How to Watch the CrossFit Games Semifinals: Week 1


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • We kick off the 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals with our first of seven event previews. Check out who to watch in Korea this week as the Far East Throwdown prepares to send two men, three women, and the top team to Fort Worth this summer.

  • CrossFit Semifinals start this week and we are amped and ready for all the drama. Take a look at nine potential bubble athletes you should be tracking.

  • How to watch all the action from the 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals this week!


“I am sad to announce that this is the end of the Crossfit Games season for me this year.” - Sara Sigmundsdottir via Instagram yesterday


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2024 Asia CrossFit Semifinal Preview

The 2024 Asia Semifinal by the Far East Throwdown, is returning to the BEXCO Convention & Exhibition Center in Busan, South Korea, to kick off the first of three Semifinals weeks this Friday.

Athletes from the region will be the first ones to test out this year’s six events, and the top two men and top three women (up from two last season) from the 40-athlete field will advance to the 2024 CrossFit Games.

Let’s take a look at the contenders in Asia.

Top 10 Men and Women, Ranked by Quarterfinals Finish

  1. Ivan Kukartsev | Seher Kaya

  2. Morteza Sedaghat | Seungyeon Choi

  3. Mevlut Agir | Dawon Jung

  4. Seungjong Kim | Evie Hollis

  5. Ilyas Kuliev | Anastasya Dodonova

  6. Paolo Rossil | Anna Ivanova

  7. Ant Haynes | Kim Minjeong

  8. Ruslan Miftakhov | Omer Reshef

  9. Seokbeom Kim | Adele Quinton-Page

  10. Chen Sheng | Anastasia Smirnova

Women’s Division

The Heavy Favorite

Seher Kaya: Two-time CrossFit Games athlete Seher Kaya is the heavy favorite on the women’s side. 

The 25-year-old competes for Turkey but grew up in Norway and trains at the powerhouse CrossFit Oslo, a gym stacked with Games athletes.


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😢 Sara is Out for 2024: The fan-favorite athlete, one of the original “Dottirs,” and two-time Games podium finisher, Sara Sigmundsdottir, announced that she would once again be forced out of the CrossFit Games season.

  • From the post: “I have felt incredibly off with symptoms of chronic tiredness, dizziness, cramps, joints swelling up and many other things. For the longest time, I chalked it off as my body’s response to overtraining.”

  • “After periods of resting and still feeling this way I sought opinions from several medical professionals. 12 months ago I finally received answers and was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called ‘Reactive Arthritis,’” she continued in her post.

  • According to Sigmundsdottir, the disease is the result of an infected box jump injury and is 100% treatable with proper medication.

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

🏆 TYR Wodapalooza Drops TYR Cup Details: More details are emerging about the inaugural event this Fall. Stay in the know below:

  • 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.

  • The format will be North America vs. The World. As the teaser described it, this will be “an all-star match-up, featuring a two-team, head-to-head format. Each squad will be composed of four men & four women, with the captains chosen by YOU.”

  • Then, the event structures were released with teams of eight and six different event styles. This is going to be EPIC! Learn more here.

🤯⚽️ New WHOOP Partnership/Investor: The wearable formerly most closely associated with CrossFit has branched out over the past few years and yesterday announced a new global ambassador and investor.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, the legendary soccer icon, joins a growing roster of investors and partners that includes Patrick Mahomes, Michael Phelps, Eli Manning, and Rory McIlroy.

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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!

ICYMI: 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.


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9 Potential Bubble Athletes to Watch in the 2024 CrossFit Semifinals

For hardcore fans of the sport, there is nothing better than the weeks of the CrossFit Semifinals. They harken back to those heady days of Regionals (RIP) and remind us of simpler times.

They’re also jam-packed with action as athletes worldwide take on the same tests, peaking at the same, and finally give us a chance to see how the individuals at the top of the leaderboard fare against each other.

  • However, the attention we pay to athletes further down the leaderboard is unique to Semifinals, which is the final qualifying stage for the CrossFit Games. 

Yes, the podium matters because there’s a prize purse, and winning is good, but the real drama is on the bubble.

In real-time, fans are treated to the intense highs and crushing lows of athletes laying it all on the line for one of the very few tickets to the big dance in Fort Worth later this summer and a shot at CrossFit glory. 

So, on that note, here are 9 bubble athletes who may not be on your radar but will likely be within the next few weeks: 

1. Austin Hatfield (North America East) – Mayhem athlete Austin Hatfield has been climbing his way up the Quarterfinals leaderboard each year since 2021. 


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How to Watch the 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals

The 2024 CrossFit Open and Quarterfinals have come and gone. We are now entering the in-person stage of the CrossFit Games season.

Beginning this week and continuing through the next three weekends, the 40 fittest men and women and the 30 fittest teams in seven regions will throw down in a bid to earn one of the coveted Games tickets. To keep up with all the action, we’ve put together a complete guide to watching the 2024 CrossFit Semifinals.

How to Watch

CrossFit has announced that every Semifinal event will be live-streamed, but the schedule is not uniform across all regions.

  • Europe, North America East, and North America West will feature a live stream on Saturday and Sunday of every heat of every event. On Friday, however, there will be no live stream. Instead, Chase Ingraham will host a Semifinals Kickoff Show.

  • Africa, Asia, Oceania, and South America will have a live stream each day, including Friday.

Live stream coverage will be available across many platforms, including the CrossFit Games website, the CrossFit Games App, Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube.

2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals Competition Day Schedules

(Note: This is a general framework. Event times will be adjusted according to local event venue and organizer priorities. Stay up to date daily on the Morning Chalk Up’s Instagram.)


  • 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Team Event 1

  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Team Event 2

  • 12:45-3:20 p.m.: Individual Event 1

  • 3:35-5:20 p.m.: Team Event 3


  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Individual Event 2

  • 12:20-1:20 p.m.: Team Event 4

  • 2:20-5 p.m.: Individual Event 3

  • 5:15-6:15 p.m.: Team Event 5


  • 9-11:20 a.m.: Individual Event 4

  • 12:20-2:30 p.m.: Individual Event 5

  • 2:45-4:15 p.m.: Individual Event 6

(Podium ceremonies will follow Team Event 5 on Saturday and Individual Event 6 on Sunday.)

2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals Schedule

Week 1

  • May 16-19 – Asia Semifinal by Far East Throwdown | Busan, South Korea

  • May 17-19 – Europe Semifinal by French Throwdown | Décines-Charpieu, France

Week 2

  • May 23-26 – Oceania Semifinal by Torian Pro | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

  • May 24-26 – North America West Semifinal by West Coast Classic | Carson, California  

Week 3

  • May 31-June 2 – Africa Semifinal by Renegade Games | Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

  • May 31-June 2 – South America Semifinal by Copa Sur | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • May 31-June 2 – North America East Semifinal by Syndicate Crown | Knoxville, TN


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  • 🤯Check out Nick Mathew PRing his Steinborn squat at 183 kilos/405 pounds.

  • Nice work to Ben from CrossFit Rapture in Brightwaters, NY, on this 104-kilo/230-pound clean complex.

  • Congratulations to Emily from CrossFit Claremont in Australia on the toes-to-rings and finishing the Adaptive Semifinals workouts over the weekend.

  • Congratulations to Games athlete Mike Catris on completing the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon.

  • 🔥Great job to Jordan from Runaway CrossFit in Australia for getting after it and training for the Torian Pro.