CrossFit Games Semifinals WEST | Day 1 Pre-Show

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

In the comments, uh, bam. We’re live. Hi, welcome, welcome, welcome. Morning. Well, oh shit, I forgot to put in my toes. Pacers, uh, Mr. Watkin, Mr. Spin. Hi. Nice to have you guys on the show. Uh, I see John Young in the back is still getting dressed. Uh, we are 55 54 minutes away from event one at the Northwest Semi-finals, uh, in incredible caliber of athletes. Uh, super quick, let’s review the workout that will start in 54 minutes. It looks like that is gonna be broadcast on the, you’re gonna have to go to the CrossFit podcast. Um, and, uh, in, in order to watch this Mr. Weed, I’ll fuck you. I’ll deal with you later. Nevermind. I’ll deal with you later. Um, okay. Uh, we’re gonna go over vet number one. It, it’s not gonna be broadcast by the traditional team, uh, like it wasn’t last week.


Um, they’re going to be doing the sort of gorilla, Hey, what’s up John? What’s they’re gonna be doing gorilla stuff. Uh, same that they did last week. This week, as we found out, uh, in a few hours, uh, chase will be doing it from home. Adrian will be on site, and they’re going to try to up their game, which is always, which I’m glad they’re doing right. Uh, but it’s always risky. So, um, we’re gonna have to be, uh, patient. Uh, it looks like they’re gonna, they’ve upped their camera game and they’re gonna up their mic game a little bit by having some people roaming, uh, who are able to maybe call in. Um, but either way, uh, I’m excited for it. Uh, I think Adrian and Chase killed it last week. Uh, the workout is 3000 meters on the Echo bike, then a sled pool.


And then, uh, where do they go from there? They go to the AirRunner for 2000 meters, then more sled pool, then a thousand meters on the skier, and then more hand pool. Um, this morning I had the opportunity to speak with Brian Friend, and I was like, holy shit. Can you believe how amazing Kate Van, uh, Caitlin Vanille is in Australia, uh, setting the world record on that. And he pointed out some very interesting, um, facts to me. And he didn’t want to take away, by the way, anything from how well those women did over there. But he said, you cannot compare these events from region to region to region, because obviously the floors are so different because he, he, I don’t remember what exactly what the numbers were, but he was saying how many women finished in Australia versus how many women finished in the, uh, north America east. And there’s no way that, that if they were pulling on the same floors, those numbers would represent that meaning so many more women in a weaker class in Australia finished, I guess, than in North America. East. Uh, thoughts on that? Uh, Mr. Young?

John Young (02:32):

Yeah. I mean, if you, if the flooring is that much different, it’s going to, um, be way different. The way that, the way we watched North America East, the whole event was the sled. And if that was not the case in Australia, then they’re two different events.

Sevan Matossian (02:48):

Uh, Cummins, I Cusid <laugh>. Good morning. Uh, I’m very excited to watch all of these shows throughout the weekend. Oh, thank you. You use, uh, contraception, please. Um, okay. Uh, can we pull up the list of, uh, who goes first here? The men or the women?

Brian Spin (03:12):

The, uh, the women will go first.

Sevan Matossian (03:14):

Okay. And so let’s pull up the, uh, women’s list. Um, do we know anything about the floor in this place? Are we expecting the sled pool to be, uh, fast like it was in Australia or a little slower like it was in the Northeast?

Tyler Watkins (03:29):

I’m imagining they transitioned the same flooring that was in the east to the West. So

Sevan Matossian (03:34):

You mean loaded up in a semi and took it across country?

Tyler Watkins (03:37):


Sevan Matossian (03:37):

Alrighty. Uh, Lauren Fish. Oh, that can’t be right. Is Shana Cho here?

Tyler Watkins (03:45):

Yes, she is.

Sevan Matossian (03:46):

Ooh, shit.

Tyler Watkins (03:48):

Going down with the young girls.

Sevan Matossian (03:49):

Okay. Someone explained that to me. Is she going to get, is she’s making a shot at the games? I

Tyler Watkins (03:53):

Meant to reach out to Seth Spin. Did you ever, Jim, did you get ahold of him? Her coach? Um, I meant to reach out to him to see why she was there, cuz I thought it was an odd move too.

Sevan Matossian (04:04):

Hi, this is the first I’ve seen her name or heard her name. She, we just overlooked her. No, I haven’t heard anyone mention her name.

Tyler Watkins (04:10):

No one has,

Brian Spin (04:11):

No. I mean, I don’t think she’s, she’s already got her g ticket to the games in the master’s division. Um, I mean, I think she’ll, she’ll go for it. I just don’t think she’ll be in the top. Was it 11? This for the women?

Tyler Watkins (04:23):


Sevan Matossian (04:25):

God, that’ll, that would, that would be, uh, that would be something else. Okay. Uh, Lauren Fisher, China choke. Kelly Clark. Uh, Katherine, uh, David’s daughter. Uh, let’s talk about Katherine for a second. Uh, we are excited to see her come out, right? Like, we’re, we, we don’t know where she’s at. There’s a question mark over her head. She didn’t make it to the games last year, two times, champ. Um, this is our first look at her, uh, in, in full go mode, right?

John Young (04:49):

Yep. We’ll see,

Brian Spin (04:50):

See what, see how, uh, how, how a year under, uh, H W P O has, uh, worked for.

John Young (04:58):

I think, I think why Katherine is so, so weird is like, how good is Katherine, uh, is because Annie has been so good, uh, like, has kept the train going from the old guard to the new guard, and Katherine’s been a rollercoaster, so it’s just, we have no idea where Katherine is. But I think it’s so weird because Annie’s been so good and I, I mean, I put those two kind of together. I don’t know what you guys do, but like, when I think of them,

Sevan Matossian (05:30):

Uh, I, I, I actually hope, uh, Katherine does, uh, absolutely fantastic out at this. I hope someone maybe keys her car in the parking lot, but I would love to see her, uh, go to the games. A tremendous athlete. I love to comeback stories. Um, uh, it, it would be, uh, it would be fucking awesome and I think it would really, uh, add a lot of tension. Uh, if she could finish, uh, top five here. Any, any ch any you guys think there’s any chance of that?

John Young (05:55):

Top five?

Sevan Matossian (05:56):

Yeah. Top five. Okay. So she, it really is not unknown. You guys have, why, why, why lose so much faith in the two time champ? Uh, clearly a hard worth ethic. Uh, good smarts. A vast history of great training partners. Good pedigree. The whole, the whole, she has everything.

Brian Spin (06:11):

We’re, we’re skipping a, we’re gonna have to skip ahead, but the one rep Max snatch and event six with the, uh, seated legless rope climb. Very concerned about those.

John Young (06:22):

Why are you concerned about the snatch? She snatches 200 pounds. That’d be fine. Why? Rope climb

Tyler Watkins (06:28):

Disagree. I disagree, John. She has, she doesn’t have the mask to throw that weight around reliably. I mean, what was the argument we used with Amanda Barnhart? She’s heavy enough that she could throw the weight around if it, if things got bad for her. Not the same equation for Katherine

John Young (06:44):

Snatch is literally her best lift. Uh, I, I don’t disagree with you. She’s not brute strong. She’s not brute strong. You don’t need to be brute strong to be great at snatch. I’m worried about her at all. I’m not worried about her at all. As far as the max snatch goes legacy rope climbs. Absolutely. Absolutely. But, uh, she’s gonna be fine on the snatch.

Sevan Matossian (07:05):

Uh, uh, the mo as you guys talk about some empirical stuff, uh, John George brings up the abstract. Uh, and, and this kind of ties in with her boyfriend and living the good life in Idaho. Uh, I don’t think she, uh, John George, I don’t think she can go in that dark place any longer. She just seems to crumble now when it gets dark.

Tyler Watkins (07:23):


John Young (07:24):

I don’t think you gimme an example. John George.

Brian Spin (07:28):


Sevan Matossian (07:28):

Uh, let’s think

Brian Spin (07:29):

She’s, I think she’ll be fine in any of those kind of, those types of workouts. I think, um, event six is gonna be a disaster on the legless rope climbs

Sevan Matossian (07:37):

Like, like, like a, a a a dnf

Brian Spin (07:42):


Sevan Matossian (07:43):

Mr spin.

Brian Spin (07:44):

I, I could unfortunately see it unless she’s figured out a way this last, uh, six months to, to get there. I, I just, it’s been

John Young (07:51):

So many. No, it’s, it’s all, it’s only four

Brian Spin (07:53):

<laugh>. You saw how bad those, uh, how much stopped them.

John Young (07:57):


Sevan Matossian (07:57):

Ask you this. Lemme I understand,

John Young (07:59):

Understand, but she needs to know herself though. If she just needs to rest, she can get four don. She’ll just be slow.

Sevan Matossian (08:04):

Hey, hey, let me ask you a technical question. I don’t think it’s that she’s not strong enough. I don’t think, um, uh, it’s, she’s accessing the right muscle. I don’t think some something’s not right. You can’t be that, um, you can’t be as strong as her and be that bad at pooling. C can you? I don’t, I She, she must not be, she must not be acting. Do you think she’s gonna do shitty on the sled pool?

John Young (08:27):


Sevan Matossian (08:28):

I mean, it’s that same, it’s those, it’s those same muscles, right? Just the same. Same, but different. Different,

John Young (08:33):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>? No. Sled pool is all posterior train. Okay. I mean, you are pulling, but I mean, it’s how, it’s your posterior train that moves that not so as far as like getting it started, um, alright,

Sevan Matossian (08:47):


John Young (08:48):

Yeah, go ahead.

Sevan Matossian (08:49):

Uh, Ariel Lowen, um, uh, definitely crowd favorite, uh, podcast favorite, uh, beast of an athlete. Uh, event number one, uh, is, is it something she goes for a victory or is it survival? Where does she, where does she look at? How does she look at this?

Brian Spin (09:06):

I, I see it as a top five. I, I, I kind of equate her to Adler in that she’s probably not gonna have, um, any home run workouts. I mean, obviously Adler one, I think two last weekend. Um, but she’s gonna be top five, top eight, every single, every single event. And she’ll be just fine up there near the podium or on the podium at the end of the day.

Tyler Watkins (09:29):

I was talking with a friend about this yesterday. To me, there are no standout leaders in this group. There are no solid first place athletes in this group. But if there is one, it’s aeriel.

Sevan Matossian (09:41):

What do, what do you mean by that? Like, she’s, she’s a winner. She’s the leader. She’s the alpha female. She’s the, she’s the alpha

John Young (09:46):

Or the competition as a whole

Tyler Watkins (09:48):

Only bar. Yeah. Competition as a whole. Um, only barely. Like, she doesn’t, like she’s a great athlete. None of these events I think are great or terrible for her. Um, but the same is said for the rest of, of the field. I mean, there’s just no dominant force in the women’s field here,

Sevan Matossian (10:07):

Uh, mindset. Uh, what I’m taking, what you’re saying is, is that mindset wise, she’s got gonna have that veteran swagger. Absolutely. She’s gonna absolutely, she’s gonna feel confident that no matter what, she’s always in it. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Yep.

Tyler Watkins (10:16):


John Young (10:17):


Sevan Matossian (10:18):

Isn’t that crazy? No. Yeah. And, and, and do you think Katherine has that <laugh> as a two time champ?

John Young (10:26):

No. I think she used to have it.

Sevan Matossian (10:28):


Brian Spin (10:29):

Yeah, exactly. I mean, from Ariel to been missing regionals year after year, and then the last two now three years. I think she’s some something’s switched and she’s figured it out.

Sevan Matossian (10:43):

Look, I just saw typo in the comments. Uh, uh, uh, uh, John Young, really, I’m his, uh, groove this year. <laugh> in, in his groove this year. It must be a typo. Is you mean isn’t in his groove this year? There was another typo I saw, uh, in here too. I asked, someone said, I love John Young. That’s like, what the fuck is going on in here? Did everyone get dosed with Molly? Guys? You can’t love the, the Foy. Whatcha

John Young (11:07):

You guys doing? Hey, listen, Goonies is a great movie.

Sevan Matossian (11:09):

There’s so many people loving on you. What the fuck’s going on? What’s wrong with this? Oh, you’re his. No, you’re his I’m his groove. Okay, fine. You’re his groove. Um, okay. Uh, so Ar Ariel Lowen, uh, top top five you guys are saying for event one. Uh, what, what about it? Uh, the sled pool, the, the machines.

John Young (11:29):

I’m with

Tyler Watkins (11:29):

Intense. Go ahead, John.

John Young (11:31):

I’m, I’m with, I think Brian nailed it on the head with the Adler. Like, I don’t think she’s as good as Adler comparatively, but she’s just, I she does not have weaknesses. She’s just very even keel. You know, kind of like Maderas, like she’s the fifth best at everything. But I mean, a little less than Maderas in the games field, but amongst these women, you know, I think she’ll be around fifth and up on every single event, and there’s just not one thing that she’s going to murder, but she’s not gonna be weak at every anything. There’s just top five

Sevan Matossian (12:03):

That, that, that, that means she’s gonna win this event. This uh, this contest, this uh, this regional, this semi-final. Yep.

John Young (12:09):

That’s, I think she’ll be first.

Tyler Watkins (12:12):


Sevan Matossian (12:12):

Damn. Uh, oh. Jessica Valenzuela’s te telling us the cadence. It’s a few days of bashing John in one day of loving. Okay. So it’s kind of like, like day back day. Okay. We’re on the love day. That’s good.

Tyler Watkins (12:23):

No, Lovings talk please.

Sevan Matossian (12:24):

Uh, C come, comes in, in, in indie in me in the fuck this name is

Tyler Watkins (12:32):


Sevan Matossian (12:33):

Kat. I, I appreciate the attempt. I just can’t help you out. It’s, it’s just, you gotta add a letter in there for me or something. Kat’s done, uh, at game, uh, Kat, uh, Katherine, David’s daughter’s done as a games athlete. Uh, her time has come and gone, but it would be, it would be great to see the former champ return after sucking for years. Yeah, that’s kind of where I’m at. Thank you. I, I don’t, I don’t think she’s done. Here’s the thing. I think we lost faith. Uh, I think we’re, uh, a lot of us are what we’re, what have you done for me lately? And I’ve fallen under that camp too. Um, that’s why I’m hoping last night’s, uh, interview goes, falls back into the past as fast as it can. Um, but, uh, uh, muscle and fitness girl, I think captain’s gonna do fine. And, and I, and I hope she does. Uh, muscle and Fitness. Girl, are you guys on drugs? Aerials a former jib. Uh, let’s address that first. Are any of you on drugs?

Tyler Watkins (13:21):

Nope. Uh, not currently.

Sevan Matossian (13:22):

No antidepressants. Nothing? Nope. I’m,

Tyler Watkins (13:26):

I’m good. It’s caffeine. Count

John Young (13:27):

The drug of the drug of Jesus’s.

Sevan Matossian (13:30):

Okay. John’s on Jesus <laugh>. God. John, I love you. <laugh>. Are you guys on drugs? Ariel is a former gymnast and one, uh, please. No, really just talk on this show. Yeah. Are you guys on drugs? Ariel is a former gymnast. And Juan, uh, Elizabeth elevated at the games. Uh, she’s going to do great at the gymnastics chipper with periods. Wait, wait, didn’t they just one? She’s gonna fucking kill it Top five in everything. I’m not sure what you mean. Yeah,

Tyler Watkins (13:53):

I said she wasn’t like, there’s no overall like, standout leader, but we, I all think she’s gonna be top three.

Sevan Matossian (14:00):

Yeah. Uh, wow. Yes. Thank you, Renee. Thank, uh, Lenza Olen. Olen Naz, Olen ez. Uh, thank you Renee. Uh, John Young. Show the champ some fucking respect and pronounce his name right? You’re always saying Maderas. It’s Maderas bitch. Thank you. Love the show.

Tyler Watkins (14:22):

I love this. She was correcting John on how to say mens’ name and you can’t say

Sevan Matossian (14:27):

Hers. <laugh>. No. I, but that’s not she. That’s a typo. Her name’s a fucking typo. Uh, sound it out. Comes in. I comes in, I comes in. Id, okay. Thank you. Comes in. I thank you. Love. You pay me to pronounce your name right? You’re a good dude. Okay. Uh, uh, Savon, uh, take a sip of coffee. You’re struggling to get your words out this morning. I’m frazzled a little bit. I I’ve had a weird morning. I’m unsettled. I’m, I’m insecure and unsettled. Okay. Uh, let’s go back to the, uh, girls, let’s scroll through this. We have, uh, five more minutes with the ladies. Six more minutes with the ladies, and let’s get over to the dudes. Uh, Alison Weiss, uh, Madison Dre, uh, Drayer. Emily. Emily Rolf, uh, the best endurance in the group. Best runner in the group.

John Young (15:13):

Yep. Yeah.

Brian Spin (15:14):

Yep. I have her doing really well this year, or this, this weekend. Um, better than what John and ti and Tyler think. Um, obviously we’ve not really seen her really for the last year since she withdrew from the games and from Waap Polooza. But when she is healthy, she’s one of the best in this field.

Sevan Matossian (15:34):

But those are some incredible pictures. Well, what is this picture? Right? Go to the upper right hand corner. What is this picture up? Higher. Just like shooting down at her feet. What is that? I wanna put you write,

John Young (15:45):

Showing how good she is at Toaster Bar.

Sevan Matossian (15:47):

Oh, okay. Oh, it’s her, it’s her light thing. Okay. All right, fine. Uh, she gonna win this

Brian Spin (15:58):

Win the first event.

Sevan Matossian (15:59):

Yeah. Look at she got, we got it. We know she can run fourth picture down. She’s pulling the sled. Can we look at her pulling the sled?

Tyler Watkins (16:08):

Just a, just a

Brian Spin (16:09):


Tyler Watkins (16:10):


Sevan Matossian (16:10):

Thank you. Is she gonna win this?

John Young (16:14):


Sevan Matossian (16:14):

She looks more Jack than ever too. My God. Right?

John Young (16:19):

She’s always been pretty ripped. She just doesn’t get as, as much notoriety as other people, but she’s always been pretty darn shredded.

Tyler Watkins (16:28):

I do agree. Savon. I I think that she’s leaned out over the past couple of years. Um, I think, I think she used to look a little more fluffy and she’s definitely gotten shredded.

Sevan Matossian (16:38):

Uh, master Bader, uh, nice to have you. Awesome podcast with Castro. I just finished it. Thank you. Appreciate it. I need that more of that. Lots of love today. So let some of that, uh, uh, love fall off of John and land onto the rest of us. Okay. Uh, let’s keep going. Uh, does she win the event?

John Young (16:54):


Brian Spin (16:54):

I, I do think so. I think so. I

Sevan Matossian (16:58):

Think so too. Okay. Let’s keep going. Let’s keep going. Have

John Young (17:01):

You guys, it depends on the flooring. Hmm. Let me put it like that.

Tyler Watkins (17:04):

That’s a good, yeah, that’s a good take.

Sevan Matossian (17:06):

Uh, Zoe Warren, uh, Bailey Rail. Uh, top 10 in this event.

John Young (17:13):

I don’t,

Brian Spin (17:14):


Tyler Watkins (17:14):

My gut says no, but she could surprise us. I’ve

John Young (17:17):

Seen like, broad.

Sevan Matossian (17:19):

Is she going to the game place <laugh> games?

John Young (17:21):

I think so.

Tyler Watkins (17:23):

I think so. Sh

Brian Spin (17:24):

Should, no, I think she’ll be right there. One, one of the last ones out, or, you know,

Sevan Matossian (17:29):

Uh, Bethany first one’s out. Bethany Chadburn first. Uh, one of the first ones out. You think like we’re gonna know early three events in we’re gonna No, no,

Brian Spin (17:35):

No. She’ll be, she’ll be fighting on on Sunday, but she’ll, she’ll just miss out. Oh,

Sevan Matossian (17:39):

Okay. I see what you’re saying. Uh, bubble athlete. Uh, Bethany Chadburn, huge unknown. We don’t know what to expect. Right. Uh, same with ca like Katherine. We’ll just wait us wait and see. Yeah.

John Young (17:47):

I think could win this event. Or she could break her back on this event. It’s, you don’t, like she’s, I give up on trying to predict anything from her. Some, uh, some

Tyler Watkins (17:58):

Somebody in the comments needs to be Bethany Shad, bird’s back. <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (18:03):

Oh no. Oh, no. Uh, Christine Coleen brander, uh, e e Easy day. Right on the sled. Easy day.

John Young (18:13):

I think she’ll murder the sled. Yeah.

Tyler Watkins (18:16):

I’m interested to see how she does on the other equipment. Um, my fear for her is always her aerobic endurance, but this might be good for her. Um, I, I hope she has improved throughout the year that that’s,

Brian Spin (18:29):

She’ll she’ll be Yeah. She’ll be just fine.

John Young (18:31):

Yeah. This event, this event is so weird with the sled being how it is because, you know, you first look at it, it’s an aerobic event all the way. And then the way North America East went Now I’m like, well, I just think all the biggest people will do good. Like, that’s, that’s kind of how it looked in the West and in the East. That’s how, that’s how like I’m thinking. But now, like it’s so, like, I don’t think Emily Rolf’s gonna do good because I know she’s not strong, even though she should murder it. And then Colin Brander who’s trash at cardio, uh, is probably gonna do really, really well because she’s a monster with weights. And so it makes these events. So I don’t think this event is what they intended it to be when they made it.

Brian Spin (19:16):

No, it’s tough. It’s tough on the flooring. And you look at what

Sevan Matossian (19:18):

Do you mean by that? It’s not, it’s not what you intended. You think that they intended some sort of stimulus that they’re not getting from it? Or some sort of challenge?

Tyler Watkins (19:24):

It’s more power

John Young (19:24):

Dominate. Yeah. I think they intended this to be the endurance test of the week. Uh, and it’s not,

Brian Spin (19:32):

I think that’s what you got in Oceana.

John Young (19:34):

I, yes. Yes.

Brian Spin (19:35):

Right. You look at, look at the leaderboard on Oceana, and I think it, that flooring in the way that it was able to be pulled, that’s, that’s what they’re looking for. Because there’s no way that Danielle, Brandon finishes seventh compared to the Oceana Women’s Times. Right. Hey, so it’s a completely different workout. Do you,

Sevan Matossian (19:53):

Do you agree? Do you agree with, um, uh, John though, guys, that, um, they want that this is not an endurance event

Brian Spin (20:00):

Based on the, where the flooring was in the North America East? Yeah, I agree with that. It’s,

Tyler Watkins (20:04):

It’s less of an endurance event than they meant it to be. It’s still an endurance event, but not as much as they intended.

Sevan Matossian (20:11):

Meaning, meaning the sleds going too slow and they’re getting a rest.

John Young (20:15):

But it’s just the, the stronger people, the stronger, more powerful people are pulling that sled so much faster that it negates their endurance efficiencies on the machines.

Sevan Matossian (20:26):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, uh, Trish. Correct. Not an endurance event.

Tyler Watkins (20:31):

There you go.

Sevan Matossian (20:32):

Trish has spoken. All right. Yeah, Trish has spoken. Okay. That’s interesting. It

Tyler Watkins (20:35):

Does make you wonder if at Rogue, I, I bet they tested this event at Rogue, and I bet Rogue has really expensive flooring that’s kind of smooth and they got cheaper flooring for event and it wasn’t as, it wasn’t the same texture that you would think and now we’re having difficulties flowing. It just, just a theory.

John Young (20:55):

And that’s why they won’t show it on a live stream cuz they know their floor is trash.

Sevan Matossian (21:01):

Uh, Ken Walters, uh, with his shirt on today, that’s weird. Uh, and, and I don’t know if that’s your daughter or your wife, but she looks good. Uh, yes, I agree with Spin and Ozzy announcers were hyping how these athletes were crushing the weak records. I don’t know if it was spin who said it, but I, it was Brian friend that I spoke with this morning. If, if you got your Brian’s confused, but Brian’s spin also probably, um, agrees. Uh, Danny Spiegel, uh, top five for her.

John Young (21:26):

That’s like, and this, I don’t know, like maybe, but it should be like a bottom 20. And it’s not like she’s gonna be very, she gonna do very good in this just cause she’s gonna be able to pull that sled better than everybody else.

Tyler Watkins (21:39):

I like top five. I like top five.

Sevan Matossian (21:41):

You do? Yeah.

Tyler Watkins (21:42):


Sevan Matossian (21:43):

You gonna see, you think in her mind she’s like, Hey, I just gotta survive this.

Tyler Watkins (21:48):

No, no. I think she’s gonna come out aggressive and try to, try to do really well.

Brian Spin (21:52):

Yeah, you’re gonna see her get off the bike and just murder that first sled pole and get on the run probably first, and then it’ll just see how it goes from there.

Sevan Matossian (22:01):

Uh, that, that’s a great take, by the way. Uh, you think that she should be bottom 20, but, uh, someone else thinks she’ll be top five because of the floor. Okay. I like it. Uh, Kelly Baker. Uh, dear, dear cameraman at CrossFit ple, please, uh, uh, have a biased, uh, towards Kelly. Uh, we, we wanna see her compete this week. Thank

John Young (22:21):

You. I think she’s gonna kill this

Sevan Matossian (22:22):

Event. Good. I hope so,

John Young (22:25):

Because she’s strong. She’s a bigger girl and I think her endurance is very good.

Sevan Matossian (22:29):

I’d like to see her and, uh, and Ariel Lowen on the podium this week. That’d be awesome.

Tyler Watkins (22:34):

It’s wild to me that her and Ariel are listed to weigh the same, but there’s two, there’s two inches difference between ’em and they look like very different athletes.

Sevan Matossian (22:43):

Ariel’s two inches

John Young (22:44):

Taller aren’t accurate. Shorter.

Sevan Matossian (22:46):

Ariel’s five two.

Tyler Watkins (22:48):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>.

Sevan Matossian (22:49):

No, there’s no way.

Tyler Watkins (22:51):

Uh, she’s go, go up.

Sevan Matossian (22:53):

There’s no way she’s

Tyler Watkins (22:54):

Her down. Wherever she is,

Sevan Matossian (22:59):

They’re Oh my God. Holy shit.

Tyler Watkins (23:04):

But she doesn’t look like Kelly Baker at all. No.

Sevan Matossian (23:08):

Can’t believe

John Young (23:09):

How short these girls are. The weights are very accurate though on this. I think they fill this out like in five years. Like when they first start CrossFit Than

Sevan Matossian (23:15):

You think she’s more, you think Ariel’s more than that or less?

John Young (23:18):

No. I, I don’t, I don’t know if she’s more or less or less, but I think both of them are wrong. Does that make sense?

Sevan Matossian (23:25):

I, I get, I I don’t know. I sure I they’re probably wrong, but they’re both brick shit houses. I think. I, I’m not surprised at any weight that they weigh.

Tyler Watkins (23:32):

Kelly looks one 50 to me. Ariel does not.

Sevan Matossian (23:37):

This is not true. They’re not.

John Young (23:38):

I’m saying if Ariel was one five

Speaker 5 (23:42):


Sevan Matossian (23:44):

Oh, I see what you’re saying. I see what you’re saying. All right, let’s go down. Uh, let’s keep moving. Uh, past, uh, Danny Spiegel. Cas past Kelly Baker. Uh, let’s keep going. Keep going. Let’s keep going. Uh, Ms. Gaza, uh, we know she’s strong. Uh, how’s that endurance piece gonna, uh, play out for her?

Tyler Watkins (24:06):


Sevan Matossian (24:07):

She’s great. Mr.

John Young (24:09):

Just be easy. Top 10 for her. Uh, curse said her. You

Tyler Watkins (24:13):

Can’t answer. John, you’re, you’re not allowed to answer. No, you can’t answer. Go ahead, <laugh>. He’s biased. He’s too biased.

Sevan Matossian (24:21):

He, he thinks she’s gonna do well or not Well,

John Young (24:23):

I, I like Olivia. I me to do Well, yeah. <laugh>. Uh, I honestly have no idea what to expect on any of these events. I just want her to do well. We haven’t seen her enough to like, I mean, we know what she’s weak weekend and what she’s strong at, but we don’t really know what she’s like versus a field like this.

Brian Spin (24:44):

I, I think Danny has enough, uh, metabolic conditioning to do fine on this. I think Olivia, the run is going to, she’s gonna lose a lot of time on the run and I’m not sure she’s gonna be able to make it up on the, on the sled poles. Um, probably 15th, 20th is my kind of guess on this event.

John Young (25:03):

I think she’ll take that all day.

Sevan Matossian (25:08):

Uh, Richie Rich, uh, if Baker doesn’t make it, uh, bring her on the demo team. Yep. That’s for sure. Uh, Sydnee. Tian, uh, I think she’s gonna do great at all of it. Except, except the treadmill. Right? But, but the tre But the, uh, but the runner’s gonna at least be better for her than if she was out running in the open.

John Young (25:27):

She’ll be just as bad as Danny Spiegel on the runner.

Sevan Matossian (25:33):

Oh, I think Danny runs better than her.

Tyler Watkins (25:35):

I think she does.

Brian Spin (25:36):


John Young (25:38):

She’d been working on it. Sydnee has you got this Sydnee?

Sevan Matossian (25:41):

Yeah. I hope, I hope come through for me. I hope. Yeah. That would be a great slap in the face. I would love to be wrong about that.

Tyler Watkins (25:47):

You’re a hundred percent correct. Like, her being, her being 1 55 like that helps on the runner more so than when you’re out in the real world running. So,

Sevan Matossian (25:55):

Well, Danielle was basically just saying it yesterday to me. I’m, it was the first time I actually heard it. I don’t know why, but, um, the ba basically the runner’s easier. The, the runner’s, the equalizer. Like Danielle can run good outside and inside and some people can’t run good outside. And the runner, uh, uh, helps them. She says basically you can go harder on the runner than you can outside.

Tyler Watkins (26:12):

Rich, rich hit it on this. All the things that short or, uh, thinner, smaller people are better at have been, um, messed with by how they’ve been programmed. So like the, the, um, ring muscle ups, you get 20 pounds, so your advantage is gone. Ah, the run you would traditionally do. Well, if you’re thinner, shorter, you know better. Nope. Cuz now you’re on this machine. So all the, all the things that are good for smaller athletes gone.

Sevan Matossian (26:40):


John Young (26:40):

Interesting legless Rob climbs.

Sevan Matossian (26:42):

Yep. You, you guys Oh,

John Young (26:44):

I’m saying that’s not gone. That’s,

Sevan Matossian (26:45):

That’s the

Brian Spin (26:46):

One where it’s the opposite.

Tyler Watkins (26:48):


John Young (26:48):

Yeah. A wall facing handstand pushups.

Sevan Matossian (26:52):


Tyler Watkins (26:53):

One event. The rest of the events are all big people events.

Sevan Matossian (26:58):

Oh. Oh. What about, um, uh, did you guys watch Tre’s podcast?

Tyler Watkins (27:02):


Sevan Matossian (27:03):

Did you guys

John Young (27:04):

Enjoy it? I I I didn’t.

Tyler Watkins (27:06):

It’s amazing.

Sevan Matossian (27:07):

Richard Voice is so deep. I can’t even understand what he’s saying.

Tyler Watkins (27:10):


Sevan Matossian (27:13):

Hate subtitles.

John Young (27:16):

You wanna gimme the I think

Tyler Watkins (27:16):

It’s the best. I think it’s the best CrossFit related content that I’ve heard in like the last six months. No, that

Sevan Matossian (27:23):

Po that, that

John Young (27:24):

Includes News Seron.

Sevan Matossian (27:25):

Yes. Wow. Wow. It’s not include that includes the 3000 shows I’ve done in the last week.

Tyler Watkins (27:30):

Sorry. It’s not what

Sevan Matossian (27:32):

<laugh> That’s okay.

Tyler Watkins (27:33):

It’s not what he’s saying. It’s that he is saying it.

Sevan Matossian (27:37):

Right. Right, right, right. I, yeah. All the things he can’t in

Tyler Watkins (27:40):

Touch Agree has been said. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. It’s just that he is saying those things now.

Sevan Matossian (27:45):

Yep. I agree. I it’s a, it’s a, it’s a fantastic podcast. I’m not even offended in the, uh, least, uh, it was good. Yeah. I, and, and I bring it up because 20 people are like, holy shit, you gotta go. Um, you gotta go. Oh, watch Rich’s podcast. Uh, I love Rich’s commercial breaks. Yep. I’ve heard that too. I heard it’s hilarious when he is reading the commercials. <laugh>, um, yeah. Is CrossFit, uh, streaming event. One, um, Ms. Hill. It will be over at the, uh, CrossFit Games. The CrossFit podcast. CrossFit podcasts. Yeah. And I can’t tell what’s going on in your profile picture. Are you sitting at the, is that a Muppet sitting at the beach? What is that doll? I can’t tell what that is. That animation, is

Tyler Watkins (28:26):

That Chase Hill?

Sevan Matossian (28:29):

Uh, no, not Chase Hill. Oh,

Tyler Watkins (28:31):


Sevan Matossian (28:32):

Um, yeah, so you go to CrossFit pod. It says CrossFit podcast. I always search by CrossFit Games podcast. Uh, and then you click that Chase will be sitting, uh, I think in his kitchen, uh, doing it. Adrian will be there on the ground. And, uh, they’re already, it looks like, oh, yeah. So this is what it looks like. They’re already doing teams.

Tyler Watkins (28:50):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. It’s the top of, uh, it’s the best seat too, I guess.

Brian Spin (28:55):

Last heat.

Sevan Matossian (28:57):

Uh, rich even talks about Hiller’s video. Franco Franco said mm-hmm. <affirmative>.

Tyler Watkins (29:01):

Yeah. He pumps Hiller.

Sevan Matossian (29:04):

I’d love to see Rich Pump Hiller. Okay. Uh, let’s go over to the, uh, boys list.

Tyler Watkins (29:11):

Oh, I did wanna say this. Uh, I reached out to Seth Page while we’ve been on the show, um, China’s coach, and he says she’s strictly doing it for the experience. Um, throwing down with friends, visiting with friends, family and Cali and having fun with it all. Sh uh, her expectations are much lower than in past years, but anyone that knows her, she’ll be going 110%. Um, low pressure. It’s all about having a good time. And I said, watch your qualify. And he goes, I know right? <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (29:37):

Yeah. I mean, that would, I would be so stoked. That’d be awesome. Uh, John George, there are five machines, very biased towards bigger athletes. Um, I, I do wanna show you a, a little video, um, that popped up on, uh, our radar yesterday. It’s of James Newberry on the AirRunner in Australia. You wanna take a deep breath?

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