The 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals Week 3 Starts Tomorrow!


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Next up in our 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals preview series is the North America East Semifinal by Syndicate Crown. When everything is done and dusted in Knoxville, 11 men, 11 women, and eight teams—the largest field of qualifiers this season—will have Games tickets in hand.

  • How gaining weight helped CrossFit Games rookie qualifier Claudia Gluck get over the hump.

  • And finally, the last in our 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals preview series is the South America Semifinal by Copa Sur. Three men, three women, and two teams will earn invitations to Texas this weekend.


“I can’t change my height, but I can gain weight.” - Claudia Gluck on her thinking following her 22nd-place at the 2023 Europe Semifinal


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2024 CrossFit Games North America East Semifinal Preview: How To Watch, Rosters, and Schedule

Three competitions kick off simultaneously during the final weekend of the 2024 CrossFit Semifinals. One of those is the North America East Semifinal by Syndicate Crown, which takes place in Knoxville, TN, from Friday, May 31 to June 2.

The North America East region is arguably the strongest and most competitive, considering the total number of Games invitations allotted to competitors. 

Eighty athletes — 40 men and 40 women — will compete for one of the 11 spots in each division and the right to head to the CrossFit Games from August 8-11 in Fort Worth, TX. 

Here are the top contenders that we’ll be watching.

Top 10 Men and Women, Ranked by Quarterfinals Finish

  1. Jeffrey Adler | Alexis Raptis

  2. Roman Khrennikov | Emma Lawson

  3. Austin Hatfield | Danielle Brandon

  4. Jayson Hopper | Erica Folo

  5. Dallin Pepper | Haley Adams

  6. Samuel Cournoyer | Carolyne Prevost

  7. Benoit Boulanger | Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr

  8. Jack Rozema | Alaina Savage

  9. Travis Mayer | Anikha Greer

  10. Jack Farlow | Feeroozeh Saghafi

Women’s Division


Emma Lawson: The Second Fittest Woman on Earth, Emma Lawson, also took first in her region and second place worldwide in Quarterfinals. There’s absolutely no doubt that the young Canadian will shine in Knoxville, and she is an obvious choice as the overall winner. 

  • In 2023, Lawson took fourth behind Emma Cary, Danielle Brandon, and Amanda Barnhart during Semis. With Cary out this year and Brandon and Barnhard having placed lower than Lawson in Quarterfinals, the top of the podium could be hers.


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🥇🎟️ Week 2 of the 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals is done and dusted in North America West and Oceania. Get caught up with event-by-event results and overall leaderboards for Oceania and North America West.

💪💙 Davidsdottir Injury Update: In case you missed it during a busy Semifinals weekend, Katrin Davidsdottir posted an update on her injury and plans for treatment.

  • From the post: “I am going to be getting a surgery next week, which I will share more on exact details later on what we decided would be best for me & give me the best future opportunities! I have never had a major surgery & I am so nervous, BUT I am also so hopeful of the life quality it can give me.

🧑‍💻👩‍💻 CrossFit HQ is Hiring: CrossFit LLC is currently advertising six positions in IT, including several senior engineers in DevOps and software, as well as additional positions in marketing.

🏳️‍🌈💛 Reebok Unveils “Unity by Reebok” for 2024 Pride: The collection, according to Reebok, “features expressive and colorful graphics inspired by the traditional tie-dyed garments seen within Pride parades across the globe, plus apparel featuring the collection’s mantra: ‘For Anybody and Everybody.’”

🏆 TYR Wodapalooza Drops TYR Cup Details: The team at Loud and Live is dropping more info about the inaugural event this Fall. Stay in the know below:

  • With more details out in the world, the TYR Cup crew posted this hype video laying out everything you need to know. Check it out now!

  • The prize purse for the event will be $250,000, broken down as follows:

    • TYR Cup Champs: $160k per team

      Runner-ups: $40k per team

      MVP: $10k - Awarded to the individual with the greatest singular positive impact on their team’s success.

      The remaining $40k will be shared across the remaining division champs.

🏋️‍♀️📋 Training Camp Semifinalists: Several prominent training camps have dropped full rosters of their Semifinal-qualifying athletes. Check out the lists now:

ICYMI: Tanya Wagner won the 2009 CrossFit Games and is a 16-year affiliate owner. She spoke with the Morning Chalk Up about what’s changed (a lot) and what hasn’t (the important stuff) during her career in the sport.


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CrossFit Games Rookie Spotlight: How France’s Claudia Gluck Bulked Up to Earn Her First CrossFit Games Spot

After finishing 22nd at the Europe Semifinals in 2023, France’s Claudia Gluck had to admit that she was “very small compared to the field,” and she wasn’t as complete an athlete as she needed to be.

  • “I can’t change my height, but I can gain weight,” Gluck said of her thinking after last year’s Semifinals. 

Ultimately, the biggest hole she and her coach, Luc Millier, identified was her strength.

So the 25-year-old set her sights on gaining some mass and, more importantly, strength to contend with the best CrossFit athletes in the world this season.

It worked. 

Gluck gained nearly seven pounds and increased her strength during the off-season. This made all the difference at the recent Europe Semifinal, where Gluck placed sixth overall and earned a spot to compete at her first CrossFit Games this summer.

  • “It’s amazing. I don’t have any other words. It’s just a dream come true,” Gluck told the Morning Chalk Up the week after she qualified. “I still feel a bit hungover because there were so many emotions during the weekend and so many people and noise.”

  • She continued: “I needed two days seeing no one [after the competition] because it was just so crazy, but yes, it feels very good.”

Qualifying in France, in front of her family and friends and a crowd of hometown supporters, made it extra special.

  • “I have never experienced something like that. I would just lift my arms in the air, and people would scream. I have never had that much of an exchange with the public before…It was very special,” she said.


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2024 CrossFit Games South America Semifinal Preview: How To Watch, Rosters, and Schedule

The 2024 South American Semifinal by Copa Sur takes place this weekend at Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The three-day event begins on May 31

The South America Semifinal is one of three this weekend to end the middle portion of the CrossFit Games season, solidifying the men’s, women’s, and team fields. It’s joined by the North America East Semifinal in Knoxville, TN, and the Africa Semifinal in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.

This weekend, 40 men and 40 women take the floor to compete, and for the first time in the Semifinal era, three Games tickets are available for both the men’s and women’s divisions.

Let’s look at the contenders.

Top 10 Men and Women, Ranked by Quarterfinals Finish

  1. Agustin Richelme | Victoria Campos

  2. Joao Pedro Barcelos | Emily Andrade

  3. Bruno Marins | Gabriella Luque

  4. Guilherme Malheiros | Luiza Marques

  5. Juan Ignacio Sforzini | Lillian Nagao Leitao

  6. Marcus Moreira | Lucila Carro

  7. Williams Rios | Carolina Martinez

  8. Kaique Cerveny | Bruna Baxhix

  9. Nicolas Bedon | Julia Kato

  10. Nicolas Canil | Victoria Monje

Women’s Division

The Favorite

Victoria Campos: The Brazilian is the only woman in the field to have made multiple CrossFit Games appearances and is looking to qualify for her third trip to the CrossFit Games this summer. 

  • Campos has been dominant at the South American Semifinals, taking the title in both 2023 and 2022. She also had a podium finish in 2021 when she finished 3rd. Campos enters Semifinals in top form after finishing first in Quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.


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