissy Baird crushed a new OHS PR – while at 25 weeks pregnant! Super impressive!

  • Speaking of fit moms, Bree Keohane did Murph this year as her first postpartum workout.

  • Kathy showed us some serious strength and was back squatting in the triple digits.

  • Lizzy and Carol faced a tough defeat at the Memorial Day pool party when Dave completely shut them out in beer pong.

  • Did you catch Dave and Pizza Jawn on 6ABC?! ICYMI – here it is.

  • SOOOOO many amazing front squat PRs all-around by our athletes! Way to stick with it through the progression – love hearing that bell ring!

CrossFit Cliffnotes – May 2019

Welcome to the first edition of CrossFit Cliffnotes by CFMY member Jess Beothy. Here, we’ll share monthly highlights from in and around the CrossFit community, and maybe a few from our own CFMY community, too!

Here’s what’s happening now:

  • Mathew Fraser and Sara Sigmundsdottir are the official winners of the 2019 Crossfit Open.  National Champions will receive their official invites any day now. Click here to view the Leaderboard!
  • There are six more Sanctionals left to the season and the most exciting to watch will be the Rogue Invitational which will host some of the most popular current Games athletes as well as Games legends. Think of this event as a “mini” Crossfit Games with all of your favorites! The competition will be held on May 18th-19th. Click here for all the details.
  • Chantelle Loehner of Team Invictus X  became the first 2019 Games athlete to test positive for performance enhancing drugs. Loehner has contested the results and has asked for her B sample to be re-tested.
  • Controversial 2019 Games qualifier Devon Ford has decided to decline his invite. Ford received an incredible amount of negative backlash from the community when it was determined that his 19.3 video submitted for verification was missing reps and did not meet movement standards. Click here to read more and watch his video.
    • The controversy highlights a major oversight and issue with Crossfit HQ and their video verification process. If athletes are going to get a direct invite to the Games through the Open, then HQ has to do better. Click here to watch a YouTube video from ArmenHammerTV which points out the REAL issue with this mess!
  • Some Fun Stuff: Bye, bye Nanos! Athletes can now wear whatever shoes they want at the Games. Kara (Webb) Saunders will be welcoming her baby girl within the next two weeks! Sam Dancer recently participated in an Ayahuasca retreat in Peru and Sweat Lodge Ceremony in Mexico (and yes, his team Invictus X still qualified for the Games in April! [now pending Loehner’s appeal.]) Haley Adams became one of the youngest athletes ever to qualify for the Games at age 18. Sam Briggs continues to show us why she is a BOSS by qualifying for the Games BY EVERY MEANS POSSIBLE at the age of 37!!