Get to Know the 2024 CrossFit Games Demo Team


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • The CrossFit Games Demo Team is an exclusive group of elite athletes who get the unique opportunity to test Games workouts, demonstrate them for the field, and learn how Castro and the Games team work. Get to know the insanely talented 2024 Demo Team.

  • John Wooley, the Wooley Memeth, shares six lessons he’s learned during Chagrin Falls CrossFit’s “Superhero Summer.” It starts with embracing shared suffering.

  • The CrossFit Games are returning to ESPN platforms for the second straight year. Check out the broadcast schedule and more details below.

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“Workouts in a group are invaluable for many reasons but the most important one, as far as I’m concerned, is the opportunity to suffer with others.” - John Wooley


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Get to Know CrossFit's 2024 Games Demo Team

Earlier this week, the CrossFit Games revealed the 2024 Demo Team. 

An annual summer ritual, sometimes a few days before and sometimes a few weeks before the start of Games week, CrossFit reveals “a team of experienced CrossFit athletes…selected to demonstrate each event at the CrossFit Games to the field of athletes.” 

  • The group of six (sometimes more or less) will test workouts before (and during) the Games to give Castro and the Games organizers a realistic run-through at full speed.

  • For example, when rain delayed 2022’s “Alpaca” event, it was the Demo Team who came out to the field to test equipment and help determine the next steps (which ultimately involved removing the rope climbs).

The 18th CrossFit Games will take place August 8-11 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX, for the first time in the event’s history.

2024 Demo Team Members

Scott Tetlow (Team Captain) – Tetlow qualified for the Games in 2020, placing 17th in the two-part, COVID-affected finals. He has also competed at Semifinals in 2021, 2022, and 2023. At the 2022 Rogue Invitational, he also placed 17th.


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🏃‍♂️🏊 2024 CrossFit Games Event 1: Yesterday, the CrossFit Games revealed the first event of the 2024 CrossFit Games, a four-mile “Run/Swim” to take outdoors on Thursday, August 8. Check out the teaser video now and look for our full story and analysis today.

🏆🚨 First Athletes Announced for TYR Wodapalooza SoCal: The first two athletes for the inaugural TYR Cup, a battle between North America and the World, were announced yesterday on Talking Elite Fitness:

  • Jeffrey Adler, the reigning Fittest Man on Earth, is the first member of Team North America. He’s a five-time Games athlete and 2023 TYR Wodapalooza Team Champ.

  • Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr, the 🐐, is the first athlete on the Team World roster. The six-time Fittest Woman on Earth really needs no other introduction.

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  • Now they’ve partnered together to enable athletes to submit their scores directly with a single click in the WODProof App. Learn more.

🕵️🤫 Dave Castro Hints: As Castro works his way through interviewing all 80 athletes who qualified for the 2024 CrossFit Games, he’s dropped a few hints about what to expect in Fort Worth.

ICYMI: Will the Team Division be split off into its own event, similar to the Masters, Teen, and Adaptive Games this year? Mike Halpin, from Known and Knowable, digs into the evidence.


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Do Hard Things: 6 Lessons from “Superhero Summer,” So Far

We often hear people use the phrase “Do Hard Things” as a motivating factor to encourage us out of our comfort zone and to push ourselves to a greater limit. 

What if that slogan could mean so much more? 

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing my perspective on dealing with hard times and adversity. 

We all deal with these issues from time to time. 

Some situations are more difficult than others, but ultimately, part of the human experience is dealing with strife. 

I only joined CrossFit over a decade ago to get fit.

I didn’t anticipate the other areas it would affect and certainly didn’t realize it would prepare me for some of the hardest moments in my life.

What is unique to CrossFit is the component of shared suffering in a group setting that no other methodology experiences outside of maybe military and first responders. 

This is the aspect of CrossFit that creates truly special moments where life lessons are learned. 

In this “shared suffering,” I have come to find that in pushing myself to the extreme limits of my endurance, both physically and mentally, the harder parts of my life seem more manageable. 

  • Because of this, I do Hero WODs and Benchmark workouts as often as my body allows. 


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2024 CrossFit Games Returns to ESPN for Second Straight Year

The 2024 CrossFit Games is returning to ESPN platforms, spanning all four days of competition. 

The details: CrossFit HQ announced on Tuesday the Games will be presented across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+ during the event, which is being held August 8-11 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX.

ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+ Exclusive Telecast Schedule – All Times Eastern

  • Thursday, Aug. 8 – 7-9 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN+

  • Friday, Aug. 9 – 9-11 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN+

  • Saturday, Aug. 10 – 2-4 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN+

  • Sunday, Aug. 11 – 4-6 p.m., ESPN and ESPN+

One big thing: According to the press release, the “entirety of the CrossFit Games will be streamed on ESPN+ so fans will never miss a minute of the action.” 

  • ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts will feature the top heats of the day and updates on the entire competition throughout the broadcast. 

  • Fans will also be able to access the Games on many other platforms, including the CrossFit Games website, Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube.

International viewers will be able to watch the telecast on those same channels during the ESPN “exclusivity window.”


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