#347 – Quarterfinals Day 1 & 2 – Noah Ohlsen, Scott Panchik, Cedric Lapointe, Taylor Self, James Hobart, Angelo DiCicco, and Brian Friend

Sevan Matossian (00:02):

Bam we’re live sausage Fest. You don’t even know what a woman is. You don’t even know what a woman is. Tell me about a sausage vest, Batman and Robin. You don’t even know what a sausage vest is. You don’t even know what a woman is. Uh, that being said, I have declared that a woman is someone with a vagina and to day there will be no. Um, yes.

Brian Friend (00:25):

Why were you late?

Sevan Matossian (00:27):

Uh, I forgot my, I printed my notes out. I sat down like thinking I was all cool. And then I was like, look, my notes.

Brian Friend (00:32):

We were, we were trying to speculate. It was, we thought it was either the notes, the socks or the coffee.

Sevan Matossian (00:36):

Yeah. And it is, that is solid.

Brian Friend (00:39):

That’s so

Sevan Matossian (00:39):

Solid. Angela was up. Uh, so today we have a, a Allstar cast of bad sasses. Um, it is all, um, people with I, what I presumed at penises. I’ve not checked any of ’em just to guess. I mean, I don’t care if they do or don’t, but tomorrow I’m gonna try to go for people that I would guess all have vaginas. So I apologize. It wasn’t on purpose like that. It was just, um, the women I invited on the show today couldn’t make it, but some of them have already said yeah, for tomorrow. And I think you guys will be very Excited and

Brian Friend (01:09):

Happy. Can I just tell you, just tell you something real quick. So yes. Yes. So I did the, the final workout of the quarter finals today. Oh yeah. And one of the members from the gym, uh, yeah, always hangs around for a while after classes and stuff. Uh, and he is hung back after most everyone would’ve left and I was just kinda sitting there reflecting on the weekend. He goes, you wanna go out for brunch? I said, sure. So he went out for brunch and you know what he wanted to talk about,

Sevan Matossian (01:34):


Brian Friend (01:34):

Something, or some group of people called furs.

Sevan Matossian (01:38):

Oh, I don’t know that group.

Brian Friend (01:40):

And I, I, I didn’t either. And I learned a lot about it and I didn’t really want to,

Sevan Matossian (01:44):

Is it part of the progressive culture?

Brian Friend (01:48):

Well, just on your own time, you know, if you feel like it,

Sevan Matossian (01:52):

Um, on the back end today. And when I mean back end, I don’t mean literally back end. I mean, it’s a, it’s a, from the it perspective we have Caleb and Matt Suza. Uh, I learned that, uh, I got in trouble last time. I said that with my mom. I won’t say that. Um, if you guys purchase coffee from paper street coffee, you have to, first of all, go to the right paper, street coffee. If you do it before tomorrow, or maybe it’s up until tomorrow, You’ll get 20% off and you’ll get, um, which is kind of crazy. And you’ll get, if you use seven as the code, S E E V a N and you’ll be put into a drawing for a barbell.

Brian Friend (02:31):

So that’s everyone, everyone just stopped listening for the last 20 seconds.

Sevan Matossian (02:34):

That’s I know. Good, good, good, good, good. Everyone. Go get your coffee. And, uh, um, I wanna thank barbell jobs.com and California hormones. So we went from the open to the quarter finals. It feels like it’s just all one show. Um, I kind of wish it was more like that. Um, how many people did the quarter finals, men, women, men, and women in the individual side total, or how many qualified for it total in men and women, individuals?

Brian Friend (03:05):

Um, I don’t know exactly across all the continents, but, but there is an article on morning chalk that lays that out very easily to see. It’s kinda like all you need to know about quarter finals or something. And, um, I can general ideas.

Sevan Matossian (03:20):

Yeah. Gimme a rough, rough amount of how many men individuals, um, entered the quarter finals this year, not entered, sorry, qualified. So we have

Brian Friend (03:27):

Two different things. OK. 7,000 men in north America qualified. Okay. About 6,000 men in Europe. Qualified. I’m just rounding here. Okay. About a thousand in Oceana and Asia. Okay. And maybe 600 in south American, 400 in Africa, something like that.

Sevan Matossian (03:44):

Um, and when you said a thousand in, uh, Oceania and Asia, is that, is that a thousand each or a thousand together? Each. Each. Each. Okay. So that gives us 13, 14, 15,000. That gives us about 16,000. Okay. Yeah. So, uh, Darth Bain says 15,000 men worldwide and like 12 to thousand women.

Brian Friend (04:01):

Okay. So yeah, something like that.

Sevan Matossian (04:02):

Okay, cool.

Brian Friend (04:03):

And then basically 80% of all those numbers for women.

Sevan Matossian (04:07):

Okay. Okay. Um, and, and how many of these, so then these people can pay 50 bucks and go to the quarter finals. They, this, these are the ones who qualified from the open and how many of the men and how many of those women do we know actually go on to do the quarter finals? Is it the 90%? 95%?

Brian Friend (04:27):

I don’t think so. I have only checked this for sure. In north American men. Um, it’s about, it looks like it’s about 50% this year. Wow. I don’t know about in other, uh, regions, maybe someone else has, has looked into of can look into it, but I would guess I would guess that it’s similar. Um,

Sevan Matossian (04:44):

And, and why is that? Why do only 50% go on? Just because they know that they can’t make it to the semi-finals

Brian Friend (04:51):

Possibly. I also think there’s a possibility that if you’re competing on a team and you know that, and you’ve qualified, you might not do it. There might be people who are in the masters of visions, they qualified for both. And they’re like, yeah, well, I learned from last year, I’m not gonna do these workouts or variance of these workouts more than once. I’ll just prime myself for the qualifier. I think I have the best chance in whichever one that is. And um, so you sure you lose a big percentage from teams master’s athletes. Um, and then, yeah, my guess is, and I, you know, I wish there was a way to kind of know what percentage of these people, like, where are they coming from? Are they the last 3000 to qualify that decided not to participate or are those the ones that are the most excited to get in? So they do sign up and it’s the people that are like 2000 to 5,000, um, that aren’t signing up because they’re like, yeah, well, whatever.

Sevan Matossian (05:38):

Uh, yeah, I was going for that. Kenneth. That’s the way I like to say that word hormones like that horror MOS. I’m gonna appreciate you noticing that. Um, uh, when you say that it could be because of teams, why teams, people don’t need to do the quarter finals.

Brian Friend (05:55):

Angela, are you doing the quarter finals?

Angelo DiCicco (05:58):

No, I’m not doing it.

Sevan Matossian (05:59):

And, and why is it? Why aren’t you don’t have to tell me how that works. How

Angelo DiCicco (06:03):

Become good. The same thing that Brian just said about the masters, uh, last year, the workouts were so similar. I mean, the workouts were almost identical, so I don’t want do that workout. And then none of having to do it in two weeks, but I think this year they are to gonna be different. So,

Sevan Matossian (06:18):


Angelo DiCicco (06:18):

The equipment list is vastly different. So

Sevan Matossian (06:20):

I don’t. So you own twice, you have your own workout, the teams have their own, like next stage. Is that called? What’s that called? Is that called team? Quarter finals? Yeah. Okay.

Angelo DiCicco (06:29):

It’s in two weeks and it’s, it’s um, it’s more team oriented. I wouldn’t say it’s like, you know, I guess, yeah, there was sync Syncro stuff last year, but there’s no like worm stuff or anything like that. It’s kind of just entry level team stuff.

Sevan Matossian (06:43):

And what I said may maybe kind of stupid. I said, well, maybe it’s because they haven’t think that they have they’re they’re not doing the quarter final finals, even though they qualified because they know they can’t make it to the semi-finals. But if that’s the logic, then why even do the open,

Brian Friend (06:56):

That’s kind of what I’m wondering. And I’ve kind of, you know, two thoughts about this is one from that perspective, I just am curious about the person who signs up for the open, knowing that they are likely gonna finish in the top 10% and then chooses not to do the quarter front. I was like, why do one, if you don’t wanna do the other, and then the other thing I wonder from CrossFits perspective, like I wonder if they’re looking at those numbers and asking the same question, where are the people coming from, who did sign up and where are they com like, and who are the majority that didn’t sign up? Because one thing they could consider is, well, it doesn’t look that good if only 50% of the registrants of the qualifiers register. So maybe we should reduce that. Let’s make it 7% and then we’ll get a much higher registration rate.

Brian Friend (07:34):

And it’s a little bit more exclusive and prestigious to make it through or open it up to 15%, because then let’s say that in the 90th to 94th percentile, 50% of those people do it. And 50% don’t, but in the 85th to 89th percentile, you’d probably have the same thing. So then you end up getting double the number of registrants outta those two groups. And you would out either one of ’em, which means number double the number of revenue outta those groups for the quarter finals. And, and, you know, people give a lot of critical comments about no CrossFit is now all about the money in the business. If you know, if there is even any element of that, which why not then maybe open to 15% and you’ll get an extra 2,500 men per, you know, or maybe a thousand extra men in north America paying 50 bucks. I would’ve paid, you know, if I’d made it in,

Sevan Matossian (08:19):

I totally agree. Like it’s, it’s already, I don’t even think you should have the quarter finals, by the way. I think you should go straight from the open to the semifinals. But if you’re going to do it, open it up to more. I totally agree. So does Shane, Astrada a resident Mexican in

Brian Friend (08:33):

The context? Well, I’m not saying that I, that that’s definitely what they should do. I’m just thinking I am. If I was them, I would be asking these questions and say, I, you know, I think that it’s also an opportunity for a self reflection. Like what’s the purpose of the open, what’s the purpose of the quarter finals and are we meeting those objectives?

Sevan Matossian (08:49):

Um, but who cares if it’s a money grab? Like, let, like, like, right, like who, like, it’s up to you like that. We’ve already established that it’s up to you. If you wanna do it or not, why not open it up to another thousand men? I bet you it’s a lot of people who aren’t doing it because they’re doing other shit masters, uh, team. I bet you, I think you nailed it

Brian Friend (09:08):

Or spring break

Sevan Matossian (09:09):

And why it,

Brian Friend (09:11):

So on vacation, it is break in the school systems right now. I mean,

Sevan Matossian (09:16):

Right. Yeah. And what, what is the, what is the average age of the, where is the biggest demographic? Do, do we know any of that stuff? Like, is it, is it 18 to 32 year old guys who make up 80% of the people who do the open?

Brian Friend (09:29):

Oh, the open? Uh, I have no idea.

Sevan Matossian (09:31):

I have no idea. Do you have any idea, Angela? No. I have no idea. All right. Someone will say it in the comment. Someone will, someone will crunch those numbers, I guess. Rich isn’t going Indy. Well, that sucks. Thanks for ruining that part of this show. Uh, tomorrow. So tomorrow we will know roughly who all the people are, who have been cut and left. Who’s going to the semi-finals and that’s

Brian Friend (10:00):

I think we, I think we roughly already know.

Sevan Matossian (10:03):

Okay. And that’s 120 men from north America and 120 women from north America. And what are the other, uh, the other continents?

Brian Friend (10:11):

Yeah, Europes is 60 and 60.

Sevan Matossian (10:13):


Brian Friend (10:14):

And the other four are all 30 and 30.

Sevan Matossian (10:17):

And who and who are the other four? Australia?

Brian Friend (10:20):

Oceana Africa, Asia, south America.

Sevan Matossian (10:27):

Um, Australia has the same as Africa. Asia and south America.

Brian Friend (10:32):

Yeah. I, well,

Noah Ohlsen (10:36):

Hello. There

Sevan Matossian (10:38):

Fells right there in the most controversial spot of the show. Noah Olson enters

Noah Ohlsen (10:45):

What’s up crew.

Sevan Matossian (10:45):

Oh, Noah, you did it. Perfect. I told you, make sure that you’re driving cuz the rumors that you don’t know how to drive are vicious. And I wanna put an end to that bullshit,

Noah Ohlsen (10:53):

Man. Listen, I wish I was driving right now, but I’m actually being so around by my handsome fit friend, Mr. Jake Berman.

Brian Friend (11:03):


Sevan Matossian (11:03):

His Uber. Oh Jake. Jake bur. No. Are you Armenian? There’s only Armenian Uber drivers. What are you doing? Go take job

Noah Ohlsen (11:11):

Recently that I look Armenian. You might be part or that I’m a arm dealer and I’m Armenian Race. Both my Uber driver. My arms.

Sevan Matossian (11:20):

It’s a good,

Noah Ohlsen (11:21):

It’s good in that business.

Sevan Matossian (11:22):

No, no, no Olson. The most popular, active male. CrossFitter

Noah Ohlsen (11:28):

Don’t you dare put that on me.

Sevan Matossian (11:30):

Most popular, active male CrossFitter in the sport. I was, if I take that title. Oh, it’s true. Cause I was so I only think of true shit when I’m soaking my nuts and I was soaking my nuts. It’s just about 45 minutes ago. When I thought of that. I’m like, okay, this guy is the most popular fucking guy. Who’s acting,

Noah Ohlsen (11:46):

Man. Well, you’re making me blush. I don’t know if you could tell. And I also, to be honest with you guys can barely hear you, but I’m doing my best.

Sevan Matossian (11:54):

Okay. Tell I’m Jake. Tell Jake to turn down his beeper. If he’s an arms dealer, tell him the lowers, the, the volume on his beeper and we’ll his

Noah Ohlsen (12:02):

Beeper’s off the hook right now. I just turned it off.

Sevan Matossian (12:05):

So I, I, I was listening to, um, uh, uh, Tommy and Sean show and uh, Patrick Clark and the kaisei, uh, just prior to coming on, trying to prep for this one. That’s how I prep for my show, steal shit from other people and plagiarize. And they were saying that you got the no reps because of what happened at the top and not at the bottom.

Noah Ohlsen (12:24):

Are you talking to me right now?

Sevan Matossian (12:26):

I’m talking to you.

Noah Ohlsen (12:28):

Um, yeah man, I got a couple of no reps, I guess, on the pistol workout. Um, which I appealed and haven’t heard back from yet. I figured there was no harm in seeing if they would reconsider, but I don’t know. I, uh, was a little bit bummed when I got the email about that. I felt pretty confident that my reps were looked good. It’s tough to do pistols at speed and have the proper judgment on it. Um, you can, you guys tell me, watch ’em all. If you want. I am happy to have the video live for the world to see. I don’t feel, um, any sort of ashamed about my movement, but it is. Oh,

Sevan Matossian (13:20):

How convenient you cut out then

Noah Ohlsen (13:22):

Of what’s that?

Sevan Matossian (13:24):

I said, how convenient you cut out right then?

Noah Ohlsen (13:26):

Perfect. Yeah. No, all good. If it was like gonna keep me from winning the CrossFit games, I’d be a little bit more upset about it, but because it’s cool order finals and right now it’s the difference of me being in second or third place overall. It really doesn’t matter much. So I’m not gonna put too much energy into complaining about it.

Sevan Matossian (13:44):

You are arguably one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. Definitely the most positive in the sport. Thank you. Like you, you jumped through those mental hurdles. Pretty damn good. Um, was, did, did you, you, did you have a moment where you had to go into the broom closet and like throw some shit around or like, Hey, fuck you guys.

Noah Ohlsen (14:01):

No, not at all. I just, uh, I, I, there was a tangible change in mood last night, Jake and I were at a little celebratory dinner cuz I had wrapped up all the quarter final workouts and I was in a really, really good mood, especially having been in first and first on those workouts. And then I got the email and it was like a little bit of a downer. Um, but nothing that upset me too much.

Sevan Matossian (14:25):

And, and what it go ahead, Brian, go ahead.

Brian Friend (14:27):

No, I was just, I was wondering from my perspective, it seems like they are, um, doling out penalties at a, a little bit quicker or more E

Noah Ohlsen (14:35):

A robot right now.

Sevan Matossian (14:37):

Oh, he is a robot, but, but it’s called Asperger’s don’t be mean don’t be mean though. It’s just Asperger’s don’t be mean to Brian please.

Noah Ohlsen (14:43):

It’s it’s actually hilarious the way that it sounds. Um, but I didn’t get any of that.

Sevan Matossian (14:50):

Me, me or Brian sounds like a robot. I’m gender fluid.

Noah Ohlsen (14:56):

You think that’s me or you guys it’s probably me.

Sevan Matossian (14:59):

Can you hang up and call back? Can you hang up and call back? It’s

Noah Ohlsen (15:02):

Back. It’s officially back. Oh, and I don’t need to hang up and call. Sorry, what were you saying? It sounded like a really cool robot.

Sevan Matossian (15:08):

Go ahead Brian.

Brian Friend (15:09):

Oh, uh, from our perspective, it seems like penalties are being assessed more quickly from CrossFit this year. Does that feel, feel like that from the athlete side too?

Noah Ohlsen (15:18):

Yeah, I think so. It’s been a weird year too with some of the social media stuff that I’ve seen. Um, I don’t know. I don’t like how much of a big deal people are making out of all that stuff. Um, seems unnecessary and annoying, but

Sevan Matossian (15:34):

The, I just stare at your abs the whole time, by the way. I never even they’re like, did he go deep enough? I’m like, abs I’m just like, no, no, no, but it, yeah I do. But what I’m saying when you I’m just talking about when you do the workout, like I, people are like, did he go low enough? Did he go high enough? I’m like, abs just, I just do abs

Noah Ohlsen (15:52):


Sevan Matossian (15:52):


Noah Ohlsen (15:53):

They don’t call you. I don’t remember what they call you anymore,

Sevan Matossian (15:56):

But that’s not nice. Eric. You’re calling them. They’re look, they’ve made up a new term instead of no, no rep,

Noah Ohlsen (16:01):

No rep it’s clever. I’ll take it nicely done. Eric. Nicely done. Uh, but yeah, no. To answer your question, Brian, I think that it’s interesting, Jake and I were are just lamenting. Look at what a good guy he is. There you go, boss. Bless have a big one, buddy.

Sevan Matossian (16:17):

Yeah. Um, use a clean needle. Okay. Go on,

Noah Ohlsen (16:21):

Man. Didn’t have to take it there.

Sevan Matossian (16:23):

Can’t take that guy anywhere.

Noah Ohlsen (16:25):

Um, so we were talking about how for event number two, which is the pistol one, it seemed like they were slam and penalties on everybody and then event one, Jake and I both got like a very quick and easy approval and it doesn’t seem like anybody has been shifted around. And to me the inconsistency of like being that nitpicky on the pistol extension, but then nothing not on

Brian Friend (16:51):

The muscle up

Noah Ohlsen (16:52):

Stepping through on the lunges or the handstand pushup, it just felt a little weird. It’s like, they were like, Hey, we’re gonna set an example on this workout. And then that’s it,

Brian Friend (17:02):

You know, in years past they and uh, qualifies like this. Sometimes they’ll ask for two videos. Maybe they’re asking for all the videos, but they’re just choosing two workouts to, to, you know, zoom in on

Noah Ohlsen (17:12):

Maybe. Yeah. I don’t,

Brian Friend (17:13):

Which is not great. Obviously the consistency would be the best, but we got

Noah Ohlsen (17:16):

Acceptance on our first videos already, right? Yeah. I, my, I got mine too. Other ones have already been accepted. Anyway. What else do you guys wanna talk about? CrossFits boring.

Sevan Matossian (17:26):

Uh, how’s your penis? Um,

Noah Ohlsen (17:31):

Cut out there.

Sevan Matossian (17:35):


Noah Ohlsen (17:37):

Angelo, what’s up bro? How are you?

Sevan Matossian (17:38):

Yo, what up? I’m good, bro.

Noah Ohlsen (17:40):

Good to see you, man.

Sevan Matossian (17:41):

Hey, tell Jake. I like that car or I can’t even tell

Noah Ohlsen (17:43):

I will what it is, but it cool. It’s got a nice low rumble.

Sevan Matossian (17:47):

Are, are you done with all the workouts? Is that what I heard you say? Isn’t there like, aren’t you supposed to do something tomorrow?

Noah Ohlsen (17:53):

They released them all on Thursday, five of them and you can do them on whatever timeframe that you want. So we did three of them on Thursday and then I did the other two yesterday. And so technically I’m done. I have all my video as I have all my scores. You just have to submit them during the windows that the score submission is due.

Sevan Matossian (18:14):

Oh God, that must feel good.

Noah Ohlsen (18:16):

Yeah. That’s a good feeling for sure. Like all day today I had no obligations and just kind of bounced around the gym, cheering people on, helping set weights up and felt nice to be on the other side of the bare keyed for once.

Brian Friend (18:31):

I think it feels like it, uh, most of the, the high level, like the elite elite athletes in the sport did that three, one day two. The next they were done.

Noah Ohlsen (18:39):

Yeah. It’s hard to tell the way like the social media perception is I saw somebody post today. Like one of the games guys was like one to go tomorrow and I thought, oh, that’s weird that you wouldn’t have already done them all, but maybe you’re not telling us the truth.

Sevan Matossian (18:54):

I like this side of Noah. He seems like a genuine good dude. Now let’s see those abs again. It’s

Noah Ohlsen (19:01):

All, it’s all of big hugs. Ruben

Sevan Matossian (19:03):

You’ve achieved. What I always just wanted. I just wanted people to, like, I just wanted one girl in my life just to like me for the most superficial reasons. Just to see me as a slab of me just like, Hey, that’s, you’re just a piece of meats. Me. Uh, how is everything Noah? How’s the dog.

Noah Ohlsen (19:18):

Max is amazing. Joanne’s amazing. Uh, life is really good, man. I am happily training down in Miami. We just had our pool finished and shut, held up for the first time this weekend. So you

Sevan Matossian (19:33):

Have a pool, you have a house in a pool. Yeah.

Noah Ohlsen (19:35):

It’s a little pool in the backyard, which we’re excited about. Take a celebratory dip in when I get back home. But life is good, man.

Sevan Matossian (19:42):

And, and so, so you have good sponsors. Life is good. If you can afford a pool.

Noah Ohlsen (19:46):

Yeah, I agree. H w P O as they say, you know?

Sevan Matossian (19:52):

Yeah. Oh, uh, I think I’ve heard that.

Noah Ohlsen (19:55):


Sevan Matossian (19:56):

Um, any P any PRS here with these guys?

Noah Ohlsen (19:59):

I did. Yeah. That clean, that looked a little bit funky was a, a PR three 80, which, um, is kind of hard for me to believe. Like if you would’ve told me a handful of years ago that I, to be able to clean three 80, I don’t know if I would’ve believed you. Um, so it’s cool to feel strong and have that be possible. Bench press, um, 300, nothing too crazy. I’ve never been a great bencher. There it is. Oh baby. What was almost even cooler than, Hey, I just got an email from CrossFit. You guys want me to read it live,

Sevan Matossian (20:36):

Please, please. Especially if it’s the release of the semifinals workout, this is the official show of all announcement, workouts for CrossFiting by the way, should

Noah Ohlsen (20:43):

I, should I let me do a quick scan and see what that email says? My appeal request has been noted. Our team will be in touch. All right. Oh, I lost you guys.

Sevan Matossian (20:53):

Are you? What if it would’ve? What if it, what if it would’ve been okay. That’s not even a funny joke. I won’t even say that one. Um,

Brian Friend (21:00):

I’m proud of yourself, hon. I’m proud of you. A little restraint that I

Sevan Matossian (21:04):

Strange. Hey, that, that overhead squat where Noah did where he like did a little Cury

Noah Ohlsen (21:10):

Second before I go into there. I no for

Sevan Matossian (21:13):

Losing. No, you won’t. You won’t lose the elevator.

Noah Ohlsen (21:14):


Sevan Matossian (21:15):

Hello? No, no. Um, that little Cury you did when you, um, uh, got ready to do the overhead squat where you brought one of your legs behind the other leg and you stood on one leg for a minute.

Noah Ohlsen (21:24):

Yeah. That was purposeful.

Sevan Matossian (21:25):

Is that, um, is the, uh, training, uh, think tank method? Is that a max? A Hodge? Uh, like, Hey, you need to be on one leg before you squat.

Noah Ohlsen (21:33):

Yeah. It activates the opposite glute and allows you to really drive through on the, uh, extension. No, I, I, seven’s gonna be

Angelo DiCicco (21:43):

Doing one leg over at squats now.

Noah Ohlsen (21:47):

That would be impressive. I tore something in my shoulder last season. And so my shoulder is not quite fully healed and it was a little unstable there. Hey, how good is that little video right there? My buddy, Joe Yates does some media for me when I’m up there. And he’s, I think probably maybe the best in the game at taking photos and videos.

Sevan Matossian (22:08):

It’s really good.

Brian Friend (22:09):

What was that? Is

Sevan Matossian (22:10):

That just photos right there? Is that all

Noah Ohlsen (22:11):

Photos? Yeah. It’s like a little, uh, nonstop shot of pictures.

Sevan Matossian (22:17):

Yeah. It’s really good. What’s the guy’s name?

Noah Ohlsen (22:20):

Joseph Yates.

Sevan Matossian (22:21):

Oh, you didn’t even tag his ass. God, you suck.

Noah Ohlsen (22:23):

I did. I did. It’s in,

Brian Friend (22:25):

He’s also, he, he always talks about him on here too. He likes like,

Noah Ohlsen (22:29):

Yeah, I like him a lot. He’s a good buddy of mine. I’m going to his wedding in a couple weeks.

Sevan Matossian (22:32):

I like how you said he is the best in the biz and just fucking, just destroyed the rest of us. Good job. Solid. One, one, you

Noah Ohlsen (22:39):

Don’t, you’re not in this biz anymore. You

Sevan Matossian (22:41):

Don’t have I ain’t in the biz.

Brian Friend (22:43):


Sevan Matossian (22:44):

Uh, how about the guy next to you? Jake Berman. Um, does, does he, how did he do, does he have any of, of like, oh

Brian Friend (22:50):

Yeah, Jake’s killing it. Big time,

Sevan Matossian (22:52):


Noah Ohlsen (22:52):

I’m trying to put some light on him right now. We’re in a parking garage.

Sevan Matossian (22:54):

No, no. I’m trying to put some light on him. I’m trying to put some light

Noah Ohlsen (22:57):

On him. Well, we appreciate that. Yeah. Jake is a stud. He has been doing CrossFit since he was 13 years old. And uh, I think this is finally the year now that he’s 25, that he’s gonna make the games. He crushed everything this weekend. I think you’re currently in what? 19th? 18th, 19th overall. So I’m proud of Jake boy.

Sevan Matossian (23:20):

Um, Noah, is there any chance that this is your last year?

Noah Ohlsen (23:23):

Definitely not. Um, this is interestingly enough. At the beginning of the season, I was having a, a lot of like doubt and consideration on what I wanted to do for the season and how much longer I wanted to do all of this. But now that I’m kind of finding my flow, I’m, uh, a little bit more confident in my decision. I’m trying to put some good there. It is found the right light here. You want this? No, yeah, that works. Um, I feel good about my decision to be competing full time. I am definitely competing individually this year, potentially next year. Most likely, cuz that’ll be 10 years in a competing as an individual. Damn. And then there is a high chance of going team in what would that be? 20, 24 with Mr. Chandler Smith. And we would need to find two studly ladies to try to win the games. That could be fun.

Sevan Matossian (24:21):

I asked,

Brian Friend (24:22):

I think you have some qualities that lovely might be interested in

Noah Ohlsen (24:27):

My, the fitness is all that I’m hoping to recruit them with.

Sevan Matossian (24:32):

Yeah, of course, of course. Uh, no Noah, um, it is interesting that Scott said he was gonna retire and it kind of set him free. Yeah. And uh, and he experienced that. And I was just wondering if, if you know, it is a, it is an interesting mindset to explore like, Hey, this is gonna be my last year. And then yeah.

Noah Ohlsen (24:51):

I mean, ironically enough, I would say in 2019, I had a very Rocky season in the lead up to the games to the point where I was thinking, Hey, maybe I can’t hang with the big dogs anymore. And if this is going to be my last season, I really want to enjoy the experience of the games. And so I kind of had that approach to the actual games where I was trying to soak it all in and really zoom out and appreciate the things that I was there and experiencing. And I happened to have my best year ever the other year is when it was all about winning that pressure, I think, um, is a little detrimental for me. So I think there’s something to that for sure.

Sevan Matossian (25:33):

What I see in walk next to the other athletes, you seem like the most senior fellow out there, you have the most swagger. You have this a very good, still

Noah Ohlsen (25:41):

A cause ring.

Sevan Matossian (25:43):

I didn’t even notice that, uh, you docking points for that shit by the way. Um,

Noah Ohlsen (25:47):

And um, come on. I’m trying to be a

Sevan Matossian (25:49):

Hipster. No dude, dude, no, don’t do that. Don’t do that. Listen, listen, if you do

Noah Ohlsen (25:53):

That, I can’t beard. So I gotta do something.

Sevan Matossian (25:55):

We’re all gonna be punished for that nose ring and a dude’s now gonna enter the women’s division for that. You just, you open the door with that nose ring. Um, but in all, honestly, it’s awesome to see you out there. Nobody wants to see you retire. You are the guy it’s crazy to see what you’ve done. Um, you are, um, you you’re, you’re amazing. It’s awesome seeing you out there. And I

Noah Ohlsen (26:16):

Appreciate your,

Sevan Matossian (26:16):

I see that a lot. You’re 10 or 15 minutes away from Berman today. And I wish I could have asked you some questions about, uh, some things, not games related, but you can,

Noah Ohlsen (26:26):

How you ask me a non-game related question and it, what if you guys chat with Jake for a minute?

Sevan Matossian (26:30):


Noah Ohlsen (26:32):

Okay. Sorry bud.

Sevan Matossian (26:33):

Next time. Now let me see Jake. One more time by the minute. Let me see. Yeah, he’s hot. We’ll we’ll reschedule it. Jake’s hot. Jake, if you get a fucking nose ring though, buddy it’s

Noah Ohlsen (26:44):

Fake. His is fake. He’s a fake.

Sevan Matossian (26:45):

Oh dude. All right guys. I

Noah Ohlsen (26:48):

Exposed him.

Sevan Matossian (26:49):

Noah. Mr. Berman, you guys are the guys. Thank you for taking us down deep into the bellows of the parking lot.

Noah Ohlsen (26:56):

Hey, it’s been our pleasure. Have a wonderful rest of the podcast. I would lie and tell you’ll be watching the rest of it, but we got we’re

Sevan Matossian (27:03):

Out. All right.

Brian Friend (27:05):

See you guys.

Cedric Lapointe (27:09):

Hey, y’all how you doing

Sevan Matossian (27:11):

From Miami to Canada, Canada?

Cedric Lapointe (27:14):

I think, I think Noah’s just jealous of my most person. You just wants to be like me a little bit more.

Sevan Matossian (27:19):

You have one too.

Brian Friend (27:21):


Cedric Lapointe (27:23):

I thought that was your way of introducing me actually.

Sevan Matossian (27:25):

Yes it is. This is actually Noah, just with an accent,

Cedric Lapointe (27:30):

A big French accent.

Sevan Matossian (27:32):

When I was a kid. If you got your ear pierced, depending on what side you got your ear pierced, it was like whether you liked men or women. And I noticed Noah has his nose pierced on the other side of you, is there significance to what side you got your nose pierced?

Cedric Lapointe (27:45):

Actually, I went with my girlfriend to get my nose pierced, like at one of our first eight. And we just decided to do the same side. Both of us. So

Sevan Matossian (27:51):

Maybe no, no one can tell you. Yeah, maybe your says you like guys, but fuck it. You do what you do, what you want.

Cedric Lapointe (27:57):


Sevan Matossian (27:58):

You do what you want. Uh, buddy, how you doing? How are you pumped?

Cedric Lapointe (28:02):

I’m excited. The quarter funnel has been doing has been good for me. Uh, minus my, I got the same penalty as Jake and Noah actually. So all three of us from 20 tank got the same penalty for lacking extension on top of our pistol. But it’s part of the deal.

Sevan Matossian (28:17):

Uh, J Jake got that also

Cedric Lapointe (28:19):

Jake got it. And Noah too. And I, uh, myself included. So I appealed the decision, but they already

Sevan Matossian (28:25):

Said, hold on a second. Jake looks like a gay version of you. Hold on. Yep. There he is. Uh, um, amazing. Amazing.

Cedric Lapointe (28:36):

Yeah. Yeah. That’s funny. He’s

Sevan Matossian (28:39):

Never coming on your show. Oh, Jake’s coming on. Look at that. Soon. As they said he’s arm, he looks like he’s arm Armenian, uh, uh, arms dealer. I was like, were you having this dude on? Right?

Brian Friend (28:50):

We should have him on Jake. Jake’s had a very, I think a lot of, uh, interesting things he could tell us his career’s been, I think he’s had a lot of experiences for a young guy.

Cedric Lapointe (28:58):

I’m T

Sevan Matossian (28:59):

I’m tripping that you guys got popped at the top.

Cedric Lapointe (29:04):

Yeah, I got the, I got second place in the first workout in it on the one. I got a pin T I was fifth before, uh, before getting a Pinal to, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (29:12):

And did you have any idea when you were done with that? Is, is that something that gives you anxiety? Like you submit the video and you’re like, oh shit. Like I know it’s perfect, but I’m still, someone’s gonna be scrutinizing this.

Cedric Lapointe (29:24):

Yeah. Uh, a little bit because I had a, I have a background getting a lot of penality. So I actually got a penality during the 20, uh, 20, 20 open or was it a quarter final? That was the open 2020. I got a, a major penality for pistol on the right side. And I just got yesterday a major penality for pistol on the right side once again. So, so I was a little set thick when I was looking at my video, because you could see that I’m still leaning a little forward before starting to switch from one like the other. So knowing that I knew that it was a possibility, but, uh, and even if I look at, at, um,

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