Check Out These 10 Standout Stats From Team Quarterfinals


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • What can we learn from these 10 eye-popping 2024 CrossFit Team Quarterfinals stats? Find out below.

  • Are the Olympic lifts “complex but not complicated?” Greg Everett, weightlifting coach and Catalyst Athletics founder, has some thoughts.

  • Paula Larsen Mamani found CrossFit during a “painful divorce.” Now, at 60, she’s in the best shape of her life and just competed in the Quarterfinals.


“You go and you have this work to do and everyone is there doing it, sweating, working hard. I’m there fist-bumping the CrossFit Games athlete at my gym, and she is the same as me. And men are there deadlifting 550 pounds. They’re getting a PR, I’m getting a PR. We’re all the same.” - Paula Larsen Mamani, age 60, on the vibe that attracts her to CrossFit Praus in Fort Wayne, IN


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10 Eye-Opening Stats From the 2024 CrossFit Team Quarterfinals

With the Individual Quarterfinal leaderboard just beginning to shake out, let’s take a quick look back at the worldwide Team Quarterfinals (finalized leaderboard here) to highlight 10 interesting stats that stood out to us.

Without wasting any time, let’s dive right in:

10 Eye-Opening Stats From Team Quarterfinals 

  1. Through all four workouts, team Peak 360 CrossFit had no finishes outside of the top three worldwide (1st, 3rd, 1st, 2nd).

  1. Including their three workouts from the Open, team Peak 360 CrossFit already has four workout wins and is currently averaging an event finish of 1.9.

  1. In the top 25 worldwide, CrossFit Mayhem has five teams representing their banner:

  • AR-1 CrossFit Mayhem Unity (3rd)

  • CrossFit Mayhem (7th)

  • CrossFit Levis Mayhem (14th)

  • CrossFit Somo’s Mayhem (19th)

  • CrossFit Torian Mayhem (20th)

  1. The best-performing Mayhem team is not from the United States - AR-1 CrossFit Mayhem Unity (Argentina)


2024 CrossFit Games Quarterfinals Leaderboards (unofficial, as of 2 p.m. PT, April 21, 2024)

  • North America East
    1. Jayson Hopper (10) | Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr (4)
    2. Roman Khrennikov (12) | Emma Lawson (6)
    3. Jeffrey Adler (13) | Brenna Stemler (11)
    4. Benoit Boulanger (13) | Alexis Raptis (12)
    5. Alexandre Caron (16) | Alaina Savage (24)

  • North America West
    1. James Sprague (6) | Emily Rolfe (3)
    2. Patrick Vellner (8) | Alex Gazan (12)
    3. Brandon Luckett (13) | Caitlin Bernardin (17)
    4. Samuel Kwant (17) | Rebecca Fuselier (21)
    5. Jacob Schmidt (20) | Arielle Loewen (28)

  • Europe
    1. Jonne Koski (7) | Jennifer Muir (7)
    2. Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson (13) | Gabriela Migala (11)
    3. Lazar Dukic (22) | Laura Horvath (11)
    4. Nika Maisuradze (23) | Ella Wilkinson (17)
    5. Victor Hoffer (24) | Mirjam von Rohr (21)

  • Oceania
    1. Zac Thomas (4) | Hayley Adams (7)
    2. Jay Crouch (5) | Grace Walton (8)
    3. Ricky Garard (8) | Michelle Hayes (9)
    4. Bayley Martin (13) | Madeline Sturt (11)
    5. Lachlan Park (14) | Isabella Andueza (12)

  • Asia 
    1. Anton Yakovlev (7) | Seher Kaya (2)
    2. Ivan Kukartsev (13) | Seungyeon Choi (5)
    3. Ant Haynes (14) | Anastasiya Dodonova (9)
    4. Ilyas Kuliev (22) | Dawon Jong (13)
    5. Ilya Makarov (26) | Kim Solbi (15)

  • South America
    1. Kaylan Souza (3) | Victoria Campos (16)
    2. Agustin Richelme (9) | Joanna Boaventura (22)
    3. Joao Pedro Barcelos (15) | Laura Gonzalez-Marin (22)
    4. Bruno Marins (15) | Dayana Vicentelli (26)
    5. Nicolas Bedon (22) | Andreia Pinheiro (27)

  • Africa
    1. Aslam Nicolin (9) | Gemma Rader (4)
    2. Ruan Duvenage (9) | Hannelize De Waal (6)
    3. Michael Van Tonder (10) | Christina Livaditakis (11)
    4. Kaelan Henry (11) | Dina Swift(15)
    5. Darren Zurnamer (13) | Diane Stewart (17)

  • Reminder: The top 40 men and women will qualify for Semifinals in each region. For full age-group leaderboards, refer to the CrossFit Games site.

  • See Morning Chalk Up's full Quarterfinals coverage and learn all the details about qualifying for the next stage of the 2024 CrossFit Games season.

💪 📖 Last week, Memelord John Wooley, the creator behind “Make WODs Great Again,” shared his thoughts on the OG CrossFit slogan “Forging Elite Fitness.”

🎯 Beat Dave Castro: CrossFit General Manager of Sport and Education Dave Castro qualified for and will be completing the Individual and Age-Group Quarterfinals workouts. Beat Dave Castro’s scores and earn the chance to win a pair of GORUCK shoes.

  • Once the leaderboard has been finalized, CrossFit will randomly select three winners per workout to be the lucky owners of a new pair of GORUCK shoes. Learn more.

📢📣 Last Call for Teen Mentors: The Pit Teen Throwdown, host of the 2024 Teen CrossFit Games, has set up a mentorship program for teen athletes to receive advice and guidance from those with Games experience. If you’re a Games athlete and interested in helping the next generation in the sport, learn more and get signed up now!

🎟️ 🎟️ CrossFit Asia Semifinal: The Far East Throwdown, the 2024 CrossFit Asia Semifinal, will take place May 17-19 at the BEXCO Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan, South Korea. Tickets are available now!

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The Olympic Lifts: Complex But Not Complicated?

Let’s consider the often-repeated idea that the Olympic lifts are “complex but not complicated” because it has several implications that need to be addressed.

  • For decades, many weightlifting coaches have tried to argue that the lifts aren’t as complicated as they appear.

  • The most common argument is to persuade non-weightlifting strength coaches that they can, in fact, teach their athletes the lifts for use in strength and conditioning.

I remember many years ago, CrossFit founder Greg Glassman claimed the snatch and clean & jerk weren’t very complex by virtue of being simpler than advanced gymnastics movements. 

  • That’s a discussion itself, but to suffice to say, it’s not a particularly useful sentiment considering that CrossFit A.) doesn’t even get close to the most advanced gymnastics skills, and B.) such a comparison doesn’t reduce the actual skill demands of the Olympic lifts.

Next, I want to take issue with the wording itself:

  • Complex: consisting of many different and connected parts. (Synonym: complicated.)

  • Complicated: consisting of many interconnecting parts or elements; intricate. (Synonym: complex.)

They’re essentially the same thing, although yes, I realize one can go down quite a rabbit hole defining them in certain specific contexts in which there is a distinction. But this isn’t one of them, in my opinion.

So what is the point?


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How CrossFit Helped Paula Larsen Mamani Get Through a “Painful” Divorce, All the Way to Quarterfinals

One year ago, Paula Larsen Mamani was in a dark, painful spot.

After 31 years of marriage, she and her husband decided to separate. 

Further, she had gained 30 pounds as she had been finishing her “lifelong goal” of completing her doctoral degree in education, which caused her to spend more time sitting than focusing on her fitness.

The 60-year-old Mamani had a decision to make: She could continue to spiral in a world of “emotional pain” the divorce was causing her, or she could turn to what she knew would help get her life on track: CrossFit.

She chose the latter. 

Mamani’s Story

Last Thanksgiving, Mamani, a mother of four children, decided to sign up for 75 Hard, a fitness and lifestyle challenge that asks you to do five things every day for 75 days.

For Mamani, those five things included doing two workouts a day, one of which had to be completed outside, following a healthy diet, drinking one gallon of water, reading at least 10 pages of a self-help book, and taking a daily “progress” picture of herself in her underwear.

Mamani went all in. Though she had been doing CrossFit at CrossFit Praus in Fort Wayne, IN, since 2015, her commitment to it had waned a bit during her PhD.

Suddenly, she was back to it every day. On top of this, Mamani started tracking her macros, which helped her focus on eating significantly more protein than she had been, drinking more water, and starting each day out with a soul-cleansing 45-minute walk. 

Pretty soon, the world started to seem less dark, and Mamani started to find herself again. 

She felt so good that when the 75-day challenge elapsed, Mamani didn’t stop. She continued going to the gym every day, and her morning walks had now turned into runs.


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  • 🙌Congratulations to Games athlete Sam Dancer, who has been competing with CrossFit Invictus for 12 years, attempting to be the oldest male to qualify as an individual from Quarterfinals.

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  • 🔥Nice job to Madi of Blue House Fitness in Portland, OR, for getting after Quarterfinals workout #4.

  • Congratulations to Margaret of Red Wolf CrossFit in Huntington Beach, CA, on knocking out five strict pull-ups in a row.

  • 💪Congratulations to the kids at CrossFit Camden Frontier in Camden, MI, on tackling their Quarterfinals workouts.