CrossFit Games Semifinals – Event 3 Recap

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

Over the last two years, uh, you guys have had to deal with, uh, me, uh, processing, uh, you know, not being working at CrossFit hq. You guys know I used to run the media team there. I’m very proud of that. Uh, those things that I did there. Um, and I was there when they had 300. Uh, I was on the media team, second guy on the media team ever after Tony budding, there were 300 gyms, and then it worked its way up to 15,000 gyms on all seven continents. And, uh, I finished as the media director and, uh, I fucking murdered it there. And I, it, it with all humbleness. I had no fucking pier. I was a fucking king. And, and I earned it every step of the way. What I see happening is one of the saddest, grossest, most pathetic, uh, situations of all time.


It, it, it is absolutely time for Don to, to fire someone after this event. The fact that you have someone like Chase Ingram and Adrian Conway putting together a fucking stream that I have to guess that they did for free with another guy, a abandoning his personal podcast so that the rest of us can watch Linda, and then on your other fucking channel, on your big channel competing with your guys who are streaming the final women’s event. Three is insane. Let me explain. While Chase Ingram and Adrian Conway were streaming the Women’s Final Event, three, arguably one of the biggest, most important events with one of the most important workouts in our system, in our community, at one of the most important times of the year with some of the biggest heavyweights in the fucking sport. You think it’s okay to premiere some garbage on your big channel, which are highlights from day one. Are you guys out of your fucking mind? Why don’t you just fi if you hate Chase and Adrian that much, just fire them. Nuts. Nuts. Uh, Mr. Spin, uh, are they, um, uh, are they stupid, incompetent, or do they have really, uh, big internal pro ego problems internally? What do you, do you have an assessment or, or I don’t mean to pigeonhole you. Do you have a fourth option?

Brian Spin (02:23):

No. It feels like they one hand doesn’t know what the other hand’s doing and they don’t care, right? Like, it’s always been that way with the CrossFit podcast versus the games, or even the CrossFit, YouTube. It, it just feels like they’re all kind of disconnected and not working together.

Sevan Matossian (02:41):

Yes, it is sad. I, um, I know it inside that there is, uh, no love loss between a lot of the major players in there. It, it’s, it’s filled with conflict, but that was crazy. That was absolutely crazy to set something as a premier while, uh, while chasing Adrian are covering, um, the final event, uh, of three. Uh, and, and also, uh, one more thing, uh, great job Adrian, uh, and Chase, uh, covering that. The one thing I would say to you is, is you guys made a huge mistake bringing Austin Mallilo on there at the end, he was extraordinarily difficult to understand. He was talking like he had a, a bag of marbles in his mouth. The volume was too low. And basically when the video’s that tough, we at least need good speakers. And you and Adrian were killing it today and yesterday. I, I, uh, uh, thoughts on, uh, how they, did any of you guys watch, uh, those streams?

Tyler Watkins (03:33):

Adrian seems more fluid and comfortable in this format than the other format.

Sevan Matossian (03:37):

I agree.

Tyler Watkins (03:39):

He, he real, I think he came into his own today. It, it was better than I’ve ever seen him.

Sevan Matossian (03:43):

Yeah. And, and, and the interviews were awesome too. Uh, Samwell, uh, corny and Amanda Barnhardt interviews were money. Mm-hmm.

Tyler Watkins (03:49):

<affirmative>. Yeah. And I was, when I was leaving the gym, when they were interviewing, uh, Barnhardt, and I was like, why is this interview more exciting than other interviews? Like, I, I, I don’t get it, but it seems more cool.

Sevan Matossian (04:05):

It wasn’t rushed, right? When you have a, the, the Nicki girl or the, um, who’s the really good guy? Uh, the, he’s amazing Arsenal. Arsenal, uh, there, there’s a little bit of rush when they’re interviewing, right?

Brian Spin (04:17):

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, you just see their body language. I mean, you see Adrian kind of sitting back talking in the microphone. I feel like you don’t get that same casual just discussion and, and talking about the sport differently, um, as we kind of, I think we all kinda like to hear it better, um, versus a, a highly produced broadcast.

Sevan Matossian (04:40):

Uh, Mr. Jer Howell, I thought I heard when, um, uh, Danielle, Brandon crossed the finish line, uh, for Linda, uh, the crowd cheered. Is she the highlight there? Is it with like, everything that she does the crowd cheers? Is it like that? Like she steps out onto the floor and there’s an audible cheer?

JR Howell (04:57):

Yeah, I mean, I I would say

Sevan Matossian (05:00):

Is she a superstar

JR Howell (05:02):

That have a, that have a ton of fan support? But yeah, I mean, she seems to be a crowd favorite for sure.

Sevan Matossian (05:07):

Uh, a any other crowd favorites? Anyone else that stands out? Like when they, when they jump on the field?

JR Howell (05:12):

Yeah, Noah still for sure.

Sevan Matossian (05:14):

Cool. Awesome. Good to hear that. But, but, uh, and, but, uh, so Noah and Danielle are noticeably kind of on a tier, uh, of with, of, to themselves?

JR Howell (05:23):

Yeah. I mean, it seems that way, but some of the younger up and coming athletes, like you could tell that especially the younger crowd really like, feels connected to the Emmas and some of the younger girls for sure.

Sevan Matossian (05:36):

Cool. I love it. Uh, I, I do know at the games it’s always tripped people out, uh, to see, especially in the last couple years I’ve heard that when Danielle, uh, steps out into the stadium that she gets louder cheers than even the champ was getting at a couple events, uh, especially during that, uh, year that they made her wear the mask. So she’s, I I think she has that, uh, it, uh, let’s pull up the leaderboard for, uh, the Linda for the boys. Um, any surprise, uh, Tyler Watkins, that Samwell Cornier, uh, he, he looked like a big man. He, he mo he, he, he behaved like a big man, didn’t he? Uh,

Tyler Watkins (06:16):

<laugh>, you see John down there smiling. We were, I was talking a little trash on the, on the spin podcast. Hopper and Corn Way were my, my two picks. Um, they’re big boys. Um, hopper, his background being football, uh, knew he was going to do well at pressing, and he’s hella fit, so he wasn’t gonna struggle on the barbell. Um, and then Sam, I knew he was fit. I was relying on the fact that they bench press a lot at Mayhem on him, but I had a good feeling about him, too.

Sevan Matossian (06:44):

Is that known? Is is that known? Uh, um, John, is that known? Mayhem is, uh, bench pressing town?

John Young (06:51):

Yeah. I mean, they do dumbbell bench press and rope climb workouts. I mean, all the time. That’s a rich, uh, specialty.

Sevan Matossian (06:59):

Uh, any surprise with you, Jr. He didn’t just win. Um, he, he, I would say he won dominating fashion. The, the space between, um, him and, uh, Jason is larger than the space between Jason and Roman.

JR Howell (07:11):

What’s a little bit deceptive? Like, if you look at the times, because a lot of people will look and say that Jason and Roman were right behind Sam, but Sam was able to, to pump the brakes a little bit, like on the round. He

John Young (07:23):

Walked and went, like this

JR Howell (07:25):

One, he was able to take big breaths before picking up the dumbbells. He was able to take big breaths. He wasn’t having to do touch and go on the cleans. Like you could tell he, he knew he was gonna win. And what was the most impressive thing to me about Sam is that while a lot of people were looking left and right, he was like tunnel vision straight ahead. Like, no one can stay with me and I’m gonna win.

Sevan Matossian (07:47):

Um, it, I didn’t get to see, uh, clearly. I don’t know if anyone did, but were there any times that, um, Samwell got no rept?

JR Howell (07:57):

I didn’t see any, his movement quality was really, really good on everything.

Sevan Matossian (08:01):

And, uh, Mr. Spin, you look at, uh, Roman’s time in third place with 1219, and then it’s basically a minute we go to, uh, 57 seconds before we get to fourth place. Jeffrey Adler, is this, um, going to be indicative of, of what we see at the games? Are, are these three or on, on a, on a different level or No, it just happened to be kind of a, a specialty workout and Adler still held his own?

Brian Spin (08:25):

No, I think it’s, I think it’s just the, uh, the dumbbell bench press and how much, you know, these guys probably do it more than the others and, and their strengths. So I wouldn’t read too much into the minute drop off. Um, if you

Sevan Matossian (08:39):

Wanna do that, it is interesting though, right? Those top three guys are together and then there’s a minute drop off, and then there’s another bunch of

Brian Spin (08:47):


JR Howell (08:47):

Just their wheelhouse. Like, to me, it’s equally as impressive. Like I was, I was the most impressed with that we can get to in a second. And with Jeff. And the reason why I was most impressed with Jeff is that he got beat by a minute by those other three guys. He broke the bench press from the round of nine, I think, all the way through the round of five. So he broke up the bench and still only three guys could beat him, and the rest of those guys did him unbroken.

Sevan Matossian (09:16):

And what’s that say? What’s that tell us

JR Howell (09:18):

That he’s a master at knowing his own capacities and pacing in general.

Sevan Matossian (09:24):

Uh, and, and at the end of the day, that’s what wins the games, right? You’re now, you’re going into Justin Maderas land pacing. Yeah.

JR Howell (09:29):

Yeah. I mean, I think the best way to say it is just that it’s extremely professional. Like he’s absolutely a pro out there.

Sevan Matossian (09:36):

And, uh, you had some comments about, uh, the, the pod, one of the podcast’s favorites. James Sprague. Let’s hear it. Unless it’s bad, don’t say it.

JR Howell (09:44):

No, I was, um, I the most impressed with James of, of any athlete on the male and female side, because coming into this, he was in a great position. Everyone knows that, um, anything with what most of us would consider heavy weight is gonna be something that we don’t know. Like, we don’t know how much stronger he’s gotten in, you know, in the off season. I think it’s clear just from this workout finishing six, like he needed event one to go the way it did, and he needed this workout to go the way that it did. And now with the snatch left, like to me, if, if he goes out and hits a decent number, that’s even middle of the pack, like, I think he’s punching his ticket for sure.

Sevan Matossian (10:25):

Wow. Uh, love hearing that. Uh, let’s see where we, uh, uh, Keone, um, lands on this list. Alexander, uh, uh, Keone entered this with APEC Tear, is that right? He,

Brian Spin (10:35):

Yeah, he withdrew. So he’s, he’s out.

Sevan Matossian (10:38):

Okay. Uh, uh, was that, um, uh, uh, Tyler, was that a mistake that he even took this, um, even, even attempted this? Is this just a bad career move? Just a stubborn move? He should have pulled out even before.

Tyler Watkins (10:49):

I don’t know. I don’t think, like, I get it. I’d probably go for it too, but, um, I mean, maybe depends on how old is Keone? He’s older, right? Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’d push it. What? I push it. Yeah. He doesn’t have that many years left at, at, at competing at this level, so yeah, I’d probably go for it.

Sevan Matossian (11:08):

Uh, Mr. Spin, we were talking about how many people of these 60 athletes would actually finish, uh, this workout, uh, here at the north, north, north American, east, uh, semifinals. And we were guessing half, uh, how close were we?

Brian Spin (11:24):

38 on the men’s side.

Sevan Matossian (11:26):

Okay. So very close. And on the women’s

Brian Spin (11:27):

26, I think it was.

Sevan Matossian (11:30):

Wow. Okay. Uh,

Brian Spin (11:31):

So between the two is pretty darn close.

Sevan Matossian (11:33):

Yeah. Uh, can we go back, uh, to the two outta one 20? Can we, <laugh>, can Good math. Uh, can we go back and see the men and you put ’em in ranking and order from, uh, all, all events and we see what’s happened at the top here. Um, any any world records in this is is Sam Well’s, uh, time gonna stand as the record? Uh, when semi-finals shakes out and is over,

Brian Spin (12:00):

It, it, it

John Young (12:01):

Was, um, somebody might run to the bar and beat him, uh, because he walked to the bar. I think if he passed around, he was so far ahead of everybody, he just walked to it and hyped up the crowd and then did a squat clean so I could see somebody beating him just because they rushed, they rushed, they know his time. It’s always easy to beat their time set before you,

Brian Spin (12:21):

But I

JR Howell (12:21):

Think it’ll depend on the race itself. Like, I think it’ll depend on in the moment who’s in the lead and how close are they to the other guys, because you don’t care about a world record, you care about an event win.

John Young (12:33):

Morning winning

Brian Spin (12:35):

As a framer of reference, the fastest time in 2018 was 1224. Sam was 1204.

Sevan Matossian (12:44):

And basically what you’re saying is, is no one’s trying to set the world record. They are trying, Hey, Colton, what’s up buddy? They’re trying to, oh, oh, I see. Okay. Yeah,

John Young (12:52):

I think he, he’s saying that One second. I think he’s saying I got this.

Sevan Matossian (12:55):

Yeah. Okay. Uh, I can see that Jr uh, Colton’s put his hand up saying he’s, he’s game to break the world record.

JR Howell (13:02):

I could see it for sure, and something that might

Sevan Matossian (13:05):

Wow. You didn’t even flinch. You didn’t even flinch. No,

JR Howell (13:08):

I think, no, I definitely think too, cause I was, I was really, I was thinking to myself back in 2018, that time was with a lot longer transitions. These, these smaller floors where they’re not advancing the bar every round back. This, this is like, everything is tighter, so the transitions are, are tighter. Um, so I think that to be able to make up just five seconds, it’s just jogging back to the bar on the round of four and five, instead of walking back to the bar on those two rounds,

Sevan Matossian (13:39):

My bun is off to the side. I, I don’t even, I don’t know what I’m doing. I, I, I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m sorry if I can get too bun. Jesus

JR Howell (13:48):

Christ. Alright. Hey dude, I gotta your watch. You’re about to start.

Sevan Matossian (13:51):

Leave me alone. Okay. Bye. Thank you, jar. Good to see you. Hey, uh, so col um, let’s bring that up, uh, when we go to the West too. So, Colton, hey, these are the kind of workouts that Colton has to win. He has to make us, uh, to get those points when he can.

Tyler Watkins (14:02):

I think, I think Colton has a decent weekend. There’s definitely some stuff that, um, that are not the best for him, but I think he has a good weekend overall.

Sevan Matossian (14:12):

Good. That makes me happier. Uh, princess se, uh, no, uh, lose the bun. Uh, no. I, I have to have my hair pulled outta my face and I, and I can’t have it in the back. Cause then I can’t lean back in my chair. I tried, uh, I guess I could just shave my head. Uh, okay. Uh, let’s go over to, uh, can, can we go over to the women

Brian Spin (14:31):

Bef before you move on Saxon at, um, oh,

Sevan Matossian (14:34):

Yes. He,

Brian Spin (14:35):


John Young (14:36):

Yes. Saxon might be done.

Sevan Matossian (14:38):

Yeah. Okay, let’s pull that up again. Let’s, let’s pull you, uh, O’Connell, uh, just putting a dagger in my heart. Savon, trying to, trying to look like Craig Richie. Oh, God. Uh, just come over and burn my house down time. Uh, let’s look at, don’t laugh, Suza. I don’t wanna look down there and see you laughing at, uh, Saxon Pan 28th. Uh, took 33rd in that, uh, you, are you guys talking about mathematically he may be done, or, or both? Just emotionally, the, the whole everything. I

Tyler Watkins (15:11):

Think he still can pull off Second

Sevan Matossian (15:14):

<laugh> mathematically

Tyler Watkins (15:15):

<laugh>. I had him second in my picks. Oh, awesome. It’s just going downhill fast.

Brian Spin (15:21):

I I think the problem you’re having right now is there’s so many people in between that they’d all have to just, I mean, he’d have to win everything and everybody in between him would’ve to also do well. Right? Um, you’re just

John Young (15:35):

Running outta like, the bad thing is he’s not gonna beat, he’s not gonna beat Roman Hopper, Adler, all like those guys, um, on every workout. And that’s what he would have to like, there’s six, seven guys that are gonna be top 15 games guys, and he’s not gonna beat all of them in every workout that we have coming up. It’s not like, like in Granite Games, he might could just do three first place, but not with a field like this.

Tyler Watkins (16:04):

There’s that great moment from the only four documentary, and you’re interviewing, I think it’s you interviewing Nick Forry, and you’re like, what do you have to do to win? He goes, I think I have to get first on all the events and everyone else has to do the opposite, has to get <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (16:22):

So it’s that situation again.

Brian Spin (16:24):

But Spencer’s in 14th, so Spencer turned it around. He’s still,

John Young (16:28):

Yeah. We’ll still have a pantry in the games.

Sevan Matossian (16:30):

It’ll just, Hey, that would

John Young (16:31):

Be, they all take turns.

Sevan Matossian (16:32):

That would be, that would be crazy. And this is gonna be really dickish to say, but I bet you somewhere deep, deep, deep, deep down inside Spencer in unspoken land. Yeah. You hear, I’m gonna say it Suza, he’s kind of happy if he’s the only one that makes it, you know what I mean? This is all

John Young (16:49):

He went the rise deep, deep, deep,

Sevan Matossian (16:51):

Deep, deep down inside. I’m telling you, deep like Spencer don’t even know. Only I know deep.

Tyler Watkins (16:57):

This is the rise of the other twin.

Sevan Matossian (16:59):

Yeah. I mean it’s yeah,

Tyler Watkins (17:01):

For both.

Sevan Matossian (17:02):

Hey. Yeah. Maybe I’m just speaking to myself. I love myself some Saxon and Scott, uh, probably even more so than Spencer, but I do, I am getting a little gratification if Spencer makes it and the others don’t, ma. Okay. I mean, okay, fine. I’m talking about myself. Well, that was easy to get to a little Spencer. A little change of the guard on both the twins. Little change. Yeah. It would be fun. It would be fun if Spencer did it. Kind of like, and, and you know what, if he crosses the finish, if he’s up there when they call his name and he does the double middle finger. Danielle, Brandon, I ain’t Hayden. I ain’t Hayden Savon.

John Young (17:30):

And listen, Hey, Spencer’s, Spencer’s got a new coach this year, so I mean, I could speak to

Sevan Matossian (17:35):

Who is it changing

John Young (17:36):

Of, uh, Nick Fowler, uh, Roman’s old

Sevan Matossian (17:39):

Coach. Yeah. Yeah. Okay.

John Young (17:42):

Great guy. Um, great coach.

Tyler Watkins (17:45):

I, I’m the, I’m the fiance of a twin, so I, I watched the between them, but for you Savon, like, did the boys already exhibit like behaviors where they’re super competitive with the other twin?

Sevan Matossian (17:56):

All all of them. Obvious. All of them. Yeah. And they’re, but it’s just weird cuz I, I, I don’t pay attention to it until it happens the other day. Um, and practice, uh, my six-year-old tapped Avi and then they, then they sparred again for three minute rounds and he tapped Avi again. Then he sparred again. And I’d never seen Avi cry like that. He went and sat in the corner and wept for 15 minutes. I was like, holy shit. I had no idea. He took it so serious. He got tapped by his, but his but his six-year-old. My, one of my youngest son is nuts at Jiujitsu. It’s, it’s like, it’s like wrestling a piece. That

John Young (18:27):

One video where you pushed him to the ground was hilarious. <laugh>, uh, uh, you know what I’m talking about? I

Sevan Matossian (18:35):

Didn’t, I didn’t push him to the ground. I dropped him <laugh> in an accident. I did not push him. I dropped him.

John Young (18:42):

<laugh>. He said, he said, I’m sorry buddy. He said,

Sevan Matossian (18:45):

I did you asshole. Uh, time out for John. Yeah. You

Tyler Watkins (18:48):

Gotta watch that. He, he, he’s in California. DPS will show up or whatever.

Sevan Matossian (18:53):

Yeah, mute him. <laugh>. I got, I got to meet, uh, Brian, uh, spin today and I appreciate what you guys do.

John Young (19:01):

I think you’re talking about the fake Brian.

Sevan Matossian (19:03):

Oh, alright. Well, thank you. $10. Well, that’s $20 to meet the real Brian or the fake Brian. Yeah. $10 to meet spend 20 to meet. Uh, that’s cool. Um, there was a comment in here I wanted to see. Um,

John Young (19:20):


Sevan Matossian (19:21):

Okay. Oh, it says Hillary didn’t waste any time. Hillary didn’t waste any time on Brook’s, uh, bench. Oh, let’s go to the men’s list really quick and then we’ll, and then we’ll tear it up. Uh, I wanna just see who’s at the bottom. Something you bring up a good point by seeing that, uh, Saxon’s out. Let’s see who else is out. It is really weird how poorly Saxon is doing. I wonder if something’s wrong with him.

Tyler Watkins (19:44):

Berman’s climbing a little. That’s good.

John Young (19:48):

<laugh>, they have 31st place. I mean,

Tyler Watkins (19:51):

He’s got some work to do, but like, he was in 40th or something last night, so I

Sevan Matossian (19:57):

Oh, someone’s see it there. Berman’s, not sh Tiny Berman’s fighting. No, someone was alluding to the fact that he was shorter

John Young (20:03):

Yesterday. I thought he was shorter than he was or taller. He’s shorter. Shorter than what he is listening.

Tyler Watkins (20:09):

Yeah, I’m taller. He’s

John Young (20:10):

Shorter than what that does. And

Sevan Matossian (20:13):

Tyler, uh, David Weed. Uh, Jake what? I can see, it’s only men that like getting pegged that like Danielle, Brandon. Wow. That is a, I don’t know if that’s, uh, scientific. Um, but, uh, that’s a very interesting correlate. Uh, okay. Uh, keep going. Let’s go down to the bottom. I wanna see who’s down there at the bottom, who’s totally out. Um, yeah, I think that is true. Someone said it right here. Uh, Greg Glassman. Jake has been kissing his girlfriend too much. Yeah, I totally agree. We saw his girlfriend yesterday. She is for sure a distraction.

Tyler Watkins (20:47):

Women weakened legs.

Sevan Matossian (20:49):

There you go. Uh, Corona. Okay.

John Young (20:52):

Tyler, didn’t, didn’t you say Jake was like super dedicated and stuff this year and he just, just leave it alone. Joe don’t have any distractions. <laugh>. I’m asking. You know him what? Better than all of us? He’s

Tyler Watkins (21:05):

A three point. He’s a three point shooter.

Sevan Matossian (21:07):

Who’s this? Who’s this?

Tyler Watkins (21:09):

Jake Berman.

Sevan Matossian (21:10):

Oh. Oh,

Tyler Watkins (21:11):

He’s gonna come in last minute. Him and Saxon both get

Sevan Matossian (21:16):

Second Mason. Mitchell’s saying Berman’s five six tops.

Tyler Watkins (21:18):

Yeah. Yeah. Jake’s not Jake. Six.

John Young (21:21):

That’s what, that’s what I thought.

Tyler Watkins (21:23):

I’d give

John Young (21:23):

Him five. I don’t like guys that listen theirselves taller than what they are.

Sevan Matossian (21:27):

Me neither. Fuck those dudes. <laugh>.

Tyler Watkins (21:30):

I get it in football, but in CrossFit it’s different. It’s like you show up and it’s like, oh yeah, you’re definitely lying. Whereas you

John Young (21:37):

Are what you are. It doesn’t matter.

Tyler Watkins (21:38):

Had it?

Sevan Matossian (21:39):

You know what I think on my license it says I’m five six. I I need to double check that. And I think the last time I saw that I was kind of disgusted with myself. I was like, wow. I, because I probably wrote that when I was 16. I was like, was I lying? I I agree, John. Stupid. Okay. Uh oh. The nipple piercing, uh, is new for Danielle. Brandon. Uh, for sure. Uh, you guys want to, uh, do nipple piercing or, um, talk about event? We’ll do nle piercing later. That’s a let’s, let’s do that tomorrow. I did notice nle piercing too. Uh, okay. Two of ’em actually in, in the orange top. Let’s go over to the ladies. Uh, two big stories there. Uh, no, the only shocker about Amanda Barnhardt is that none of us knuckleheads picked her. I think everyone was, uh, everyone happy to see her win. That was cool, right?

Tyler Watkins (22:27):

Yeah. Yeah. I think I, she wasn’t surprising, but I was, uh, yeah, I was like, good. You executed.

Sevan Matossian (22:33):

Why, why the, why the aggression towards Ben Bergeron. Just because she’s getting better now. Like, so what if you switch a coach and learn new stuff every time? She says, oh, I’ve learned like she was, uh, uh, giving Amy Everett credit for teaching her new things and the commons just light up tearing Bergon. Why? It’s, people

John Young (22:52):

Don’t like

Sevan Matossian (22:52):

That. Is every coach supposed to be per, is every coach supposed to be perfect?

Tyler Watkins (22:56):

Uh, people are just like a drama, I think mostly, but I don’t know. There is a weird hatred for Ben Bergeron that seems to persist.

Sevan Matossian (23:05):

Yeah. It’s like, it’s like one of those characters. People don’t like Vanilla Ice or say Go ahead.

John Young (23:11):

I think people don’t like the, like, you know, you just, you can’t wake up motivated every day or just, uh, self positive self-talk every day, that type of stuff. I think people just really don’t like that.

Sevan Matossian (23:23):

Like, Ben’s so fucking happy. Fuck him. Let’s throw rocks at him.

John Young (23:28):

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, just he’s al it’s a motivational speech. Every single time he talks,

Sevan Matossian (23:33):

You see that I’m rich, I’m rich. My wife has a great body and some good big fake tits. You hate me.

Tyler Watkins (23:38):

It, it’s the same thing with Goggins. It’s the same thing with Jocko. It’s the same thing with Deliver King. Like these people who are positive self. Yeah. Well, Goggins is a negative self talker,

John Young (23:48):

But he used to, that’s a weird list to put Ben Berger on in.

Tyler Watkins (23:51):

But it’s

Sevan Matossian (23:52):

All the same thing. Like, they don’t, don’t hate do that. Don’t hate John. Let ’em go. Don’t hate

Tyler Watkins (23:55):

People, hate them for that reason. And I get it, but it’s a like, I don’t know. It’s a lame, it’s a lame thing to me. Like some people need that positive self-talk. Either that equation works for you or doesn’t.

Sevan Matossian (24:06):

Uh, Mike Sourer gets the last word. Amanda is doing better because she’s not doing burpees and getting dirt thrown in her face. If those who know, know those who don’t, uh, text, um, what’s his name on the site?

Brian Spin (24:17):

I mean, I think, I think Bergeron got different things out of his athletes. I mean, when you see, uh, when Catherine was there and she’s working with Matt, and it seemed like he’s going over the basics of a snatch with her, and then you have Amanda working, uh, with Amy. Uh, it feels like h Wpo o’s maybe working on some of the technical stuff and working on, on the strength side and more specialized in, in burners rounds working on getting the most out of your just natural capabilities. Um, so it’s just kind of weird dynamic that you could be that good and still need some of the basics that everybody would think that you would already have being a CrossFit games champion.

Sevan Matossian (25:01):

Uh, I

John Young (25:01):

Will say when Catherine, when Catherine, uh, was talking about learning how to snatch properly, I mean, my mind was blown that you’re snatch you snatched 200 pounds and you don’t know how to snatch like, like details in your head. It like the stuff that she was talking about, just I’m teaching 45 year old soccer moms the same thing that she’s talking about. And you’re, you know, the fittest woman in the world at one point.

Sevan Matossian (25:30):

It’s, it’s, doesn’t everyone need to go back to the basics though? Even boxers, uh, tennis players, uh, strikers. Hey, like we see some really great people in the UFC throwing loop, loop, loop punches and they’re successful and then they get to the top and it’s like, Hey, that’s too slow. You better straighten that shit out.

Tyler Watkins (25:46):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>.

Brian Spin (25:47):

There’s not a difference though. I think there’s a difference between working on the basics and making it sound like

John Young (25:54):

Not knowing, hearing

Brian Spin (25:55):

It for the first time. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (25:58):

Um, uh, Ben Bergeron is Rich. Uh, Ben Bergeron, uh, just, I, I’m just making this up. I’m gonna make half of this is what I’m gonna say is true and the other half is made up. Ben Bergeron was the coach. He’s the only coach in CrossFit game’s history to have the male and female champ at the same time. Champ Matt Frazier and Kron David’s daughter. And he was Matt’s was he

John Young (26:18):

Really Matt Frazier’s coach though?

Sevan Matossian (26:20):

Of course. Of course he was. He was until in, in hindsight, maybe someone can switch it, but until he

Tyler Watkins (26:24):

Said it out loud,

Sevan Matossian (26:25):

<laugh>. Yeah. And then, so imagine if he does comp train and he charges $50 a month and he has 3000, uh, people signed up. Can someone do the math for me on that? Uh,

Tyler Watkins (26:34):

3000. Oh, it’s

Sevan Matossian (26:35):

Crazy Money times. Uh, 50 is, uh, $150,000 times 12. I think that’s, um,

Tyler Watkins (26:41):

It’s a,

Sevan Matossian (26:42):

Uh, and and that’s roughly an

Tyler Watkins (26:44):

Ass load of money.

Sevan Matossian (26:45):

Yeah. And that’s very, uh, I’m being very conservative. So yes, he is doing a fine and he’s, uh, I think he’s pretty wise with his money.

Tyler Watkins (26:52):

I think he would say something like, uh, my richest life, he would pull out a Bob Marley quote and move on <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (27:00):

Um, okay. Uh, let’s pull up the girls. Uh, so the big story here is Amanda Barnhardt and, um, Brooke Wells. I think, uh, fair

Brian Spin (27:14):

Brooke’s the bigger story.

Sevan Matossian (27:15):

Okay, let’s cruise down. Let’s cruise down and see what, oh, Paige took third. Oh, can, can you order the bench press order these by bench Press first and then we’ll look at, uh, overall. Thanks, Suza. Uh, Barnhart first. Wow. Carolyn Stanley smacking us around. Dude. Dude. Yeah, man. We’ll get back to her. Might do it. See, we’ll get back to her. Uh, yeah, Caroline,

John Young (27:39):

Both have super clutch,

Sevan Matossian (27:41):

Little midget. Five three. Good job. Uh, Paige Power’s third place. Uh, she was the, um, we, we got some home cooking for her. Uh, let’s get Fea, GOFI. Holy shit. Sydnee Wells.

Tyler Watkins (27:54):

Yeah. Crazy town.

Sevan Matossian (27:55):

Okay, before we get to Brook, is Sydnee going to the games? Yep. Cindy Sydnee and Spencer are gonna hook up with the games. <laugh>, no, Spencer’s married. Sorry. See

John Young (28:05):

Events event six. Event six is gonna be the telltale for Sidney.

Tyler Watkins (28:10):


Sevan Matossian (28:10):

I cannot believe this is happening.

Tyler Watkins (28:14):

Or four and five for fee. Sorry.

Sevan Matossian (28:15):

Alright, we’ll come back to fee also. Let’s, let’s keep going. Uh, Emma Carey doing what she needs to do, I’m pass

Tyler Watkins (28:20):

Over. Uh, my girl Ashley Wosk, she came in right there. I, I thought she was gonna do well on this and I’m happy she, she succeeded. Same thing with Anika.

Sevan Matossian (28:29):

So, uh, is okay, Ash, oh, that’s not who I think it is. Okay, good. Yeah, they, they hung in there. These are all, all the people in the top 15 basically did what they needed to do. Right? Damage control. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, uh, Danielle, Brandon did fine. Uh, 12. Jessica Andras, that’s the, the, she looks like, uh, Colton Merton’s, the female. Colton Merton’s, right? Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Yeah. Yeah. She looked great. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. She only took 13th in that. Did she win her heat?

Brian Spin (28:54):

I think so. But she was

Tyler Watkins (28:57):

Early heat.

Brian Spin (28:58):

Yeah, early heat. That, that, that’s what I think ended up hurting Brooke.

Sevan Matossian (29:03):

Uh, tell me not being in, oh, not being in the final heat. What mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So she had no one to pace officer she had set. I don’t,

Tyler Watkins (29:14):

I don’t either.

Brian Spin (29:15):

I think she needed, she knew she had to go out fast and, and make a statement and have him chase her down and she went out too, too fast. Too much. Too fast and, and got

Sevan Matossian (29:25):


John Young (29:25):

You can’t blame that he

Brian Spin (29:28):

A hundred percent.

Tyler Watkins (29:30):

I could see it both ways. Like as opposed to, you know, Amanda’s gonna be the pace setter, so just stay in her, um, stay on her side until you can, you know, make a move. I, I, I can see it both ways.

Brian Spin (29:44):

We, we talked about this and when we were discussing it, was you could have somebody who had a bad first day come out on Linda and push it too much and blow up, and that’s what exactly what happened to Brooke.

Tyler Watkins (29:56):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>,

Sevan Matossian (29:57):

Uh, Liz, our, uh, Brooke didn’t.

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