#372 – CrossFit Semifinals: First Takes with Brian Friend, Chase Ingraham, and Luke Parker

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

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Chase Ingraham (00:13):


Sevan Matossian (00:14):

Okay. Uh, tonight we have a show and, um, I was given homework on what to do to research it and I still not sure exactly what the show Is about, but, uh, to the articles that, um, I was told to read were in the, uh, morning, chalk up. Sorry, Caleb. I didn’t send you my notes.

Chase Ingraham (00:37):

That’s okay.

Sevan Matossian (00:37):

One of ’em was, um, uh, I, I think one of ’em was like titled like five things you need to know about travel Regarding the semi-finals and the athletes,

Chase Ingraham (00:48):

Something like that. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (00:49):

And then, and that one was written by four people, Which is maybe why I didn’t like that. No, no, no. Five people, some guy named Patrick blender has It’s like, I bet you that dude’s mom and dad, I bet you couldn’t figure out whose last name to you. So they S smushed him together. I bet you he’s a runner long distance runner. Uh, Katie Gannon, Joe GTIN, pillow another. And, uh, and Patrick, Mr. Patrick Clark, who I sometimes see in the comments, um, wonder why an article like this takes for,

Chase Ingraham (01:26):

I mean, maybe they all took a, like a region. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (01:29):

Gotcha. And then the, and then the other article was, uh, regarding, um, Semifinals. And I think how people, the athletes were seated in which semifinal they went to. Yeah. And that was written by Brian friend. And then just to keep things interesting. I went over to, uh, what’s the guy’s name. I always forget his name with all the bats

Chase Ingraham (01:54):


Sevan Matossian (01:55):

Yeah. I don’t really forget. I just pretend to forget. And, um, Andrew Hiller and I watched is video. Oh, look at this. There’s an Andrew pillar. Oh, oh shit. Did I not send Brian a fucking

Chase Ingraham (02:14):

Link? I

Chase Ingraham (02:17):

Was like, you got the wrong guy to talk about this article. Tell

Chase Ingraham (02:20):

Me a

Sevan Matossian (02:20):

Link. Oh fuck.

Chase Ingraham (02:22):

Sorry. Shit.

Sevan Matossian (02:25):

There’s so many, so many links to send to people.

Chase Ingraham (02:28):

Thank you. Casual sender.

Sevan Matossian (02:31):

Oh shit. I sent them Luke. Parker’s fucking email address. Not that this, That would, this would never happen on the, uh, get with the programming podcast. Uh, they, this would never, this type of

Chase Ingraham (02:52):

That is not true. You should, you should have

Sevan Matossian (02:55):


Chase Ingraham (02:56):

Goodness heard our last couple episodes. What we were talking about on the show. It was deplorable.

Sevan Matossian (03:00):

Oh, thank God. You’re here, Brian. It’s freaking out. Pretending, like I knew what to talk about about the games.

Chase Ingraham (03:07):

See, I’m no longer the prettiest man on this podcast,

Sevan Matossian (03:09):

You can’t even see Luke Parker. He looks like it’s. So blocky looks like Atari from the seventies.

Chase Ingraham (03:14):

Maybe that’s good for me. You can’t out the pretiness I,

Sevan Matossian (03:20):

How bad is your connection, Luke?

Luke Parker (03:24):

It’s terrible.

Sevan Matossian (03:28):

Bad as good as that mustache.

Luke Parker (03:32):

Thank you. That’s hard for me to hear you guys. So bear with my connection.

Sevan Matossian (03:40):

Um, where are you, why would your connection be so bad?

Luke Parker (03:44):

I’m out in sticks right now. I am visiting home, visiting my brother right now for Easter. Just for a few days. Gonna see some family.

Luke Parker (03:54):

Okay. Yep.

Sevan Matossian (03:57):

You had to, you had to leave, uh, the mayhem empire of all the drama. Do you live within a hundred miles of the

Luke Parker (04:04):


Sevan Matossian (04:04):

You live within a hundred miles of the gym.

Luke Parker (04:08):

Yeah. I live like drop a,

Chase Ingraham (04:10):

A pin right now on map.

Luke Parker (04:14):

Actually just sleep in a tent in the barn.

Sevan Matossian (04:20):

Do you ever, ever run into ow peeing off the deck?

Luke Parker (04:25):


Luke Parker (04:27):


Luke Parker (04:27):

Knew it Alkis ghost.

Luke Parker (04:29):

I knew.

New Speaker (04:29):

Sevan Matossian (04:30):


Sevan Matossian (04:31):

And you Hiller. Um, so, so Hiller made this Hiller, made this, uh, video, you know, what’s interesting about this video. All I thought of the whole time that I was one watching it is you guys had a guy who was winning the open there and you guys didn’t even know who he is. So there’s a lot of fucking members there. Like, so people were like, Hey, wouldn’t rich know if these people train there or not. I’m like, dude, the guy who won the first three, two workouts in the open was demolishing. He never even met the guy before. So it’s like, it’s deep there. It’s there’s depth is brought, I would say there’s depth or there’s not depth

Luke Parker (05:05):


Luke Parker (05:06):

Absolutely. Yeah. There’s a ton of people. Ton. There is a ton of people that train at mayhem that do the do open gym and are trying to be competitive. And there’s definitely a ton of ’em that will, you know, catch our eye for sure.

Sevan Matossian (05:21):

There’s more, more depth that mayhem than there is in the women entire women’s division. Ryan T

Luke Parker (05:33):


Sevan Matossian (05:34):


Luke Parker (05:36):


Chase Ingraham (05:37):

Sianna. I almost wore that shirt today. Oh, why? I wanted to,

Sevan Matossian (05:41):

I, I, I, I wanted to wear one of my, my shirts, but my wife’s slipping. It’s like she wants a divorce. Like I can’t find them in my closet anymore. Uh, Brian, uh, thank you for pointing me at those articles. Uh, the two articles from the, um, Uh, morning cha up today, one of them was, uh, published by you. Um, it is behind a firewall. Could you pull it up anyway, Caleb? Just so we can see the, the headline of it. Do you guys know each other, Brian? Have you ever met Luke Parker?

Brian Friend (06:14):

I have.

Sevan Matossian (06:15):

Yeah. And do you know chase Luke?

Luke Parker (06:18):

I do. I haven’t officially met Jason person yet. Haven’t had the pleasure to shake your hand yet, but senior round to, for sure. Obviously

Chase Ingraham (06:25):

I’ll shake your hand at Madison.

Luke Parker (06:27):

That sounds great.

Sevan Matossian (06:30):

Hey, thanks for doing this. I know you can only come on for a half hour, but it’s fun. It’s always fun. Having, bringing a little star power onto the show, get the number, get, get the of numbers up. Hear from someone who actually works out for a living. Oh, I saw Nick Fowler’s name.

Brian Friend (06:49):

Yeah. I’ve actually wanting to read that article. I haven’t had a chance to yet today.

Sevan Matossian (06:53):

Where is the article? Brian, can you, um,

Brian Friend (06:56):

Its all the way at the top.

Chase Ingraham (06:59):

What? Two weeks in Ukraine. Is that the one?

Brian Friend (07:01):


Chase Ingraham (07:02):


Sevan Matossian (07:05):

Okay. So in the previous show we talked about what the seating’s gonna be like, how is the seating gonna go? And, and we, and we threw out some ideas and it sounds like from reading your article, Brian, that they actually did use that idea for the, for the, for first layer. They didn’t go four or five or six or seven or eight athletes deep. But what they did is they separated all the best people and all the different, uh, semifinals. Is that correct?

Brian Friend (07:32):

Yeah. I mean, uh, there are many people who have been curious of what, what is the, uh, seating process for semifinals? And so part of the idea here was to take a little look at what we could because they haven’t specifically communicated that to us. There’s a couple sentences in the rule book like we talked about. So I just looked at, you know, after we saw the athletes get distributed, if there were any patterns we could discern and the first obvious one was that they took the first, second, third, and fourth place finisher from quarter finals and put them each in separate semi-finals

Sevan Matossian (08:02):

There. There’s a, um, there’s a quote from the, let’s see, um,

Luke Parker (08:10):

That’s tough.

Sevan Matossian (08:12):

Listen, this is a quote, I got this quote from the morning chaga, but I believe it’s from the, um, I believe they got it from the rule book and it says CrossFit will seed and place the athletes in semifinals before invitations are sent. So that means that the athletes don’t don’t have a choice, I guess there was a, um, a survey sent beforehand.

Brian Friend (08:33):

Yeah, no, all that means is that they will, once they, when they send out the invitations, the invitations will be to a specific semi final.

Sevan Matossian (08:40):

Okay. But before then they did send out a survey just in case to help them with this placing scene.

Brian Friend (08:47):

Well, this, from my understanding this, uh, as, uh, Feld and Kowski helped us out the other night is that the survey only asked about any potential travel

Luke Parker (08:56):

In travel.

Sevan Matossian (08:58):

Okay. Yeah.

Luke Parker (08:58):

So if you’re able to travel,

Sevan Matossian (09:00):

Um, do you know any individuals who got that Luke?

Luke Parker (09:04):

Yes. Everybody in Maine.

Sevan Matossian (09:06):

Okay. Okay. So, so they, so they send that out to you and then after that you get no more say in it is, is basically what it says, but because it’s basically cross, um, CrossFit will see them place the athletes in a semi-final before the invitation is sent out. So that means that they already have it on there. And when you get the invitation, this is your, this is gonna be your home.

Brian Friend (09:27):

I can hardly take you serious with that hat on

Sevan Matossian (09:29):

I’m and I’m sweating like a pig. I just finished working out a little bit. CrossFit will make every effort.

Brian Friend (09:34):

Elmer Fu I’ll

Chase Ingraham (09:35):

Think that that’s what I was thinking.

Sevan Matossian (09:39):

I see a web, I see a web, um, uh, CrossFit will make every effort to ensure the seating process will be fair and equitable. So I, I looked at these words and they don’t mean anything. There’s nothing like

Brian Friend (09:54):

So unusually, I would leave this up to you to say something like this, but that sentence is in there to just, to, to check a box for the DEI council, basically.

Sevan Matossian (10:02):

Yeah. Well, I mean what it mean there’s,

Brian Friend (10:04):

There’s no depth to that statement. It’s just in there. I’m not sure why, why what it means. I don’t think anyone look you’re what means. And that’s why everyone’s asking what it means.

Sevan Matossian (10:12):

Uh, Luke, you’re a religious man. Is there anyone who can be fair and equitable besides God? Is that the job of any human being?

Luke Parker (10:20):

That can be what? Like, I couldn’t hear you. Sorry. You

Sevan Matossian (10:23):

Nevermind. I don’t even know what I’m

Luke Parker (10:24):

Asking the answer would be. No, I think good.

Sevan Matossian (10:26):

OK, great. So, so that sentence is in there. We don’t know what that means. We’re looking for something like,

Luke Parker (10:31):

Um, fair,

Sevan Matossian (10:33):

Fair. Like they’re gonna place people. Fair echo. What does that mean? So if we don’t know, then it’s this coing final ranking distribution and geographical location of athletes will be primary determining factor. So we don’t even know. Oh, and just for north America and Europe.

Brian Friend (10:50):

Well, yeah, because there’s only one semi-final on the other four continents.

Sevan Matossian (10:53):

Okay. Makes sense. That’s relevant. Okay. So we would have to make the sweat stripping on my glasses. We’d have, we’d have to make the assumption. Then, then what they’re saying is that they’ll place you to the one that’s closest to you based on your skill. I also wanna say this last year, if you won the quarter finals, you got to decide, you went Now that’s gone too. Yeah.

Luke Parker (11:24):

Well you had

Sevan Matossian (11:26):

Like, damn Chevon did his homework. Ryan’s impressed. That’s crazy. Because basically what I’ve learned from this, following the open in, in the quarter finals this year is they don’t really mean shit. They don’t. I mean like, like Sarah Sigma’s daughter said in her book, the open doesn’t mean anything. So at least there was that before if you won, you got to choose where you were gonna go and compete now and now that’s gone.

Brian Friend (11:49):

Yeah. I mean, I think the, the, the overarching, you know, problem that most people have with the current system is that they don’t know what the system is. And I don’t think people would necessarily care that much. I mean, whatever they announce, if they change the form and they announce it, people will have their opinions for a day or two or whatever, but then no, one’s gonna care because the system’s announced and everyone knows what it is. And then they can prepare according. But right now a seating system, a seating system. Yeah. Yeah. But right now there’s like, there’s just no certainty because there’s been no communication outside of what you just read, which is not very informative. So athletes are competing in the quarter finals without really knowing if it means anything or not.

Luke Parker (12:26):

That’s true. What, and it’s tough too. Cause you got, you got big time athletes who are kind of going through the, not really going through the motions, but give one effort. Right. They don’t repeat workouts and try to do their very absolute best. So they’re kind of just going through the motions for them. You know, you’re talking top 10 athletes in the world, right. And the seating is based on their effort in the quarter. Just, it’s tough.

Sevan Matossian (12:53):

Why do we wanna know Brian? Why do we want them to be transparent? Why would it be nice?

Brian Friend (12:59):

I th uh, for a lot of the re things that we’re probably gonna talk about throughout the show tonight is, um, you know, especially right now with the state of the world, like having the ability to prepare for something, uh, ahead of time is, is extremely valuable. And in the current system, there’s a lot of things that make the, that just keep extending the deadline of when certain athletes know what, when and where they’re competing, that is in, or in some cases gonna make it really difficult, either from a financial or logistical perspective from to actually do that and do it well,

Sevan Matossian (13:33):

Why not? Just, why not just make it so it’s easiest for everyone.

Brian Friend (13:38):

Everyone would have different opinion about what that is.

Sevan Matossian (13:41):

Well, well, well, by that, I mean, basically let people choose, do, do something like how you pick your colleges. When you apply to colleges in the UC system, you put the five places you want to go the most in that order. Why not just let the athletes do that? Why do we care? If can Aron David’s daughter goes and competes in Australia and Tia, Tomi goes and competes at the Atlas games like, seriously, why do we care? Why, why isn’t the, this whole thing this whole, um, shit show ends up in Madison anyway.

Brian Friend (14:09):

No, no, no. I, I don’t think you have any sound reasoning here.

Sevan Matossian (14:13):

Well, I, I, of course, of course not, but the world’s in complete chaos. Why even, why not just facilitate the easiest way for the athletes so that they can get to where they wanna go to compete. And I know, I know the one thing we, we do have to be careful of is we don’t want the 20 best athletes all in one region. So only five of them go, but they, but we they’d have to sift through that as one of the criteria let’s

Brian Friend (14:32):

About, we had the same problem with regionals. The only difference was that everyone and understood the system. If you live in this area, you compete in this, in this region. It’s

Luke Parker (14:41):

True people

Brian Friend (14:43):

Decision. Yeah. And athletes can make the decision to do that. That’s a huge commitment. And if you wanna do it great. Yeah. But right now there’s not any chance to do anything. Cause you don’t understand what’s what you’re competing for or where you’re competing. And if your performance in quarter finals has any bearing at what happens in semifinals, or even if you do rank things, some people ranked, uh, one through four and got four last year with no explanation as to why despite doing really well in a quarter final. So it’s just this huge question, mark.

Sevan Matossian (15:11):

Well, at that point you just have to, you have to, you have to trust them at that point, right? Trust HQ, like at some point, like they have to put something like we want some transparency and then, and then we’ll get, and then we’ll give some trust. Like I really, I, I think I care outta the four of us here. I care about the athletes, the least like, fuck you, you wanna do this? Do it, get in, go through all the hoops and, and get to the place. But in this circumstance I would do anything I could to get them to, to help them facilitate, to get to the next step. I don’t see any reason to complicate shit for them. I don’t see why anyone would, should have to cross any fucking border unless they, unless you just have to, because there’s not a region.

Sevan Matossian (15:48):

For example, let me, let me go on and read this next thing, by the way. This is AB bat shit crazy. I think this is morning chalk ups, words while Canada and the us have some of the world’s friendliest border policies. Uh, I, excuse me. Um, I’ve been to a hundred countries. I’ve been to Canada five times. The only time I didn’t go to secondary was when I flew in, in a fucking private jet. And I didn’t even have to have my passport stamp. The other times I went to, I went to, um, secondary. And um, how many years have you been in the Syrian army? I’ve not been in the Syrian army, sir. Oh, we know you’ve been in the Syrian army. Tell me Canada’s friendly.

Chase Ingraham (16:20):

Canada is the hardest country I’ve ever had to get into Canada. I’d have a, I’d have a letter from CrossFit to allow me to get into the country.

Sevan Matossian (16:29):

Yes. Yes. So did I? What, so did I, yes, one time I had to have a letter yeahs. I had to get it there while I was in secondary. It was, it was not, but they were nice enough to let me do that. They made me feel like they were doing me a huge favor there’s countries. I don’t know what country it is. I dunno if it’s Sweden or Switzerland or one of those countries I went to once and there’s just nothing Just fly there. You’re like, I’m American, like cool.

Chase Ingraham (16:52):


Sevan Matossian (16:52):

Brought your visa. Yeah, I don’t, I, I, I, I don’t, I don’t. And, and, and I don’t, by the way, I’m not, anyone can say, Hey, it’s horrible. Traveling to the United States. I’m totally open to it. I, I almost got a body cavity search one time in, uh, in Miami. Like I get it.

Luke Parker (17:12):

Do you guys know the rules right now? Like what do you have to have to travel to Canada? Do you have to be vaccinated?

Sevan Matossian (17:17):

Yeah. Take the show over Luke, take the show over. Brian needs someone who’s asking some questions you

Chase Ingraham (17:20):

Need to be vaccinated. Yeah,

Luke Parker (17:23):

That’s crazy. Yeah. I did hear, um, there’s a proven athlete that I heard is trying to get vaccinated like ASAP. Cause they, they have to go to the Atlas games to me. That’s go once you

Chase Ingraham (17:34):

Need to have two within 30 days, like you can’t go earlier than

Luke Parker (17:38):

That. The second

Chase Ingraham (17:39):

One. Yeah. Or is it 21 days? I can’t remember.

Brian Friend (17:44):

No, there are certainly, um, a handful of athletes that have been seated to the Atlas games that are, uh, that are not vaccinated or, um, are really concerned about being able to get there at the very least who, uh, in some cases, you know, communicated that across per the, per the survey and are, you know, curious about what happened and how they ended up there.

Luke Parker (18:05):

Yeah. That’s Well that

Sevan Matossian (18:08):

Know him. Wow. That’s a problem, Brian, do we know if they’re gonna make any exceptions or changes?

Brian Friend (18:15):

I do. I do not, but it’s, uh, you know, honestly it doesn’t look, it doesn’t look that way based on the, you know, the way that people have signed up for, um, the semifinals, the way that they’ve accepted their invitations, uh, all of the athletes that, you know, there’s no athlete that belongs in one continent that is competing in another one.

Sevan Matossian (18:35):

Okay. Um, to, to go back to the positive part about this, and Brian mentions mentions this in the article at the Atlas games, uh, we have mall O’Brien. She took first at syndicate there’s Alexis raps. She took second at the Mac and you can see all this in the article that Brian wrote on morning, C Cho Daniel, Brandon third is at the Mac and granite games. Amanda Barnharts at the fourth similar it’s for the men. You have Maderas, uh, split up from Noah Olson, split up from Chandler Smith, split up from Jeffrey Adler. And actually you laid this out here. Really nice, Brian.

Brian Friend (19:06):

Okay. Thank.

Sevan Matossian (19:07):

And, and, and then Brian goes on to write the process seems to have stopped with the top four. And we can discern from that fact that the fifth place, male qualifier, Scott pan, and the eighth place, male qualifier, Griffin

Brian Friend (19:19):

Raleigh, like the city of North Carolina.

Sevan Matossian (19:20):

Thank you, Raleigh. I knew I was gonna say it wrong are both at the syndicate semi file. Is Griffin Raleigh Thor. Is that who that? Yes. Yeah. Okay. Okay.

Brian Friend (19:29):

Yes. Yeah. And he had any did great in the, uh, in the quarter finals.

Sevan Matossian (19:32):

I stronger than Luke Parker is he got a higher total than Luke Parker

Luke Parker (19:36):

That dude’s Strongs.

Brian Friend (19:40):

It depends.

Luke Parker (19:42):

I remember my first year during my first in CrossFit, I saw him hit like a three pound snatch.

Brian Friend (19:49):


Luke Parker (19:51):

Throw. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (19:54):

And, um, and Brian, you couldn’t make any sense of this when, when you saw this, you weren’t like, oh, this is what they did.

Brian Friend (20:02):

No. After the top, after aside from the top four, there didn’t seem to be too much Ryan reason. Uh, except that every Canadian man, other than Brent FOW is competing Atlas games.

Sevan Matossian (20:14):

Wow. And has, has any, has Brent spoken up on that?

Brian Friend (20:19):

I think not. He’s been, uh, preoccupied having a baby. That’s right. Congratulations.

Luke Parker (20:24):

Yeah. Congrat congrats. Brent. That is awesome. Wow. It’s kinda wild though. That he’s been grant.

Sevan Matossian (20:33):

Laura’s definitely stronger at bench rest with his butt off the bench. Oh, did he have his butt off the bench? Oh wow. Holy cow.

Luke Parker (20:41):


Sevan Matossian (20:41):

Awesome. Say hi. Say hi to Evelyn. So happy to this little girl, the world with my wife, Claire.

Chase Ingraham (20:48):


Luke Parker (20:49):

Welcome. Evelyn,

Sevan Matossian (20:51):

Look how small a baby is.

Chase Ingraham (20:54):

Dude babies.

Sevan Matossian (20:56):

It’s nuts. How small a baby look at that’s thing I’ve ever

Chase Ingraham (20:58):

In my life.

Luke Parker (21:00):

Right? Like don’t you messed up

Sevan Matossian (21:08):

That thing’s gonna grow into like a cowy

Luke Parker (21:13):

Uh, will Evelyn be at the cross? The games?

Chase Ingraham (21:16):


Luke Parker (21:17):

That’s a good question.

Chase Ingraham (21:18):

A better question is yeah.

Chase Ingraham (21:21):


Sevan Matossian (21:21):


Luke Parker (21:21):

Brought his baby

Sevan Matossian (21:22):

For games early on. Right. He brought his baby right last

Chase Ingraham (21:24):

Year. Yeah. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (21:28):

Um, Ryan, um, when these other, these other continents, um, where they only have one or these other regions, these other areas that only have one semi-final, is there any, are there any issues there

Brian Friend (21:40):

In terms of what,

Sevan Matossian (21:41):

In terms of like, there’s nothing they can do. There’s nothing really for them to complain about other than the fact. Well, there’s nothing really that for them to claim about, that’s just the way it is, is It’s like would be like complaining about the vent pain and Madison, like, sorry. Just it is.

Brian Friend (21:56):

Yeah. That’s that’s one way to look at it, for sure. I mean, of course there’s the fact last year that they did make a caveat for a dozen half dozen to a dozen athletes who were unable to travel based on the state of travel last year. And you know, there was always the pretend sure that that could happen this year. There’s still some areas that are very difficult to travel to and from. And you know, it wouldn’t have been unprecedented for CrossFit to get grant another exception this year, given you know, how difficult it is to travel. But, uh, it appears they haven’t done that.

Sevan Matossian (22:23):

And so that’s my point. If they, if they you’re saying last year, they did it for five people

Brian Friend (22:30):

Nine, I think

Sevan Matossian (22:31):

Nine, why don’t they do it for 30 this year? Like, it doesn’t affect the competition

Brian Friend (22:36):

Once again. Right. You know, but, but last, but it

Sevan Matossian (22:38):

Does, it does. Oh, explain it to me. Tell me how

Brian Friend (22:41):

Somatically, if

Chase Ingraham (22:41):

Stack an entire semifinal with people who are just going there for convenience.

Sevan Matossian (22:46):

Right. Well, and what you’re saying is, is then someone who might be the sixth fittest person in the world gets knocked out because they get stuffed in somewhere like

Chase Ingraham (22:54):

The Mac.

Sevan Matossian (22:56):


Chase Ingraham (22:57):

Just ask what’s her name? Courtney.

Brian Friend (22:59):

Christine, Colin brander.

Chase Ingraham (23:01):

Christine. That’s it. Christine, thank you.

Sevan Matossian (23:02):

Well then there’s gotta be a way to deal with that. There’s gotta be a way to let them well, how, how packed are these things already? Just from what you’ve seen of them,

Brian Friend (23:10):


Luke Parker (23:10):

Packed the max? Yeah. The max is loaded.

Sevan Matossian (23:14):

Are there any of them where you’re like, man, there’s really, there’s some people here who might go to the games who don’t deserve to go to the games. Have you seen that anywhere in any semi-finals?

Brian Friend (23:21):

Well, relative to some other fields. Oh,

Sevan Matossian (23:24):

Chase say it, say it. Yeah.

Chase Ingraham (23:25):

We thought about that last year, the games and that turned out to be the case.

Luke Parker (23:30):

I don’t, I feel pretty similar to last year, to be honest.

Chase Ingraham (23:35):

Yeah. But at granite games pumped out some pretty good athletes that perform well at the games and we thought it was just gonna be a joke region, Especially on the women’s side.

Brian Friend (23:43):

Yeah. I mean, we obviously, you know, Ariel was a huge surprise year, last year. Yeah. You know, she was a huge surprise, I think for just about everyone and, and no one knew how good Mel and Emma could do. So they ended up to be very relevant at the games, all finishing the top 16 and we didn’t, and, and of course, Christy ended up making it from there as well through last chance qualifier. So they had a quarter of the top 16 come out with that. Semi-final so sometimes it’s a little of deceiving at first, but there are certainly places where you look and you see, um, you know,

Sevan Matossian (24:09):

That’s 20, 21. Right. Okay. Okay. We gotta go to 20, 22, right?

Brian Friend (24:14):

No, no. That’s what chase is talking about. That’s fine.

Sevan Matossian (24:15):

Oh, okay.

Chase Ingraham (24:16):


Sevan Matossian (24:18):

Um, Brian, what do you have any like real concerns that like stuff that you see right now that you’re like, man, that this needs to be addressed and needs to be fit?

Brian Friend (24:27):

I think that, I think,

Sevan Matossian (24:29):

Or just red flags like Roman or, or, or some of the things we see with China.

Brian Friend (24:33):

No, that’s a good example for sure. It’s um, it’s really, you know, I don’t know what the communications were like this past week. I’m aware of several athletes that have been seated in a semi-final that it’s gonna be difficult, are impossible for them to get to, but they accepted their invitation. So I, you know, so there’s like when I hear that they can’t travel there for whatever the reason is. And I also see that I accepted the invitation. I’m really confused about why they would accept that if they can’t travel there, but I don’t have, you know, this is just, these are things that I’m hearing. Um, but they make sense within the context, so of travel and visas and uh, other, you know, documents that you need for, you know, to come and go from certain countries.

Sevan Matossian (25:14):

So there’s nothing that’s just sticking out and staring at us right now that we’re like, Hey, CrossFit fucked up. But we’re just looking at just a bunch of red flags.

Brian Friend (25:23):

Um, yeah, I mean, I, like I said, there’s people that are not vaccinated told cross it, they’re not vaccinated and seated in the Atlas games and now they have a tough, a tough situation in front of them. Uh, that, I don’t know if it’s, like chase said, I don’t know if you can get the required vaccinations in the amount of time, even if you wanted to, to get in there. Um, and I don’t know what the process for potentially applying for a travel exemption or anything is, but from what I’ve seen on the website, that’s not an option. Uh, and then there’s, you know, I think going to South Korea is gonna be an issue for some people. And I think that in particular, in the case of, uh, some of this, uh, Asian men that are legit games qualifiers, they might, they might not end up being at that competition,

Sevan Matossian (26:01):

Like who like Roman,

Brian Friend (26:03):

The guys that live in the us then at least of which I think there are three relevant men. Well, doesn’t live in the us, but he is here. And, uh, you know, I don’t think anyone wants him to leave. Like it’s been five years to get him here. Like, uh, I don’t know. And

Sevan Matossian (26:20):

Then I agree. I agree. The, the sentiment is there. If we send them away, he might not come back again. I, I, I that’s, I feel the sentiment. Yeah.

Brian Friend (26:28):

And it, you know, and it’s, uh, not, not only with the problems that he’s had personally getting here, but also obviously with what’s going on with his country, it just seems like incredibly risky. And, uh,

Sevan Matossian (26:38):

Luke, have you heard anything, does Roman plan on going back to Asia to Korea to, um, do the semi-final? Do you know,

Luke Parker (26:47):

Um, where did he get selected to Asia? Yeah. Sorry. I haven’t been in the conversation.

Sevan Matossian (26:52):

It’s okay. You can ask anything you’re in it more than I am at all times. Even with me trying to pay attention

Chase Ingraham (27:01):

Wing this shit

Luke Parker (27:02):

Last I’ve heard from Roman man. It’s actually really cool. He actually lived with me for, uh, a few weeks, but, um, he is in Madison training doing his thing. So I don’t, I have no idea. I haven’t heard from him since. Hmm.

Sevan Matossian (27:18):

Did he ever express, I know there was a language barrier, but did he ever express anything like, oh shit. Like I can’t go back or I have to stay here until after the games, before I can go back to Russia or like I have a one stop visa or did he express any concerns?

Luke Parker (27:30):

He definitely got an extended visa. Um, but I don’t think he expressed any concerns that he can’t go travel anywhere, but definitely not back to Russia, at least for right now. So,

Sevan Matossian (27:42):

So like, if he, like, if he went there, he could get held there and getting out again. It’s like, it’s, it’s like a, probably a one trip visa.

Luke Parker (27:48):

Well, I mean, absolutely. I mean, you can imagine, I mean, they’re in a huge war right now. I mean, things are cur not there right now. It’s crazy.

Sevan Matossian (27:58):

All right. Fair enough. Are people coming just

Luke Parker (28:00):


Sevan Matossian (28:00):

Russia though? I thought I thought one of these articles that said people are still coming from Russia to the us there aren’t to any travel restrictions. Well, outside of needing a visa.

Luke Parker (28:10):

Yeah. I don’t know too much about that, but I do know it’s like cold, like cold war there. Like yeah. People fighting over sugar cuz no one’s actually like shipping, like supplies and stuff to their country. Like everyone’s just kind of holding off from getting them anything. So it’s just chaotic there right now.

Sevan Matossian (28:28):

I saw some crazy footage coming outta China today, too. People fighting for food. It was nuts.

Luke Parker (28:33):

Yeah. That’s crazy.

Sevan Matossian (28:34):

Yeah. It’s that? Or at least, at least, at least it was supposed to be China. Fuck. I don’t know Who, who knows right anymore.

Luke Parker (28:42):

Yeah. With the internet for sure.

Sevan Matossian (28:46):

What was the other article? I have notes here. Um, about, about, let’s talk about this thing about, um, can you help us with this at all? Luke, let’s talk about what happened about who about that third team? What, what team are you on? What team are you on?

Luke Parker (29:03):

I wish I was on mayhem freedom, but I’m not

Sevan Matossian (29:06):

That’s that’s the one that has the rich for guy on it.

Luke Parker (29:09):

Yeah. That rich guy, man. Okay. I mean, everyone wants to be on that guy’s team. Can’t blame. What a bully. Um, yeah. I’m I’m doing, uh, mayhem independence with Angelo, your other co-host

Sevan Matossian (29:20):

Yes, yes, yes. When he’s not here, you’re filling inform. Yep,

Luke Parker (29:24):


Sevan Matossian (29:24):

Um, and, and, and, and, and that team’s solid.

Luke Parker (29:28):

Absolutely. Yeah. We’re all, I mean, I think for me, and I’ll just jump to the conclusion cuz I saw, I had a, a few of my friends send me, um, the videos on the new ma justice team.

Sevan Matossian (29:40):

Yeah. Andrew Hiller that he he’s just, he there’s two things. I think he claims I didn’t watch it. Okay. There’s two things. I think he claims one. I think he says he scoured your, the, the, not yours, but the mayhem empire, social media videos, looking for this guy, evidence that this guy exists there. And then two, I think that there’s tattle tales.

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