CrossFit Semifinal Europe Day 3 Recap Show

Mike Halpin (00:00):

Men. We’ve known women. Wait, none, no longer.

Sevan Matossian (00:04):

Okay, let’s do it. Let’s do the women. Hi. Welcome. Holy shit. I was gone for a day and I come back and I don’t recognize any of the names. What happened? Well, oh my goodness. Look at this women’s leaderboard. Uh, at the top. Uh, going to the CrossFit Games. Gabriela, uh, Manawa, by the way. Good morning everyone. Thanks, by the way, thank you everyone for all your support and thank you. In the comments I saw, uh, right before the show started, you guys were writing into comments that the Savon podcast was going on, and I can’t tell you how important that is and how much I appreciate that. Um, clearly you guys make the show. Uh, Gabriel Mawa first place, then an DO’S daughter, then Laura Hvat, Emma Tall, uh, Karen Frak, Matilda Gars, um, Manon Anese number eight A oh one nine, Elisa Fuo, uh, 10th, Emma McQuaid, what did they take? 11 here?

John Young (00:56):

Yes. Yep.

Sevan Matossian (00:57):

And then Rebecca, uh, Vien. I don’t see Sarah Sigmund’s daughter’s name on there. Uh, let’s talk about that first after I say hi to everyone. Hello, Mr. Spend. Hello, Mike Halpin. Help. And where are you, you in the States? Are you in the United States?

Mike Halpin (01:10):

Yeah, I’m on my way to church.

Sevan Matossian (01:12):

Oh, awesome. Okay. Uh, God bless you. And John Young. Have you been to church yet?

John Young (01:17):

No, I have not.

Sevan Matossian (01:18):

Okay. I’m, I’m sorry for

John Young (01:19):

Putting you on this. Making me feel bad, missing, missing church for this Avon.

Sevan Matossian (01:23):

There’s time.

Mike Halpin (01:24):

Uh, it’s a little early there still, John. I’m sure you’ll get it in. You can,

Sevan Matossian (01:27):

You can go to an afternoon or evening, uh, service. Um, okay. And then over here on the camera of the, uh, floor, uh, we have Pedro from, uh, coffee Wads and pods. Oh, shit. I forgot my, um, I forgot my coffee. Okay. Uh, who wants to gimme the recap? Let’s get help before we lose them, uh, to the Lord. Help. What, what’s going on, um, here? What, what did I miss? Uh, how excited is Gabrielle what happened with the women’s race?

Mike Halpin (01:53):

She had an amazing last day here. Oh, well, not here. I’m in Cincinnati, but in Berlin. And, um, yeah, just really sent it on the last two workouts. Uh, I didn’t get to see much of it cuz I honestly slept in, so I might lean on Mr. Spin there. Um, but in the last workout, she did what she had to do to just keep the lead on Laura and, um, Annie. Um, and that’s what I know at the moment.

Sevan Matossian (02:19):

Uh, the, the workout we were all, um, tripping on, I guess for Gabby right, was, uh, workout number two. Was that the one, and, and, and, and I guess maybe even workout number six, correct?

John Young (02:30):

Yeah. I mean, just any upper body pulling or, that’s the crux of the workout.

Sevan Matossian (02:35):

And, and so she has a 14th on workout number two, and on workout number six, she got a fourth. So, so, so 20 handstand pushups is nothing to, to the, to the, uh, great Gabby Manawa, she’s the real deal.

John Young (02:49):

Yeah. Or, or Laura hbo.

Sevan Matossian (02:53):

She got, oh shit. Laura won workout six.

John Young (02:56):

And I wanna say, I think Brian Spin called her to win workout six.

Brian Spin (03:01):

I did. I did.

John Young (03:02):

Sure enough, sure enough she did. So, um, I don’t think this means she’s any better at handstand pushups, by the way. Uh, if deficit handstand pushups comes out, she’s still probably going to be the last place person. But twenty’s just not enough to make any kind of a difference.

Sevan Matossian (03:20):

Uh, guys, what happened? I, I’m shocked. I, I’m, I’m shocked that she has a first place in that. But Mr. Spin, you weren’t. Why not?

Brian Spin (03:27):

I mean, the women historic, what we’ve seen the last two weeks previous to this is the, the, uh, rope climbs, especially the ones coming off of the, uh, the wall on the way back. It was just devastating. And that’s, uh, you know, it, she was so strong at those. I mean, she sat down and started going straight up the rope. Um, and I think she broke up the handstand pushups, and either two or three sets looked fine. Um, like John said, it’s, it’s the deficit, strict handstand pushups that get her. Um, and so I I, I expected her to make up so much ground on the rope, climbs that the, the handstand pushups, she could just be controlled, be smart and smooth, and get an advantage. And that’s what happened.

Sevan Matossian (04:11):

What’s the world record for? Uh, workout six? She,

John Young (04:15):

She, um, she, she was right on it. It was her and Danielle, Brandon. Danielle. Brandon was 10 39.

Sevan Matossian (04:21):

Wow. God, it’s so easy to forget how good Laura is, right? She has 10, 42nd place is 45 seconds behind her. Annie Thor’s daughter, 1125. And then a whole minute behind her, uh, behind, uh, Laura was third place, uh, Alicia, uh, Elisa Fuo crazy, uh, when the weekend started, the last time I paid attention to this thing, uh, uh, Ettal was coming out, uh, hot and looking great. What, what ended up happening with her during the weekend?

John Young (04:48):

Um, she still did fine. Uh, she just wasn’t as great. And the appointment ahead of her, um, showed why they are fitter. Um, Annie, Gabby, and Laura all destroyed, uh, workout six and seven. You, if you go, just scroll over to six and seven. Gabby’s, fourth and fourth, Annie’s second and seventh. Laura’s first and first. Um, I mean, that’s pretty nuts where it went wrong for her, for Emma, though. I mean, she still did great. Fifth and sixth. It’s, I mean, I guess just work out, um, four and five where she cop came out of. Uh, but we already knew that. Cause after day two, um, I,

Sevan Matossian (05:29):

I’m, I’m only picking on Laura here because, uh, she has the potential, obviously to win the, the CrossFit games. Uh, a leader on many people’s, um, uh, predictions. What happened in Workout five? Wouldn’t she traditionally do pretty well at that? That’s the eight snatches, relatively light snatches, and then jump on the, um, treadmill and run your ass off. Isn’t isn’t she a great runner?

John Young (05:50):

So I, um, it’s interesting. Workout five has been weird. This whole semifinals, they’re like, people you would think would do amazing on it, haven’t done as well. I mean, Justin got 24th in that workout, and it would, that’d be something that I think he would be pretty darn good at. Uh, it’s just been, it’s not like as a bad workout. It’s just been weird the way people, some people have done bad and some people have done well in, um, workout one is the same way with the Sled. Um, there are people who have done well and people who have done bad, and you wouldn’t expect, like, the outcomes of those two workouts. One in five specifically. And if you look, those are the only workouts where Laura has done bad in every other workout. She’s fourth, second, second, first, first.

Sevan Matossian (06:39):

Is there, is there an explanation for that other than just like, wow, this is bizarre.

Mike Halpin (06:46):

Uh, there’s a growing speculation that I’ve spent about three hours on with John Singleton last night that

Sevan Matossian (06:51):


John Young (06:52):

In, she was on that Hunter.

Mike Halpin (06:55):


Sevan Matossian (06:57):

Uh, let me, let me hear it. I want to hear it. I want to hear it. Oh, hold on. Before, before you, before you say what it is. Hey, Jake, I’m gonna send you a link into your Instagram. I think this is you. I guess I should follow back. Are you Jake Chapman? 85. I’m gonna send you a link. Uh, Jake’s, uh, roadside at the Is man and, uh, okay. Yep. There he is. Shit. And, and maybe we get a, a bird of you. Okay, go ahead, Halpin. This is crazy. This is crazy. I can’t believe you’ve already investigated this. Actually, I can, I can’t believe.

Mike Halpin (07:27):

Yeah. Uh, well, yeah, John reached out to me, um, he posted it on his Instagram early this morning where, um, we looked into Lane eight specifically in lane eight in the, in the ones I could actually see when the runners got on, or the athletes got on the runners and got off. There’s a, there’s a distinct difference in Lane eight versus versus other lanes. It’s not a lot, it’s like three to five seconds. But, um, but there are athletes, uh, he, uh, the only one that sort of bucks that trend is, is Heat One Women’s Lane eight. She is actually a very skilled, uh, track athlete. Um, it’s on its story, I believe. Um, and, uh, and she got 19th on that workout, but she got second in that heat. But that heat also included women that were getting like, nearly time capped, um, in I believe five instances of the 12 total heats, a nine nine of which I could actually review from start to finish. Um, the, the athlete in Lane eight got last in that heat.

Sevan Matossian (08:38):

Uh, um, uh, Mike, hold on one second. It looks like, um, it looks like we’re gonna get an interview piggyback on an interview here with Pedro. Let’s see what’s going on. This, this is the guy that won three events. Pedro, can you unmute yourself?

John Young (08:51):

[inaudible] Europe, Bikowski.

Sevan Matossian (08:56):

Nevermind. Pedro froze. It, it, it is Europe, sprint Bikowski, six foot three winner of three events. He’s the guy.

John Young (09:02):

I mean, he’s looking like it, man. When Bikowski came on scene and won four events in the games, everyone was like, who the freak is? This guy, uh, came outta nowhere. We had nobody knew. I mean, he’s, uh, and this, this guy’s kind of, in my opinion, he’s got a Brent Bikowski feel to him. I don’t know how everybody else feels, but,

Brian Spin (09:21):

And I, I got some, I I, one of the guys, uh, messaged me on Instagram about this guy. So we should have known about him last year. Um, he ended up not submitting his first score in quarter finals last year because of, uh, not meeting the deadline to submit his score. I don’t know if there was like a time change thing or something like that. But if you look at the quarter finals from last year, he took like 1,080 eighth, and the rest of his finishes were in the fifties in quarter finals. So he would’ve been at semi-finals last year. So he’s not brand new to the scene. It was just a a time difference issue. So he and Mannon both had issues last year.

Sevan Matossian (10:00):

Uh, take a quick, uh, break from the show really quick. Uh, Jake. Oh, Jake, I can’t. There we go. Holy shit, Jake. Uh, well, a couple reasons. Holy shit, man. Dude, uh, you look fit as shit. Uh, thanks for popping on here. Where are you right now? You’re, uh, your track side at the Is man, those are motorcycles flying around the island.

Speaker 5 (10:24):

Yes, yes. We’re on the

John Young (10:31):

I’m, what is going on over there?

Speaker 5 (10:33):

I’m sat on a ledge. My parents’ house is over there. My wife’s there, they’re coming down this road. Hang on.

Sevan Matossian (10:43):

How fast are those bikes going by? Right there.

Speaker 5 (10:46):

So they’re coming by about one 40 miles an hour, and they’re going into that corner and they’re taking it at about a hundred. And that bend is pretty sharp.

Sevan Matossian (10:56):

Okay. So for those of you who don’t know, isle of Man is a, is a, is a piece of land that’s, I, well, I didn’t even know it was there. It’s in between Ireland in the United Kingdom. And, uh, there’s a, it’s a highway that goes around the perimeter of the island. Right. And they shut the whole island down and they race around it as fast as they can until someone dies.

Speaker 5 (11:15):

Yeah. I mean, best case scenario is a beast, uh, like a B Road. They’re not, they’re not great roads, <laugh>, but

Sevan Matossian (11:22):

It’s, I mean, better than anything Pedro has in Ireland. I mean, better, you know, don’t, don’t be, don’t be an asshole. Some people have to live in Ireland, you know,

Speaker 5 (11:30):

<laugh>. Yeah. So it’s about 37 and a half mile track, and it goes around the center of the island around the mountain at the top there. Um, but yeah, it’s, uh, it’s a bit mental. Like you’ve said in the past. They at top speed. So someone clocked 2 0 2 miles an hour on a straight, uh, couple of days ago. So they’re topping 200 miles an hour on two wheels around the road that if you have a look down there, there’s no barriers, there’s no crash, anything.

Sevan Matossian (12:00):

It’s sunny.

Speaker 5 (12:03):

It’s lovely, mate. Yeah. For the last, last week or so, we’ve had, well, it’s not hot from where you are, but hey,

Sevan Matossian (12:12):

I mean, you have some color. When I think of, uh, English and uh, Irish people, I just think of them as butt white. You have actual color. Yeah, you’re darker than, uh, than Vel Pat Vener.

Speaker 5 (12:23):

That’s not hard, is it? It’s Ginger as well. Yeah, that’s true. Good point. Uh, yeah. But yeah, there you go, mate. There you go. So, well,

Sevan Matossian (12:30):

Thank you. Thank you so much, Jake. That’s so awesome. I’m stoked. It’s the first for the show to be filming with the Is man. Maybe we can do it. How, how many more days is wait, you want?

Speaker 5 (12:41):

So it’s Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday now. So they go a couple days off throughout the week. But I can go to a fast trip if you want. I can, I can call in again another day.

Sevan Matossian (12:51):

Okay. I’d love that. Thanks brother. I really appreciate you, man. Great community. All

Speaker 5 (12:55):

Right, brother. Nice one. Cheer guys. Did

Sevan Matossian (12:57):

You call me se

Speaker 5 (12:58):

I did. Is that right? Oh,

Sevan Matossian (13:00):

Yeah. Yeah. Totally made my my heart flutter. Thank you

Speaker 5 (13:03):

<laugh> se. Have a good one. Cheers.

Sevan Matossian (13:06):

All right, bye. What a fucking good dude. I, I apologize. Uh, meanwhile we have Pedro, uh, let, let’s hear from Pedro and then we’ll get back to, uh, John Singleton’s, uh, lane eight, uh, Pedro. So that guy is that guy on cloud nine

Pedro (13:20):

That’s, uh, that’s jelly to Yeah, he’s really happy. Um, yeah, I, so the guy that’s in charge of like media access and stuff, and I walked over and was staring at me, so I just dropped off. Uh, cause I knew, I knew how that conversation was gonna go. Um, so I didn’t really, I didn’t really get talking to him. They’re all getting drug tested now. So all the top, uh, two heats were brought out. They’re getting drug tested here. Um, that’s, oh, Fabian bonito. Yeah. So I was talking to his videographer and he said that he was like, uh, look how show as I am. He was, um, like crying in his hotel room last night. Um, cause he’s thought he was out. He was like, I’ve fucked up, basically. Um, so he’s been like ultra stressed, really emotional, like overstimulated everything. And then he just blacked out after the end of that sandbag workout. And he was like over on the side in like a little pending area, uh, where they, they kind of kept the second last heat in case, you know, like to bring them all back out for the announcement. Yeah. And, um, they were like pouring water on him. They had him in the recovery position. They had ice on the back of his neck. And then what’s the

Sevan Matossian (14:34):

Recovery position? Face down, ass up,

Pedro (14:38):

Like, uh, feet fetal position, kind of like leg over, sorry. Okay. And different,

Sevan Matossian (14:43):

Different strokes for different folks.

Pedro (14:47):

Yeah. Um, and then, yeah, he liked sat him up and I was like, oh, he is okay. And then he just like flat back down again. So he was like that for about maybe 10 minutes, up and down the whole other work, like the next heat had finished. Okay. By the time he was like standing up and they brought him off then, and he came back wearing a T-shirt and stuff. And then he was like looking up at his coach, you know, trying to figure out if he was in or out or what was going on. And I was the cameraman or whatever was standing beside me. And I said, oh, are you with him? Are you a fabi? And he said, yeah. And I said, oh, he’s in. And then he was like, how do you know that? And I said, I just said, there’s a bunch of nerds in a group chat who said it? So he took, he actually took a video of Barley, had sent me the lee, you know, the finished leaderboard. So he took a video of that was like, oh, we’ll put that in our documentary about him. I was like, okay.

Sevan Matossian (15:40):

So he so himself right now, he went from crying in his room, like a little bridge last night to to, into making it.

Pedro (15:48):

Yeah. Like it was the guy that was talking shares the room with him and he was like, oh, him and his girlfriend, uh, were there. And he, he was like,

Sevan Matossian (15:59):

And that, and that’s, uh, okay. Jordan live from Berlin, our European correspondent, Fernando, p m i p, premium services, 49 point 99. It’s been a while. Gand, I’ve been able to catch you guys live. Love you guys, guys. Thank you. I appreciate it. Um, how, uh, going back, uh, by the way, that’s a long trip to church that shows some serious commitment. Uh, let’s go back to, uh, John Singleton’s post. It was, uh, lane, um, what are we looking at here? Uh, at, on this, can you see this? This is on his post lane eight of event number, uh, five. We have some concerns about something that’s going on there.

Mike Halpin (16:42):

So what this is right here is something I sent John, is the, is the, is the heat finishes averaged for each of the lanes. So you can see, um, lane seven, it averaged a 2.8 finish for the heat. So it’s, is the fastest lane. And then lane eight, right next to it, it averaged 7.8

Sevan Matossian (17:03):

For men and women.

Mike Halpin (17:05):

Men and women. Yeah. But

Sevan Matossian (17:06):

La but that workout was just snatch and runner. Are you saying something was off with the runner? Like, like it was recording the mile slower? The the the meters slower. The yard slower.

Mike Halpin (17:16):

Yeah. That’s the speculation meters. Um, is is that it is, it was. Or that it, and then there are some athletes that have already said, at least to John, um, one of them being Jacqueline Dahlstrom. Is that it, it felt, um, it felt slower. I don’t, I don’t know what that feels, I don’t really run on those things too often. But, um, and then there, uh, I think I was saying red as, as we were seeing the island man, uh, pop up there, um, there’s a, there’s a track athlete, uh, Mae she was in, uh, she’s the only to do well in that lane, but she’s actually a track athlete. She has like clock times on the 400 hurdle, uh, from what John sent me, um, that, that she basically, the, the story there would be that she should have smoked that heat and she came and she come in second, but she, she got beat by some other people and then she finished 19th overall on, on that event where she was.


Um, and, and so what the tracking I did with John is, is a few things. It’s one tracking the times that they were on the runner specifically, not just the times of like, well, did they take too long on the snatch? Or something like that, the order in which they got on the runner. So if they got on fourth or fifth, why did they exact, why did they get off ninth or 10th? Um, and like I said, uh, in, in the majority of the cases that I was able to review, because there’s a couple heats where there’s just not camera angles, uh, enough to be able to show it, um, that that runner was slower than all of the rest. Now, from what I’ve heard

Sevan Matossian (18:52):

From that, if you had to bet, if you had to bet that that runner was calibrated poorly, um, would, would you, uh, yes or no, I’m giving you a a thousand dollars to put on it.

Mike Halpin (19:03):

Oof, oof. While I sit in a church parking lot here. Um, wow.

John Young (19:07):

Uh, if the answer is no, then this should not be a thing.

Sevan Matossian (19:11):

Good point. Uh, thanks for my time, Mike.

John Young (19:14):

You shouldn’t even bring it up. I think the answer should be yes. We’re even trying to talk about it.

Sevan Matossian (19:19):

Yeah. Yeah. Mike,

Mike Halpin (19:19):

I, I think there’s enough to speculate if I,

Sevan Matossian (19:24):

I would, dude, it looks huge to me. 7.8, no one else is even in the sevens. And this is closer to eight for, for place. That’s with both men and women. That’s 12 heats of data you have right there.

Mike Halpin (19:34):

Uh, it’s, it’s about nine because there’s three heats. Uh, there’s one heat for the men, heat two where the, it cuts out for two minutes. I don’t know if anybody was watching it, but it, it just

Sevan Matossian (19:44):

Doesn’t show. No, no one watched it. No one

Mike Halpin (19:45):

Watched it. Of course not. Uh, and then, um, yeah, I mean, I’m continuing talk about John, I get what you’re saying. So I believe that yes, there’s enough speculation to say that there’s concern there. I, uh, a thousand dollars is a lot of money to me, so I don’t know that I’d spend that much. But, um, but, uh,

Sevan Matossian (20:02):

John Singleton writes his interpretation. If you were in lane seven, the probability was you’d finish in the top three. However, if you were in lane eight, the probability is you’d be in the bottom three. John, you’re not liking this Mr. Young. Well said, by the way, Halpin, and thank you for the data. You’re not liking this, John.

John Young (20:18):

I just don’t, I mean, Jacqueline is with John Singleton. Yes.

Mike Halpin (20:23):

I I I I’m providing all the information. Yes.

Sevan Matossian (20:25):

Yeah. Literally, figuratively as a coach.

John Young (20:28):


Sevan Matossian (20:28):

And they stayed on the same bed and they stayed in the same bed.

John Young (20:32):

Super fit girl who should make the games, didn’t do well complaints to her boyfriend who’s got pool, and then he goes to Mike Halpin. So there is a, a little bit of a thing wherever this, this, this one seems to be slower, but it’s, it’s a freaking runner. It’s just hard to buy. It’s like the sled thing. I feel like people just deal with certain things and I mean, if she would’ve made it, if she would’ve made the games, I bet we don’t talk about this. Hmm. And, and so I, who, who do you have? Do you have all the people that were in Lane six? Because Lane six was Yeah. Set up.

Mike Halpin (21:06):

Oh, lane six.

John Young (21:08):

Yeah. Cause that was 6.8 and that was 7.8. Right. So let’s go look at Lane six. If there’s anybody that’s fast that we think should have done well but didn’t do well in lane six,

Mike Halpin (21:18):

That’s not gonna tell you Lane. Um,

John Young (21:20):

There’s a non-story.

Sevan Matossian (21:21):

Well, I will tell you this. Jacqueline Olstrom, by the way, has a 28 to 12th of 14th, a 20th of 23rd, a 13th and a fifth. So she basically, um, had a, uh, uh, pretty consistent with her finishes.

Mike Halpin (21:33):

The problem there for lane six, I don’t know the name of the athlete, but she nearly got time capped and she was on the runner for four, four minutes and 48 seconds. But she was jogging on the runner and

John Young (21:42):

She looked like, and that excuse it, you’re saying that skews it.

Mike Halpin (21:46):

Yeah, that skews it. If I take that out, um, like if I just take times and I can send you all this, John, uh, if I just take times Lane six is the slowest, but it has a athlete that was on the runner for four minutes and 48 seconds. The next slowest time, uh, is lane eight by average. And it’s like three 19. Uh, if I take out that outlier of a time, lane six is 3 0 8, and I’m talking about times on the runner. I’m not talking about heat times or, or finish times. Yeah, yeah,

John Young (22:18):

Yeah. No, I know. I just, so I don’t think he’s going by water as the reason you don’t make the games.

Mike Halpin (22:25):

Yeah, no, I, there’s, there’s seven, six other events where she could have probably done something else, or these other athletes could do something else. I’m saying that Jacqueline plus Moett, who should have done well better in that heat from, from what I’ve heard about her plus at least two or three athletes that did very well on the Burge Khalifa event. Again, this is all,

Sevan Matossian (22:47):

That was the stair, that was the stair run in Dubai.

John Young (22:49):

No, I like, and I like, I like that, uh, you know, if you do well in that event, you should do well in this event. Yeah, I like that comparison. So

Mike Halpin (22:56):

I think, I think there’s enough comparison to, to at least address it and talk about it. At the end of the day, maybe, maybe just luck of the draw of the lanes. There’s just certain people that got put in certain lanes and those lanes were slower by the athlete in this event after spot four other events where they got trashed on the first day and the second day. So possibly there.

Sevan Matossian (23:20):

Okay. And for some context, I like it. I’m putting my thousand dollars on that. Something’s wrong with the runner. Something wrong with the runner. I know what you’re saying. That it shouldn’t matter whether she goes or not, but

John Young (23:31):

Wrong say there is say there’s, there is something wrong with that runner, that runner slower all it was sticking or whatever, right? Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (23:37):


John Young (23:39):

What do you wanna do?

Sevan Matossian (23:41):

Wear tow spacers? Nothing. No, no, no. I, I agree with you see what I’m saying? I agree with you have to win. You have to win. Uh, maybe a, you’re at the games and a dirt devil blows through the, the bike track that, yeah. You gotta deal with the dirt devil blowing through the bike track. It’s like getting the, you gotta deal with following Saxon or Spencer Panche to the finish line or lap too early. You gotta deal with it. I I, I, I’m not saying it’s like a, a deal breaker, but I do think something was wrong with the run.

Mike Halpin (24:04):

Yeah. I mean, we were talking and

Sevan Matossian (24:05):

John and Jacqueline John is a bubble athlete and Jacqueline is a bubble athlete. John, it does hurt a little bit, does hurt a little bit. But he is also banging the, the guy who’s, who’s, uh, speculating that something’s wrong.

Brian Spin (24:16):

And Mott is, and Mosse is a singleton athlete as well, just for some context.

Mike Halpin (24:21):

Oh yeah. I mean, he’s speaking up for his athletes. If this was Kotler or or another coach that had a few athletes on the same lane and that lane did worse than everybody else, and they’ve seen them and they’ve seen Moet smoke the men from what I was told in that workout, then, then yeah, they see it, they see a concern there and they have firsthand knowledge. With that being said, it’s his girlfriend that didn’t take I on the bubble. Lemme

Sevan Matossian (24:47):

Say one thing about John Singleton. He may be the most senior person at the fucking venue CrossFit wise, period. He may have more CrossFit experience than anyone at that entire venue. By the way, he, the fucker’s been around forever too. So he’s got some street spray too, right? Bob? Yeah. Who? Um, oh, Boz. Yeah. Maybe Boz, yeah, boss.

Mike Halpin (25:04):

Yeah. Um, but just a, I think it’s in John’s story, I didn’t see all of it. I got tagged in a bit of it. CrossFit did respond. They did review the appeal. Their statement more or less is, is that any of these machines have a variance uh oh. That is acceptable. Oh, it basically just means that they’re not gonna do anything. Um, if they were, I was stating that it would’ve been at most like a couple seconds and that would be like mind boggling if CrossFit actually allowed that to happen. I did not see a circumstance. And then this gets to what I may maybe John is getting to as well, like, why are we talking about this? We started this conversation with that. This event has gone weird for a lot of what we had projected that it should go. We’re seeing track athletes do really well in some lanes, sydnee wells, and we’re seeing track athletes do really poorly in other lanes.


I’m adding to that with data analysis that says there could be something to that. Those were two different semi-finals, three weeks, three weeks apart. But there’s something there that could be there that, that gets back to what John originally started with in this conversation is this event doesn’t seem to align with who we thought would do well in the event. Okay. And that even gets to what Brian talked about a month ago when this got announced, is I would’ve loved to see this event not on a runner. Because when you invite a machine into any of this, there is then a variance that can, that is being invited of how those machines were all calibrated to say that they’re doing the exact same thing. Versus if you just put these oates on a track or somewhere that says they just did snatches and ran 800 meters, you’re gonna see a quite a difference in the outcome of this event.

Sevan Matossian (26:58):

Mike, how’s been very, the thorough, uh, Gabby look, uh, lady 2 7 42 Gabby looks great, but I’m really excited that Rebecca Vison made it. I think she came back after two a c l repairs. Uh, we’ll get to that in one second. Uh, Kelly, uh, Vanden, uh, $20 Canadian. Thank you. Thank you. Um, okay. Uh, back to the, uh, women’s leaderboard and then we gotta go. We spend so much time on it. How, how, this is really generous of you. Has the service started by the way?

Mike Halpin (27:29):

Oh, no. I was meeting a friend here. It starts in like 30 minutes.

Sevan Matossian (27:33):

Okay. Tell them to, to hold it until we’re done. Uh, Pedro, go ahead.

Pedro (27:37):

No, uh, I’m just, I’m gonna go now in a minute. So is there anything you want to ask me before I head off?

Sevan Matossian (27:42):

Uh, were there any other injuries, by the way? I I we heard that Fabio and Bonita was on a stretcher. Anyone else was on a stretcher? Uh, during the week?

Pedro (27:49):

Uh, no, I didn’t see anything like that, but obviously a lot of people like Reggie Fasten, pulled out today. That was what, eight in the men’s side? Um, something. There was something on his peck. Uh, not something on it. There was an issue with his peck. He didn’t have,

Sevan Matossian (28:02):

Uh, um, uh, was it a sellout crowd there?

Pedro (28:05):

Yeah, it was packed and loud and there was a lot of people. You see, I think a lot of it has to do with the environment, like the building because like I was talking with, uh, Michael Doman, a few orders that did the US and then and Don Fow as well that were there and then here. And they were like, it just hits different when it’s an arena, indoor arena versus a kind of sprawling convention center where it’s like, you know, just one big room. Whereas this is like, it’s enclosed. There’s lights. It’s hard to tell if it’s daytime or nighttime when you’re inside. And then you, you know, like the crowd gets crazy now. There’s a shit ton of Icelands, there’s loads of French, uh, Maritz, Phoebe, like loads of German people going crazy when he finished on the podium. Um, he’s great. He’s a real showman, like the crowd absolutely love him and Right, so like, I don’t know if you saw his forward roll over the bar yesterday and like anytime he’s doing an event, it’s, I think it’s on the CrossFit page. It’s really cool. He, like, I was drinking

Sevan Matossian (29:01):

Margaritas with, uh, Maderas, his mom and dad. I’m sorry.

Pedro (29:04):

Okay. Acceptable. Um, but he finished and you know, most people jump over and do a slide. He did like a tumble over the bar and stood up and just had a great pose. He just, he’s a real showman. He’s real good, like real, uh, he’s real good at working the crowd. And I was actually talking to Cam Portor yesterday and he was saying that that’s something that he thinks is missing in like, Oceania that he felt was more here in Europe, where um, he was Victorian. He was like, uh, Jake Douglass did like, uh, clean, you know, world record at the time and basically just kind of nodded and little fist bump. Cause he was like, if that was here, if that was in Europe, the crowd would be going crazy. He be like, whoever did it would be riling them up. Like was like with no showman in, uh, Oceania where there’s a few in Europe, like they’re kind of, from looking at it, they’re very emotional. Like Fabian Benito was like roaring crying at the end. Emma McQuaid was crying when she was waiting to get in. You know, like, I think it just, they’re very, a very emotive people. Maybe Europeans, apart from the finish.

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