CrossFit Games Semifinals WEST | Event 3 Recap

Sevan Matossian (00:01):

Bam. We’re live, uh, I think under every metric, bill, careful about put you on the spot. I think under every metric, except for one, that feed was the best feed I’ve ever seen in, in, in, in, in fucking, uh, CrossFit coverage.

Taylor Self (00:20):

What was the, what was the one metric? The Adderall metric

Sevan Matossian (00:23):

<laugh>? No, just the image. The image quality camera angles were the best camera movement. A number of athletes included, uh, knowing what was going on. Uh, excitement by the commentators. A relevant information, a lack of fucking bullshit and fluff. I mean, it was, I was just like, and granted, like I haven’t watched even 5% of all the games commentary over. I don’t watch So out

Bill Grundler (00:43):

Five per out of 5%. Yeah. Don’t that probably the top 1%.

Sevan Matossian (00:48):

Yeah. But don’t watch any of this stuff you do. Cause you do math. You were doing masters for a lot of years, or I don’t watch any teams, but I cannot believe how fucking good that was. Dude, you, but I’m open to you being like, nah dude, come on.

Bill Grundler (00:58):

Okay. Uh, my take on this was this. I, I was glad. I think now that the camera people that are, that are shooting for that stream, get it now. Like, I think when they were doing it before, like it’s, it’s hard to understand. Like you, you have people that aren’t necessarily camera people trying to get camera angles, and then you only have a certain number of shots that you can do. So you have the, the, the guys that are working the board are trying to figure out what camera they’re gonna shoot or what camera that they’re gonna be playing, you know, uh, broadcasting out so they can see all the cameras. And so they’re trying to watch the floor, then they’re trying to watch cameras. So there’s a lot of things that are going on. So I, I think that, yeah, they’re getting, uh, a much better handle of it. What I like about what those guys are doing is it’s just raw and fun. Um,

Sevan Matossian (01:43):

And includes so many athletes.

Bill Grundler (01:45):

Well, okay, but here’s the, here’s the hard part we would’ve never seen

Sevan Matossian (01:47):

That was the main ba broadcast because of where she was. But, but those guys know that we’re interested in where our superstar, you know, with all the Instagram followers is at. And that was awesome. Well,

Bill Grundler (01:57):

I think what’s,

Sevan Matossian (01:58):


Bill Grundler (01:58):

Example, what’s, what’s hard is being able to talk about all the athletes that are out there and have a camera shot that’s on ’em. So, like, a lot of times, like Jason will be talking about some of the athletes things that are happening, but like, we don’t see any of that that’s happening. So it’s hard to, it’s like, are they in the screen? And because the camera’s kind of grainy, it makes it hard to see. So you end up almost half watching these two dudes Yes. Having a good time talking. Yes. And then the other half kind of baseball listening to the, to the feed. Yes. Where it’s like, okay, I didn’t see the pitch, but it must have been a good pitch cuz he said it was a good pitch. Well,

Sevan Matossian (02:28):

Or when I see Jason and Adrian do this, they start craning their necks. I give them a pass on me not being able to see it, because I know they’re trying to bring me the information for something that the camera’s not on. I, I just, right. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was, I was, and I felt like I learned a lot and I, and from trusted sources, right?

Bill Grundler (02:46):

Well, I mean they, they’re definitely two guys that have been in the, in the, in the, in the space for a long time. And I like the fact that they’ve been there as athletes, you know, I mean, so they’re the

Sevan Matossian (02:55):


Bill Grundler (02:55):

Gamut, right? They get to athlete, they

Sevan Matossian (02:56):

Get to play owners, coaches, the

Bill Grundler (02:58):

Whole deal. The whole whole, it was, they were fun. They were fun. I think they were running on each other cuz they were having so much fun. <laugh> they don’t really know where the roles that they’re supposed to play that way. But it was, uh, it was really fun. Actually, you know what was really weird is I thought, uh, Adrian did better as the play-by-play in that situation. Yeah. Than he, than he does as an analyst, uh, when he is rolling with some of the, some of the other guys.

Sevan Matossian (03:21):

Oh, that’s interesting. Yeah, he’s great play player. I thought, uh, he, and he recognized also that Jason didn’t have as much experience. So a few times when Jason fumbled and Ja you know, like when you fumble, like you want to kind of contract.

Bill Grundler (03:31):

Well that’s

Sevan Matossian (03:32):

Adrian didn’t let him. Adrian’s like, no, no, no. Nah. It’s good. It’s good. Let fuck up.

Bill Grundler (03:35):

Well, the job of the play byplay is to make the color guy look good. The job of the color guy is to make the play by play look good. And, and so in a very raw sense, those guys are doing a good job for each other there.

Sevan Matossian (03:44):

Yeah. I I thoroughly enjoyed it. Uh, 50 points separate one through 12 for nine spots gonna be tight tomorrow. So glad 12 aren’t going, uh, way more drama. Yeah. It’s gonna, it’s gonna be a lot of drama. Okay, let’s pull up the women first. Um, and let’s, you’re doing

John Young (03:58):

That first. Cause the leader board’s updated for the men. Okay, thank

Sevan Matossian (04:01):

You. Okay, let’s do it. Okay, fine. Can I just

Mike Halpin (04:03):

Defend the camera work? That was last week, bill.

Bill Grundler (04:06):

No, I wasn’t, wasn’t I know I wasn’t, I wasn’t hacking. It’s not,

Sevan Matossian (04:10):

I wasn’t hack. It was so

Bill Grundler (04:12):

You guys got thrown into the mix, so I get it.

Mike Halpin (04:14):

It was way better this week. I’m impressed by, uh, Barclay and Brian and the, and the folks doing it. Um, it was rough last week. Hundred percent play together in 24 hours and nobody really knew exactly.

Bill Grundler (04:25):

No, you guys were flying by the seat of your pants. So I was not, dude, I was not saying that. No, you’re good. Bad job. Yeah, I was saying that it’s harder, it’s hard to do it. And so every week it’s gonna get better cuz now you have, you, the people that are working in the, in that group are gonna know what they’re trying to do. All right. Can we, that’s, that’s a blast. We

Taylor Self (04:41):

Gotta pull one thing up before we go over the leaderboard. And it’s hiller’s latest fucking video. Or at least his Instagram

Sevan Matossian (04:46):


John Young (04:47):

Is it about the, is it about the girl?

Taylor Self (04:49):

It’s about the girl in Brazil. And I want to get townsend’s input. Dude, last I got see it, dude. I gotta hear it, dude. Talk

John Young (04:56):

About her nuts.

Sevan Matossian (04:57):

Let’s do it. She can

Taylor Self (04:57):

Power clean more than James, man. She’s 40

Bill Grundler (05:01):


Sevan Matossian (05:02):

You want to go play in the fire? Okay dude, I want to play

Taylor Self (05:05):

This fire. This is fucking nuts, dude. Here’s older than jr.

John Young (05:08):

This is the most, uh, attention she’s gotten.

Taylor Self (05:11):

She looks like she could eat jr.

Sevan Matossian (05:14):


John Young (05:14):

28 year old figure competitor. All you do is care about your body and then 40, 40 year old female CrossFitter 12 years apart. This doesn’t happen. You don’t get better with age. You don’t get this amount of muscle mass on your back, on your body. This is the first video I saw of this individual. This was sent during the Master’s online qualifier for the semi-finals. This is what are, are you freaking kidding me? She’s

Bill Grundler (05:37):

Bigger than Hill. Who

John Young (05:37):

Believes this <laugh>? Who does she think that We believe this matter. Not one person on earth thinks that this is natural.

Bill Grundler (05:44):

Look at the ad.

Sevan Matossian (05:46):

Hey, you should see her. Uh, her boy. I think her boyfriend is, uh, [inaudible].

John Young (05:51):

Yeah. I I Are they is it boyfriend girlfriend or is her husband?

Mike Halpin (05:54):

There’s two Paneras.

Taylor Self (05:56):

He’s like 20,

Sevan Matossian (05:57):

But, uh, but he’s a brick shit house too. He’s got shoulders on top of shoulders. He’s

Taylor Self (06:02):

A savage. They are. What do you think?

John Young (06:03):

Wow. No comment.

Taylor Self (06:06):

Wow. Don’t fucking say that. I knew that was coming, dude. Come on <laugh>.

John Young (06:11):

And then Kik, this guy who’s in first place for the men, and he’s heard, he’s like six

Taylor Self (06:15):


John Young (06:15):

Isn’t he really tall, tall something.

Sevan Matossian (06:19):

Go to her, go to her Instagram account. Um, she she’s she’s a Mac truck. She is something else. Hey,

James Townsend (06:26):

Hey. Taking that stuff like Flintstone vitamins,

Bill Grundler (06:29):

<laugh> can,

Sevan Matossian (06:29):

Can at

Bill Grundler (06:30):

Least the bottle at a time. Dude. At least the bottle at the time.

Bill Grundler (06:35):


Taylor Self (06:36):

Louise. She’s 40. Oh my, that’s the, oh

Bill Grundler (06:38):

God, dude. Do that. Do

Sevan Matossian (06:39):

The hang clean. She

John Young (06:40):

Walk, she won the 40 to 44. Oh, can you

Bill Grundler (06:44):

Yeah, do this.

Taylor Self (06:44):

She’s 40.

Sevan Matossian (06:48):

Oh yeah. Yeah. The hang clean is nuts. Yeah, this is, she’s

Taylor Self (06:50):

Not gonna be able to walk when I’m 40.

Bill Grundler (06:53):


Taylor Self (06:55):

Dude. What?

Sevan Matossian (06:58):

Hey. But they, I mean, they’ll be tested of course. Right?

Taylor Self (07:01):

What do you think Savon? Uh, well they don’t test for h g h. They can’t,

Sevan Matossian (07:06):


John Young (07:07):

Can they test for Diana Ball or, uh, trend?

Taylor Self (07:11):

Yeah, they can test around synthetic stuff, but they can’t test for hch. H if she’s getting that cadaver H

John Young (07:16):

She’s on way more than hch, man. Alright.

Taylor Self (07:19):

Oh my god.

John Young (07:20):

Click on that one. Click on that one. Wow. HCH h don’t do that. That’s some hard anavar trend combo. Jesus milkshake

Bill Grundler (07:30):


Taylor Self (07:32):

She’s no shame. Make sure

James Townsend (07:33):

My abs are still there.

Bill Grundler (07:35):

<laugh>. <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (07:37):

Yeah. That’s some liver king shit, right? Yeah. What

Taylor Self (07:39):

Do you think, Savon?

Sevan Matossian (07:41):

I have fucking no idea to be honest, but I’ve never seen it. I don’t see girls like that just on, in, in, in the, in the, in the world. In the regular world. I also don’t see those shoulders, those shoulders that KAKE has. Where, where they start having those weird, like 90 degree angles on him. Like they’re,

Taylor Self (07:55):

Well, he’s just like six five. Dude. He’s just enormous. I don’t, I don’t, I don’t, I don’t know if he’s on anything, but that’s

John Young (08:01):

Yeah. But if that’s his fiance, it’s hard to

Taylor Self (08:05):

She’s 40. That’s the crazy thing.

Sevan Matossian (08:07):

I don’t totally, uh, Jeremy e World. I don’t totally disagree with Hillary. Okay. Uh, but I can say that I’m about to be 38 and I’m the fittest I’ve ever been and look the best I’ve ever looked. Probably thanks to Taylor and smtp.

Bill Grundler (08:20):

Nice job. What was a throw there? Wow, that was nice. Dude. Look

Sevan Matossian (08:24):

At you.

John Young (08:25):

$10 for him to save that

Bill Grundler (08:27):

<laugh>. Yeah.

Bill Grundler (08:28):

Send that $10 right back to him. <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (08:31):

I, I do. Um, I I do think that Hiller spends a lot of time looking at this and I trust his, his opinion on it. I mean, he’s clearly freaking out. He’s like, this isn’t the, like the, this girl’s like, not even, maybe she’s not trying to, uh, avoid it. Maybe she’ll test positive and then be like, yes, I, this pharmacy is my, um, sponsor if you wanna look like me. You know what I mean?

John Young (08:50):

Yeah. My wifi some narrow hormones. My wifi sucks. Did they

Taylor Self (08:54):

Tissue hormones,

Sevan Matossian (08:55):

Do they test helping, helping? You know, we’re live, right? Yeah, yeah, I know. Okay. No more, no more wifi talk. Okay, go ahead. <laugh>.

Mike Halpin (09:02):

The Hilton, the Hilton ad is

Sevan Matossian (09:04):

Great. No, no, no, please. I

Mike Halpin (09:05):

Mean, not badmouth anymore. Uh, do they, I was trying to ask do they, do they test the age group athletes before they invite them to the games?

Bill Grundler (09:12):

No. Okay. Not unless you’re on a random test

John Young (09:15):

Or you have an anonymous tip five. After the composition is over, they test the top five. Wow.

Bill Grundler (09:22):

Which is, which is such, which is a,

John Young (09:24):

She doesn’t tested. I’m going to anonymously tip about <laugh>. It’s just,

Sevan Matossian (09:31):

Uh, she, she’s juiced. Uh, although I’m 56, I have more muscle now than at 28 and I’ve, uh, been lifting since I was 15. Dude.

Bill Grundler (09:38):

And look,

Sevan Matossian (09:39):

Are I was

Taylor Self (09:40):

Just gonna say, if she’s natural, she should be taking this as a compliment.

John Young (09:44):

Yeah. You’re natural and you’re freaking out

Taylor Self (09:47):

Much. That’s insane. Facts. Insane.

Bill Grundler (09:48):

There’s, that’s no way. And, and I, I, my, my personal opinion, and this is talking as a master’s athlete, is there’s probably way more of that running through the Masters than we think. Or it has before they hopped off for like two years. You know, they, they did all their infomercial, got all their stuff, got all jacked up, got their libido back and everything else. And then they decided they like CrossFit and they’ve hopped off for two years. So they, they got a whole lot of muscle. Cuz I’ve been working out my whole life too. And I remember being at the games and watching men and women walk by me that are 50 plus when I was in my forties. And I’m thinking, how the hell I know I work out more than you guys do. And I don’t look anything like that <laugh>. So Yeah, there’s a whole lot of, I I’ve

Sevan Matossian (10:33):

Heard games athletes say, why do the masters athletes have nicer bodies than we do?

Taylor Self (10:37):

It’s that dear antler velvet bro.

Bill Grundler (10:38):

Dear antler velvet. Wow. True that.

Sevan Matossian (10:42):

Let’s see if the phone works. Uh, call her. Hi. Oh, hello. Hello. Gabe?

John Young (10:46):

Working, not working. Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (10:48):

It’s, go ahead. Tell us. Gabe is live at the, uh, Northwest, uh, semi-final. Tell us, Gabe, tell us Paper Street Coffee.

John Young (10:56):

How’s it going guys? So we got a bunch of shirts that, uh, finally came in thanks to Travis be giving them away at the OG booth at the Bender Village. It’s a little packed right now, but

Bill Grundler (11:05):

Yeah, it’s an

John Young (11:06):

Interesting Denver Village,

Sevan Matossian (11:08):

Meaning it sucks

John Young (11:10):

<laugh>. It’s compared to what it was last week. It’s like freaking, not even like night and day. Not even something even worse than that.

Sevan Matossian (11:19):

All right,

Bill Grundler (11:20):

Everyone. Hey Gabe. Hey Gabe. With your good coffee down there, do they have the just doit shirts just show up? Like what? Uh, jr’s got up there on that. Look at that. That’s an OG right there, baby. We, we have,

John Young (11:32):

We have the, the just show up shirts. Yeah, they’re all over here. Nice. OG booth. Uh, I need everyone that comes and gets, uh, a free c e shirt if they want. They could also, you know, uh, help Ken out over here at the OG booth. Uh, again, because it is kind of dead. We get like one waved and, uh, and hopefully that wave will be a bunch of people trying to get some free shirts. And, uh, I think Phillip Kelly talked about doing a meetup with everyone that has a CEO e shirt at 12 o’clock. So it’d be cool, uh, to grab your CEO shirt here and, uh, I guess take a picture when, uh, Phillip gets here.

Sevan Matossian (12:04):

Yeah, that’d be awesome.

John Young (12:06):

Yeah. And, uh, yeah, that’s, uh, that’s about it. So just remember I have more throughout the course of the day. Um, and yeah, just swing by. Uh, if I run out by today, I run out by today. If not, I’ll have more tomorrow. I’ll let everyone know.

Sevan Matossian (12:17):

Okay, cool. Thank you. Thanks for doing that. Uh, send pictures, please.

John Young (12:22):

I will. 100%. Thanks guys. Take care. Bye.

Sevan Matossian (12:25):

Uh, and there’s, wow. That is a ghetto ass booth. Wow. Look, look at that. God. That is ghetto.

Bill Grundler (12:31):

Fuck you dude. That’s badass.

Sevan Matossian (12:32):

Is that your booth? Well, thanks for letting us use it and give away shirts there. Holy shit.

Bill Grundler (12:36):

Yeah, there you go. Holy shit. That’s the OG culture right there.

Sevan Matossian (12:40):

Please tell me you guys got a discount for the booth. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, you know, someone Bill, tell me. You know, someone,

Bill Grundler (12:46):

Uh, I don’t know. I don’t know what Ken uh, paid for, but I know that he was trying to shuffle to get down there.

Sevan Matossian (12:52):

Who’s Ken? Oh, it’s the Sherpa works guy. Oh, okay, okay, okay. So it’s all of his gear. It’s not just the OG stuff. Well,

Bill Grundler (12:59):

That he does our, he does our stuff and it’s all the stuff there. Yeah. Well cuz he, he, uh, prints for Brian too. So whatever he’s printing for like his people. So like our OG stuff, um, they just show up on our new, the, the be friendly stuff, all that.

Sevan Matossian (13:12):

What was that case of drinks in the corner?

Taylor Self (13:15):

I don’t know. Heineken? Zero, zero Baby.

Bill Grundler (13:18):


John Young (13:19):

Heineken. Zero, zero <laugh>.

John Young (13:21):

That’s water. That’s the water they’ve been giving out.

Sevan Matossian (13:25):

Oh, okay. Nice. Nice. Zoom. Uh, okay, let’s pull up, who did you say which leaderboard has done The women. Men. Men. The men. Men. Okay, let’s go to the men. Let’s start at the bottom for the men. Let’s start at the, uh, the men who are struggling, who are bide. Uh, okay. And let’s do a slow scroll from page two to page. Oh. So, oh,

Taylor Self (13:45):

What happened to Bill Lehe? He withdrew.

John Young (13:48):

Yeah. Long time yesterday.

Taylor Self (13:50):

Why? What happened to him?

John Young (13:51):


Taylor Self (13:52):


Sevan Matossian (13:53):

No, I heard that he couldn’t stand the pressure Brian was putting on him to win <laugh> him.

John Young (13:58):

And, uh, that’s what I heard. Him and Colton contracted the same, the same sickness. He withdrew and Colton won an event.

Taylor Self (14:04):

Wait, wait, wait, wait. Did is that, did he really contract the same thing? Colton guy or you’re just talking shit? I

John Young (14:08):

Don’t know that

Taylor Self (14:09):

Dude. Rich won his regional with pneumonia. Come on Bill.

Sevan Matossian (14:12):

Yeah. Bill you a champ or what the fuck?

John Young (14:15):


John Young (14:18):


Sevan Matossian (14:19):

Uh, oh. Yeah. Nice. Okay. Brian. Huh? 54th. Mitch McClean. So these are 37 points and, and we’re thinking you need 500. Who

Taylor Self (14:27):

Put Leo Franco up in the top?

John Young (14:30):

I don’t wanna talk about it. <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (14:33):

<laugh>, uh, John so

John Young (14:36):

That, listen,

John Young (14:37):

I have had some major hits this weekend, like over everybody. This is the one, the one that was really bad. I, and it’s my only miss so far. He’s a good,

Taylor Self (14:48):

From what I’ve heard, he is a good dude. Jake, he’s a friend of Jake Berman’s and any friend of Berman’s is a friend of mine,

Sevan Matossian (14:53):

Alex Bridgeforth, uh, uh, which prior games athlete are not going to make it. So listen, if you guys see a games athlete, um, and as we scroll up, let me know the first games athlete, prior, current, whatever that you’ve, that you’ve seen. None in this list, right? Okay, let’s go back on the bottom. Uh, so, so just to be clear, where we’re at guys, there are 1, 2, 3, 400 points available. So basically, until you see someone who has a hundred points, they have no chance. They have no chance unless hell freezes over. Keep going. We’re at 44th place. 43rd Logan Ewing. He’ll eventually be a guest on the show. I hope. Still going. My goodness. 60 people. Too many not

Sevan Matossian (15:40):


Sevan Matossian (15:41):

Tu Magda. There he is right there. Chance, right at the light. Yes. There is a natural disaster. <laugh>. Five of the athletes get in a car accident on the way home. Uh, tutor could, could possibly make it. So tutor’s out, huh?

Taylor Self (15:55):


Sevan Matossian (15:56):

Come on.

John Young (15:56):

They’re about to have a good afternoon. There’s 400 points. He’s

Sevan Matossian (15:59):

Out. Yeah, but he’d need to take first in everything. Yeah, he’s toast.

John Young (16:03):

He’s, he’s out Taylor,

Sevan Matossian (16:04):

He’s os Okay, let’s keep

John Young (16:06):

Going. He would need all of the top eight to perform really, really poorly too. Or like, uh, five through 15 to do really, really poorly. And him get

Taylor Self (16:16):

Jr who coaches, who coaches? Daniel. Uh, coach. Coach.

JR Howell (16:21):

Uh, Jared Shaw. The Ja.

Taylor Self (16:25):

Jason’s. I thought he lived in South Carolina. Did he move?

JR Howell (16:28):

Uh, Daniel does not. No, he lives out in the Midwest, but Jared programs for him remotely.

Sevan Matossian (16:36):

Okay, let’s, let’s go. And, and yesterday, I don’t know if you guys remember, spin was giving us some data on the, I think in the, uh, in the last week, people who went into today, uh, below 21st in the men’s division. Didn’t, none of them made it.

John Young (16:52):

That was Tyler.

Sevan Matossian (16:53):

Tyler gave us that.

John Young (16:54):


Sevan Matossian (16:58):

And then for the women it was 32, but that was just, wow. Okay. Hey, all the good dudes are there. So it’s there, right? Did anyone see anyone? There’s, there’s no, no one’s, there’s no surprises down there. Right? Hold

Taylor Self (17:09):

One fucking off dude. Two and

John Young (17:11):

One. Yeah, man. Crazy. Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (17:13):

He did. Yeah,

Taylor Self (17:15):

I fucking love

John Young (17:15):

That. And he tied for first and this, I know he says second, but he tied for first in that too.

Taylor Self (17:20):

<laugh>. No, he lost the tie break. <laugh>, but yes, I understand. Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (17:24):

Yeah, yeah. Okay. Go back down. Go back down to the bubble. How? Um, how many, how many go? Um,

Sevan Matossian (17:29):


Sevan Matossian (17:30):

Nine. Oh my goodness. Telo. Wow. Telo quant. Col, Sager. Wow.

John Young (17:36):

Yeah. So, uh, 13th if you, or 12th, if you look at that 2 0 3 to 180 4, that’s kind of the gap. And then there’s another 20 point gap to Raphael Sanson. So I think 13th and up are the guys that we’re talking about, and it’s, they take the top nine, right? Mm-hmm.

Sevan Matossian (17:55):

<affirmative>. Yeah.

John Young (17:55):

Um, so 13th and up are really the guys who are in it. Um, I think Anthony Davis and Tudor will both do great in the snatch event. Maybe on event five. But if 13 from 13 on up I think are the only guys who are in the running

Taylor Self (18:09):

Right now, Stevenson’s gonna have a tough time on test four.

Sevan Matossian (18:13):

Where was Anthony Davis? Where was Anthony Davis?

John Young (18:15):

Paul is too.

Sevan Matossian (18:18):

Where’s Anthony Davis?

James Townsend (18:20):

23rd. Oh.

Sevan Matossian (18:21):

Oh, shit.

John Young (18:22):

And now you have the He’s a

Taylor Self (18:23):

Really good dude. I like Anthony.

Sevan Matossian (18:25):

Me too. He’s,

John Young (18:26):

He’s got at least, you know, 94 points at least coming his way on event four. Um,

Sevan Matossian (18:34):

But basically he can’t win right now. He’s just a shit starter. Basically. He’s just gonna ruin. He’s just there to ruin other people’s day. Now,

Taylor Self (18:41):

Does, does, uh, Andrea and Misler still own Timberwolf CrossFit

Taylor Self (18:45):


Sevan Matossian (18:48):

She did when I interviewed her, I think.

Taylor Self (18:50):

Yeah, she does.

Sevan Matossian (18:53):

I’m going to the, I’m getting my own leaderboard up. Okay. Uh, so, uh, Anthony Davis, I guess is the, is the one person that we were hoping to see higher up, uh, who looks like he’s out, go

John Young (19:05):

Back to, and I seen him being like 15th after event four. And then, you know, maybe even around after event five, after day two. But it’s just not going to be enough at the end of the day to be top nine or the end, the end of the competition.

Sevan Matossian (19:19):

Has anyone talked to him? How’s he feel? No one. All right. Uh, let’s, uh, 17th,

James Townsend (19:28):

Uh, what 17th place on workout three is, is very surprising to me

Sevan Matossian (19:33):

For him. Oh, making you think something He had

John Young (19:35):

To break up the bench press.

Taylor Self (19:36):

That’s crazy. Well, didn’t he have a shoulder, didn’t he? Wasn’t he having a shoulder? Yeah,

John Young (19:40):

He Yeah, he does. Yeah. He had, he had a, he needed surgery and he just opted not to get surgery and just have it heal as is and deal with mobility issues.

Mike Halpin (19:48):

So he hasn’t he hasn’t been doing much, uh, overhead pressing or any, um, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (19:54):

So James, let James, so tell me exactly what you mean by that. You see 17th, you know Anthony Davis as an athlete, so you’re, you’re su you’re suspicious.

James Townsend (20:03):

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, his size, uh, his cleaning jerk, his snatch those numbers, like to not be able to move 90 pounds the way I, I I expect him to move it. <affirmative> the correlation is just off for me. For him to be able to snatch three 50 Right. To clean and jerk.

John Young (20:27):

Not, not do 90 pound dumb. That was easy.

James Townsend (20:29):

Right, right, right. Yeah, that’s just,

Sevan Matossian (20:32):

Yeah. So it’s kind of, it’s kind of validating the rumors that we’ve been hearing all weekend, that something might be off with him. He, he, not only did he lose 10 pounds, but he’s injured.

James Townsend (20:40):

Yeah. But, but then again, shoulder with, with benching, you know, how much does your shoulder hurt your bench?

John Young (20:46):

And he could just, he could have just tweaked it on event two. And it’s not like seriously injured, but enough where he doesn’t wanna tweak it anymore, but then he won’t snatch whatever he’s capable of if that’s the case.

James Townsend (20:59):

You’re right. Exactly. Exactly. That’s

Mike Halpin (21:02):

What I’ve been saying.

Sevan Matossian (21:03):

All right, let’s go back up. Let’s go cruise up. Cruise up the list a little bit. Um, we get to, uh, Jack Roses in no man’s land. Mitchell Stevenson then. So Cole Sager. Okay, here we go. Let’s look at these guys right here. John Wood, Scott Telo, Samuel Quant, uh, Cole Sager. Um, the next workout is, uh, it’s the four five, right? It’s the, um,

John Young (21:24):

The snatch

Bill Grundler (21:25):

That snacks, the snatch, and then the uh, the snatch and run.

Sevan Matossian (21:29):

Yeah. So basically you run then Max Snatch, then you get a break, and then the next workout snatches and then Sprint. Yep. Uh, after, after that workout, after those two workouts, um, who comes out the best it can Colton beat any of these guys in those two workouts. John Wood, Scott Telo or Sam Will qu,

John Young (21:46):

Scott Talo, Cole Sa, he snatches 2 85. That’s the most Sam Quant. Snatches two was 2 85. Um, so he’s got better snatch than Talo, I believe. A better snatch than Cole Sager. I don’t know what Mitchell Stevenson could do. And I don’t know what John Wood can do, but, uh, I know he’s over those three guys that I said previously.

James Townsend (22:06):

Okay. Sickly, theoretically.

John Young (22:08):

Yeah. I mean his max number, you know, obviously who it’s, who executes the best on that, but, uh, him and Maderas have the same Max snatch. So

Sevan Matossian (22:18):

Colton and, and Justin. Yeah. How many go to six? Let’s see. Six. And that’s where Justin Maderas is sitting, right? The champ’s sitting at six. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Okay. Mm-hmm.

John Young (22:26):

<affirmative>. But the run Colton is not gonna do good on the run. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, um, like that’s gonna be one of his worst events. It’s probably gonna be up there with event one. Um, and the only other person on here that’s gonna be like that is, is Telo. I think everybody else is gonna do, you know, pretty decent.

Mike Halpin (22:47):

It basically means most athletes are gonna have three chances. Some athletes might only have two unless they really push the pace on maximum.

John Young (22:55):

That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the event five.

Mike Halpin (22:58):

Oh, sorry. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (23:00):

Uh, so, so what do you, what do you guys think? Uh, where do you think, uh, after this workout? Uh, four. You think Colton stays in the same place and then five he drops down a couple places?

John Young (23:11):

Yeah. Yes.

Bill Grundler (23:12):

Yeah. After five. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (23:16):

And all the guys above ’em are better at ’em at both workouts.

John Young (23:20):

Say again?

Sevan Matossian (23:21):

All the guys above Colton, Justin, Maderas, Brent, Falkowski, Chandler Smith, Cole Gray Shaver. Can I see? Can I scroll up a little bit? Taylor,

John Young (23:29):

You know what? Cole? See,

James Townsend (23:31):

See I think

John Young (23:32):

Gray Shaver.

James Townsend (23:33):

Oh, gray Shaver two 80. Yeah. Yeah, yeah. See, see, I was about to say that he, that’s his lister. Gray shaver may be, Cole may be the only person that’s going to drop that I see out of the top, top nine, cuz his snatch maybe 2 75.

John Young (23:51):

Yeah. Mean he’ll, he’ll drop. But not Did he move to H nots though?

Mike Halpin (23:58):

Right? You talking about Seger? Gray

Taylor Self (24:00):

Shaver, gray shaver. Gray shaver move to H W P. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. He doesn’t snatch two 80 or cutting him

Mike Halpin (24:09):

<laugh>. He’s

Sevan Matossian (24:10):

<laugh>. Uh, hey. Hey. That could be significant, right? That could be significant. If he can only do 2 75,

Taylor Self (24:17):

That’s a big drop. There’s gonna be a shitload of guys that snatched two. That’s gonna be a log jam.

John Young (24:22):

Yeah. Two 80. I mean, I honestly think two 80 is gonna be the log jam. I’m gonna be just a little bit more than 2 75.

Taylor Self (24:28):

That’s a little baby girl snatch.

John Young (24:30):

But you know, what are the rules

Sevan Matossian (24:31):

Here? Can you use fractionals? Can you use fractionals? What are the rules? Uh,

Taylor Self (24:35):

Just increments of five pounds.

Sevan Matossian (24:37):

Okay. In,

Mike Halpin (24:39):

In Africa last week in Taylor, tell me if I’m wrong, they use fractionals, but everyone else has been fractions of five.

Taylor Self (24:45):

Yeah, they had, they had 0.5 kilograms.

John Young (24:49):


Taylor Self (24:50):

Know everything down to to 0.5. So like one pounders. Yeah. Um, but the, but yeah, it looked like from North America East last weekend was all five pound increments. So you gotta be two 90 or over if you want to be like a top 15, I think.

John Young (25:05):

Yeah, no, I agree. Especially with this field. This field’s way better at snatching than the East.

Taylor Self (25:10):

They get that snatch bro.

Sevan Matossian (25:12):

So, so the truth is there’s really not a lot to talk about here. This is basically gonna come down to, we need to see what’s gonna happen after four and five. And then this is gonna be just an epic fucking finish, uh, on Sunday. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, no, no, no one’s, no one’s pulled out ahead. Here, let me get your guys’, go ahead. What were you gonna say?

John Young (25:30):

Execution is going to matter. Huge for the top, the top nine guys, uh, on the snatch workout. Like you, uh, we know what their prs are, but they’re all within, I mean, Chandler and Brent snatch a little bit more than everybody else. Vellner snatched 2 95. Uh, Nick Matthew can snatch around that, but the, everybody else is around 2 85. So then it just comes down to who hits what If Madera snatches 2 75 and misses 2 85, um, he could drop, uh, and he’ll do great on event five, but, you know, 2 85 is what everybody else has got. So like we, we said there should be a, there’s knowing to be a log jam there. If he say he hits 2 75 and just misses on 2 85, which can happen, it’s his pr. But um, then he could drop. But, uh, do

Taylor Self (26:20):

We think he’s got a chance to win

John Young (26:23):

After? Did you know I need these two events to happen and then I’ll know. Yeah. I <laugh> to put what, two events.

Sevan Matossian (26:29):

To put what John is saying in perspective, mades is his many point. Maderas is further from first, first place than he is from not going to the CrossFit games. He’s closer to not going to the CrossFit games than he is to first place. That’s how big the log jam is. Not that he’s doing bad, but there’s a lot of dudes.

Taylor Self (26:45):

Is he washed up?

Sevan Matossian (26:47):

<laugh>? No. <laugh>. <laugh>.

Taylor Self (26:50):

Dude, I love starting controversy

John Young (26:52):

And listen, hey, and he usually is top here in execution. These snatch events are like, when it comes down to who can hit what and who can come. Clutch. Madera’s is one of the most clutched people when it comes to executing things. Uhhuh in an interval way.

Taylor Self (27:08):

Look at this.

Sevan Matossian (27:09):

Ellie Turner’s elbow looks bad. She has two sleeves on her left elbow. Ooh, ooh, ooh. Uh, Richie Rich, uh, do you really think everyone is hitting their one rep Max? Uh,

Taylor Self (27:19):

A lot of people are pring.

John Young (27:22):

I I, when I did this event, I prd

Taylor Self (27:25):

Dude. Yeah. Fuck outta here with that CrossFitters love to lift under fatigue. And at the same time, when you have the adrenaline of the crowd, it’s insane.

John Young (27:32):

Yeah. Not the same environment, but I’m just saying it’s, it’s people CrossFitters are very weird. They’re not like Olympic lifters. I

Bill Grundler (27:37):

Think it, I think it turns down the brain a little bit. They’re not thinking about all of the things. My hands, my elbows. Where’s my hip? How’s my pull? He just fucking pull.

Taylor Self (27:45):

Let’s use that. Use the adrenaline, right? Yeah, exactly. Smash it.

John Young (27:48):

Taylor, was it 2 95 at PR when you did it at the Granite

Taylor Self (27:52):

Games? It was a 10 pound pr probably a little

John Young (27:54):

More. I mean that’s, you

Sevan Matossian (27:56):

Snatched 2 95 at the Granite Games. Taylor?

Taylor Self (27:59):

Yeah, I think I did two. I think I opened a 2 65 then hit 2 85 and then went 2 95. It was that, it was the, where you had a 22nd window. I

Sevan Matossian (28:07):

Didn’t know you were strong. I thought you were just the swing running bike dude, fuck

Taylor Self (28:10):

You bro. I’m strong as shit.

John Young (28:11):


Taylor Self (28:12):

Yeah. I had a fucking 20 acl l I snatched 2 95 bro.

John Young (28:16):

He never did it again though.

Sevan Matossian (28:18):

Lemme throw this out there. Lemme throw this out there too. What’s your

Taylor Self (28:20):

Snatch John?

John Young (28:22):


Taylor Self (28:22):

Man. Oh, okay. You know? Yeah.

John Young (28:25):

I don’t, James are only ones here who could say that. James, don’t talk. We know about you

Sevan Matossian (28:29):

<laugh>. What happens, what happens? Does Colton, um, uh, this is for you Jr. Uh, does Colton lose any opportunity because he’s gonna be the last one off the treadmill. Is he gonna get him one less lift? Does he have to have a totally different strategy than the guys who get more lifts? Jason

Taylor Self (28:45):

Was last off the treadmill last week and snap

JR Howell (28:47):

The heaviest the last. And his, he and he, uh, he had four attempts, so no, I mean, I think all the guys will have three to four 10 regardless of when they get off.

Sevan Matossian (28:56):

Um, and you wouldn’t have known that unless Taylor interrupted you and said it first before you got it out. Right?

Taylor Self (29:00):

I suck.

JR Howell (29:00):

Yeah, I was there so I would’ve known.

Sevan Matossian (29:03):

Oh, okay. Alright. <laugh>. I thought it was just your homeboy. Uh,

Taylor Self (29:06):

I suck. I’ll shut

Sevan Matossian (29:07):

Up. Yeah, I noticed that too. James Townsend does have a massive clock that is, uh, correct. That was,

Taylor Self (29:12):

Uh, I blame that on my way.

Sevan Matossian (29:13):

Thank, thank you. Blame it on my wife. Massive clock, uh, at, uh, with Townsend. Okay. Um, unfortunately the women aren’t, um, up yet. Let’s go over to them anyway. I wanna find our buddy. Uh, Ms. Fussier. They’re

John Young (29:29):


Sevan Matossian (29:30):

Are they up? Oh, they are. Okay, let’s go down, let’s go down to the, uh, bottom of the well

Taylor Self (29:39):

Who won Linda for the, for

John Young (29:40):

The one women. Oh, damnit, Olivia Curse setter. 17 years old, she said. Allowed me to reintroduce myself. Yeah. She’s gonna get smacked on test five. Yeah. But I think she’ll have a little bit of a gap.

Sevan Matossian (29:54):

Hey, you know what she’s proving though is that she has the engine

John Young (29:58):

Right now. She’s proving she has a strength.

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