#367 – Talkin’ Team Quarterfinals & Individual Semifinals with Brian Friend

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

The cl, uh, so, okay. Let’s just practice. We’ll do, we’ll just do a rehearsal. Okay. So tomorrow we’re having on Justin Nunley, he’s got like 3 million followers on TikTok. I don’t do TikTok, but maybe I may. I wanted just to go over and look at his shit. I came across him on Instagram. Could you pull up his, uh, account Suza?

Mattew Ouza (00:20):


Sevan Matossian (00:20):

No, no, no. Wrong. Wrong.

Taylor (00:23):

Well, fuck.

Sevan Matossian (00:25):

Supposed to be the dude, right? It’s supposed to be the guy. And then, okay, go ahead. Let

Taylor (00:29):

You got it.

Sevan Matossian (00:30):

Maybe you got it. Okay. Go. Maybe you have it. Perfect MI. Fuck. What am I? I’m micromanaging. Sorry, go ahead. We have this guy. I’ll do it up again. We have this guy coming on tomorrow, Justin newly. I’m really excited to have him on he’s really creative. He comes from the son of a bitch. He comes from the lineage of people like, uh, uh, where’s the beef, uh, what you talking about? Willis and, uh, you know, like he just like really good one liners and he’s got this really cool, uh, one liner that he always uses. Okay. Could you play the clip, Susan?

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Sevan Matossian (01:10):

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Sevan Matossian (01:22):

Okay. That’s good. So that’s how it, that’s how his, he he’s found this like niche where like, he’s like he shows something and then he cuts it off. And then, and then he drops a fact, like, do you know that cheetah’s only fart when they’re asleep or, you know, shit like that. So I’m excited. Uh, we have, we have, uh, shirts, um, in stock, uh, CEO who shirts, uh, your mom shirts, uh, politically homeless shirts. We got it all. You should go check it out. I don’t know how fast they’re shipping. I ordered my red one. I don’t know why I don’t have it yet, but I’m, I’m actually really, really pumped to get it. I don’t know if I’m more excited. Oh yeah, those are cool. Those are cool. You know, which ones are really popular? The tank tops. Yeah. The girls love those tank top, but, uh, you’re good, dude. Oh, and that comes in green. Did you get shirt? I sent you shirts. Taylor, did you get them?

Taylor (02:14):

I didn’t get ’em yet.

Sevan Matossian (02:15):

Oh, perfect.

Taylor (02:16):

Well, I didn’t check my mailbox either. I, I check it like every three days, so I’ll check it.

Sevan Matossian (02:21):

So, so you, when you, you, you, when you come out the trailer park and you over to like the, where all 75 boxes go over there once every three.

Taylor (02:30):

Yeah. It’s group mail and I lost the key. So I gotta wait for the,

Sevan Matossian (02:33):

You have to stand by there.

Sevan Matossian (02:40):

Uh, casual sender. I’m uh, huge Taylor self fan. Thank you for sharing your story. Peace love. Um, Brian friend is here today. You get to pick his brains brain brains, brain. Is it plural or is it singular? Fuck it. Brains. And, uh, about quarter finals and semi-finals. And, uh, and, and I want, I wanna start with this and, and I’ve brought this up before and hopefully Taylor’s on my side. I forget where Brian falls, but how many opens, how, how many games championships equals team games? Championships? Let say that again. How many individual is, is one individual win worth two team team wins. So if, if, if, if Matt Fraser has five wins and rich Rony has four, but he has six team wins. How many team wins does he have? Do we know

Brian Friend (03:32):

He’s he has five currently, he’s going for six, which would be 10 total. If, if he’s able to pull it off this year.

Sevan Matossian (03:39):

So let’s say we let’s say we give him only. He has to win two teams to be as good as one win of individual. Then he, then he would still be better than Matt Shit. If you made him three and he won this year, he’d be better than Matt.

Mattew Ouza (03:53):

Rich is my champ.

Sevan Matossian (03:55):

It’s interesting. I, I, I used, I mean, you know, I used to be on the total opposite side fence of this, about even comparing the two, but it’s getting ridiculous, right? I mean, you, you, I mean, He’s proven,

Mattew Ouza (04:10):

He’s proven.

Sevan Matossian (04:13):

No, Taylor, you just want one. You’re not greedy. I just want more one chalk one

Brian Friend (04:22):

Pretty much. Everyone just wants one. It’s hard to win one though.

Sevan Matossian (04:29):

Um, so, so, uh, but before we get into the, um, uh, uh, the exciting fun stuff, were there any problems, um, did Hiller attack over the weekend? Um, anyone screw up, anyone, anything worth noting? Did, did, did the workouts leak anything that was absurd? Listen

Taylor (04:48):

Team. Listen, can I just preface this by saying, why does no, I don’t get why these athletes aren’t putting their videos as unlisted.

Sevan Matossian (04:56):

Uh, Taylor self has just talked more in the first, in, in three sentences than he talked in the entire, last appearance on the show. Put that in the record books. Uh, why, why Taylor? Why wouldn’t they, why wouldn’t they put it up? Just so they don’t get drilled?

Taylor (05:10):

Yeah. Like why? I mean, yeah,

Sevan Matossian (05:12):

That’s a good point. Yeah. Why make it public? Brian? I don’t have an answer for that. At first. I thought it was dumb question, but that’s actually a brilliant question. It’s like, I get why I get why mayhem does. Right. They’re they’re a brand, but why would some just, why is like Al Juan Alfredo or Ortiz from fucking Argentina have his video up?

Brian Friend (05:32):

Same reason that I have videos up is, you know, uh, cloud, no, to just so that, uh, you know, if there is some, uh, you know, random person out there that, uh, thinks it’s worth, what should we do? A 15 minute workout. They can, uh, also is a, you know, uh, point of accountability. But I think that the athletes should, you know, every athlete who’s, um, especially considering the possibility of making a semi-finals should, uh, you know, shouldn’t really have anything to hide. The obvious reason they put it up there is to promote their YouTube channel.

Sevan Matossian (06:03):

Yeah. But some of these guys, they don’t have anything really to promote. Do you know what I mean by they promoting

Brian Friend (06:07):

Themselves just for their family, friends, community, whatever.

Sevan Matossian (06:11):

I, I guess, I guess what, what do you think Taylor, you buy that? Is it worth the 600 drivers you have these them?

Brian Friend (06:19):

I don’t know. I used to put my open workouts up on YouTube and I had like five subscribers,

Sevan Matossian (06:24):

But you have nothing to lose though, but you have nothing to lose. You’re not you’re. I think what Taylor’s saying is, is that we’re talking about people who want to move on to the next round. Why let some random dude his fucking garage in front of his, um, lack suburban that he cleans every day, uh, call your reps out. You know what I mean? Like

Taylor (06:43):

My only problem with it is, well that exactly. But You’re opening yourself up to criticism from people in my opinion, who I just don’t fucking care what they think. And I’m a really good mover. I know I’m a really good mover. And I know my reps are good. You know, my boss at my gym Would be the first person to no reme in any qualifying workout. Before’s His name? Andy.

Sevan Matossian (07:05):

Oh yeah. Yeah.

Taylor (07:05):

Spencer’s that? Yeah. I mean, he, dude, he fucked me up last year. Um, in one workout we had to like do three. Um, I just, yeah, I, I just envision a lot of these. I mean, I, I like, I would just mine’s unlisted. That’s all I’ll say about it.

Sevan Matossian (07:25):

How many subscribers do you have?

Taylor (07:28):

Like four.

Sevan Matossian (07:29):

Yeah. Can you go, can you bring up his YouTube? Let’s see if we can get him six.

Mattew Ouza (07:32):

Yeah. I just found Brian.

Taylor (07:34):

You can’t even find mine.

Mattew Ouza (07:37):

Oh yeah. We can. Taylor

Sevan Matossian (07:39):

Does look like butcher. Um, um, Brian and Brian, what you’re saying is, is like, Hey, it’s pointless. You’re gonna get if you’re gonna get caught eventually. Anyway, is that what you’re saying?

Brian Friend (07:48):

No. There’s people who we know didn’t have good scores this year that are, you know, being allowed to maintain those scores

Taylor (07:57):

Through these comments.

Sevan Matossian (07:58):

Oh, you found it.

Mattew Ouza (07:59):

You got six now.

Sevan Matossian (08:01):

Oh yeah. You subscribe to that shit. Yeah. Nice.

Mattew Ouza (08:04):

Like you turn the camera sideways.

Taylor (08:06):

Yeah. Yeah. Like, like I put my, I, I put my, uh, last chances all unlisted. Um, I don’t know why

Sevan Matossian (08:12):

Who’s Blake Shelton. Who’s Blake Shelton. We can

Mattew Ouza (08:14):

See who you’re subscribed to here. Blake Shelton. Let’s Blake

Taylor (08:17):

Shelton. Am I? Oh, dude. Do scroll down. Let me see. Let me see this.

Sevan Matossian (08:21):

Who is Blake Shelton?

Taylor (08:23):

Theon. Do you know who that is? That’s how you should get on your podcast.

Sevan Matossian (08:26):

I try. I’ve tried. I’ve tried really Tried. I told him he could sit on my face. Um,

Mattew Ouza (08:34):

That didn’t do it. No,

Sevan Matossian (08:36):

I should tell. I just sent him a picture of Taylor and say, you can sit on Taylor’s face. Fuck Taylor. Will you cut me a got back there, go back in the kitchen and, and just cut me off. A piece of steak

Taylor (08:45):

Said there looks like if Woody Harson grew a handlebar,

Mattew Ouza (08:51):

Man, these

Taylor (08:52):

Are amazing. Some guy said, look like I was competing in the wild west over fifties division.

Sevan Matossian (08:58):

I see it. A thumb with a mustache. Yes. Listen, a guy named Johan Lopez called you a thumb with a mustache. Hey dude, that’s actually pretty funny to go. Is that next Halloween have someone like, make your forehead a fingernail and just throw a thumb Dude. That would be amazing. Okay. We have a whole show to just fuck with Taylor. Stop making ’em laugh. Okay. Oh, let’s let’s look at these quarter final. Brian, do, um, do we wanna start by region and then go to the worldwide leaderboard? Just jam through the regions real quick. Okay.

Mattew Ouza (09:41):

Yeah. Let me know how I can fuck it up. So just go ahead and tell me where to start at and, and I’ll do it wrong.

Sevan Matossian (09:49):

Uh let’s let’s do north America last since it’s the most fun. Is that true? Brian? Let’s do south. Let’s do south America,

Mattew Ouza (09:56):

South America, men or women.

Brian Friend (09:58):

We’re doing a team court team, quarter files.

Mattew Ouza (10:01):

I told you I’d fuck it up.

Brian Friend (10:04):

Um, south America.

Mattew Ouza (10:06):

Well, it’s not disappoint.

Brian Friend (10:09):

I don’t know.

Sevan Matossian (10:10):

Sorry, go ahead, Brian.

Brian Friend (10:12):

I’m not sure what’s gonna happen in south America. It’s um, obviously there were already four, you know, four teams before the season started that were disqualified out of Argentina. And I think that there’s a potential for more teams in south America to be disqualified at some point. Um, but we’ll see what happens. And so, uh, at the top here, we see one Argentinian team, uh, kind of a surprising team from Paraguay and then a bunch of teams. Um, but in general, the team competition in south America, I don’t know a ton about it. The like two teams that I, you know, kind of thought would be the ones to beat their, um, aren’t partly participating this year in the capacity that I thought they would, the team that kind of is

Sevan Matossian (10:54):

What does that mean? They got disqualified. Is that what you mean? Yeah. Okay. Or those are, those are those that happened early. We talked about that, right? That was, uh, like FA kudos teams or something or mayhem two mayhem teams got of the four got

Brian Friend (11:05):

One mayhem team, the south American team, but all four, I think all four of the teams were kind of using the same affiliate, listed affiliate as their training base. And it wasn’t a legitimate training space or something like that. Okay. Um, but I, I don’t know. I just don’t know a lot of these teams, the Q two cross CrossFit team, our Argentina is a recognizable, but

Sevan Matossian (11:25):

We’ll, I’ll take over from here. Brian. Brian, are, are any of these teams in the top 50 worldwide

Brian Friend (11:33):

Pro? No. No.

Sevan Matossian (11:34):

Oh, damn. And how many of these teams will go to Madison

Brian Friend (11:38):


Sevan Matossian (11:39):

And do you think that, um, and how many of these teams will go to the semifinals?

Brian Friend (11:47):

Oh, well this is a good question.

Sevan Matossian (11:49):

Thank shit. I knew I’d get one sooner after this. Let’s get the fuck outta south America, Matt.

Brian Friend (11:53):

No, no, it’s a good, it’s a good question because I was noticing this, uh, this morning, really when I was reviewing the quarter finals to semi-finals advancements for the teams is that, uh, a really high percentage of teams is making it through this round because there was a pretty low percentage of sign up in some of the continents relative to the number of spots they get. So in north America gets 80 spots. Europe gets 40 spots and the rest of the continents all get 20 spots. But in the case of, um, south America, for example, only 37 teams signed up. So more than half of the teams that signed up for quarter finals are advancing the semifinal.

Sevan Matossian (12:31):


Brian Friend (12:32):

And it’s not, there’s not, there’s only really one continent where it’s like kind of egregiously weird, I would say, which is Europe. They had, obviously every, every continent gets 25% of their teams that advance the quarter finals and 25 or less percent of their teams that advance from the semi-finals to the games. But in the case of European teams in quarter finals, 74% of the participating teams are advancing the semi-finals, which almost makes it like a why, like a question of like, why is that competition? Even there only to eliminate 14 out of 54 teams.

Sevan Matossian (13:11):

Wait for what? For, for south America,

Brian Friend (13:14):


Sevan Matossian (13:17):

Okay. Sorry. Then you need to tell me how many teams, um, so 40 get to go to the semifinals, but you’re saying only 57

Brian Friend (13:25):

Or four signed up.

Sevan Matossian (13:27):

Wow. Wow. So it’s even weirder than south America. Gimme the numbers for north America for that out of the 80,

Brian Friend (13:33):

80 advanced 98 are cut.

Sevan Matossian (13:36):

Okay. Okay. So they had a hundred and

Brian Friend (13:38):

It’s basically

Sevan Matossian (13:39):


Brian Friend (13:39):

It’s about 50% in all the other continents. Uh, Asia’s like 65%. And, um, and then, uh, you’re up 74% advance.

Sevan Matossian (13:51):

So, so just to give people a perspective of, of how I heard this and see if this is right in north America, there were 178 teams that tried, that entered the quarter finals that tried to make it to the semi-finals and, and only 80 will be moving on to the semi-finals in Europe. There were 54 teams in the quarter finals and 40 will make it to the semifinals. And then, um, south America, it was 37 teams tried and 20 will make it.

Brian Friend (14:15):

Yep. And it was exactly the same numbers in Oceania, south America, 20 of 37 advance. Okay. In Africa, there were actually 40 teams that participated 20 advance.

Sevan Matossian (14:26):

Okay. In

Brian Friend (14:26):

Asia, only 31 teams participated and 20 advanced.

Taylor (14:31):

Okay. How many participated in north America?

Brian Friend (14:33):

1 78

Taylor (14:35):

And 40 advanced

Brian Friend (14:36):

80 advanced 80 advance. Okay. So it’s just under 50%. So kind of what I think, because obviously cross it wants PE wants participation in these competitions. They want people to pay the registration fee and more participation is just generally better for the sport. Um, and for the, that get excited about the, you know, the team competition, the affiliate cup. So one thing, one thing that I had a thought of is that you can say you get this a maximum of 40 spots in Europe, but it, but you can also, you can’t have more than 50% of the registrating teams qualify. So if only 54 qualified, then they only to get, I guess, you know, it could just 20 seventeens, but you could just say like, they they’ll get a, maybe they say 14 and 14 that go to the two semifinals or whatever,

Sevan Matossian (15:23):

But that didn’t happen. They, they no,

Brian Friend (15:25):

Still the full numbers, but I’m saying it could be an, an implementation that cross, it makes in the future to say, if you wanna get your full number, a spot, you need to have more teams register cuz 200, 200

Sevan Matossian (15:35):

And gotcha. Gotcha. You know, or whatever. So you’re not saying something that it could be fixed this year, but looking forward, it, it it’s worth. Yeah.

Brian Friend (15:40):

Yeah. Yeah. It was just when I looked at it, that was like a, it was an outlier. Uh, Europe was the biggest outlier. Asia was another outlier. And so I just had this thought that it could be something across, it could do to promote participation. If you wanna get this number of spots, then you guys need a, have more participation,

Sevan Matossian (15:54):

Significantly easier if you’re a woman coming from south America as an individual to get to the games than Europe, but significantly easier if you’re a team and you wanna go to the games coming from Europe.

Brian Friend (16:11):

Mm. Not necessarily.

Sevan Matossian (16:13):

Okay. On my finals, not the games.

Brian Friend (16:17):

Yes. The semi finals.

Sevan Matossian (16:18):

Right. Sorry. Fucked that up. Thought I was being smart. Okay. Well, well, that’s good to know. Um, I, I wonder if there would ever be a time where there would be, um, everyone who, uh, who signs up, gets to go Like the special, like then they could change the name of the special Olympics. Right. Let’s move on. Let’s move on to Africa.

Brian Friend (16:41):

I’m not gonna have that much to say about Africa ex um,

Sevan Matossian (16:46):

I just wanna know if anyone’s in the top 50 there. No, no, no. And how many teams will be at the game? Oh, they,

Brian Friend (16:51):

I don’t, I, I don’t know if they’re in the top 50 on the worldwide leader board, but in a games level competition, if a hundred teams could participate, I wouldn’t pick any teams from Africa, south America to make the top 50. And basically what I’m saying is there’s teams in, in north America and Europe that will get cut that would still beat the qualifying teams from those countries. That’s okay. It’s just how it’s

Sevan Matossian (17:10):

Right. How, how many teams total go to the games?

Brian Friend (17:14):

38. There’s no less as qualified for teams.

Sevan Matossian (17:17):

Okay. All right. And the most come from north America, it’s distributed the same way and then half as many.

Brian Friend (17:26):

Yeah. And I mean, what you can say here about the south African teams, which is, you know, it’s Africa, but you have to go down. There’s a couple other countries represented, but mostly South Africa, probably one of those top three teams will make it through, look at the points relative everyone else. So I would expect that this is a three team race and I mean, five points across, uh, five workouts is a clean sweep. So this team is obviously the favorite going to semifinals, but I don’t really know them. So like I see I’m looking at their, their, their roster and I don’t know these people. So,

Sevan Matossian (17:58):

Um, okay. Let’s, let’s, let’s move to Asia.

Brian Friend (18:01):

Asia’s a fascinating situation. Uh, because I had heard that the teams, um, from Dubai were not really happy with the selection of South Korea as a place to host a semifinal and could be twofold. One, obviously we know that the UAE can host host events, cuz they had the Dubai championships there in December and, um, athletes from all over the world we’re able to travel. So it would be an easy spot to do it. Whereas in South Korea, which we’ve talked about before, there’s still some true travel restrictions there, but these two teams in second and third across the Yas, black and CrossFit, Lia are very good teams. And then you have the team at first, which is this actually I’m, I’m really interested in this team in general. And obviously it’s super unfortunate what’s going on in, you know, with Russia right now, but the Lesnik team in Russia is basically, I, I think they’re like the equivalent of mayhem over there, meaning they’re just like congregating a bunch of athletes in one spot.

Brian Friend (18:54):

Not necessarily even in one division. So they have a team, they have some athletes that are competing masters. They’re doing like local or like, like a national level competitions throughout Russia and representing this collection of KA team. They have some individual athletes that are trying to make a run at the game. So it’s just, it’s a cool training. It’s like the, I view it is. And I haven’t, you know, been there obviously, but as like kind of like the premier place for across athletes to train in Russia and their team is obviously in first place here and we’ll have a chance to make the games. But between South Africa, south America and, and Asia, the percentage of participation at the games relative to qualification in the last couple years has been so bad. It’s like, I’m just want, I don’t, I, I love that we have the representation for these teams, but if you make the games, like come to the games and if you’re not gonna come to the games, if the representatives from those continents, like last year, they had a team that didn’t go a woman that didn’t go two guys that didn’t go.

Brian Friend (19:47):

It’s like,

Sevan Matossian (19:48):

Which country

Brian Friend (19:49):

Asia, but really, oh,

Sevan Matossian (19:50):

It’s all rush, right? Oh, well they can’t come. Right.

Brian Friend (19:55):

Well, yeah, this right right now, obviously there’s but it’s like, there’s always a different reason why they can’t get there. And I’m kind of, I would, I just wanna see a full games field. I don’t care where they come from. Just gimme 40, you know,

Sevan Matossian (20:06):

Can Russians come to USA?

Mattew Ouza (20:10):

They can’t even get their flag on the lead boy. They got let of in to compete.

Brian Friend (20:14):

So the person, Hey, Suza, let’s show people how to see the team rosters here. So we can just click on any, any one of these teams. Yep. And then go to view profile. Yep. And you’re gonna scroll down to the bottom and it’ll go past this leaderboard. And at the way, bottom, keep going down all the way down. There’s the top four are the ones that competed in the quarter finals and then the anyone who’s listed under that, which will have the same four people are the, uh, the alternates submitted. So you can see who, who competed in who their two alternates are. And you can do this for every team. I believe.

Sevan Matossian (20:54):

Boom. Now you guys know, Hey, can you travel? Can, can, can any Russians travel to the United States travel from Russia? Google you gonna say, I guess I, I mean Russia travel advisory. Hmm. Okay. Uh, so, so Brian, do you have a solution for that or you’re just expressing frustration?

Brian Friend (21:18):

Uh, no, it’s not it’s. I mean, there are potential solutions for it, but uh, you know, like one of the things

Sevan Matossian (21:25):

Hold the games in Russia.

Brian Friend (21:29):

No, but you could say, um, I don’t know. There’s different things that you could do. I don’t necessarily know what the best solution is. I just know that it’s been pretty frequent that the, especially the qualifiers from Asia have not been able to make it to the games. And I think it’s, you know, it’s just disappointing. Like you wanna see the best from all over the world and if you can’t see them for whatever reason, then we wanna see someone there that’s filling out the, the, you know, roster of 40.

Sevan Matossian (21:54):

Right. So basically there should be some backfill plan, so it’s not wasted.

Brian Friend (21:59):

Yeah. Uh, you know, I, I think everyone would wanna see that, like it’s already obviously incredibly hard to, to qualify. And when you have, you know, we can just, when you have like a 10 guys in north America that are just like, I’m, I’m already here, like give me a ch if there’s a spot, I’ll go. And it’s like, no, we’re just waiting to see if this guy for mus is gonna to come. Even though he hasn’t come for three years, it’s like, it’s

Sevan Matossian (22:20):

Normally, I would say, no, I would disagree with you. But why I agree with you here is also not only are they ready, but they’re better. They’re better than the dude that they would fill out, meaning that there’s teams, like you were saying that there’s teams in north America, that won’t make it that’ll be better than some team that don’t sh that no show that made it. Yeah. Yeah. That’s that’s

Brian Friend (22:39):

And it’s, and I mean ever, you know, it’s, it’s gonna happen no matter what, where there’s gonna be like clear distinctions in inability, even at the games, the top heat looks a little different than the second heat looks a little different than a third or the first heat or whatever. But there are, I think, ways that we can and increase the overall level of caliber of athlete or teams at the games while still having global representation and opportunity. And, um, Tyler Watkins. And I talked about this recently using one of his, uh, new metrics waited rating system, um, on a bottom line episode for morning Chalkup I think it’s gonna air this week. And it was along with an article that we co about this exact situation.

Sevan Matossian (23:18):

Oh, I can’t wait to see how that affects subscriber rate at the morning. Chalkup a Tyler Watkin’s article on scoring. Fantastic. Ching up now. Um, okay. Uh, sorry, Tyler. You’re a good dude. Um,

Brian Friend (23:29):

Did you have to ch up aren’t you just full ch every time you have that shirt?

Sevan Matossian (23:32):

Yeah. Every time, every time just authentic. It’s a synthetic Viagra. Uh, Brian, do all of these people go to the same semifinals does, does south America and Africa only get one semifinal, like the, Hey, you gotta go. This one

Brian Friend (23:49):

Gets one south America gets one, Asia gets one, ocean gets one.

Sevan Matossian (23:54):

Okay. So they don’t, they, they’re not cool like us where they get a bunch of different ones to choose from. Um, okay. So we did Asia. We did south America. Let’s do we did Africa. Whoa. Okay. Uh Oceanian You can do those too Taylor, if you want. Mm

Brian Friend (24:14):

Ocean actually. So this team, uh, in first place across with itself, when I actually put a little, uh, feature of them up on my Instagram story today, this is a team that I don’t think was, uh, was like really well known. And that’s why I kind of didn’t want to talk too much about the teams before this or during the competition. Even I just wanted to wait til to finish up because we basically now know what the team rosters are. And before quarter finals, we didn’t, obviously there’s still some things that could change with alternates, but we have a good idea. This team has Marni, Sykes and Madeline shelling on it. They were on army 64 that placed in the top 10 at the game. Last year. Now they’re competing with this CrossFit sell win team. This is a team outta New Zealand, by the way, not Australia,

Sevan Matossian (24:53):

Can you click them Suza, do something, Suza, do something.

Brian Friend (24:57):

And they’ve paired up with, uh, Ben faller and Luke Fowler who are two guys that I think if they were five spots available out for the men in ocean, that especially Ben faller would have a, a good chance to maybe make it through there. Um, but they’ve decided to go on a team with these two women who I also think could be sneakily like into the four or five spot if they competed individually, even with the depth and caliber of the women in Oceania. So this is a pretty good team that I actually think has like outside podium potential at the games this year.

Sevan Matossian (25:27):

Okay. I shouldn’t have told ’em to click anything. Um, this, um, when you say the fourth or fifth spot, you mean though in that region, you mean in ocean?

Brian Friend (25:35):

Yeah. Like I don’t think they can, you know, crack into the Tia and cars. Jamie and Ellie Turner are probably the next two, but they were like the three of the four athletes, at least on their team, I think would have a chance of finish in the top five individually in that continent, if they competed as individuals and the girls both competed at the games last year and made it into the top 10. And you know that you have to have strong women on your team to, to Excel at the games. And these guys I think are up and they’re young, they’re up and comers, and they’re really good. And I actually think that, um, in the way we saw guys like, uh, even like pat Fellner, who competed at the games before making as an individual, this might be a really good opportunity for them to get some experience on the teams at a games while they’re in their, like really early twenties. And I think that in the next couple years, you’ll see Ben and Luke faller threatening for individual game spots as well.

Sevan Matossian (26:25):

Um, how scroll down a little bit, SU I see how come, I don’t see any flag. New Zealand are any of those flags, New Zealand flag.

Brian Friend (26:31):

Yeah, yeah, yeah. They look almost identical. So the main difference, the ones that have the big white star under the, the red crossing, those are Australians, the red stars and the right are New Zealand,

Sevan Matossian (26:41):


Brian Friend (26:41):

You have to zoom in a little to like, see it. They look very similar.

Sevan Matossian (26:44):

Let me see scroll all the way down. Is there anyone who’s not New Zealand or Australia?

Brian Friend (26:48):

No. And there’s no way. I mean, all of the islands. Okay. Could, could be that, but I don’t think that there’s any teams out of those, um, small islands. What,

Sevan Matossian (26:57):

What is this good New Zealand team I keep hearing about who’s the best New Zealand team one. That’s first list’s. Oh, that’s

Brian Friend (27:01):

It. That’s the

Sevan Matossian (27:02):

Top that’s okay. Okay. I assume they were Australia my bad. Okay.

Brian Friend (27:05):

Yes. Yeah. Okay. Now

Sevan Matossian (27:06):

They took fourth worldwide. Is that, is that their deal?

Brian Friend (27:09):

I think so.

Sevan Matossian (27:10):

Okay. Okay. I think that

Brian Friend (27:13):

Now there’s, there are other good teams here too. I mean, this team in third place, uh, CrossFit, urban that’s, KA Vanel and her husband and Adam mans and his wife that are very good. Uh, um, they were also, I think, 10th at the games last year. And then the team in between the, uh, Christie Bishop is competing on that team. I think she’s pretty good. And, um, so yeah, there’s probably three or four teams. Our side is a good team, but there’s, they get three spots. So all the, the three teams that qualify out of this region will be relevant at the games.

Sevan Matossian (27:45):

Okay. So they get three. Oh, okay. So from here

Brian Friend (27:51):

They get three, Africa gets one Asia and south America get two of all of those teams. The ones from ocean are the ones that I think will be relevant. The rest of them, probably not. However, it’s kind of a get, got, see what happens with the teams in Asia,

Sevan Matossian (28:06):

But these top 20 teams here that we’re looking at 11 plus nine more, they go to the semifinals. Yeah. Okay. All right. Awesome. Uh, a, any of these teams out of the, um, Tia’s gym there or cars Jim there, or any, we

Brian Friend (28:20):

By CrossFit Frankston, Rob Forte’s gym down in ninth.

Sevan Matossian (28:24):

Is he a on that team?

Brian Friend (28:26):

I don’t think so. I, I have, I feel like he might do masters this year. I’m kind of waiting to see.

Sevan Matossian (28:32):

Okay. And how about where Ricky trains?

Brian Friend (28:36):

Uh, Benton. I don’t think they have a team.

Sevan Matossian (28:38):

Is, are these Fowler dudes related to the guy there’s a Fowler in the United States? I remember Brooke ans went to go train with, I’m trying to remember

Brian Friend (28:46):

Nick Fowler. He’s the coach of brute strength? Uh, I don’t think so.

Sevan Matossian (28:49):

Okay. I thought Matt Torres was the coach of brute strength. They got a bunch of coaches.

Brian Friend (28:54):

Yeah. Nick F yeah. Yeah. They have a bunch of coaches.

Sevan Matossian (28:56):

Okay. All right. Not related. Just same last name. Uh, Simon has the long COVID. No, no, no. Sorry. Wrong. One racist. That’s uh, save that for, uh, seven has the long COVID lots of brain fog.

Brian Friend (29:12):


Sevan Matossian (29:12):

Mom has the long one. Um, okay. Let’s uh, let’s move on to, um, man, indivi teams are tough. Let’s move on to Europe. Can’t we just like, can we where’s which rich Ron’s in your north America, right? That’s where I want to get that’s where we’re going, right? No,

Brian Friend (29:29):

Not yet. Not yet. We gotta, we, we need to take a stop in Europe

Sevan Matossian (29:32):

For sure. Taylor’s not, Taylor’s gonna miss the best part of the show. He has to go in one minute. He’s gonna miss the rich Froning part.

Brian Friend (29:39):

You gotta go Taylor.

Taylor (29:41):

Yeah, man. It’s 10:00 PM.

Sevan Matossian (29:43):

It’s one.

Brian Friend (29:44):


Taylor (29:44):

Gotta feed the

Sevan Matossian (29:44):

Thumb. You have one minute. You have one minute. Okay. Uh we’re here in Europe. Okay. So no surprise. It’s CrossFit, Oslo, right? That’s is that where, uh, Kristen Holta playing

Brian Friend (29:53):

It’s their gym. They have two. They have, they have more than one team competing, but this is their top team. This is the girls, uh, that competed with her.

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