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2024 Semifinals Are Just Days Away, Up First Asia and Europe


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Europe is coming. Rising star Colin Bosshard’s sights are set on Fort Worth this summer, but he has to get through this week’s Europe Semifinal first.

  • Regionals? Sectionals? Sanctionals? As the 2024 Semifinals kick off this week, we take a look back at all the ways the “Road to the Games” has changed.

  • Heading to Décines-Charpieu, France, for the Europe Semifinal? Check out our spectator’s guide for the best places to eat, drink, train, and get caffeinated while you watch Europe’s elite throwdown!


“My biggest takeaway was knowing that I can compete against the best in Europe.” - Colin Bosshard, reflecting on his 2023 Europe Semifinals performance


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Semifinals Spotlight: Europe’s Rising Star, Colin Bosshard, Eyes CrossFit Games

Colin Bosshard might not be a household name in the CrossFit world, especially outside of European circles. 

  • However, the two-time Fittest Man in Switzerland heads into Semifinals looking to build on the momentum of the past 12 months and qualify for the CrossFit Games at the end of the weekend.

Remind me: Colin Bosshard made his first appearance as an individual at Semifinals in 2023. 

  • He finished in 12th place, one spot below the cutline for the CrossFit Games.

“Since it was my first time at the Semifinals, I didn’t expect at all to qualify for the games,” Bosshard told the Morning Chalk Up in an interview. “I was there to compete and gain experience.”

  • “My biggest takeaway was knowing that I can compete against the best in Europe. My mentality and the way I approached workouts have changed a lot since then. I’m more confident in my abilities,” the youngster concluded.


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  • 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.

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📺 🎥 2024 CrossFit Games Live Stream Schedule Announced: Yesterday afternoon, the CrossFit Games team announced that all seven Semifinals will have live streaming coverage of “every heat of each event on Saturday and Sunday” on “a number of platforms, CrossFit Games website, the CrossFit Games app, Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube,” according to a press release.

  • The press release also announced that Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania will have live streaming coverage on Friday, while Europe, North America East, and North America West will have a “Semifinals Kickoff Show on the Friday of each competition that will serve as a warm-up for the main event.”

🏋️‍♀️🎓 Pit Collegiate Throwdown: Designed to help fill in what some have described as the “lost years” for athletes aging up from the Teen to the Individual division, the Pit Collegiate Throwdown offers the opportunity for athletes 18-22 to throw down against their peers.

  • The online qualifier runs June 9-30, and the in-person finals will take place concurrently with the Pit Teen Throwdown from August 27-30. Learn more and get registered now!

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

ICYMI: The 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals start this week, and to kick things off, we are looking at some of our favorite moments from the recent Semifinals past. Who remembers Will Moorad’s 81-point comeback?


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A Long and Winding Road: How CrossFit Games Qualification Has Changed Since 2007

The 2024 CrossFit Games will mark the 18th year of the sport’s pinnacle event. 

In its history, the Games has relocated numerous times and been reformatted, and the workout surprises Dave Castro has for athletes are just too many to count. 

Given these, among other, big changes in the sport over the last 18 years, we think it’s a good time to look back at how the Games qualification process started, changed, and developed, and how we ended up where we are today. 

Current state of affairs: The road to the 2024 CrossFit Games is through the CrossFit Open, Quarterfinals, and Semifinals stages. 

The Games are being held in Fort Worth, Texas, which is a major change from years past. 

Separately, the Games is also no longer hosting the final leg of competition for Age Group, Teen, and Adaptive athletes. 

  • We’re currently in the middle of the season as athletes who qualified for Semifinals are gearing up for their first in-person competition of the Games season. 

  • The Games are being held at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas from August 8–11.

  • Age Groups, Teens, and Adaptive athletes now each have their own events being held across the country. A first in the Games' history and a change that could give these communities more attention than they’ve had in the past. 


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The Semifinal Spectator Experience: A Guide to Europe


Semifinals are back, and if you are heading to the Europe Semifinal by French Throwdown at LDLC Arena in Décines-Charpieu, France, between May 17 and May 19, here is your guide to three days of food, beverages, and fitness. 

  • The arena is located just east of the city of Lyon and can be reached easily by car or subway from the city center. 

In addition to the Europe Semifinal, the French Throwdown hosts competitions for all levels of athletes - from scaled to masters and teens, individuals, and teams. 

  • When not watching fast fitness on the competition floor, spectators can check out a partner village that will host more than 50 brands, workshops, and spectator animations. Tickets start at 10.00 € and can be purchased here.

Looking to keep up with your fitness over the weekend? Check out the gyms near the competition site.

  • CrossFit Genas The affiliate will be closed during the competition weekend as it has several athletes and coaches at the Throwdown.

    • Open Gym: The week before Semifinals, the affiliate will have extended hours.

      • Monday, May 13 – Wednesday, May 15: 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

      • Thursday, May 16: 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

      • The affiliate is closed Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19.

    • Drop-In Rates: 

      • 10 sessions: €180

      • 1 session: €20

      • 1 session with a shirt: €35

    • Other Events: The affiliate will do Murph on Monday, May 20. There will be four heats and a one-session drop-in fee to participate.


Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise? Send us a tip.

  • 🎂Happy birthday to Joey Adduci and Sola Sigurdardottir.

  • Nice work to Sasha Nievas on the 113 kilo/250 pound clean.

  • Great job to Curt from CrossFit High Gear in Medina, OH, on competing in Age Group Semifinals over the weekend.

  • 🙌Check out Zack George throw down at Hyrox in the UK, nice work, Zack!

  • 🤸‍♀️Larissa from CrossFit Criciuma in Brazil shows off some impressive handstand skills.